Pitch Wars Webinars: Secrets of Writing a Good Retelling
Jul20

Pitch Wars Webinars: Secrets of Writing a Good Retelling

WEBINARS Pitch Wars Webinars Presents… Secrets of Writing a Good Retelling Reworking a fairy tale is one thing—but what about reworking classic works of literature from the greatest writers of our time (like, say, Shakespeare or Jane Austen)? Everyone knows that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but how do you find the balance between creating something that is wholly your own, while also keeping true to the original’s spirit? In this workshop, learn how to create a high concept story angle for your retelling, deal with the pressure of expectation while somehow keeping the story unpredictable, and above all, finding the balance between your inner fangirl/boy and the professional writer. The Details . . . Date: Wednesday, August 16 Time: 8:30 pm ET Cost: $20 to attend the workshop Instructions: Register using the form below and upload your receipt. Please note: There is a 50 person limit for the webinar About McKelle George . . . Twitter | Website  McKelle George is a reader, writer of clumsy rebels, perpetual doodler, and associate librarian at the best library in the world. She mentors with Salt Lake Teen Writes and plays judge for the Poetry Out Loud teen competitions (but has no poetic talent herself). Her debut young adult novel Speak Easy, Speak Love comes out from Greenwillow/HarperCollins in 2017, and she currently lives in Salt Lake City with an enormous white german shepherd and way, way too many books. About Kate Watson . . . Twitter | Website  Kate Watson is a young adult writer, wife, mother of two, and the tenth of thirteen children. Originally from Canada, she attended college in the States and holds a BA in Philosophy from Brigham Young University. A lover of travel, speaking in accents, and experiencing new cultures, she has studied in Israel and lived in Brazil, the American South, and now calls Arizona home. Her first novel, SEEKING MANSFIELD, debuts in Spring 2017, with the companion novel to follow in 2018. She is also a contributor to Eric Smith’s Welcome Home adoption anthology coming in 2017.  [vfb id=24] (You don’t need a Paypal account to donate. Just go to the bottom and you can use a credit card.) About Pitch Wars Webinars… The Pitch Wars webinar series was developed to help writers at every stage of their careers. Mentors and industry experts will host webinars focused on pitching, publishing, developing craft, and more. Pitch Wars is a contest where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer suggestions to shine it up for agents. The mentors work with their mentees for two months before an agent round. Learn...

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Pitch Wars LIVE Show #1: YA Mentors
Jul17

Pitch Wars LIVE Show #1: YA Mentors

Pitch Wars LIVE kicked off tonight with an amazing show featuring Young Adult mentors who all have diverse tastes and backgrounds. We talked about everything from pet peeves to queries and even our favorite/least favorite tropes.  Didn’t get to catch it live? Check out the recorded episode below. Be sure to reference the schedule for upcoming shows in your manuscript’s age category. All episodes can be found on a playlist on the Pitch Wars Youtube Page here. And join us tomorrow for the first round of Middle Grade mentors!...

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Pitch Wars Webinars: The Four T’s of Writing Classic Middle Grade
Jul12

Pitch Wars Webinars: The Four T’s of Writing Classic Middle Grade

WEBINARS Pitch Wars Webinars Presents… The Four T’s of Writing Classic Middle Grade Writing Middle Grade literature is a privilege and a responsibility. It can also be extremely intimidating to try and follow in the steps of Kate DiCamillo or Katherine Applegate. But if you think you want to make the jump to writing for this age group, or aren’t sure whether you’re writing MG or YA, or maybe just want to be inspired again before you begin working on your next MG novel, then this class is for you. We will help you understand the four fundamental elements of great MG literature. Truth, Tenderness, Transformation, and Timelessness. Come prepared to understand how MG literature works with developmental milestones, how to address tough topics for this age group, and secrets to writing the kind of book that begs to be reread long after childhood. The lecture portion of this class will last about 50 minutes, with 10-20 minutes of Q&A afterwards. The Details . . . Date: Thursday, August 3 Time: 9:00 pm ET Cost: $20 to attend the workshop Instructions: Register using the form below and upload your receipt. Please note: There is a 50 person limit for the webinar About Cindy Baldwin . . . Twitter | Website  Cindy Baldwin is a children’s book writer and poet. She has a weakness for really, really dark chocolate and the sort of books that make you want to stay up all night reading. Her debut middle grade novel, WHERE THE WATERMELONS GROW, will come out in the summer of 2018 from HarperCollins Children’s. About Amanda Rawson Hill . . . Twitter | Website  Amanda Rawson Hill is a conversationalist, homeschooler, chemistry graduate, and Disneyland enthusiast. Her debut middle grade novel, THE THREE RULES OF EVERYDAY MAGIC, will be published by Boyds Mills Press in Fall 2018.  [vfb id=23] (You don’t need a Paypal account to donate. Just go to the bottom and you can use a credit card.) About Pitch Wars Webinars… The Pitch Wars webinar series was developed to help writers at every stage of their careers. Mentors and industry experts will host webinars focused on pitching, publishing, developing craft, and more. Pitch Wars is a contest where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer suggestions to shine it up for agents. The mentors work with their mentees for two months before an agent round. Learn...

