[GUEST POST] Philip Athans on How to Sell Your Fantasy & Science Fiction to Agents and Editors
My book, The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction is published by Adams Media, which shares a parent company, F+W Publications, with Writer’s Digest. When my editor at Adams put me in touch with the guys at Writer’s Digest University, literally months of, “Maybe we should do something,” and “We’d love you to do something,” passed then all of a sudden . . . I’m doing something!
At the very, very last minute, I agreed to do this:
Writers Digest University Webinars presents: “How to Sell Your Fantasy & Science Fiction to Agents and Editors“ by The New York Times best-selling author, editor, and creative consultant Philip Athans, Thursday, July 21, 2011 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT.
Hey…that’s me! This’ll be a 90-minute live webinar with Q&A, PDF takeaways, and other surprises. Here’s the Link. WDU charges a $79 fee, so be ready for that.
Everybody always says they’re excited about doing stuff like this, but I really, honestly am excited about doing this, though I’ll admit I’m a little nervous about the technical aspects. Thankfully there will be a professional from WDU like an angel on my shoulder making sure everybody gets their money’s worth.
Though there are probably more things that are the same than there are different about selling your SF/fantasy novel to an agent or publisher as opposed to a book in any other genre, we’ll talk very specifically about what those things are. And anybody who knows me, or has been to any of the events I’ve done like this at conventions, knows two things: I tell it like it is, and I believe you can do it.
I don’t want to scare you off, try to talk you out of it, or tell you how impossible it is. I will sometimes speak in absolutes. For instance: It is never okay to send your mock-up of the book’s cover. And I mean never, ever, ever.
I’ve read an awful lot of novel proposals, pitches, query letters, log lines…I’ve written more author bios than most people have read…and I have no interest in keeping the elements that make the good ones stand out a secret.
So join me on Thursday for some hands-on help, real advice, and a surprise or two.
Philip Athans is the founding partner of Athans & Associates Creative Consulting, and the New York Times best-selling author of Annihilation and ten other fantasy and horror books including the recently-released The Guide to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction. Born in Rochester, New York he grew up in suburban Chicago, where he published the literary magazine Alternative Fiction & Poetry. His blog, Fantasy Author’s Handbook, is updated every Tuesday, and you can follow him on Twitter as @PhilAthans. He makes his home in the foothills of the Washington Cascades, east of Seattle.
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