2019 Master Class: Getting Ready for Publication (Morning)


A workshop on character development with Andy Ross and Brooke Warner.

4 Mornings:  Monday 11/4 – Thursday 11/7, 9:00am – noon

A $100 combination discount will be applied when registering for the conference at the same time.

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Getting Ready for Publication

with Andy Ross and Brooke Warner

This class is for writers who have fiction and creative non-fiction projects at an advanced stage and are ready to take the steps necessary for finding a commercial publisher. The first part of the class will focus on final editing and polishing the craft elements of your manuscript including character, voice, style, and plot from the perspective of how literary agents and acquisition editors evaluate these elements in the acquisition process.

The second part of the class will focus on the different paths writers can take for publishing. Brooke Warner, publisher of SheWrites Press will join us. Andy will discuss steps you must take before submitting your project to agents. We will workshop your query letters and teach you what makes an effective non-fiction book proposal. We will consider strategies for finding the right agent for your project, and how to work with an agent who has decided to represent you. We will discuss the elements of the book contract and how the publisher will work with you before and after publication. In the process, we will also have a lot to say about the culture and the business of book publishing.

Brooke will lead the discussion on alternatives to publishing with commercial publishers.

Following the conference, the instructors, literary agent Andy Ross and book publisher Brooke Warner, will consult with each participant individually and edit your draft query letters and book proposal overviews.