Make a great first impression. You only have a few pages to thrill an editor or agent, which is why you need all the instruction you can get on firsts: pitch, line, hook, paragraph, pages and chapter. What does an editor and agent prefer when it comes to these firsts? Your attention on firsts is a gift to your storytelling.
In this live 90-minute webinar — titled Thrilling Agents & Editors with Your First Pages and Chapters of Your MG or YA Novel and taught by literary agent Jodell Sadler and editor Leslie Shumate— you will explore award-winning titles and diverse books and see the many ways you may introduce your story: chapter book, middle grade, or young adult book projects will be used, and you will learn what we are looking for: a solid hook, great voice, and set up. We will explore first lines, first paragraphs, and first pages of award-winning novels and talk about how they are enticing readers.
Plus, as a bonus, Jodell or Leslie will critique your pitch and the first two pages of your manuscript. It all happens at 2 p.m., EST, Thursday, July 23, 2015, and lasts 90 minutes.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
- How we get a feel for character
- How we get a sense of voice
- If the tone and ‘personality’ of the story is coming through
- If an editor gets the idea of where the story will go
- How to bring your reader in and keep them there
- If your opening is working: why and how
- How to you entice readers right from the first breath of story
- What is the conflict and how fast does it come
- If you can reveal inner character and conflict in your opening
- How important voice, character, setting, and tension/direction is to a story
ABOUT THE CRITIQUE
All registrants are invited to submit a pitch and first two pages for critique. All submitted (critique item) are guaranteed a written critique by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Assistant Editor Leslie Shumate or Literary Agent, Jodell Sadler, Sadler Children’s Literary, and Founder, KidLit College. You must submit a cover page that includes your pitch and then a first page. Your submission for critique should represent your professional submission to a publisher, short, style-savvy, and succinct. Leslie Shumate and Jodell Sadler reserve the right to request more writing from attendees by email following the event if their interest piques by the writing style.
Please Note: Even if you can’t attend the live webinar, registering for this live version will enable you to receive the On Demand webinar and a personal critique of your material.Purchasing the On Demand version after the live event will not include a critique.
Leslie Shumate is an assistant editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the children’s division of Hachette Book Group. She works on titles ranging from picture books to young adult novels and is particularly drawn to voice-driven contemporary fiction. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Columbia Publishing Course. Recent titles she has worked on include Wherever You Go (2015) by Pat Zietlow Miller, illus. by Eliza Wheeler, Puppy Pool Party!: An Underwater Dogs Adventure (2016) by Seth Casteel, The Map to Everywhere (2014) by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis, A Conspiracy of Princes (2015) by Justin Somper, The Zom-B series by Darren Shan, Yours Truly (2014) by Annabel Pitcher, and The Memory Book by Lara Avery (2016).
Jodell Sadler, founder of KidLit College and founding agent at Sadler Children’s Literary, earned her MFA at Hamline University in 2009. She works on picture books through YA and is most known for her original study on Pacing Picture Books and Beyond (2008). While open to all categories, Jodell currently seeks author-illustrators, middle grades, graphic novels, and YA. You can find her on facebook and twitter @ KidLit College @PacingStory2WOW. Recent projects include picture books: Brunhilda’s Backwards Day (Sky Pony Press, 2016) by Shawna J.C. Tenney, interior illustrations and covers for the Friday Barnes series (Roaring Brook Press, 2015) illus. by Phil Gosier, and nonfiction: Medical Mavens (Chicago Review Press) by Susan Latta andFood Allergies: The Ultimate Teen Guide (Scarecrow Press, 2015) by Jessica Reino.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
- Writers who are want to learn how to write a strong pitch
- Writers who want their first pages to grab attention: editor, agent, and reader
- Writers who would like feedback on their pitch and first two pages
- Writers who are questioning that first page and chapter
- Writers looking for a professional critique from an editor or agent
- Writers who want to know what excites an editor and agent in first chapters
- Writers who want to challenge themselves to really polish their work
HOW DOES THE CRITIQUE WORK?
All registrants are invited to submit a pitch and first two pages for critique. All submitted (critique item) are guaranteed a written critique by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Assistant Editor Leslie Shumate or Literary Agent, Jodell Sadler, Sadler Children’s Literary, and Founder, KidLit College. You must submit a cover page that includes your pitch and then a first page. Your submission for critique should represent your professional submission to a publisher, short, style-savvy, and succinct. Leslie Shumate and Jodell Sadler reserve the right to request more writing from attendees by email following the event if their interest piques by the writing style.Instructions on how to submit your work are sent after you have purchased the webinar and officially register in Go-to-Webinar. When you have registered in GTW, you will receive a confirmation email from firstname.lastname@example.org, which contains the information you need to access the live webinar AND the Critique Submission Instructions.