Submission Preparation: Everything You Need For That Perfect Pitch!
When: March 9th to March 16th, 2014
Where: Online via Yahoo Groups
Who: Ramona DeFelice Long
Cost: $25 for Mary Roberts Rinehart Chapter Members, $30 for Non-Members
Details: Are you planning to pitch your current project at a writing conference this spring or summer? Are you considering querying agents in the next year? This workshop will help you prepare the necessary parts for submitting a novel: a log line, a one-page query, a one-page summary, and a two-page synopsis.
Because it is only one week long, the course will be fast-paced. We’ll spend Sunday and Monday on the log line and one page queries, Tuesday and Wednesday on the one page summary, and Thursday-Saturday on the synopsis.
To define these terms: the log is a one-sentence pitch. The query is about one page, a letter or email to an editor or agent. The one-page summary is a story description as it would appear as jacket copy. The synopsis shares the plot essentials for the benefit of the agent/editor who would sell the idea to a publisher.
Preparation: Ideally, participants should have a rough query, summary and synopsis. However, if someone is not yet at the submission stage but would like to learn the process, this can be a way of educating yourself on what you’ll need to have on hand when the time to submit approaches.
Presenter: Ramona DeFelice Long is an author, editor, and writing instructor. Her writing has appeared in juvenile, literary and regional publications, and she’s won numerous grants and writing scholarships.
As an editor, she specializes in mysteries and has worked with chapters of Sisters in Crime and individual writing groups to put together short story anthologies, as well as individual crime authors. As an instructor, she offers workshops at conferences and libraries as well as online, sometimes on her own and often through a professional organization.
Her course list includes online workshops at both the master and basic level on topics including story arcs, scene writing, submission preparation, short stories, self-editing, characterization, and story planning. She runs a writers support group on Facebook called How Many Pages Did You Write Today? and she maintains a literary blog at ramonadef.wordpress.com/
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c/o Judy Schneider
PO Box 207
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