October Webinar: How To Write A First Draft In A Month

October 23rd I’ll be teaching another great webinar with Writer’s Digest.

 

Yes, you can write a draft of your book in a month! Don’t let limited time, busy lives, or other obstacles get in your way of writing the book that is in you. A manuscript in 30 days requires thoughtful preparation, strategic planning, a strong sense of discipline and loads of enthusiasm—and this live webinar will give you the concrete tools to achieve your goal. If the only thing that’s holding you back from getting words on the page is no plan, this webinar has all the answers.

Literary agent Carly Watters has been coaching authors through first drafts for a decade and she’ll present a comprehensive strategy to “winning” National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo): a 50,000+ word draft in 30 days. This webinar is all about volume and getting 1,667+ words written per day. Whether you’ll be joining a “5am Writers’ Club,” writing during your lunch breaks at work, or after your kids have gone to sleep—it’s possible for everyone. The webinar will focus on character sketches, detailed storyboarding, realistic schedules, and tips to keep up your momentum through the full month of daily writing.

There will be roadblocks, but you’ll be better positioned to succeed with the more preparation you can do in advance.

 

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  • How to create an overview for your month of writing
  • How to create an engaging premise, well-paced plot, and comprehensive character sketches in advance of writing
  • How to stick to a daily word count
  • Which chapters to flag for future revision and when to forge on to the next chapter
  • Tips for setting, and maintaining, a realistic schedule
  • Ways to overcome complicated life stuff, writers’ block and sluggish writing days

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Writers thinking about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
  • Writers scheduled to participate in NaNoWriMo this November
  • Writers who are writing their first manuscript ever
  • Writers who have written a book, but are looking for a faster-paced schedule this time around
  • Writers who are “pantsers” but want to become “plotters”
  • “Plotters” who want to refine their habits

 

A critique is included. Sign up here, today!

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April Webinar: Selling Your Children’s Book: How to Write and Pitch Novels & Picture Books for Kids Boot Camp

Kid lit writers! The PSLA team is hosting a Writer’s Digest week long workshop just for you.

Please join us! It includes webinars, Q&A and a critique!

Monday, April 18: Online Presentation
Tuesday, April 19: Agent Discussion Session Q&A 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (ET)
Wednesday, April 20: Agent Discussion Session Q&A 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (ET)
Thursday, April 21: Writers Submit Materials
Monday, May 9: Agent Critiques Due

The details:

Children’s books—young adult, middle grade, and picture books—have taken over the publishing industry (in a good way). Readers of all ages are devouring the books that used to only take up space in libraries, children’s bookshelves, or school classrooms. Now, children’s books are celebrated for their enchanting prose, their relatable characters, their beautiful illustrations, and their fantastic stories that transcend age category. The growth of the children’s book sector has been unprecedented this past decade—so how can you make your manuscript stand out in these crowded categories and genres?

In this Writer’s Digest Boot Camp starting April 18, the agents of P.S. Literary Agency will show you how to make your submission stand out. How do you write a children’s book with commercial appeal? How do you decide what category and genre your book belongs in? How do you find agents and publishers to submit your manuscript to? How can you attract both child and adult readers (and buyers)?

The agent instructors will answer these questions—and more! They will also critique your work and answer any questions you have about writing and selling books for children. As a registrant, you can choose to hear a tutorial on how to craft an amazing picture book, and then have your picture book critiqued—or you can choose to hear a different tutorial on writing middle grade and young adult fiction, and then have the first five pages of your YA/MG manuscript critiqued.

This program will show writers of Young Adult and Middle Grade the following:

  • What the difference is between Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction
  • How to create engaging characters that agents, editors, and readers will love
  • Where (and where not) in the your story to start the manuscript
  • How to avoid the most common mistakes found in Young Adult and Middle Grade manuscripts, such as talking down to your audience
  • How to use common Middle Grade and Young Adult tropes
  • What the biggest genres are in Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction right now—and how to decide where your manuscript fits in
  • What to highlight in your pitch to sell your book to agents and publishers
  • What you can learn from your favorite Young Adult and Middle Grade novels

This program will show writers of Picture Books the following:

  • What the state of the market looks like for picture books
  • How to learn from previous bestsellers
  • How to come up with a great story that’s character- and plot-driven
  • How to create a page-turning arc that will keep kids coming back
  • Why rhythm, not rhyming, is the key to success
  • How to think visually and how to work with illustrators
  • How to avoid the “don’ts” in writing for children
  • How to inspire kids without writing heavy morals

Sign up here!

