STATUS: Have to leave a tad early today. My plan is to read a good portion of a client manuscript this evening.
What’s playing on the XM or iPod right now? LAID by James
At conferences, the biggest complaint I hear from aspiring writers is this: there is never any feedback given when an agent or an editor sends a rejection letter.
Or, if there is a response, it tends to be generic--something along the lines of "I just didn't fall in love with the story."
Writers don't have a good sense of what is really causing an agent to stop reading.
Well, this webinar is designed to answer that question. It's a no holds barred (and a tough workshop so be warned) but if you want an honest, straightforward, and helpful response as to why your sample pages might be getting rejected, then this is it.
This is a "fly on the wall" glimpse of an agent reading her slush pile.
I read the first opening 2-pages submitted by the participants of the workshop. If I would have stopped reading, I stop and clearly say why. In general, we tackle about 20 entries selected at random.
The I crush the writer's fragile ego under my critique hammer… Just kidding. This is not American Idol style.
I don't pull the punch but I do try and be sensitive and helpful. This webinar is not about denigrating the writer but it's also not for the faint of heart.
If you think you are ready, then you might want to consider it. Register here. And I'll see you tomorrow.