Submission Impossible - Getting Past the Slush Pile
Learn from Successful Authors & Pitch Your Project to Editors!
"Compel, Polish, Pitch & Sign"
THE CITY LIBRARY
210 West 400 South
Downtown Salt Lake City
Friday, 9:30 am - 5 pm
Saturday, 9:30 am - 10 pm
Sunday, 9:30 am - 5 pm
Friday, June 13, 9am - noon
- Discover & Dismantle Your Barriers to Success
- Page-Turning Story Structure
- Turning Points & Plot Twists
Friday, June 13, 1pm - 5:30pm
- Compelling Characters
- Pacing & Voice
- Problems & Pitfalls
- Essential Editing
Day 2 - Morning
Saturday, June 14, 9am - noon
- Design your elevator pitch, short synopsis & query letter.
Saturday, June 14, 1pm - 2pm
Day 2 - Q&A
Saturday, June 14, 2pm - 4pm
Panel of Best-Selling Authors & Editors
Panel guests include New York Times best-selling authors who will share how they busted through that invisible door to publication. Editors will share what they are looking for, what catches their eye and sets a writer apart.
Day 2 - Book Signing & Pitch
Saturday, June 14, 4pm - 5:30pm
- Get first page feedback from best-selling authors.
- Guest authors will be available for you to purchase their books & have them signed.
- Pitch your story to Kathy Jenkins, Managing Editor with Covenant Communications Books.
Day 2 - Dinner with Authors
Saturday, June 14, 8:30pm - 10pm
- Josh Hanagarne, NYTimes best-selling author of The World's Strongest Librarian
- M Bridget Cook, NYTimes best-selling author of The Witness Wore Red, Shattered Silence &Skinhead Confessions
- Jeff Olsen, best-selling author of I Knew Their Hearts & Beyond Mile Marker 80
- Scott Thorpe, author of multiple titles including How to Think Like Einstein
Day 3 - Crowd Funding
Sunday, June 15, 9am - 4pm
- Rachel Coleman, inspirational giant & Emmy Award-nominated TV host & creator of PBS's Signing Time & Baby Signing Time.
- How to create a successful crowd funding campaign.
- Empowerment beyond Rejection
- Loose ends, Wrap up & Completion!
- Customized Personal Manuscript Coaching & Editing
- Online Courses, Webinars & Intensives in an Intimate Setting
- How to Compel, Polish, Pitch & Sign the Right Agent & Publisher
- Affordable, Reliable Coaching Structured for Your Needs
THE FIRST KEY?
INVENT NEW TRUTHS
Jack Canfield was rejected 144 times before Chicken Soup for the Soul was finally picked up for publication.
Erica Jong once said, "I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged."
And Phillip Roth said, "The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.”
My own favorite quote is that of Harper Lee. She said, “I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before
developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.”
Could you just choke if you hear one more quote meant to inspire you to trudge on, wading through submission rejections? No form of art, of self-expression is more intimate than that of your words, your soul on the page.
Well, here's a new quote for you: The odds of writing a New York Times best seller are 1 in 220. The odds of dying from choking? 1 in 4404. The odds of dying in a car accident are 1 in 272. Winning the lottery? 18 million to 1.
I've signed with as many prestigious literary agencies as I've pitched agents. Within days of conceiving the idea to write Beyond the Darkness, I signed with my agent who then sold my idea to Bantam Books for six figures within the week. Beyond the Darkness went from a five page synopsis to the shelves of Barnes & Noble in four months.
Getting past the slush pile and through the door is my super-power. If you live by the notion that securing an agent is a mystery, subject to dumb luck or that it requires that your soul will be splayed out for trampling, then that will be the likely result. Landing an agent, getting your work published is a predictable, do-able feat. What writers experience as the "hit and miss" of our industry lies not so much in mystery or lack of talent, but in lack of coaching. Learning to get your work published is very much like learning to swing a bat so that you make contact with the ball, and then elevate your performance such that you make PREDICTABLE, EFFECTIVE contact with the ball. Success in writing becomes probable with effective coaching.
Doris Lessing said, “There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.”
Our highly competitive industry has created such an intricate web of rules for circumnavigating the slush-pile purgatory, and we are so certain that agents and editors are heartless trolls out to slay us with rejection, that we strangle what is possible. I only know two things I can say with absolute certainty. The first truth I live by is that God writes perfect stories and all I must do is put pen to paper. The second truth is that there is a God. The first key is to invent new truths. I look forward to partnering with you in your writing success.