Classes

Request Ready--Perfect Your First Pages
an online course at the Loft Literary Center

Set your story apart and workshop your way to crafting perfect first pages. Struggling to get your story started? Unsure how to establish nuanced characters in just one chapter? When an agent requests your manuscript, you need to capture and keep their attention from the very first sentence. This in-depth class will help you craft an engaging opening chapter that will have agents clamoring for more. We'll study the beginnings of both classic and contemporary best-sellers to identify how to introduce compelling characters, establish voice, set up the stakes, and build an immersive world all in just a couple of paragraphs.

You'll have the opportunity to revise and workshop your first chapter, with personalized, targeted feedback from the course instructor, and weekly live chats. At the end of this class you'll walk away with polished, professional pages that are sure to spark interest.

Conferences

Below is a list of conferences I'll be attending in 2018. If you would like to invite me to attend a conference or event, please email me with details at kelly@redsofaliterary.com (no queries to this address, please).

2018

February 9-11, 2018 - WriteOnCon
June 23, 2018 - The Writing Workshop of Chicago
September 13-15 - American Night Writers Association Conference


Interviews

FIRST FIVE FRENZY with Amy Trueblood

The First Five Frenzy is all about getting an agent’s perspective on what works, and what fails, in those first pages of a manuscript. It’s tricky to get the right balance, but I hope by reading each agent’s comments you’ll learn how to make your manuscript a shining gem that’s requested over and over.

Today, I’m proud to share Kelly Van Sant’s perspective on what’s important in those critical first pages.


FIRST PAGE PODCAST with Manuscript Academy

We speak with the lovely and talented Kelly Van Sant, agent at D4E0 Literary, about a new first page from author Erin Shachory. If you'd like to submit your first page for this podcast, please send it to Academy@ManuscriptWishList.com as a Word document, with "First Page Podcast" in the subject line.

The Manuscript Academy Podcast is free to everyone, and features interviews with agents and editors, how-to tips, and behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of the Academy—plus sneak peeks at classes from our amazing faculty.


 

AGENT SPOTLIGHT and query critique giveaway with Literary Rambles

Researching and querying agents is extremely time consuming, and when you’re trying to put together a personal query for each agent (which you should be) it’s even more so. And this is only after you’ve compiled a list of agents who represent your genre, which takes its own share of time. Literary Rambles is here to help! Today I'm thrilled to have Kelly Van Sant here. She is an agent at D4EO Literary Agency.


 
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THE 7 QUESTIONS with Middle Grade Ninja

Researching and querying agents is extremely time consuming, and when you’re trying to put together a personal query for each agent (which you should be) it’s even more so. And this is only after you’ve compiled a list of agents who represent your genre, which takes its own share of time. Literary Rambles is here to help! Today I'm thrilled to have Kelly Van Sant here. She is an agent at D4EO Literary Agency.