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Writing has long been a solitary sport. Now, with the Internet, writers are able to connect with each other in ways we never dreamed about fifty years ago. You are able to find other writers who love the same genre you love. There are all kinds of groups that offer support and even critique.
But even after spending time in great organizations like SCBWI or ACFW or RWA, it is still hard to break in. Maybe a little help from a publishing insider will help you. Because it takes more than good writing to break in. It takes the whole package. You need to have a compelling, fresh story; a relatable, and most-often lovable, character; a voice that sings; and a big theme. So whether you are trying to sell your books to publishers or trying to sell to consumers on Amazon, experienced eyes can help you understand how to suck your readers in from the very first page.
I can help you do just that.
I’m Sally Apokedak and I’m an associate agent with the Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency.
I’ve been studying, reviewing, and marketing children’s books, as well as giving writing instruction for fifteen years. And as the manager of the Kidz Book Buzz blog tour I was privileged to work with best-selling and award-winning authors such as Jeanne DuPrau, Ingrid Law, and Shannon Hale.
Now, as an agent, I evaluate over a thousand proposals a year. And one of the many things I’ve learned from evaluating all these manuscripts is that many writers send their work out before it’s ready. Many writers want to write great, powerful books, but they fall short. That’s OK. That vision you have to write a big book—a memorable and meaningful book—is the first important step. That passion you have to change the world with your stories, to impact people emotionally, is the very thing that will give you the perseverance you need to stick on this long publishing journey and to not settle for books that are just good enough. So don’t ever apologize for wanting to write great big wonderful books.
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I want to help you write those books. I want to encourage you to change the world with your writing.
I’ve been teaching “how to write” classes for the past couple of years at writer’s conferences around the United States and I love that, but I’m even more thrilled to have discovered the world of online instruction. Now I can offer classes to more people for less money. Win/win.
Find out more about me at sally-apokedak.com
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