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The Writer’s Guide to Getting Ready, Getting Read, and Getting Readers
A Live Workshop with New York Literary Agent 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 a publisher to say YES to YOU. Join Katharine Sands, a literary agent with the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, for a four+ hour intensive seminar that will teach you the ins and outs of the publishing universe.

You Will Learn:
  • The essential secrets to “PitchCraft,” including: what to do--and what mistakes many writers make when querying agents.

  • Seven surefire techniques that get you out of the slushpile, including: how to identify and develop your selling points and sales engines, whet an agent's appetite, get editors to say "yes."

  • Hooks, selling points, and sales engines; and how to avoid "Querial Killers"-- the easy-to-fix mistakes writers make when querying agents and proposing book projects.

  • A tour of the submissions process. This segment takes participants through the getting-an-agent/submitting-to-editors experience, focusing on fundamental guiding principles behind all successful authors and the author-agent-editor relationship.

  • A tour of the acquisitions process. This will show how to best present a non-fiction and fiction book projects to a publisher for consideration.

  • Trends in publishing, expanding digital markets, and the actual business of books—and its quirks and processes and challenges.

Participants will also have the opportunity to submit their query letters
to Ms. Sands ahead of time for a customized critique at the workshop.

Plus get get great marketing and networking tips to break into the competitive world of publishing. Ideal for Writers of both Fiction and Nonfiction.
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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.

Katharine 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.

She is the agent provocateur of Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent's Eye and has been a guest speaker on writing and publishing for Poets and Writers, The American Society of Journalists and Authors, UCLA, New York University, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

She has worked with a diverse list of authors including: Youth to Power by teen climate activist Jamie Margolin; The Little Book of Healthy Beauty: Simply Daily Habits to Get You Glowing by Dr. Oz staple, Dr. Pina LoGiodice; Sell Your Story in a Single Sentence: Advice from the Front lines of Hollywood by Lane Shefter Bishop; Spiritual Pregnancy: Nine Months that Change Your Life Before You Give Birth by Dr. Shawn Tassone and Dr. Kathryn Landherr; Talk to Strangers: How Everyday Random Encounters Can Expand Your Business, Career, Income and Life by David Topus; The New Rules of Attraction: How to Get Him, Keep Him and Make Him Beg for More by Arden Leigh; Stand Up for Yourself: Resolve Workplace Crises Before You Quit, Get Axed or Sue the Bastards by Donna Ballman; Dating the Devil (producer: Vast Entertainment) by Lia Romeo; XTC: Song Stories; Chasing Zebras: THE Unofficial Guide to House, MD by Barbara Barnett of Let’s Talk TV; CityTripping: a Guide for Foodies, Fashionistas and the Generally Style-Obsessed; Writers on Directors; Ford model Helen Lee’s The Tao of Beauty; Elvis and You: Your Guide to the Pleasures of Being an Elvis Fan; New York: Songs of the City; Taxpertise: Dirty Little Secrets the IRS Doesn’t Want You to Know; The SAT Word Slam, Divorce After 50; Trust Your Gut; Make Up, Don’t Break Up with Oprah guest Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil to name a few.

Sunday November 10, 2019
10 am - 3 pm

Advanced Registration: $99 - now!

Walk up Registration:     $149

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