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July 2014
A Message from Kristin Nelson

August Publishing Slow-Down Soon Begins

Kristin Nelson

Right after Memorial Day, the world of publishing engages in a very genteel tradition of Summer Fridays. The work day ends at 1:00 p.m., and editors head out for a slightly longer-than-usual summer weekend.

How civilized! (As Angie and Karrie read this, they are wondering when we’ll implement that publishing perk in NLA’s future. LOL. All I’ve got to say is, “Three weeks off in December, Ladies!”)

But this does bring me round to the topic of August and the publishing “slow-down” as everyone heads out on vacation. It is true. August is the most popular month for editor vacations. Our European and Asian editors will have already left as well, which makes it an extra-slow time for foreign-rights sales too.

So I give myself only the first ten business days after the Fourth of July holiday weekend to put things out on submission. I’ve got three lined up for the week of July 7 even as I type this.

Otherwise, it’s hello post-Labor Day submitting!

Pub Rants University

Query Letter Intensive – Perfecting The Pitch Paragraph For Your Novel – 2014-07-30

Wednesday, July 30 at 6:00 - 8:30 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. Also, only fiction submissions are eligible for this Webinar (no memoirs or non-fiction works, please).

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.

Previous attendees of this workshop have said “I am so glad I participated. The workshop honed in on what I needed to work on.”


  • 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

eSpecial Price

Free ...

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