Middle Grade is one of the most popular, and fastest growing categories, in the publishing industry. For many, middle grade novels are childhood favorites that stick with us for decades-whether these stories are realistic portrayals of life or fantastical escapes from the mundane. Middle Grade is a competitive market, and it’s a difficult category to master. There are many expectations surrounding voice, character, content, and structure that go along with writing middle grade novels. How can you make your manuscript stand out in the crowded middle grade market? And how can you catch the attention of a literary agent with your manuscript?
In this live 90-minute webinar — titled Mastering Middle Grade: Writing, Revising, and Pitching Your Middle Grade Manuscript — instructor and literary agent Maria Vicente covers the most important topics to keep in mind while writing and revising middle grade novels, as well as the process of writing a query letter that will effectively pitch your manuscript and entice literary agents. This webinar includes a live presentation, a Q&A session, a critique of your query letter and the first 1000 words of your manuscript, and downloadable worksheets that will help you write, revise, and pitch your manuscript long after the webinar is over.
Plus, as a bonus, Maria will critique your query letter and the first 1000 words of your manuscript! It all happens at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, November 3, 2016, and lasts 90 minutes.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
- The common elements of a middle grade novel
- What the current middle grade market looks like in publishing
- What the middle grade audience is looking for in a book
- The appropriate word count for middle grade manuscripts of all genres
- The common themes in middle grade stories
- How to write in the elusive middle grade “voice”
- How to create engaging and diverse middle grade characters
- The importance of a high concept plot with high stakes conflict
- What mistakes to avoid in your manuscript’s opening chapter
- What a query letter is and why you want a literary agent
- How to craft a successful query letter for your middle grade project
- The best resources to bookmark as you continue writing, revising, and pitching
ABOUT THE CRITIQUE
All registrants are invited to submit your query letter and the first 1000 words of your manuscript for critique. All submitted query letters and first 1000 words are guaranteed a written critique by Literary Agent Maria Vicente. Maria reserves the right to request more writing from attendees by e-mail following the event, if she deems the query excellent.
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.
Maria Vicente is an Associate Agent at the P.S. Literary Agency. She is a creative and editorial agent, providing support to her clients through all stages of the writing and publication process. Her publishing career began as an intern with Bree Ogden at D4EO Literary Agency, and she also interned at P.S. Literary before joining the agency as an associate agent. Her reading preferences vary across categories and genres, which is reflected in her client list. Maria holds a B.A. in English Literature from Carleton University, a B.Ed. from the University of Western Ontario, and many years of experience editing and designing literary magazines. Clients include Sam Maggs, Suzanne Sutherland, Crystal Smalls Ord, Janelle Asselin, and many more. Maria has affinities for literary prose, strong character development, original storytelling formats, and anything geeky. Her website (www.mariavicente.com) includes articles about publishing and writing for current and potential clients.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
- Writers who want to better understand the middle grade category
- Writers who want to learn about the middle grade publishing market
- Writers interested in writing compelling, diverse characters for children
- Writers interested in writing unique, adventurous worlds for children
- Writers who are ready to revise their middle grade manuscripts
- Writers who want to write an effective query letter
- Writers looking for publishing resources
- Writers who want a professional critique of a query letter and writing sample
HOW DOES THE WEBINAR WORK?
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.