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From Pitch to Page One:
How to Get an Agent from the Get-Go

A Live Workshop with Katharine Sands


Literary agents are always on a treasure hunt for new talent with both fiction and nonfiction books. But few writers know what it takes to make agents yell at first glance: “Eureka, I’ve struck gold!” And a first glance is all that most writers will get before the agent moves on without ever reading further.

This presentation cuts through the mystery of getting an agent to want YOU, to read YOU and to say YES to YOU. In this presentation, literary agent Katharine Sands shows you the best ways to showcase your writing as a bold, new entry into its category—and yourself as a potential author with an intriguing book poised to spring forth. We look at hooks, selling points, and engines; and how to avoid Query Killers: the easy-to-fix mistakes writers make when querying agents and on the All-Important Page One.

You Will Learn:
  • How to make the perfect pitch
  • Ways to use your pitch to deliver enough of the flavor of the book to whet the reader’s appetite for more and how to keep the momentum going to All-important-Page-One
  • How to start in a logical place, yet from a compelling perch
  • How to identify the most exciting elements that illustrate your work showing why your book will find readers
  • How to encapsulate in clear core points when proposing a book
  • The five key takeaways you need to entice an agent/editor
  • How to amplify your chances for being selected successfully
You will also learn what to do--and what not to do--when providing a summary of your book in 200-250 words – that signal the neurons in the agent’s mind to decide: yes, keep reading!

Ideal for Writers of both Fiction and Nonfiction -- Register early for the best price !

ART HOLCOMB Instructor / Literary Agent Katharine Sands

A literary agent with the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, Katharine Sands has worked with a varied list of authors who publish a diverse array of books. See the agency website for the latest successful publications.

She is the agent provocateur of Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye, a collection of pitching wisdom from leading literary agents. Recently contributed “Grey is the New Black” to Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey, a nonfiction look at the cultural phenom of the bestselling novel.

Actively building her client list, she likes books that have a clear benefit for readers’ lives in categories of food, travel, lifestyle, home arts, beauty, wisdom, relationships, parenting, and fresh looks, which might be at issues, life challenges or popular culture. When reading fiction she wants to be compelled and propelled by urgent storytelling, and hooked by characters. For memoir and femoir, she likes to be transported to a world rarely or newly observed.

Sunday Sept 10, 2017

Advanced Registration: $99 - now!

Walk up Registration:     $149

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