February 11th Webinar: “Find Success with Your Query Letter: Getting Beyond Form Letters”

New year, new webinar.

Sign up here today! It also includes a critique of your query letter!

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  • How to recognize patterns in rejection letters
  • When to rewrite your query and when to revise your manuscript
  • Why agents send form rejections and why they send personalized rejections-and what the difference is
  • Winning formulas for your premise, hook and query letter
  • Why your pitch should focus on plot, not theme
  • The truth about how agents process queries
  • How to think like an agent who is reading their slush pile

ABOUT THE WEBINAR

Writers are tired of all those rejection letters piling up in their inbox. Some writers are confused about what they mean and how to learn from them. Agents don’t love sending rejections; in fact, it’s agents’ least favorite part of the job. Agents send them for many reasons like writers not following guidelines or targeting the right agents, or perhaps an agent really does like a pitch, but they don’t love it. Everyone can see that’s a broad spectrum. So how do writers know where they fall into it? Believe it or not, those form rejections hold the secret to writers’ success-they just don’t know it yet.

This live webinar will change the way attendees think about the polite passes they get from agents. P.S. Literary VP and Senior Agent Carly Watters will teach writers how to deconstruct rejections, interpret unknown patterns, provide attendees with winning pitching formulas, and empower writers to find their success within the querying system.

Agents actually love the slush pile because it’s where they find most of their debut clients. Carly will show attendees how to stand out in the slush pile and reduce the number of rejections received through simple and straightforward techniques they’ll wish they had before they began submitting. Carly has proudly found 95% of her fiction authors in the slush pile and she’ll share the patterns of success that helped land those writers with her.

It’s never too late to have a winning writing career. Those rejections aren’t the end. All it takes is one yes. And Carly will help you get closer to yes.

Here’s the link again. The webinar is Thursday Feb 11. Hope to see you there!

Webinar: Successfully Publishing Your First Novel in the 21st Century

IS09AK1RZJoin me on Sept 3 at 1pm EST for a webinar!

Writer’s Digest is delightfully hosting me again for another great afternoon of talking books and business.

Busy that day? If you want to sign up but you’re booked up, sign up anyway because you get the webinar emailed to you.

PLUS everyone receives a 5 page critique of your work!

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Here are the details for Successfully Publishing Your First Novel in the 21st Century:

It has never been more difficult to get traditionally published and make your writing stand out than right now. No matter what your writing goals are, a writer needs to get their book noticed to make it in this age of publishing. But with the right tools and industry insider tips you can make it possible.

Literary agent Carly Watters has years of experience launching debut authors. She’ll share with you the process of polishing your manuscript and getting it publication ready, querying literary agents effectively, keeping an agent’s attention with your manuscript, how to make the most of an agent/author relationship, how to find the best place to publish your writing, and where to find your readers.

Getting published today is still about the book: the writing has to be superb and stand alone. However, there are other tools writers can harness to grow their career. Carly will share her industry insider tips that have helped her clients grow from slush pile darlings to successfully published authors.

Being a published author in the 21st century means knowing how to get published, how to do it well, and how to rise above all the other books out there. Instead of accepting that it’s a competitive industry, why not learn what it takes to build a successful writing career?

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  • How to begin your book and why you’ve probably been starting in the wrong spot
  • Self-editing tips that will transform your manuscript
  • How to make your query letter stand out (from someone who reads over 800 a month!)
  • Why agents stop reading your manuscript
  • What agents are looking for in writers that are going to help them stand out
  • How agents partner with authors to make them stand out in 21st century publishing

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Writers who are looking to publish their work for the first time
  • Writers who want to get their manuscript publication ready
  • Writers who would like to get a literary agent
  • Writers who would like tips on how to query literary agents
  • Writers who want to learn more about the business side of publishing in the 21st century
  • Writers who have published before, but are looking for better ways to find readers

Sign up today and secure your spot!