Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Road to Publication: Queries, Synopses, and More! with Chanel Cleeton

Class starts: November 14
Costs: $30 for non-members and $20 for OCC/RWA members

About the Class:
Once you’ve completed and polished your manuscript, the next step is to choose your path to publication. If you’re interested in traditionally publishing, you’ll need to evaluate whether you want to query an agent to represent you or if you’d rather submit directly to publishers open to unrepresented submissions. Either way, you’ll need to learn how to “pitch” your book, writing a compelling query that will catch an agent or publisher’s attention and land you a manuscript request. In addition to hooking them with your manuscript, you’ll want to create an author platform that demonstrates your commitment to pursuing a career as an author as well as your ability to market your book and your brand. This workshop will provide tips for writing a compelling query, tackling the dreaded synopsis, offer strategies for querying agents and submitting to publishers, discuss building a social media platform prior to publication, provide tips for transitioning to writing on deadline for a publisher, discuss dealing with a manuscript that doesn’t sell, and more!

About the Instructor:
Chanel Cleeton writes contemporary romances, women’s fiction, and thrillers. She is both traditionally and self-published and is the author of the International School series published by Harlequin HQN, the Capital Confessions series published by Penguin/Intermix, and the Wild Aces series published by Penguin/Berkley. A former literary agency intern, Chanel enjoys sharing her passion for publishing with other writers through teaching workshops, speaking at conferences, and writing articles for industry publications. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she is happiest curled up with a book. Chanel loves to travel and spend time with her fighter pilot husband and three pups. She is represented by Kevan Lyon at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

This is a 4-week online course that uses email and Yahoo Groups. If you do not have a Yahoo ID you will be prompted to create one when you join the class, but the process is not difficult. The class is open to anyone wishing to participate. The cost is $30.00 per person or, if you are a member of OCCRWA, $20.00 per person.

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