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In this brand new boot camp from Fuse
Literary Agency, attendees will learn how to put together a short yet
effective query letter, a one- to two-page book synopsis (fiction), and
a nonfiction book proposal. They'll also learn some best practices for
submitting their query, pages, and synopsis and/or proposal to agents.
Each attendee will have the opportunity to interact one-on-one with an
agent and receive a valuable critique of ten pages of their work in any
combination: query letter, manuscript pages, synopsis, or proposal.
Starts June 20. Sign up here ...
For more than 80 years, talented writers—like you—have found
career-igniting success in the pages of Writer's Digest. This is your
chance to score a paid trip to the Writer's Digest Annual Conference,
pocket $5,000 and see your name on the cover of Writer's Digest,
along with other great prizes.
Entering is easy and the results
could be life-changing—but the deadline is on the horizon.
Discover the category best suited for your writing and make your
No event helps you delve deeper into your novel than this
event helps you delve deeper into your novel than this one!
Just one week left to save!
Register by June 13!
a trip to the Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference
in Pasadena? If you’re still weighing
the pros and cons, consider this: The chance to take part in a
conference devoted exclusively to the novel is rare—not to mention
this will be WD’s only West Coast event in 2017. Plus, when you
register by June 13, you’ll lock in the early-bird discount.
Those are all terrific reasons to join us this October, but the most
important is what your attendance could mean for your career. At
WDNWC, you’ll enjoy a start-to-finish progression of instruction that
will meet you wherever you are on the path to a finished novel. Spend
a long weekend fine-tuning your book and return home energized—and
much closer to your goal of publication.
Learn how to put
together a dynamic yet professional submission package
Agents get literally thousands of
submissions a year, including query letters, sample pages, and
synopses. Of those thousands, they request a full manuscript from few
and offer representation to even fewer.
Think of your submission package as a job application for your book.
You not only want to apply to the right people, the ones who have a
passion for the books you write, but you want to present your book in
such a way that they will easily see what your book has to offer. This brand new live Writers Digest boot camp will teach you how to put together a dynamic yet
professional submission package that will show agents you take your
potential author career seriously and make them want to read your work.
In this brand new boot camp from Fuse Literary Agency, attendees will
learn how to put together a short yet effective query letter, a one- to
two-page book synopsis (fiction), and a nonfiction book proposal.
They'll also learn some best practices for submitting their query,
pages, and synopsis and/or proposal to agents.
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:
On Tuesday, June 20, you will gain access to a 60-minute
workshop led by literary agents Jennifer Chen Tran, Tricia Skinner,
Michelle Richter, and Carlisle Webber. This workshop will show you what
agents expect from your submission package and how you can shape it to
fit their needs.
After listening to the presentation, attendees will
spend the next two days revising materials as necessary. Following the
tutorial, writers will have two days in which to log onto the
discussion boards and ask your assigned agent critiquer questions
related to revising your materials. The agents will be available for a
discussion session from 1-3 p.m. (PT) on both Wednesday, June
21 and Thursday, June 22. By end of day (11:59 p.m., PT) on
Friday, June 23 , attendees will submit up to 10 double-spaced
pages for review to their assigned agents. These pages can include any
combination of double-spaced query, synopsis, book proposal, or pages
of their manuscript.
The agents will spend three weeks reviewing all assigned
pages, provide relevant feedback and offer suggestions to help
attendees improve upon them. The agents reserve the right to request
more materials if they feel a strong connection to the work and want to
*While we accept requests to work with
a specific agent, there are no guarantees that attendees will be
matched with their requested agent. All agents are able to provide
critiques for all genres.
Michelle Richter joined
Fuse Literary after eight years at St. Martin's Press. While there, she
edited nonfiction including MELISSA EXPLAINS IT ALL by Melissa Joan
Hart and RENEWABLE by Jeremy Shere, and worked on women's fiction,
memoir/ biography, pop culture, cookbooks, and diet/health books.
Michelle is primarily seeking fiction, especially book club reads,
women's fiction, contemporary romance, literary fiction, magical
realism, and mystery/suspense/thrillers. She's also open to YA fiction,
particularly contemporary YA and YA mystery/thriller. For nonfiction,
she's interested in fashion, pop culture, science/medicine,
sociology/social trends, and economics..
Tricia Skinner has 20
years of experience working with the video game industry in various
roles, including public relations, industry relations, and
writing/editing. She is also a hybrid author of passionate urban
fantasy (represented by Fuse co-founder Laurie McLean). Diversity
in genre fiction is dear to Tricia's heart. As an agent, Tricia wants
to represent authors who reflect diversity and cultures in their work.
She specializes in Adult, Young Adult and Middle Grade. Jennifer Chen Tran is
an Associate Agent at Fuse Literary acquiring both fiction and
non-fiction. Jennifer acquires both fiction and non-fiction. For
fiction, Jennifer is seeking literary fiction, commercial fiction,
women's fiction, upmarket fiction, contemporary romance, mature Young
Adult, New Adult, suspense/ thriller and select graphic novels (both
adult, YA or MG). She is particularly interested in voices from
underrepresented and marginalized communities, strong and conflicted
female characters, war and post-war fiction, and writers who are adept
at creating a developed sense of place. She admires writers who have an
ear for dialogue and who are not afraid to take emotional risks.
Carlisle Webber considers
herself to be an editorial agent and has industry experience as a copy
editor for Yen Press, a division of Hachette Book Group, and the health
and parenting website Spright.com. She belongs to the American Copy
Editors Society and Bay Area Editors' Forum and holds a Professional
Certificate in Editing from University of California, Berkeley. When
editing, she aims to make a book the best possible version of itself,
shaping it in a way so it can best use its unique voice to appeal to a
wide audience. She is accepting science fiction and fantasy for YA
and MG only.
The Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference,
focused exclusively on the needs and interests of fiction writers, is
returning to the West Coast this fall! From Oct. 27–29, this
immersive weekend in the craft and business behind your book is
headed to Pasadena, Calif.
Your chance to lock in your best possible price ends this Tuesday,
June 13, at midnight!
agents comb their query accounts to find their next author for
representation. The query letter is your book's only opportunity to
make an incredible first impression. The best query letters are clear,
concise, engaging, and well-organized. During this 48-minute tutorial,
literary agent Melissa Edwards guides you on how to draft the perfect
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