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Starts Monday! How to Find and Keep a Literary Agent Boot Camp

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December 3,  2015


How to Find and Keep a Literary Agent Boot Camp

December 7 - December 10, 2015

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Start Date: Monday, December 7, 2015
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How do you hook an agent right away, keep them hooked, and make the most of your new publishing relationship? In this Boot Camp, "How to Find and Keep a Literary Agent," you'll learn how to get a literary agent's attention through a great submission, and also how to navigate the process of working successfully with an agent. You'll also work with an agent online to review and refine your all-important query letter and the first five pages of your novel.

This Boot Camp will cover a range of important questions: .


  • What keeps an agent reading? What makes writing jump off the page?
  • What are the most common Chapter 1 mistakes that make them stop reviewing your submission?
  • What are the steps you need to give your query and manuscript the best possible shot?
  • What are the turn-ons and turn-offs when it comes to queries?
  • How do agents make judgment calls?
  • And much more.


With real-life examples of queries that do and don't work, you will learn how you can refine your own query letter and get an agent to request your novel.

The world of literary agencies can be an intimidating place. You'll be lead through the inner-workings of finding the perfect literary agent, working with an agent and how to get the most out of your relationship. See what a day in the life of an agent looks like, and get tips about how to find your perfect author-agent match that will result in a successful partnership.

The best part is that you'll be working directly with a knowledgeable and experienced agent, who will provide feedback specific to your work.


Here's how it works:

On December 7th, you will gain access to a special 60-minute online tutorial presented by agents at the Dijkstra Literary Agency. It will explain the submission process of submitting to an agent, what they find appealing in a query letter and what an author-agent relationship looks like from the inside. You will also be notified by email which agent you'll be working with by Monday evening.

From 11:00 am to 1:00 pm (PT) on December 8th and 9th, instructors will be available to answer questions and provide additional feedback via the Writer's Digest University message boards. Only registered students can access these boards.

After listening to the presentation and participating in the discussion sessions, you'll be able to revise your query & first 5 double-spaced pages as necessary. Then, you'll email those pages directly to Jill Marr, Elise Capron, Thao Le or Roz Foster, by the end of the day on Thursday. They will spend the next three weeks reviewing their assigned critiques and providing feedback as to what works and what doesn't.

Please note that any one of the instructing agents may ask for additional pages if the initial submission shows serious promise.


In addition to feedback from agents, attendees will also receive a download of "An Agent's Tips on Story Structures that Sell " an on-demand webinar by by Andrea Hurst.


About the Agents:

ELISE CAPRON is an acquiring agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. She also manages the SDLA office and works closely with Sandra Dijkstra on author development and management. She is most interested in serious, character-driven literary fiction and well-written narrative non-fiction (particularly serious history with a good story).

JILL MARR is an acquiring agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. She graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and a minor in History. She has a strong Internet and media background and nearly 15 years of publishing experience. She wrote features and ads forPages, the literary magazine for people who love books, and continues to write book ads for publishing houses, magazine pieces, and promotional features for television.


ROZ FOSTER is an acquiring agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. She works from New York. She has a B.A. in English Literature from UC San Diego, studied philosophy for a year at the University of Sheffield, U.K., and earned her M.A. in English, with an emphasis in composition & rhetoric and creative writing, from Portland State University. At PSU, she taught writing in exchange for tuition. She's been learning French since 2009..

THAO LE joined the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency in 2011. She handles finances and select contracts and is also an agent.Thao is looking for adult sci-fi/fantasy/horror, NA (new adult), YA (young adult), and MG (middle grade). She enjoys both gritty, dark narratives and fantastically quirky stories. She is also looking for light-hearted, funny, and moving contemporary YAs with a raw, authentic teen voice. She's particularly drawn to memorable characters, smart-mouthed dialogue, strong plots, and tight writing. Her favorite books are ones that reimagine familiar tales and tropes in a completely fresh new way and she has a soft spot for multicultural stories and lush settings.

JESSICA WATTERSON is an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. She graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a degree in sociocultural anthropology and English. Jessica has made books a serious part of her life for many years. During college, she started an indie review blog that featured author interviews and reviewed several self-published books that eventually ended up on the New York Times Best Seller list..

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