As many writers know, agents and editors won’t give your work more than ten pages or so to make an impact. If you haven’t got them hooked by then, it’s a safe bet you won’t be asked for more material. Make sure you’ve got the kind of opening they’re looking for! In this invaluable weekend event, you’ll get to work with an agent online to review and refine the first ten pages of your novel. You’ll learn what keeps an agent reading, what are the most common mistakes that make them stop, and the steps you need to take to correct them. The best part is that you’ll be working directly with an agent, who will provide feedback specific to your work.
It’s all part of the recurring popular Agent One-on-One Boot Camp called “Your First 10 Pages.” Sign up by the end of the day, August 18, 2016. It’s taught by the agents at Talcott Notch Literary.
Here’s how it works:
On Thursday morning, August 18, you will gain access to a special 60-minute online tutorial presented by agent and editor Paula Munier. It will help you clarify what you should be looking for in your work. You will also be notified by email which agent you’ll be working with on Thursday. (All times noted are Eastern Time).
After listening to the presentation, you’ll spend the next 2 days revising your first ten pages as necessary, given the guidelines provided in the presentation, and you’ll email those pages directly to Paula or one of the additional agents from Talcott Notch Literary, by Saturday morning at 10:00 AM (ET). They will spend all day Saturday reviewing their assigned pages and providing feedback as to what works and what doesn’t. (Sign up for the boot camp here.)
All pages with notes will be returned to participants by 10:00 AM (ET) the next morning, Sunday August 21. You’ll work to revise your pages based on the agent’s specific feedback. From 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday, August 21, Paula, Gina, Saba, and Rachael will be available to answer questions and provide additional feedback via the Writer’s Digest University message boards. Only registered students can access these boards. You’ll also be able to ask question of your fellow students. Feel free to share your work and gain support from your peers.
By 10:00 PM (ET) Sunday night on August 21, you’ll return your final revised pages to your assigned agent for review. They will spend the next week reading the revised submissions assigned to them, and will provide a final brief one-or-two sentence critique of your progress no later than Sunday, August 28. Please note that any one of them may ask for additional pages if the initial submission shows serious promise.
*Please note that all attendees should have the first 10 pages of their novel finished and ready to submit to the agent prior to the beginning of the event. (Sign up for the boot camp here.)
In addition to feedback from Paula, Gina or Rachael, attendees will also receive:
— A download of “An Agent’s Tips on Story Structures that Sell,” an on-demand webinar by Andrea Hurst
— 1-year subscription to the WritersMarket.com literary agent database
About the Agents:
Gina Panettieri is President of Talcott Notch Literary Services, and has worked as an agent for 25 years. She currently represents a full range of adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction, with an emphasis in fiction on YA, MG, mystery, women’s fiction, historical fiction, and book club fiction. In nonfiction, she is particularly seeking memoir, cooking, health and fitness, pop science, medicine, true crime, military history, and current events. Some of her clients include award-winning Young Adult author Beth Fehlbaum (Big Fat Disaster, published by Merit Press), horror and futuristic sci-fi author Wayne Simmons (Plastic Jesus, published by Salt, UK) and popular advertising and selling psychology guru, Drew Eric Whitman, author of Ca$hvertising (Career Press) and Brainscripts (McGraw-Hill). She currently represents an eclectic range of writers, encompassing everyone from a former head of Security and Intelligence for NATO Europe, to CEOs of major corporations and Deans of major medical schools, to stay-at-home writer moms and amazingly talented teens. Gina speaks at many conferences and writing events throughout the country on the craft of writing and the publishing industry. Her agency website is www.talcottnotch.net
Paula Munier, Senior Literary Agent & Content Strategist at Talcott Notch Literary, has broad experience creating and marketing exceptional content in all formats across all markets for such media giants as Disney, Gannett, Greenspun Media Group, and Quayside. She began her career as a journalist, and along the way added editor, acquisitions specialist, digital content manager, and publishing executive to her repertoire. Before joining Talcott Notch, she served as the Director of Innovation and Acquisitions for Adams Media, a division of F&W Media, where she headed up the acquisitions team responsible for creating, curating, and producing both fiction and nonfiction for print, ebook, eshort, and direct-to-ebook formats.
Although she represents all kinds of projects, right now she’s looking for crime fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, high-concept SF/fantasy, romance, New Adult, YA, and middle grade fiction, as well as nonfiction in the areas of business, pop culture, health & wellness, cooking, self-help, pop psych, New Age, inspirational, technology, science, and writing. In her two years as an agent, she’s sold mystery, thriller, true crime, romantic suspense, historical fiction, women’s fiction, science fiction and fantasy, as well as nonfiction–including the New Adult trilogy, The Registry by Shannon Stoker, which sold for six figures to HarperCollins. Paula is very involved with the mystery community, having served four terms as President of the New England chapter of Mystery Writers of America as well as on the MWA board. (She’s currently VP of that organization.) She’s also served on the New England Crime Bake committee for nine years and counting. And she’s an active member of Sisters in Crime and SCBWI.
Rachael Dugas joined Talcott Notch Literary in 2011. During her tenure as associate agent, Rachael has judged contests and attended conferences in New York and beyond, working with groups such as Writer’s Digest, ASJA, YA Lit Chat, the National Publicity Summit, and the Hampton Roads Writers. Recent sales include titles in young adult and romance to imprints at Hachette, Perseus, and Month 9 Books. Rachael is a former Sourcebooks editorial intern and a proud Ithaca College graduate. She welcomes fiction submissions in the following categories: YA, MG, women’s fiction, contemporary and historical romance, historical fiction, and general commercial fiction. Her non-fiction wishlist includes memoir with an amazing voice and cookbooks or performing arts-related books with outstanding platforms.
Saba Sulaiman is looking primarily to build her Middle Grade and Young Adult lists, and is particularly interested in contemporary realistic stories. Memoirs and humor are of interest to her as well. She’s also actively seeking category romance (all sub-genres except paranormal), literary, upmarket, and commercial fiction, tightly plotted, character-driven psychological thrillers, and cozy mysteries à la Agatha Christie. Saba is taking a limited number of students for this boot camp.