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Thrilling Agents with the First Pages of Your MG or YA Novel - Includes Critique

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Thrilling Agents & Editors with Your First Pages and Chapters of Your MG or YA Novel
With Jodell Sadler and Leslie Shumate
Register today to attend this live webinar!
Your Price: $89.99
Session Date: July 23, 2015
Starting Time: 1:00pm Eastern
Duration: 90 minutes
Price: $89.99
About the critique:

All registrants are invited to submit a pitch and first two pages for critique. All submitted (critique item) are guaranteed a written critique by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Assistant Editor Leslie Shumate or Literary Agent, Jodell Sadler, Sadler Children's Literary, and Founder, KidLit College. You must submit a cover page that includes your pitch and then a first page. Your submission for critique should represent your professional submission to a publisher, short, style-savvy, and succinct. Leslie Shumate and Jodell Sadler reserve the right to request more writing from attendees by email following the event if their interest piques by the writing style.

Please Note: Even if you can't attend the live webinar, registering for this live version will enable you to receive the On Demand webinar and a personal critique of your material.Purchasing the On Demand version after the live event will not include a critique.

About the webinar:
I love the opening to the Beatrix Potter Movie. It shows us her sweeping paintbrush. There is a quite pause and birdsong. A violin softly plays over gentle, high-pitched piano keys. "There's something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite tell where they'll take you. Mine took me here."
"Looking back, the city and I never much liked each other. An unmarried woman, after all, was expected to behave in very particular ways, which did not include traipsing from publisher to publisher with a gaggle of friends."

Make a great first impression. You only have a few pages to thrill an editor or agent, so this live webinar focuses on firsts: pitch, line, hook, paragraph, pages and chapter. What does an editor and agent prefer when it comes to these firsts? Your attention on firsts is a gift to your storytelling. In this webinar, you will explore award-winning titles and diverse books and see the many ways you may introduce your story: chapter book, middle grade, or young adult book projects will be used, and you will learn what we are looking for: a solid hook, great voice, and set up. We will explore first lines, first paragraphs, and first pages of award-winning novels and talk about how they are enticing readers.

This is an important step as it really is what keeps so many manuscripts from moving forward or it might exist in chapter two versus chapter 1. Writers must grab their reader right way and alert them that this read, this writing, presents a unique experience. Excite them. Be playful and invite intrigue into the first chapter. Reveal just enough, but not too much. Allow your reader to enter a story rather than be told about a story. Jump on the page and engage.

What you'll learn:

How we get a feel for character
How we get a sense of voice
If the tone and 'personality' of the story is coming through
If an editor gets the idea of where the story will go
How to bring your reader in and keep them there
If your opening is working: why and how
How to you entice readers right from the first breath of story
What is the conflict and how fast does it come
If you can reveal inner character and conflict in your opening
How important voice, character, setting, and tension/direction is to a story
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Who should attend:

Writers who are want to learn how to write a strong pitch
Writers who want their first pages to grab attention: editor, agent, and reader
Writers who would like feedback on their pitch and first two pages
Writers who are questioning that first page and chapter
Writers looking for a professional critique from an editor or agent
Writers who want to know what excites an editor and agent in first chapters
Writers who want to challenge themselves to really polish their work


Leslie Shumate is an assistant editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the children's division of Hachette Book Group. 

Jodell Sadler, founder of KidLit College and founding agent at Sadler Children's Literary, earned her MFA at Hamline University in 2009. 

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