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September 2013
A Message from Kristin Nelson

Grounds For Firing

Kristin Nelson

Just recently a client of mine told me an appalling story, one that is definitely worth sharing with you. I’m going to give you the moral of the story first: Your literary agent should never act contrary to the best interest of your career as an author. Ever. Period. If an agent does, you should fire that person.

Here’s what happened. A writer received her final publishing contract ready for signing. She was surprised to see that a non-compete clause had been added, a clause that wasn’t included in the previous drafts of the agreement.  This new clause prohibited the author from digitally self-publishing in any way, shape, or form. When the writer asked about the clause, the agent admitted to requesting that the publisher include it in the final contract. The reason? The agent wanted to be protected from losing income if the author chose to self-publish anything on her own.

I have no idea if this author took action, but in my mind, that is definitely grounds for firing. And it’s another good reason to read your final publishing contract before you sign it.

Pub Rants University

Goodbye Slush Pile! – 2013-09-18

The Secret of How to Write The Perfect Query Letter Pitch Paragraph for Your Novel

Wednesday, September 18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MT

This Webinar brought to you by NLA Digital.

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? If you are asking yourself this question, you’ll want to sign up for this webinar!

Agent Kristin Nelson 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
  • How to identify your plot catalyst
  • The four main approaches to building your pitch paragraph around the plot catalyst
  • Real examples of what works and why
  • Real examples of what doesn’t work and why.


  • 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?

Fiction writers:

  • Who are actively querying agents.
  • Who aren’t getting agent requests to see their sample pages.
  • Who know there must be an easier way.
Register Now

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