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Boiling Down Your Book: One Paragraph to Pitch to Agents or Share with Friends
“So, what’s your book about?” It’s the simplest question, but so tough to answer, especially without feeling cliché or confusing. But boiling down your book will not only help you answer friends’ well-meaning questions, it will clarify your project in your own mind—and it just might sell your book! In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn how to convey the essence of your book in one simple paragraph, which you will write, deliver, and get feedback on in class. For those pitching at the conference, author Janna Cawrse Esarey will also discuss the elevator pitch, the extended pitch, and pitching etiquette. For those not pitching, you’ll definitely be ready for your next well-meaning friend.

Pitch Perfect
How can you maximize the value of your time at the conference? How can you get the most out of every contact you make – every agent, editor, and fellow writer in the room? And most importantly, what do you need to know to make sure your book pitch is ready to be heard at your editor and agent appointments? Chuck Sambuchino, editor of the Guide to Literary Agents, shares all of this and more during this important introductory session.

Synopsis and Query Letter Boot Camp
Bring your one page synopsis and one page query letter for feedback. Agent Kate Folkers and editor J. Ellen Smith will pick random submissions to be read out loud and reviewed. Find out what grabs their attention and what will land you in the reject pile.

First Page Feedback
Bring the first page of your novel for feedback. Agents Ginger Clark and Rebecca Oliver, and editor Michelle Richter will pick random submissions to be read out loud and reviewed. Find out what grabs their attention and what will land you in the reject pile.

Everything You Need To Know About Agents
This workshop is a thorough crash course in dealing with agents. After quickly going over what an agent is and what agents do for writers, Chuck Sambuchino will discuss resources for finding agents, how to ID the best agents for you, as well as the most important things to do, and not to do, when dealing with representatives. This topic often leads to a lot of Q&A. Handouts provided. This session targets fiction, children’s and nonfiction writers.

13 Ways to Make Yourself Irresistible to Any Agent or Editor.
A humor-filled informational talk on the world of publishing, agents, craft, and commitment taught by agents Michael Larsen and Elizabeth Pomada.

Grammar – Who Needs It?
No matter what your writing genre, this presentation will release you from blindly following “the rules”, some of which, it turns out, don’t exist. In this seminar, Kathryn Gillett will free your natural ability to tell your story more authentically. You’ll learn where the rules of grammar came from and why they still haunt us. Which ones to follow; which you can forget.

How to Write an Irresistible Nonfiction Book Proposal. What are the key Components that Define a Winning Book Proposal?
What research should an author do to help make sure the project has merit? How can an author leapfrog over the competition in the category? In this especially competitive climate, authors need to be savvy to manage the marketplace. This presentation, taught by agent Rita Rosenkranz, will guide the author through the basic steps for writing a proposal and making the project count.

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