June 15: Queries & Synopses – Finding the Right Keys to Unlock the Gates
Join writing coach, freelance writer, and acquisitions editor for DAOwen Publications, MJ Moores, as she walks you through the recipes for writing solid query letters and strong synopses, identifying the most pertinent information to include and how to format it. Writing query letters and summarizing your book are strategic crafts that can either make or break key opportunities for getting your manuscript in front of the right representative. MJ will rely on first-hand feedback from speaking with agents, attending agent-led seminars, online research, and personal experience.
July 13: Your First 2 Pages – What Agents & Publishers Look For
Join writing coach MJ Moores as she asks: why does an agent or publisher stop reading your book after the first page? The first paragraph? The first line? Refining your first two pages is as much an art-form as it is editorial analysis. MJ will walk you through how to revise your first two pages to help them be the best version of themselves before they serve to represent your entire manuscript. Walk through the first two pages of an unpublished manuscript and critically examine how to refine your words to help you unlock closed doors. MJ has studied the impact of the first two pages under the tutelage of renowned writers such as Kelley Armstrong, Andrew Pyper, Barbara Kyle, and Rob Brunet.