Thursday, 31 October 2019

Writer's Digest University

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Catch an Agent's Interest

Oftentimes the decisions of literary agents can seem bewildering. Why do some authors get hundreds of manuscript requests, while others don’t get any? How can an agent possibly judge the strength of a project from only a query? How can they determine a book’s potential by the opening pages alone?
The world of literary agents can be confusing. It can also seem extremely unfair. During this live webinar, literary agent Andrea Somberg will demystify the process, revealing what it is that a literary agent is looking for, and how it is that they arrive at their decision of “yes”—yes, I want to take this author on as a client, yes I want to sell their book, and yes I want to help build their career.
In this webinar, Andrea will discuss the four major factors that determine every agent’s decision. She will reveal the strategic questions that every agent asks, helping you position your project for optimal success. She will reveal the steps to crafting a query letter that will yield results and multiple manuscript requests. And she will discuss the steps to finding an agent that will help you realize your dreams.
All registrants are invited to submit a query letter for critique. Please wait until after the live webinar date to submit your critique material. This allows you to make changes to your query letter based on the presentation and will ensure you receive the most helpful critique possible. All submissions are guaranteed a written critique by Andrea Somberg. Andrea reserves the right to request more writing from attendees by e-mail following the event if she deems the writing excellent.
  • How to write a query letter that yields results
  • How to find an agent that's the best fit for you
  • Why literary agents request some manuscripts and not others
  • The four factors that every literary agent takes into account
  • And more...
  • Writers who are looking for an agent
  • Writers who are just beginning to query
  • Writers who are just beginning their books, and want the highest chance of success
Thursday, November 7, 2019
at 1:00 PM EST

Instructor: Andrea Somberg

 literary agent for over fifteen years, Andrea Somberg represents a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, including projects for adult, young adult and middle-grade audiences. Previously an agent at the Donald Maass Agency and Vigliano Associates, she joined Harvey Klinger Literary Agency in the spring of 2005. Her clients' books have been NYTimes and USABestsellers, as well as nominated for The Governor General's Award, the Lambda Award, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award.
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Register for the FREE Preview Webinar!

Amazon currently sells almost 50% of all print books and over 70% of all e-books in America. Their stranglehold on the industry will continue to grow as competitors, such as Barnes & Noble, continue to struggle. If you want to increase your book sales and boost your author income, then you must learn how to sell more books through Amazon. Join this webinar to get the inside secrets.

Rob Eagar is a marketing expert who has helped books hit the New York Times bestseller list three different ways, including new fiction, new non-fiction, and backlist non-fiction. He has coached over 450 authors and consults with top publishing houses across the U.S. Rob is the instructor of the new online course at Writer’s Digest called “Mastering Amazon for Authors.”

In this webinar, Rob will share a sneak peek of his new course and give away his three best Amazon book-selling secrets for FREE. In addition, he will be available to take your questions.

Your author success is largely determined by how well your books sell on Amazon. Don’t miss this webinar and the essential tips you need to know. Discover how to increase your book sales, no matter your genre or experience level, at the world’s largest book retailer.

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October 30, 2019 at 11:00 MDT
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Instructor: Rob Eagar

Learn from one of the most accomplished book marketing experts in America. For over 10 years, Rob Eagar has coached more than 450 authors, consulted with numerous publishing houses, and helped clients hit the New York Times bestseller list three different ways, including new fiction, new non-fiction, and backlist non-fiction. In 2007, he launched his consulting practice, Wildfire Marketing, to help authors sell books like wildfire. Today, Rob routinely consults with authors who’ve made the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists!

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Build Your Website FAST

FACT: Every author needs their own website, even if they haven't published anything yet. Social media platforms come and go, but having your own website is critical for building a platform, connecting with fellow authors and industry professionals, engaging potential readers and sustaining a long-term career.
In this live two-hour intensive webinar, digital media and publishing expert Jane Friedman will teach you how to use WordPress to get your own website up and running in a day or less—often in one evening! If you already have a website or blog, you'll learn best practices to ensure you're getting the most out of it. 
  • The difference between a blog and a website, and whether or not you need a blog
  • How to add images or other media to your site
  • When you should hire a professional designer or site developer
  • Absolute must-have elements for every author website, even if you’re unpublished
  • And more...
  • Writers who want to establish a new website from scratch
  • Writers who want to learn how to use WordPress to build a new website
  • Writers who want to transition from a blog-only site, such as Blogspot or Tumblr, to a full-featured site on WordPress
  • Writers who have tried to use WordPress but need a tutorial
Thursday, October 31, 2019
at 1:00 PM EDT

Instructor: Jane Friedman

Jane is the former publisher of Writer’s Digest and the former web editor for the Virginia Quarterly Review (VQR). She has been building websites using WordPress since 2006, and is the sole designer and developer of her own website at Her website enjoys more than 100,000 visits every month and has won multiple awards as a best website for writers.

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Write Dynamic and Engaging Fiction

Do youhave an amazing story idea, but need to learn the basics of how to write a book? Creating a story that is dynamic and engaging takes a lot more than just setting aside an hour every day to write.
This workshop will take you through all of the basics of writing a novel including how important it is to choose a great setting, how to build characters, what point of view you should choose, how to write great dialogue, and more!
Learn the ins and outs of how to write a book with our workshop and get your story to jump off the page!
  • How to write contemporary and classic fiction books
  • The basics of plotting your story
  • How to find a revision style that suites your writing style
  • How to develop your own unique style of writing
  • And much more...
  • Individuals interested in fiction writing (any genre)
  • Writers who want to learn key components of successful fiction writing and numerous time-tested techniques
  • Beginning fiction writers who would like a published author to help guide and coach them as they pursue their writing goals
  • "Feedback was great and I learned a lot, would gladly recommend this course to anyone looking to write in the fabulous world of fiction!" -BC
  • "Best course I have taken" - RM
This Thursday, October 24, 2019 - January 16, 2020

Instructor: Gloria Kempton

As the former editor of two magazines, acquisitions editor at a publishing house, and a freelance novel and nonfiction book editor at ten major publishing houses, Gloria understands what happens on both sides of the desk.Gloria has also written two novels and eight nonfiction books. She is currently working on several projects; a mainstream novel, a book of essays about her years as a prison volunteer, and a book for writers on unlocking the unconscious.
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