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Pitch Wars Webinars: A Query Workshop with Agent Jim McCarthy
Jul03

Pitch Wars Webinars: A Query Workshop with Agent Jim McCarthy

WEBINARS Pitch Wars Webinars Presents… A Query Workshop with Agent Jim McCarthy, Vice President of Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret Literary Agency In this live webinar, Jim McCarthy invites you to peek behind the curtain and watch exactly what happens when an agent considers your query. Working from your pre-submitted queries,  participants will have the chance to read along with him as he decides whether to stop reading or carry on. You’ll see the exact moment in query letters that he perks up or passes. He promises to be all the way honest but also to share feedback that is not only proscriptive but kind. Along the way, you’ll garner helpful tips on what to avoid as you write your own query, how to stand out from the pack (in a good way), and what goes on in an agent’s mind as they consider your material. THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW ONLY OPEN TO OBSERVE, NOT TURN IN YOUR OWN QUERY FOR REVIEW (Price has been adjusted.) The Details . . . Date: Tuesday, July 25 Time: 8:30 pm ET Cost: $25 $20 to attend the workshop Instructions: Register using the form below and upload your receipt. Don’t forget to send your query letter to brendadrakecontests@gmail.com no later than 5 pm ET on Tuesday, July 18 with the subject line “Query letter for Jim McCarthy workshop.” Please note: There is a 30 person limit for the webinar About Jim McCarthy . . . Twitter | Website  Jim McCarthy is Vice President and literary agent at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management in New York, NY. He has been with the agency for 18 years, initially starting as an intern way back in the ‘90s. He represents a wide range of fiction, adult and young adult, commercial and literary. He is also seeking narrative nonfiction, particularly memoir, history, and pop culture. His clients include New York Times bestsellers Richelle Mead, Victoria Laurie, Morgan Rhodes, Livia Blackburne, Robin Talley, among many more. THIS WEBINAR IS NOW OPEN WITHOUT QUERY SUBMISSION   [vfb id=’21’] (You don’t need a Paypal account to donate. Just go to the bottom and you can use a credit card.) About Pitch Wars Webinars… The Pitch Wars webinar series was developed to help writers at every stage of their careers. Mentors and industry experts will host webinars focused on pitching, publishing, developing craft, and more. Pitch Wars is a contest where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer suggestions to shine it up for agents. The mentors work with their mentees for two months before an agent round. Learn more. Save Save Save Save...

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Pitch Wars Webinars: Realistically & Authentically Portraying Psychological Disorders in Your Fiction with Clinical Psychologist Jessica Bayliss
Jun19

Pitch Wars Webinars: Realistically & Authentically Portraying Psychological Disorders in Your Fiction with Clinical Psychologist Jessica Bayliss

