Wednesday, May 23, 2012

How Do Agents & Editors Decide?

For May 22, 2012
In This Issue
From the Editor

My note is going to be a little shorter than usual this week. (I know most of you can relate to life getting really busy!)

Back to Writer's Digest Tutorials . . . If you've ever submitted a query to an agent and received a fairly quick no, it's really hard to not be really critical of yourself over it. What I love about this week's featured tutorial: you'll learn there are many reasons why this happens that actually have nothing to do with you or your writing. Even better yet, you'll learn the three-tiered approach used to evaluate potential books . . . and how you can make sure you are strong in all areas. 

This week's featured tutorial, How Do Agents & Editors Decide?, is taught by a literary agent that has over fifteen years of experience in publishing. Years of valuable experience are brought to you in this short invaluable lesson! 

At the very least, please make time to watch the short preview clip of today's featured tutorial. You are sure to pick up tips by merely watching the preview—and you'll gain a vast amount of knowledge by watching the entire tutorial. Remember that with tutorials, you can watch on your own time—when it's convenience for you. You can also pause and replay as many times as you'd like. I'd highly recommend taking out a WD Tutorials subscription if you haven't already. Please also feel free to preview the many tutorials available to you through the WD Tutorials site!

I hope that all of you have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day. Please take time to remember the true meaning of Memorial Day—it's not merely a three-day weekend for many. It's a day of remembrance for those that have died while serving our country. 

Wishing you only the best!
Julie Oblander
Online Education Manager
Writer's Digest Tutorials

Featured Tutorial: How Do Agents & Editors Decide?
Why do some projects get picked out of the pile by agents and editors while most do not? It's because great books that catch the eyes of the pros are a combination of an excellent idea, excellent writing, and, if need be, an excellent platform.

This tutorial discusses the three-tiered approach that publishers use in evaluating potential books: the idea, the writing, and the platform. Learn how to evaluate your own project based on this structure, and how to improve the area that needs help.

In this 76-minute tutorial video, you'll learn:
  • How agents and editors quickly look over a project and decide if it has the necessary elements to make them request more.
  • How to develop an attractive platform—connecting with other writers and individuals while making yourself a visible authority on your subject.
  • How to compose the best idea—creating a hook that makes publishers interested in your project.
  • How to make your writing shine—taking an idea and fleshing it out with voice, narrative, point-of-view, and structure.
  • How to get your book published! 

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Live Webinar | 10 Elements of a Saleable Novel Today
Join us next week to hear literary agent & VP Jim McCarthy!
Session date: Thursday, May 31, 2012
Starting time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
Duration: 90 minutes 

Many writers are in the dark when it comes to the question of what makes one novel saleable and another a non-starter in today's complex publishing arena. What makes agents and editors say "no" to so many submissions and "yes" to just a few? Is there a specific formula? Are the criteria different today from 10, 20, or 50 years ago? What affect does the rise of e-publishing have on how novels are published, selected, and promoted? In the end, does it just come down to quality, or are there other forces at work?

In this webinar, Jim McCarthy will answer these questions and more—shedding light on the inner workings of the often baffling publishing process, insight into the kinds of stories agents and publishers are seeking, and commentary on the principles every writer must be aware of to succeed in a dynamic and exciting time of change in the publishing world. 

This webinar also includes a critique from Jim McCarthy! You are invited to submit a query letter and the first two double-spaced pages of their novel. 

Learn More or Register Today >

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A Sneak Peek at What's Coming!
Many of you have asked for shorter tutorials—and I heard you! Very soon you'll find a newly recorded tutorial (less than 20 minutes in length) loaded to the site. This tutorial is called How to Get Pre-Publication Income to Support Your Work. I love the unique information this tutorial brings and hope you will too! 

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