“When you send off a short story, it sits on the editor’s desk in the same pile with stories by the most famous and honored names in present-day writing–and it’s not going to be accepted unless it’s as good as theirs. (And it’ll probably have to be better.)” ~ Daniel Quinn
Writing for publishers in the US is different than writing for the UK or the European market. In this class, learn what US publishers expect and how to write and market your book explicitly for them. We’ll talk about editors and agents in the US and what they expect from novelists. We’ll compare market trends both world-wide and in the US. We’ll also look at writing conventions in genres. This class is both an online and a live class with variable lengths.
We will look at several books by US and non-US authors*:
*all excerpts will be provided in class and online, & I’ll have a few extra copies of books for prizes. Other books/stories may be added/substituted. You do not have to read these books. (Although it helps if you have and I recommend that you do at some point in your career.) We will examine excerpts and compare them to our manuscripts and see how we can improve our writing.
for Amsterdam attendees:The Single Most Powerful Writing Tool
CLASS HANDOUTSPLOTLAYOUT based on Larry Brooks’ STORY ENGINEERING book. New York Novels notes in PDF