Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Agent One-on-One: First Ten Pages Boot Camp

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 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.
Here's how it works:

On Thursday morning, November 17th, you will gain online 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 the start date, 11/17, by 5pm ET. While we accept agent requests, we cannot guarantee that you'll be assigned to that agent. All agents have the ability to provide feedback in all genres.

Students may take Thursday and Friday to revise their pages, which are due to be sent to their assigned agent no later than 10:00 am (ET) on Saturday morning, November 19. (The word count of submissions is strictly limited to 2500 words and it should be submitted in the body of their email, not as attachments). Participating agents from Talcott Notch Literary include Paula Munier, Gina Panettieri, and Saba Sulaiman. (All times noted are Eastern Time).

All pages with notes will be returned to participants by 10:00 AM (ET) Sunday morning (November 20). You'll work to revise your pages based on the agent's specific feedback. From 1:00 to 4:00 PMon November 20, Paula, Gina, and Saba will be available to answer questions and provide additional feedback to their assigned students via the Writer's Digest University discussion boards. 

By 10:00 PM (ET) Sunday night on November 20, you'll return your final revised pages to your assigned agent for review. Agents 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 November 27. Any one of them may ask for additional pages if the initial submission shows serious promise.