Friday, March 24, 2017

0 Thank You to the Mentors and Participants of the 1st 5 Pages Workshop!

Congratulations to all of the participants who worked so hard during our March 1st 5 Pages Writing Workshop! And a big thanks to our wonderful guest mentors, Catrina Burgess as our author mentor and Wendi Gu as our agent mentor, both of whom provided wonderful critiques and advice. As always, thank you to our talented and fabulous permanent mentors, who read, comment, and cheer on our participants every month!

Our next workshop opens on Saturday, April 1st, so get those pages ready - we usually fill up in under a minute!


Why is the First Five Pages Workshop a GREAT Opportunity?
  • You are mentored by at least two traditionally-published published or agented authors for the duration of the workshop. These authors have been through the trenches and know what it takes to get a book deal, solid reviews, and sales. 
  • In addition, you receive feedback from the four other workshop participants. 
  • Feedback is given not just on your initial submission, but on two subsequent opportunities to revise your manuscript based on the previous feedback so that you know you've got it right! 
  • The final revision will also be reviewed by a literary agent, who will also give you feedback on the pitch for your story--the one that may eventually become your query letter or cover copy. 
  • The best entry from among the workshop participants will receive a critique of the full first chapter or first ten pages from the mentoring agent, which may, in some cases, lead to requests for additional material.

How It Works
Please see the complete rules before entering the workshop, but in a nutshell, we'll take the first five Middle Grade or Young Adult entries that meet all guidelines and formatting requirements. (Double check the formatting - each month we have to disqualify entries because of formatting.) Click here to get the rules. I will post when the workshop opens and closes on Adventures in YA Publishing and on twitter (@etcashman), with the hashtag #1st5pages. In addition to the rotating team of our wonderful permanent author mentors, the final entry for each workshop participant will be critiqued by our agent mentor.

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