Great Beginnings: How to Get an Agent's Attention

Description: Great Beginnings: Getting Your First Few Chapters Publication-Ready
You know you’ve got a great story idea, but how do you make it so great that it rises from slush pile to publication?

Format: Video Q&A 

Level: This presentation is specifically for fiction authors who want to work with an agent.


Annalisa Parent

Annalisa Parent

CEO Date With the Muse

Annalisa Parent helps writers to finish, publish and sell their novels. She owns and operates Date with the Muse, LLC, which helps storytellers to publish traditionally at the highest level possible. Her book “Storytelling for Pantsers: How to Outline and Revise your Novel without an Outline” has been lauded by multiple New York Times bestselling author John David Mann as “brimming over with invaluable practical writerly wisdom…her love of life—pours out of every paragraph. Read her book. It will infuse joy into your days and make you a better writer.”

Annalisa writes for many local, national, and international publications, has written and produced sketches for a Telly-Award winning television show. She has been featured on Huffington Post Live for her novels, CBS, Associated Press and Korean Broadcast Systems, as well as many internationals podcasts, radio programs, writing conferences and workshops. 

Author and Writing Coach Annalisa Parent has helped hundreds of writers to improve their craft and to become published authors. She knows the inside tricks to get your writing publication-ready. In this workshop, she will walk you through a straightforward system for plotting your fiction to ensure you write a book that makes readers say “I couldn’t put it down” and the steps necessary to pace your first five pages of your manuscript to catch an agent's/publisher's interest.

You’ll walk away with a bucket load of information and resources to keep and put to action, so you can cross “Become an Author” off your bucket list.

Mentioned in this video:

  • How and when should you use backstory?
  • Where is the best point in the narrative to start?
  • What is the most effective build to the climax?
  • Why a good book is so important if you want to pitch an agent
  • What agents like & what lands your book in the slush pile
  • Annalisa’s special bonus – for fiction authors who purchase the All Access Pass – she’ll provide feedback on your first 5 pages
  • What’s in and what is definitely out when it comes to books (red flags that will get you ignored)
  • Understanding the difference between reader feedback and writer feedback


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Annalisa's book, Storytelling for Pantsers: How to Write and Revise Your Novel Without An Outline

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