Polish and Pacing Workshop
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Polish and Pacing Workshop

Polish and Pacing Workshop

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Are you planning to publish in 2017?

Prepare your project for success and start your year off right!

Polish your pitch for agents & publishers | Pace your plot for optimal page turning

Get two industry pros for the price of one!


Annalisa C. Parent and Jennifer S. Wilkov, publishing experts and writing consultants who have guided hundreds of writers to publication and beyond, will walk you through the steps necessary to pace your first five pages of your manuscript and polish your pitch to catch an agent's/publisher's interest. You'll sit among fellow writers and get implementable direction on how to move toward publishing.

Limited VIP track available for writers who want solid feedback and critiques on the first five pages of their manuscripts and on their pitches. VIP participants will get exclusive access to Sunday's hands-on additional workshop day with individualized attention and specific feedback on your project.


SATURDAY, JANUARY 7th, 2017 (General Admission + VIP)

9:00am Registration & Check In

9:30am Workshop 1: Top 3 Mistakes Would-Be Authors Make in their Opening Pages and How to Avoid Them

Your opening pages are your first impression and we all know: you don’t get a second chance. We’ll explore what agents are looking for and how you can incorporate those elements to dig yourself out of the slush pile.

11:00am Workshop 2: Top Secrets to Successfully Polish Your Pitch

Are you missing that one piece that could put you over the top with literary agents and publishers, not to mention Hollywood producers? Jennifer will train you to pitch your project and teach you how to fashion your hooks to engage the attention of the decision makers.

· Discover the 3 most important things you must include

· Tips and techniques to increase your confidence when you pitch

· Properly position your pitch to elicit requests

· Common mistakes to avoid when preparing to pitch

[12:15pm LUNCH on your own]

1:15pm Workshop 3: Maximize Your Live Agent Meetings at PitchFests/Pitch Slams

Learn the biggest mistake writers make during a live pitching session with agents, editors and publishers. Discover how to avoid it and conquer your conversation with the pros.

· Master your time management

· Manage your mental state

· Perfect your physical response

2:45pm Workshop 4: Elements of a Quality Opening Scene: A Step-by-Step Analysis

What elements do quality openings have? This workshop will help you to identify what elements you need to incorporate for your specific genre.


9:00am VIP Workshop 1: But how do I…? A Step-by-Step Writing Tutorial on Successful Starter Scenes

This workshop will take you through the drafting process to write compelling, well-paced openings. Handouts and Templates included

10:45am VIP Workshop 2: The Pivotal Transition: From Pitch to Query Letter

Improve your chances of acquiring representation by understanding what professionals are really looking for: congruency in your project materials.

· Perfecting your pitch is just the beginning

· Why your pitch has to match your query letter and manuscript

· Understand the progression of your project with industry professionals

12 Noon to 5pm

Each VIP participant receives one of each of the following consultations:

VIP Private 1:1 Make Your Pitch Perfect Consultation

  • One 15-minute individual session with Jennifer at workshop location

  • Review of the pitch you prepared and input on how to improve it

  • Practice and roleplaying with an industry pro

VIP Pace-Perfect Evaluation

The pacing in the first few pages is paramount--these are the pages agents and publishers want to see and on which your work will be judged.

Annalisa will review the most crucial part of your manuscript (up to 5 pages) and give you immediately implementable actions for the project you’re working on now.

  • One 15-minute individual session with Annalisa at workshop location

  • Master plotting techniques in your beginning pages to get your foot through the door.

  • Use those story strategies to write a page-turning story and enhance your chances of becoming a published author.


ANNALISA C. PARENT is an internationally-published writer and author. She co-authored the No.2 Inc. series, writer for Telly-Award winning television show on CBS for three seasons, and is currently working on a women’s fiction series. Annalisa has been a regular contributor to Singles Warehouse--London, Writer’s Edit-- Australia, Rule of Thumb Magazine, Thread Magazine, and was interviewed by Huffington Post Live about her online dating novel.

When not writing her own work, she helps writers bring their work to publication through individual coaching and retreats at Date With The Muse. Based on a decade of award-winning teaching and research, Annalisa individualizes exercises that help writers find finger-flying flow.

You can find out more about her at www.DateWithTheMuse.com

JENNIFER S. WILKOV is a #1 international best-selling award-winning author, an award-winning freelance writer, a media personality and executive producer, and a respected book & business consultant in her business called “Your Book Is Your Hook!” She is a consultant for book writers, screenwriters and playwrights in writing, marketing, getting published and produced. She teaches the essentials for writing and pitching a bestseller: a great project, a strong platform and a well-polished pitch, presentation, and hook for their book or project as well as the crafting of high quality industry standard materials (queries, treatments and bibles). She teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York and other classes and programs for Writers Guild of America East, New York Women in Film and Television, The Writers Store, Writers Digest, and at myriad conferences and events. She also runs the Writers Group at New York Women in Film & Television. Jennifer is also the creator of The Next Bestseller™ Weekend Workshop in New York, a safe space that provides lucky participants with exclusive access to the dream team to help you learn to talk effectively with industry professionals about your project. She writes for Huffington Post Books, the award-winning PUBLISHED! Magazine, Book Marketing Magazine and guest posts upon request. Her keen eye for stories that sell for books, Hollywood and Broadway is trusted by industry professionals who appreciate her savvy in seeing the many possibilities a subject can lend itself to. www.YourBookIsYourHook.com

FAQs for Polish & Pacing Workshop

  1. What do I need to prepare for the workshop? - You will need to prepare the first five pages of your manuscript and your pitch for agents/publishers prior to the workshop. These will be due by December 31st, 2016. Remember: these are drafts for us to review with you.

  2. Where should I stay during the workshop? - The workshop will be held in Midtown. We suggest you reserve a hotel room in the 10 block radius around Broadway and 30th Street.

  3. Are meals on my own? - Yes. You will have breaks for meals and you will need to go out to get your own. However, if you want to bring your meals/snacks to the workshop in a cooler, feel free to do so.

  4. Will an hour be enough time for lunch? The venue is centrally located in Midtown Manhattan with access to a variety of options within easy walking distance.

  5. How do I book my VIP sessions with Annalisa and Jennifer? - Once you register and purchase your VIP ticket, you will be given a schedule to choose your spots. These are available on a first come, first serve basis so buy your ticket early.

  6. Do I get to meet with both Annalisa and Jennifer on Sunday with my VIP ticket? - Yes. You will receive one 15-minute session with Jennifer to review and polish your pitch and one 15-minute session with Annalisa to review your first five pages in the afternoon at the workshop location.

  7. What if I want to upgrade from a General Admission ticket to a VIP ticket? - What’s the deadline? - As long as there are VIP tickets available, you may upgrade to a VIP ticket and attend the additional workshop day on Sunday by contacting us and paying the difference. Upgrades must be purchased by Friday, January 6th, pending availability.

  8. What is the cancellation policy? - Cancellations with refunds are available up to 30 days prior to the event date. If a cancellation is made within the 30 days leading up to the event date (meaning after December 8th, 2016), then participant is offered a credit to attend a future workshop.

  9. How do I contact the organizer with any questions? - Please send an email to the following TWO email addresses: yourbookisyourhook@gmail.com and annalisa@datewiththemuse.com.

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