WEBINARS Pitch Wars Webinars Presents… Realistically & Authentically Portraying Psychological Disorders in Your Fiction Hundreds of millions of people worldwide struggle with mental health concerns, including depression, PTSD, panic, and OCD. Most of our lives have been touched by these challenges in some way. Yet these aren’t always well-understood, and inaccurate portrayals in fiction abound. As a Clinical Psychologist, I am troubled when I read books that get it wrong. I have spent thousands of hours working with people who are coping with these concerns. Part of my job as a psychotherapist is to understand each individual and to help them gain new insights into their symptoms, how they impact their thinking and behavior, and how that impacts their emotions. In this webinar, will share some of what I’ve learned from my work. I will talk through symptoms of these diagnoses, so as to consider not only what symptoms actually look like in real people, but how they impact thinking and behavior/functioning. I’ll comment on the symptoms that tend to show up often in fiction, and highlight symptoms that are actually very central to the presentation of these diagnoses that are more subtle/harder to portray/or just not as commonly seen in fiction. I’ll also present some comparison and contrasting to highlight how there can be some very significant differences between different diagnoses but also a great deal of overlap. My hope is that this webinar forms one part of the authors’ research into mental health concerns, which should also include seeking out direct conversations with folks dealing with these concerns personally along with reading resources from reputable sources and seeking sensitivity reads. The Details . . . Date: Wednesday, June 28 Time: 8:30 pm – 10pm ET Cost: $20 to attend the webinar Please note: There is a 50 person limit for the webinar About Jessica Bayliss . . . Twitter | Website | Instagram | Facebook | Goodreads Jessica Bayliss is a fiction author who loves all things reading and writing. A clinical psychologist by day and a writer all the time, her genre-bending fiction holds a little something for everyone. She has been a lover ghost tales and horror since her days scanning VHS rental shelves—admittedly with eyes half-averted from the gory covers—so a touch of the mysterious always finds a home in Jessica’s work. Romance with a dash of supernatural. Horror with a bit of humor. You get the gist. Jessica also writes across age groups, whether young or not-so-young. Because one cannot live on writing alone, Jessica also spends a great deal of time with friends and family. She is a lover of all animals especially one very special Havanese....

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Pitch Wars Webinars: Rejection Correction–Why am I getting rejected? with Mentor CM McCoy
May24

Pitch Wars Webinars: Rejection Correction–Why am I getting rejected? with Mentor CM McCoy

WEBINARS Pitch Wars Webinars Presents… The second of two special small group educational series…. Rejection Correction: Why am I getting rejected? Rejection Correction is a week-long, online workshop held inside a secret Facebook group and led by author and Literary Agency PR Manager/Associate Agent, Colleen Oefelein (author CM McCoy). Participants will focus on the first page and the routine pitfalls that make an agent stop reading. Colleen will discuss the common reasons agents and editors reject, and then examine the way forward after rejection, whether it’s tweaking the project or seeking alternate agents to query. She will discuss how rejection language translates into real-life, optional manuscript tweaks to address the rejection feedback. This workshop will help you to identify feedback you can use to improve your MS as opposed to feedback that is too vague to be of use, or rejection language that simply suggests the author should seek an alternate champion for their project. Colleen may also cover cliches, telling vs showing, deep point of view, naming emotions, filtering, engine-cranking, cart-before-the-horse, logic, and the basic elements of a “magnetic” first page. Participants have an opportunity to share their query plus first page and receive personal feedback from Colleen and the other participants.   **Note — This workshop is a critique, not an evaluation of the author’s work, and the author’s work will not be considered for representation through this workshop.**   The Details . . . When: The program will be self-paced during the week of June 10-17 and is expected to take about five hours. What: Participants should bring their query, first page, and their rejections (if they have any), both the vague and the concrete. Cost: $50 Please note: Registration is limited to the first FIFTEEN (15) participants. This webinar is now putting names on a wait-list until all the current registrants have paid. Please, fill out the form to be put on the waiting list but DO NOT PAY until you are contacted via email. About Colleen Oefelein.. . . Colleen Oefelein (author CM McCoy) has one pointed ear, a 70-pound puppy from Hell, and a very active imagination. She’s well aware nobody can say or spell her real last name, hence the pen name. You can call her Colleen. She’s a retired Air Force officer, an author, a blogger, and the PR manager for Inklings Literary Agency, where she’s also an agent assistant. When she’s not chatting with her imaginary friends, she’s either stuck in a book or interviewing with PEOPLE Magazine, ABC’s 20/20, the local morning news show, or INSIDE EDITION, where she promotes writing for mental and emotional health. She also mentors...

