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The Project Profile Guide and Literary Agents
There are no great writers, only great rewriters.
The mere act of addressing the issues and nuances in the profile serves the purpose of enabling you to understand what it takes to envision, structure, write and edit a manuscript that agents and publishing house editors will take seriously. And at such time you critique your work or work written by your peers we want you to wear the hat of an agent or editor in this business. See it from their standpoint, not from the standpoint of the average workshop writer. Will you put your career on the line for that novel? For that memoir or nonfiction? Consider it.
Read THIS ARTICLE ("Crossing The Epiphany Line") by AAS chief editor and admin Michael Neff to get a better idea of what we're talking about.
The Long and Short of Agents
By the way, we need to elaborate on the coming of literary agents to AAS and how they will relate to you in our community. Formally, AAS will invite literary agents from quality agencies, and in various genres, to appear in AAS Author Connect "pitch forums" of our creation, and at the appropriate time you will post your project (novel or NF) pitch in those forums. The agents will schedule a time to log into the forum, read your work and comment. Our hope is that relationships will be established that will lead to representation and publication. That is the goal.
"In order for writers to qualify for the pitch forum they must average FOUR STARS over all critique categories. More on ratings and critique can be found on the GUIDE TO CRITIQUE SPACE. Next, pitches must pass a review by AAS staff after being posted in a pre-pitch review forum.
More information on the particulars of this agent interface and pitch process will be sent to you after you qualify.
Profile Tips and Publication Guidance
Back to the profile. You might find that one aspect of it sparks ideas for others. For example, defining the source of major story conflict(s) might require you to revise your synopsis (and perhaps your story as well). Once you've become a member, you will have access to the FIRST TECHNIQUE MODULE. Pay careful attention to the examples and guidance we supply, especially the synopses, hook lines, and conflict statements.
Seek to emulate them. If you cannot do so, that is a red flag something is lacking in your work. Ignoring them is equivalent to saying you are unwilling to learn or adapt. Use the profile and the technique guides to effectively reality-test your manuscript in every way, thereby enabling you to improve it as much as possible before beginning the Algonkian Author Salon critique process.
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