How to Get Your Children’s Book or Novel Published
If you are writing picture books, middle grade, or young adult, this online conference will explain everything you need to know to get an agent and secure a book deal. You will learn about how to write compelling stories for kids, what makes agents & editors stop reading a submission, how to compose an awesome query for your work, young adult writing, and more. Plus, you’ll get access to exclusive agent & editor panels where anonymous first pages are read aloud and critiqued in real time. If you want to know what makes publishing professionals keep reading (or reject you), these panels provide behind-the-scenes access to how they judge first pages.
The following panels and classes are included.
First Pages Panel–Literary Agents:
First Pages Panel–Publishing House Editors:
How to Write and Sell Your Young Adult Fiction — Regina Brooks (Serendipity Literary)
Young Adult Fiction (fiction for ages 12-18) is one of the most lucrative genres in publishing. Award-winning literary agent Regina Brooks will share ideas on how to maximize your potential for publishing success in the YA marketplace. In this class, you’ll receive insider knowledge regarding key elements agents and editors are looking for in a story, as well as how to grab their attention. Brooks will share the surefire techniques and tips necessary to get an agent to read past the first few pages of your manuscript. By the time you’re done with this presentation, you will know how to position and classify your novel, how to start your story strong, and the five elements any good YA novel needs to succeed.
Un-branding Yourself: Revealing the True You to the Book Community — Laura Barbiea (Alloy Entertainment)
For so many creative people, “branding,” “marketing,” and “promotion” are bad words. Many view these things as chores or barriers to expressing your true self. This class will change how you perceive the online world, and expand your understanding of how to effectively represent yourself and your work! Taught by Laura Barbiea, social media manager at Alloy Entertainment (a publisher), this class will discuss strategies for reaching the fans you already have and ways you can connect with other like-minded artists in the writing community.
Writing A Manuscript That Gets and Keeps Everyone’s Attention — Linda Camacho (Prospect Agency)
Manuscripts are vetted at so many levels. They pass from the eyes of agents to editors to marketing to sales, and while there are some variables outside of the writer’s control, craft is not one of them. In the end, publishing folks seek the same thing: A good story. Every good story has certain key elements that I looked for as as a marketer at Random House and even now as an agent. If the manuscript falters on any of these counts, it’s a pass. In this workshop, I’ll talk about several key story fundamentals that not only grab an agent or editor’s attention, but that of the acquisitions board as well.
Marketing 101 — Jalissa Corrie, Lee & Low Books
Even if you don’t have a book deal, an agent, or a completed manuscript, it’s never too early to prepare yourself for the moment you become an author. From networking at events to establishing web presence, this talk will highlight what you can do now to help build your platform, audience, and readership.
A Beginner’s Guide to Publishing Law — Melissa Edwards (Stonesong Literary)
Contracts, copyright, and intellectual property… oh my! Attorney and literary agent Melissa Edwards wants to help shine some light on the legalities involved in publishing a book. She will give a rundown on basic copyright protection, before and after registration, and introduce you to the most important terms in a publishing contract. While no class can replace hiring an attorney to protect your rights, this class will act as a excellent publaw primer.
Writing Picture Books: How? Why? When? — Julie Falatko, Author
Do you have an idea for a children’s book, but get discouraged thinking when you sit down to write? Maybe you can’t seem to make your story sing, or it seems impossible to break into the seemingly impenetrable market. Fear not. Published picture book author Julie Falatko (Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) gives you tips on writing and publishing for the youngest of young readers—dishing out insider information on the process. Grab a cup of coffee and get cozy for a fun and honest discussion about writing and selling picture books. You’ll learn about word count, character, how the library is your friend, and adding a surprise element to a story so your work will stand out. You can visit Julie’s website or find her online at Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Straight from the Heart: Knowing Your Emotional Core in the Craft and Business of Writing For Children — Stephanie Fretwell-Hill, Red Fox Literary
You may not yet realize it, but the worlds of writing and publishing are built on a foundation of relationships. There are the relationships between your characters, the relationship readers have to your work, and the relationships inside the industry. In this talk, we’ll explore how that can benefit you as a writer–and how being emotionally open in your work is often the key to getting that all-important YES.
Finding the Funny in Your Manuscript — Jilly Gagnon, author of #Famous (HarperCollins, 2017)
Everyone loves a good laugh, but many of us think we’re not capable of injecting humor into our stories, that we’re “just not funny.” In this talk, young adult author and comedy writer Jilly Gagnon will explain some of the purposes of comedy in literature, the ways any writer can insert it into a manuscript, why you might want to (even if your book is a tearjerker), common comedy pitfalls, and the tools you’ll need to start bringing laughter to your readers.
Writing for children on the cusp of adolescence is a mysterious formula, particularly when interacting with kids isn’t part of your usual routine. This online conference will define middle grade (as opposed to YA and other children’s books), let you in on the three most common misconceptions about writing for a middle grade audience, teach you what keeps a young reader’s attention, and much more.
From Concept to Picture Book. An illustrator’s Perspective–Hazel Mitchell, Author/Illustrator
Hazel Mitchell talks about how she took her real dog and featured him in a fictionalized setting, from initial sketches, dummies to final artwork. An overview of style choices to character depiction, layout and composition, pacing, page turns, working with an art director and tips for making the process pain free!
School Visits: How to Meet Young Readers, Build an Audience, and Sell Books — Cameron Kelly Rosenblum, author
You’ve done it! You’re a published author! Congratulations! As a book creator, you want nothing more than to get your stories into the hands of kids, right? Guess what! Your school librarian wants the same thing. School librarians can be powerful, passionate advocates for your work and are networked nationally and beyond through Twitter, blogs and conferences. By creating a rich school visit program, you can reach your audience in a unique way, connecting with kids, building enthusiasm for literacy schools— in short, helping the school librarian and teachers to do their job. It’s a win-win if you build a reputation for having a great program. Find out what makes a stand-out school visit from the educator’s point of view and how you can really connect with your most important peeps: the kids.
From Pitch to Page — Katharine Sands, The Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency
Literary agents are always on a treasure hunt. 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 class, 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 Querial Killers: the easy-to-fix mistakes writers make when querying agents and on All-Important Page One.
Internet Stalking Without Being Creepy: Research, Networking, and Becoming a Priority – Jessica Sinsheimer, The Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency
Everyone knows that social media can build your platform, expand your network, and make you look more appealing to a potential agent. But for the introverts among us, blasting content can feel unnatural, intimidating, and borderline creepy. This course will show you how to think of this now-essential task as a way to build authentic connections and find real friendships—while also locating the people most likely to move your career forward. In this course, you’ll learn how to build your list of potential agents, how to do targeted research that helps you personalize your pitch, and how to become a known factor—to present yourself as someone great to work with—so your name leaps out, and the agent already likes you, when you finally do submit your work.
Worldbuilding 101 — Roseanne Wells, Jennifer Di Chiara Literary Agency
Ever received feedback on your work that said “I didn’t connect with the world”? Perhaps you’re not sure if your fantasy story is believable? Worldbuilding–for fantasy, magical realism, and even contemporary–can be hard to define, but it’s essential to support any narrative. Taught by a literary agent who seeks immersive and detailed worlds, this session will discuss what worldbuilding is, how character and worldbuilding help each other, and a breakdown of the elements of worldbuilding.