(Presentations will be recorded and the recording link provided to all participants registered prior to the event.)
Editor and agent wishlists often include books that surprise them and put a fresh twist on something tried-and-true. But as so many writers know, that’s easier said than done, and the pursuit of doing so can stop creativity in its tracks. In this webinar, we’ll explore the art of crafting a high concept story, discuss exercises you can do to develop this skill, and look at real-life examples of books that transcend trends, tropes, or formulas to dial down on what it really means to be part of the conversation and break out in a crowded market.
Can’t make the live session? The recording will be available for two weeks following the event.
A limited number of written critiques are available.
CRITIQUES: (at additional cost of $45) Submissions are due on or before Friday, January 8, 2021. Send up to 10 pages of your manuscript, plus a one-page synopsis. (Include synopsis in the same document; please don’t send two documents.) Format your work in 12 point font, with one-inch margins, and double spacing.
⇒Please include your name on every page of your work as a header or a footer, as well as identifying information on page one: first & last name, email address, title, genre.
⇒Please SAVE YOUR FILE as Webinar Faculty Last Name_Your Last Name_TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT as a PDF or DOC or DOCx.
Example: Castillo_Strocchia_PURPLE CARROTS
⇒Then send your file to Kristen at firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject should read: Webinar Faculty Last Name_Your Last Name_TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT (same as saved file name).
Get to know your instructor:
Melanie Castillo is a literary agent at Root Literary. She represents middle grade, YA, and adult fiction along with select nonfiction titles. What she loves most about the job is the balance of creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit. After graduating with a masters in writing and book publishing from Portland State University, she worked as an editorial project manager at Quarto and then as a freelance editor for several years before joining the agency in 2018. Melanie was born and raised in Southern California in a multicultural, blended family, so she has a soft spot for books that shine a spotlight on the nuances of relationships and identity. She currently lives in Long Beach and can be found on Twitter at @wellmelsbells.
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