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Pitch Wars Webinar: The Perfect Pitch with Mentor C.M. McCoy
May17

Pitch Wars Webinar: The Perfect Pitch with Mentor C.M. McCoy

WEBINARS Pitch Wars Webinars Presents… The first of two special small group educational series…. Pitch Perfect: Craft the perfect hook to sell your book to agents, editors, reviewers, and readers with Colleen Oefelein Craft the perfect hook to sell your book to agents, editors, reviewers, and readers. Pitch Perfect is a week-long, online workshop held inside a secret Facebook group and led by author and Literary Agency PR Manager/Associate Agent, Colleen Oefelein (author CM McCoy). In this workshop, authors cook their manuscript down to its juiciest bits and craft a 20-35 word pitch. We cover the anatomy of a pitch, see successful pitch examples (from queries, in-person pitches, and TV interviews), and craft an effective query letter inside a fun, friendly, interactive workshop. Those who wish to shine up their #PitchWars Pitch submission get an opportunity to do so and receive personal feedback/critique from me and the other participants. **Note — This workshop is a critique, not an evaluation of the author’s work, and the author’s work will not be considered for representation through this workshop.**   The Details . . . When: The program will be self-paced during the week of June 3-10 and is expected to take about five hours. Cost: $50 Please note: Registration is limited to the first FIVE (5) participants   Check back next week to register for Colleen’s second small group program: Why am I Getting Rejected? Which will take place June 10-17 in a similar environment.   About Colleen Oefelein.. . . Colleen Oefelein (author CM McCoy) has one pointed ear, a 70-pound puppy from Hell, and a very active imagination. She’s well aware nobody can say or spell her real last name, hence the pen name. You can call her Colleen. She’s a retired Air Force officer, an author, a blogger, and the PR manager for Inklings Literary Agency, where she’s also an agent assistant. When she’s not chatting with her imaginary friends, she’s either stuck in a book or interviewing with PEOPLE Magazine, ABC’s 20/20, the local morning news show, or INSIDE EDITION, where she promotes writing for mental and emotional health. She also mentors pre-published authors through workshops and contests and runs Totem Head’s Annual Free Writing Contest for Kids, now in its eighth year. Though she holds a BS in both Chemical Engineering and German, she’s far happier writing near misses and awkward kisses. Some of her off-the-wall talents include speaking in 10-codes (which she learned working 911-dispatch for Alaska State Troopers), flying helicopters, and Irish dance. Website | Twitter | Instagram| Facebook | Goodreads | YouTube | Pinterest   THIS WEBINAR IS NOW FULL   About Pitch Wars Webinars . . . The Pitch...

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Pitch Wars Webinar: Ask a Publishing Pro with Michele Rubin
May02

Pitch Wars Webinar: Ask a Publishing Pro with Michele Rubin

WEBINARS   Ask a Publishing Pro . . . Michele Rubin was a Senior Executive Literary Agent with Writer’s House for almost 25 years where she represented everything across the board before becoming the Managing Editor at Cornerstones U.S., a literary consultancy. Join this webinar and ask Michele all of your burning industry questions—no topic is off limits! Michele will also share valuable insights around what authors should look for in an editor. What questions should you ask? What should you expect? How can you tell if the relationship is a worthy investment of your time and money?   The Details . . . Date: Tuesday, May 30, 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm ET Cost: FREE Please note: There is a 50 person limit for the webinar   About Michele Rubin . . . Twitter | Cornerstones US | Cornerstones UK Michele Rubin was a literary agent at Writers House for 25 years, leaving agenting in 2013 to work full-time as a freelance editor, writer, ghostwriter, and conductor of writing workshops. Her areas of expertise and interest are broad; she is open to all genres. Michele is a Cornerstones industry editor.         THIS WEBINAR IS NOW FULL   Thank you for your interest! The Pitch Wars team is thrilled to be launching our new webinar series!   About Pitch Wars Webinars . . . The Pitch Wars webinar series was developed to help writers at every stage of their careers. Mentors and industry experts will host webinars focused on pitching, publishing, developing craft, and more. Pitch Wars is a contest where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer suggestions to shine it up for agents. The mentors work with their mentees for two months before an agent round. Learn more. ALL SESSIONS WILL BE RECORDED, so if you can’t make the exact day, you will have access to the webinar after the event.    ...

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