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October 2013
A Message from Kristin Nelson

Frankfurt Bound

Kristin Nelson

October is here, and fall is in the air. That means it’s time for the Frankfurt Book Fair! In fact, I’m writing this on the transatlantic flight that is taking me there.

I’m armed with the NLA catalog of all recent and upcoming releases for which we will sell world rights on behalf of our authors.

My two goals are:

1) To present our titles to our Asian territory co-agents so they will be as excited about the new releases as we are. They will then go to their territory publishers and turn that excitement into offers.

2) To celebrate the enormous success of WOOL, SHIFT, and DUST abroad with Hugh Howey and his thirty foreign publishers.

I’ll be taking on Frankfurt by myself this year. Originally Anita was scheduled to come along, and even though Becky has tackled her new job with aplomb, dropping her into Frankfurt so soon would be too much. It’s a frenetic and stressful conference, and the size of the Agents Centre is eye-popping. Since we want Becky to stay awhile, she’ll accompany me to the more relaxed Children’s Book Fair in Bologna next March. Here’s to NLA’s continued success in foreign territories!

Pub Rants University

Agent Reads the Slush Pile – 2013-10-30

Brought to you by NLA Digital

Wednesday, October 30 at 6:00-8:30 PM MT

Have you ever wondered what an agent is thinking when he or she is reading the slush pile? What makes an agent stop or read on? If you’ve ever wanted an inside look at this process, then this webinar is for you. During this webinar, Kristin Nelson will read a slush pile–sample pages submitted in advance by webinar participants–and give honest feedback about why she would or wouldn’t request more pages.

Registered participants will receive instructions for submitting the first two pages of their novels. Pages should include the work’s title and genre, but not the author’s name (submissions are to remain anonymous). In random order, we will display submissions on screen and read them aloud. If Kristin would have stopped reading, she’ll say so and explain why in an honest but constructive manner. If she makes it all the way to the end of the second page, she’ll highlight why she liked it enough to read on.

Want to listen in, but not sure you’re ready to submit pages? That’s OK! Auditors are also encouraged to register.

Please note: We’ll read as many submissions as possible during the two-hour Webinar. Depending on the number of participants, it may not be possible for us to read them all.

Warning: This workshop is not for the faint of heart. Participants need to be sure that they are ready to hear blunt, honest criticism, however nicely it is delivered. The point of this workshop is not to dishearten writers but to give them a clear, inside look at how an agent really reads the slush pile.

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