Join Me For ''How to Land a Literary Agent'' on Aug. 26

Author:
Publish date:

You hear me talk a lot on this blog about the writers' conferences I attend
and the presentations I give on agents and pitching. Well, if you've
ever wanted to attend such a conference but can't because of money or
proximity issues, here is your chance to listen in and ask questions
from your computer at home!

I'm teaching a webinar at 1 p.m. EST, Thursday, August 26, 2010 on "How to Land a Literary Agent."

Image placeholder title


Some praise from past attendees:

"Thank you so much for putting the time and
effort into the agent workshop today Your answers
(to my questions and those of others) were
valuable and most appreciated. It was great to
hear you speak on such an important topic."
- John Backman

"Thank you so much for the information shared
in your webinar. The information provided will be
invaluable in my search for a literary agent."
- Paula Lieberman


"Just wanted to thank you, using the tips
I learned in your webinar, I started
resubmitting my query. I just got my first
request for chapters, and it was to the first
agent I queried. I'm ecstatic. Thank you!"
- Lea McFalls Zeqiri

Here's the Gist:

You've finished your masterpiece. It's as good
as you hoped it would be—but you're struggling with the next step: finding a
literary agent. This next step involves queries, synopses, selling your
idea and much more. It's a completely different monster than actually
sitting down to write.

If you're looking for guidance in the agent-hunting process or have questions that need answering, sign up for my webinar, "How to Land a Literary Agent," at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, August 26, 2010. There's a reason that "How to Land a Literary Agent"
is WD's most popular webinar. It's because the online session crams
tons of info into 90 minutes. Subjects I'll be talking about include,
but are not limited to: queries, pitching, proposals, synopses,
conferences, avoiding scammers, where to find agents, self-publishing,
and how to target the best reps for you. Some questions we'll address include:

  • What's the best way to begin your query letter?
  • How long should a synopsis be?
  • Do fiction writers need a platform?
  • What personal information should you include in the query?
  • Can you send your work to multiple agents at the same agency?
  • How exactly do you follow up with an agent regarding a submission?
  • Should you copyright your work to protect it?
  • Will an agent take on a self-published work?

After editing the Guide to Literary Agents
for four years and attending conferences all over the
country, I've learned all the ins and outs of how to snag a rep who can
sell your work. If you sign up for this webinar, I can pass on what I've learned to you.

Also, attendees are free to ask as many questions as they like.
Go on - hit me with your best shot! I'll be answering questions live in
real time, and I will address all questions afterward and e-mail you
the answers. No question will go unanswered—guaranteed. Also, attendees
will be able to access and "rewatch" the entire presentation (so you
don't have to take notes!).

Sign up now! I hope to "see" you there.

Poetic Forms

Mistress Bradstreet Stanza: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the Mistress Bradstreet stanza, an invented form of John Berryman.

capital_vs_capitol_grammar_rules_robert_lee_brewer

Capital vs. Capitol (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use capital vs. capitol with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Dulan_1:14

On Writing to Give Grief Meaning and Write Out of Challenging Situations

Author Lily Dulan explains why writers have to be willing to go to difficult places inside themselves for their writing to make a positive impact on ourselves, others, and the world.

Brandt_1:14

Gerald Brandt: Toeing the Line Between Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Science fiction author Gerald Brandt explains how this new series explores the genre boundary and how he came to find his newest book's focus.

plot_twist_story_prompts_moment_of_doubt_robert_lee_brewer

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Moment of Doubt

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character experience a moment of doubt.

dr_caitlin_oconnell_finding_connection_and_community_in_animal_rituals_author_spotlights

Caitlin O'Connell: Finding Connection and Community in Animal Rituals

In this post, Dr. Caitlin O'Connell shares what prompted her to write a book about finding connection and community in animal rituals, what surprised her in the writing process, and much more!

new_agent_alert_zeynep_sen_of_wordlink_literary_agency

New Agent Alert: Zeynep Sen of WordLink Literary Agency

New literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Zeynep Sen of WordLink Literary Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.

Henick_1:13

Mark Henick: On Memory, Healing, and Languishing Projects

Author Mark Henick shares how he was able to turn a successful TEDx talk into a memoir, even when the project didn't come as quickly as he expected.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 553

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a do-over poem.