How to Get Published: Land a Book Deal – Webinar with Jane Friedman

jane-friedman-writer-media-featuredIf you want to get your book traditionally published—be it fiction, nonfiction, a children’s book, or memoir-increase your chances by knowing how to evaluate the commercial potential of your work and learning the best way to approach editors, agents, and publishers.

Book publishing is undergoing a dramatic transformation as e-book sales increase and physical bookstores decrease in number. These changes affect the traditional book deals that get made-meaning that authors have to adjust their strategies to adapt to a risk-averse and uncertain industry.

In this intensive and information-filled 90-minute live webinar — titled How to Get Published: Land a Book Deal — publishing industry expert (and former publisher of Writer’s Digest) Jane Friedman helps you think like an industry insider who makes decisions every day on what work merits print publication. She’ll give you practical advice and tools to help you develop strong pitch letters and proposal materials for both fiction and nonfiction-plus back-door methods for networking with agents and editors.

It all happens at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, August 25, 2016, and lasts 90 minutes.

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  • The tried-and-true pitch formula that gets the attention of an editor or an agent
  • 3 of the biggest time-wasters writers should avoid when pursuing traditional publication
  • The critical differences between pitching fiction and nonfiction, as well as differences in pitching narrative-driven works, information-driven works, and illustrated works
  • How to evaluate how close you are to getting a traditional deal-and if you’re really ready to start submitting your work to agents and editors
  • Whether you need a platform, what that platform needs to look like to impress an agent or editor, and how to build that platform
  • How Google affects your chances of getting published (really!)
  • The best free and paid resources for identifying agents and publishers that are receptive to your work
  • How to tell a good agent from a not-so-good agent
  • How book proposals must be adapted for the digital era of publishing
  • How to identify flaws in your approach, submission materials, or concept
  • When it’s time to consider self-publishing or e-publishing

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Jane Friedman is the former publisher of Writer’s Digest who has spent more than 15 years in the book publishing industry, and has overseen the publication of hundreds of books during her career. She is a regular speaker at writing conferences and industry events, including Digital Book World, BookExpo America, and Frankfurt Book Fair. Her blog for writers at has more than 100,000 visitors every month and was named one of the Top 101 Websites for Writers in 2013–14. Find out more at

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  • Writers with finished novel manuscripts who are starting to consider submitting to agents and editors
  • Nonfiction writers with a book concept who need to know the next steps to take
  • Writers who are currently submitting their work and not getting the responses they expected or hoped for
  • Anyone who needs a primer on how the book industry works
  • Previously published authors who have been out of the game and need a refresher for the digital era

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The webinar is broadcasted via the internet with live audio delivered through your computer speakers or over your telephone. The live webinar’s visual presentation is displayed directly from the Presenter’s computer to your computer screen. The Q&A is managed through a chat-style submission system with questions being read and answered by the Presenter for the entire class to hear. In the event some questions are not answered during the live session, an e-mail with questions and answers will be sent to all webinar attendees. By attending the live webinar and/or asking questions, your full name may be stated during the live event and captured in the recording.

Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and the materials for one year. You do not have to attend the live event to get a recording of the presentation. In all WD webinars, no question goes unanswered. Attendees have the ability to chat with the instructor during the live event and ask questions. You will receive a copy of the webinar presentation in an e-mail that goes out one week after the live event. The answers to questions not covered in the live presentation will be included in this e-mail as well.

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