An exclusive Slush pile secrets Webinar

Writing Irresistible First Pages Webinar WITH CRITIQUE

Hosted by
Mary Kole
June 1st
11:00 am CDT

Here's What You'll Learn

How to Break Out of the Slush

How does a literary agent or publisher evaluate a novel opening? What do they look for? What's an automatic rejection? Learn about the ins and outs of how a manuscript opening looks in the slush pile from an insider.

Writing Compelling First Pages That Make Agents Care

How to start your story in a way that will get agents and publishers excited to read more ... and request your full project. Believe it or not, there IS a way to hook readers right away with your novel or memoir!

How A Literary Agent Would Read YOUR Novel Opening

This webinar includes personalized constructive feedback from Mary on the first two double-spaced pages of your manuscript.

A List of Novel Opening Dos and Don'ts

After five years as a literary agent and five more as an editor, Mary has seen it all. Here's how to avoid common writing mistakes ... and the easy things you can do to help your work stand out in a positive light.

Other Powerful Writing Craft Tips

There are other writing craft elements discussed here that can revolutionize your entire novel. Collect advice that will help you with your entire project, not just pages one and two.

How to Keep Those Daunting Pages in Perspective

Believe it or not, you don't have to write the perfect first pages right out of the gate...


About Mary Kole

Former literary agent Mary Kole provides consulting and developmental editing services to writers of all categories and genres, working on children’s book projects from picture book to young adult, and all kinds of trade market literature, including fantasy, sci-fi, romance and memoir.

She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and has worked at Chronicle Books, the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, and Movable Type Management. She has been blogging at since 2009. Her book, Writing Irresistible Kidlit, a writing reference guide for middle grade and young adult writers, is available from Writer's Digest Books.

June 1st
11:00 am CDT
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