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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.

 

The First 10 Pages Intensive

 

This session was recorded and can still be purchased.

Cost: $40 for recorded webinar

Critique: For $50, Heather is offering a query and first ten page critique.

For more information about Heather, this webinar, or to purchase, please GO HERE.

 

Q&A with a Publishing Pro and What to Look for in an Editor with Michele Rubin

Michele Rubin will talk about what to look for in an editor, how to pitch agents and editors, and will answer all of your burning questions about publishing. Michele is currently the Managing Editor for Cornerstones US Literary Consultancy. She previously spent almost 25 years as a senior literary agent at Writer’s House.

THIS WEBINAR IS FULL

 

Craft the Perfect Hook to Sell your Book to Agents, Editors, Reviewers, and Readers

Presented by Author and Literary Agency PR Manager/Agent Assistant, Colleen Oefelein. Seven person group workshop that will be self-paced in a private group over the course of a week.

THIS WEBINAR IS FULL

 

Now Registering for . . .

June 10-17

Why am I Getting Rejected?

Presented by Author and Literary Agency PR Manager/Agent Assistant, Colleen Oefelein. Seven person group workshop that will be self-paced in a private group over the course of a week.

THIS WEBINAR IS FULL

 

What’s next for the Pitch Wars webinar series?

We have exciting topics from industry experts and mentors lined up for our Pitch Wars webinar series, exploring everything from queries to craft. You can expect one to two webinars each month. Keep an eye on this page for a list of what’s coming up, and be sure to subscribe to this site to be notified when registration opens for each program.

June

June TBA

Realistically & Authentically Portraying Psychological Disorders in Your Fiction

Presented by Clinical Psychologist and Author Jessica Bayliss

A Dive into Queries by Amazing Mystery Agent . . .

Details to be announced.

July

Secrets of Writing a Good Retelling

Presented by McKelle George and Kate Watson

 

Stay tuned for more great topics to come!

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

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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.   Please, use the Paypal Donation button below to pay for the webinar after you fill out the registration form.     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 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...

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

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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 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.  ...

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Pitch Wars Webinar: Ask a Publishing Pro with Michele Rubin

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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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Pitch Wars Webinars: The First 10 Pages Intensive

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Pitch Wars Webinars: The First 10 Pages Intensive

WEBINARS 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. The First 10 Pages Intensive . . . Join us for a two-part intensive workshop focused on the first ten pages of your MS. The first ten pages are the window into the world of your novel. If readers (and agents and editors) take a peek inside and don’t see all the elements of a compelling vacation spot, they’ll find another destination. Heather Cashman will break down those first ten pages and examine the components necessary to not only make readers finish those ten pages but be excited to reach THE END. (Not suitable for picture books.) Be ready to analyze, break-down, and rebuild your words. Heather is also hoping to do some live edits on willing participants. The Details . . . Session 1: Tuesday, May 9, 8:30 pm – 10pm ET Session 2: Tuesday, May 16 , 8:30 pm – 10pm ET Cost: $45 to attend the webinar Please note: There is a 50 person limit for the webinar Critique: For $50, Heather is offering a query and first ten page critique.   About Heather Cashman . . . Twitter | Blog | Instagram With a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, Heather’s lab reports always lacked the fantastical elements her imagination craved. Hypotheses turned into taglines and novels that range from Epic Fantasy to Contemporary, Speculative Fiction. Heather’s love of literature and writing developed into a publishing industry career when she became Assistant to Author Brenda Drake and then Managing Director of Pitch Wars, #PitMad, and Pitch Madness. She’s also an agent intern, a member of SCBWI, and was previously an Editor/Ambassador for Cornerstones Literary Consultancy US/UK. Soon, she’ll be able to officially announce her latest endeavor as Head of Acquisitions for a small publisher. See Reviews from some of Heather’s clients at the bottom of the page . . .     Reviews from some of Heather’s clients . . . “Heather is a writer’s dream editor: clear, thorough, and insightful. She understands what your book is trying to do, and can articulate exactly where intention falls short of reality. I found her suggestions for revision incredibly helpful and inspiring – the kind of ideas that make you excited to get back to work, even when it feels like you can’t possibly rewrite one more scene. I recommend her highly to writers at all stages of the game.” ~Amanda Sellet “I recently hired Heather Cashman as my editor. Not only did I receive a great service, I ended up with so much more! Within days of having sent her my manuscript, Heather had already read through it several times and I could...

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