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March 2013
A Message from Kristin Nelson

One Last Look

Kristin Nelson

Take a last good look! This is the final newsletter with our old design. in April, we’ll debut the new look so stay tuned.

And because you are an eNewsletter subscriber, you get first shot at the open slots for my March Webinar – a special workshop intensive called Think Like an Agent.

The class size is limited to exactly 12 people total.

I’ve been contemplating offering this class for a while because too often I see some excellent writing but it’s in a novel I have no hope of selling. Writers really do have the expectation that good writing can trump all. I wish that were true! So I finally decided to give an intimate workshop where we explore just how an agent looks at material—from the writing to the market.

Pub Rants University

Think Like An Agent – 2013-03-13

Is Your Manuscript Market Ready?

Wednesday, March 13 at 6:00 - 8:30 PM MT

This intensive Webinar brought to you by NLA Digital.

Class Limit:  12       (only for writers who are serious about their careers, please)

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 manuscript submission for representation consideration.

Writers view their work as art or as an expression of themselves. In that sense, writing can be very personal. An agent, however, doesn’t have that emotional connection to the work. We see a novel as a product to be sold.

Authors who write with a passion but think like an agent/business person are ten times more likely to have success with writing as a career. This Webinar is designed to help you create that bridge from the creative right side of your brain to the business-savvy left side of your brain.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Market viability – Agents see good writing all the time in projects we can’t sell. What role does the market play in being able to sell your work? Editor or Agent-speak translated: what does “too quiet” or “not commercial enough” mean and does it apply to your project? What are all the other catch phrases that are often used when agents/editors give writers feedback? Do you have a novel idea (pun intended) or should you shelve it instead?
  • How To Realistically Evaluate Your Own Work – Tips and strategies on how to create the distance needed to read your own writing dispassionately. Creating the road map for your novel. Elements of good critique groups or partners that can be invaluable to your success.
  • Is Your Manuscript Ready? Each participant is required to submit the first 30 pages of his/her novel. All attendees are required to read each other’s work for comment and discussion. We’ll decide if your writing is market ready and if it’s not, discuss why so you can take the next step to make it so.


  • 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 a year.


Who should attend?


  • Who are serious about writing as a career
  • Who want to be publishing biz and agent savvy
  • Who like to be more informed.
Register Now

eSpecial Price

99¢ until March 30

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