Writing and selling a commercially viable memoir in today’s marketplace can often seem difficult. But even more daunting is knowing how to get the competitive edge so that agents and editors will take your project seriously and be willing to take a chance on you even if you don’t happen to be famous.
In this live 90-minute webinar — titled “Writing the Memoir that Can Sell: How to Attract Agents & Editors to Your Story” — instructor and literary agent Regina Brooks will explain what sells (and why) and how you can get your memoir published. Plus, as a bonus, Marisa will critique your memoir proposal. It all happens at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, May 7, 2015, and lasts 90 minutes.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
- How to determine where your books will fit in the marketplace
- How to craft a hook and or two line tag line for your memoir
- How to vary your format or develop a narrative that is creative and exciting such as graphic novel, illustrated storytelling, diary inclusion, and even poetry
- How to determine whether you have a classic memoir or are writing narrative nonfiction
- How to evaluate whether your book will better serve you and your audience if written as fiction
- The important element to include in your query letter
- How to represent real people in your novel while avoiding litigation
- How to determine if you should self-publish, or go the traditional publishing route
- How to submit your work to agents and publishers
- Tips to get you passed the emotionally dark places that you might endure while writing
ABOUT THE CRITIQUE
All registrants are invited to submit a proposal for your memior. All submitted proposals are guaranteed a written critique by Literary Agent Regina Brooks. Regina reserves the right to request more writing from attendees by e-mail following the event if she deems the writing 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.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Regina Brooks is the founder and president of Serendipity Literary Agency LLC, based in Brooklyn, New York. Her agency has represented and established a diverse base of award-winning clients in adult and young adult fiction, nonfiction, and children’s literature. Her authors have appeared in USA TODAY, NY TIMES and the Washington Post as well as on Oprah, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, MSBNC, TV ONE, BET and a host of others. She has held senior editorial positions at John Wiley and Sons and McGraw-Hill companies. Brooks is the author of the titlesNEVER FINISHED NEVER DONE (Scholastic), WRITING GREAT BOOKS FOR YOUNG ADULTS (Source Books), and YOU SHOULD (REALLY) WRITE A BOOK: HOW TO WRITE, SELL, AND MARKET YOUR MEMOIR (St. Martin’s Press), has edited over nearly 100 titles and is blogger for the Huffington Post and Essence.com. Brooks is also on the faculty of the Writer’s Digest University, Harvard University publishing course, The Discovery Channel’s Media Boot Camp for Doctors, the Whidbey Island Writers MFA program and teaches annually at more than twenty worldwide conferences. She has been highlighted in global media outlets including Forbes,Media Bistro, Essence Magazine, Ebony Magazine, Writer’s Digest Magazine, The Writer, Jet,Rolling Out and Publishers Weekly. She also is a co-publisher of an imprint of Akashic called Open Lens and the owner of a tea company called Possibiliteas.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
- Writers who are considering writing a memoir
- Writers who have written a memoir and want to know what to do next
- Writers who have been told they should write a book but and want to know the steps to getting it published
- Writers who are concerned they don’t have the ideal platform to get an agent of editor interested
- Writers who have pitched their memoir to agents and editors and they have passed on it
- Writers who want to know how to increase their potential to sell their memoir
- Writers looking for resources to learn how to develop a proposal to accompany their memoir
- Writers wanting to know when it’s better to self-publish or to go mainstream
- Writers who want to know how to think like a publishing professional
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.
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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