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February 2014
A Message from Kristin Nelson

Quietly Doing Business

Kristin Nelson

The news media prefers flashy stories featuring wildly successful indie-publishing authors. Such stories make good copy, and they need to be shared. In fact, many of them have featured my authors!

Less prevalent are news stories about the Big Five publishers who are quietly doing some good business by partnering with agents and our hybrid authors–authors who have dipped their toes into both traditional and indie publishing waters. The Big Five hold corporate policies that limit what can be shared with the public–which is shame. Because some of the innovative and creative plans they’ve implemented (just this week for me!) would make great headlines.

But we can’t talk about these things. Publishers have to quietly do business, even when they generate some amazing results–as evidenced by a recent round of royalty statements that clearly indicates the success of a plan implemented last fall.

Something to keep in mind when big-publisher bashing begins.

Pub Rants University

Query Letter Intensive – Perfecting The Pitch Paragraph For Your Novel -2014-02-19

Wednesday, February 19 at 6:00 - 8:00 PM MT

This Webinar intensive brought to you by NLA Digital.

Class Limit: 15

Requirement: Attendees must use a phone for audio to call in and actively participate.

Please note: This Webinar is primarily a workshop and does not constitute a query letter submission for NLA to request sample pages.

Most writers will tell you that writing a good query letter is more difficult than writing the whole manuscript. How do you boil 300-plus pages of a novel into one pithy pitch paragraph? In this limited class-size intensive workshop, Agent Kristin will teach you how to create terrific and short pitch blurbs that will inspire agents to request your sample pages.

What You’ll Learn:

  • How to Structure your Query Letter – Pros and cons to different organizational approaches of query content and how to pick the best structure for your novel.
  • Identifying The Plot Catalyst and the 4 Main Approaches to building the Pitch Paragraph around it – The plot catalyst forms the base of any good query pitch. How to identify yours and write a strong pitch to showcase your novel.
  • How to Revise The Pitch – Each participant is required to submit the first draft of his or her query letter. Every participant’s pitch will be evaluated, critiqued, and if necessary, revised during the webinar.


  • Kristin will be on video as well as audio.
  • Attendees are welcome to ask questions during the presentation.
  • Attendees will have access to the recorded video of the presentation for six months.


Who should attend?


  • Who have completed a novel and are ready to query
  • Who are about to begin the agent search
  • Who may be attending a conference soon where a pitch is necessary
Register Now

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99¢ February 1-28, 2014

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