These are intensive and super fun workshops offered to authors of all genres at all levels of their careers with the mindful goal of imparting writing, publishing industry, business, and mindset knowledge, while sharpening skills to attain success in the fastest possible period of time.
As the principal presenter at most of the workshops I will personally speak with all attendees about everything from idea inception to getting a publishing deal to creating a growth mindset that enables and sustains success. We've called these the Author-Preneur Workshops because, as the name implies, we are not just focused on facets of authorship. We are focused on writing as a business. Like it or not, if you are looking to publish your book you must look at your writing as your product. It's what you're selling. And so you are becoming entrepreneurs in the business of selling books.
Our goal is to get you into the right mindset to prepare you to for this journey as an author and as an entrepreneur, hence Author-Preneur.
I have been attending conferences, participating on panels, teaching classes, webinars, bootcamps, workshops etc for several years now, but it wasn't until recently that I started to really focus my efforts toward a formulaic program that only experience can manifest with such clarity. Success, you see isn't just the result of hard work, nor luck or lineage.
Success is almost a scientific formula which when followed can almost guarantee great results. It isn't about working hard, it's about focusing your goals, learning and growing, creating a plan and taking dedicated action, and engaging a frame of mind that enables continued growth, love and gratitude.
The first in the LitPow Author-Preneur Workshop series is scheduled for Saturday, August 12, 2017 in Huntsville Alabama. The second is also already scheduled and will be hosted in Red Bank, NJ on Saturday, September 16, 2017. These workshops are structured similarly with some changes in topics and logistics and different faculty of Agents and Editors at each location.
The workshops offer an amazing multilayered interactive full day learning experience with presentations by yours truly and other key industry professional guests from top agencies and publishing houses dedicated to authors’ success. The Huntsville workshop is presented at the lovely Westin Hunstville Hotel in Huntsville, Alabama, a city that is also known as Rocket City by many scientists and space travel enthusiasts.
During these full day workshops authors have the opportunity to attend various Presentations, pitch Literary Agents and Editors (Optional), get work critiqued by Agents and Editors (Optional), attend the Gong Show: First Page Critique Literary Agent and Editor Panel, and Network with authors and industry professionals.
The Schedule:8:30 to 9:00: Check In and Registration: Check-in starts at 8:30. Please register here in advance to secure your spot. Authors may register on location unless otherwise noted here that registration is closed. Or e-mail us directly to ask ahead of time at workshops@corvisieroagency
9:00 to 9:30 Publishing Options Today:
We will start the morning with an informative overview about the publishing industry, with a focus on learning about the various publishing options available to authors. The discussion will cover how each publishing medium or model works, the benefits and drawbacks of each, and how to diversify these options by using the Hybrid Model to publish faster, increase readership, and earn more income.
9:30 to 10:00 Successful Author Mindset:
Discussions on preparedness. Knowing your options is half the battle. The other half is your mindset and getting ready to see the opportunities when they arise, and making the right decisions based on knowledge and emotional fitness to reach optimal results.
10:00 to 11:50 Finding, Pitching, and Hooking the Right Literary Agent:
During this session we will discuss everything authors need to know about what agents do, how to find them, how to pick the right one, how to pitch their projects properly, and how to prepare the best submission package for optimal results. The discussion includes details about how to draft the query letter and synopsis, and what agents look for in the first few pages of the manuscript and book proposal (for non fiction).
11:50 to 1:10 Lunch Break
1:10 to 2:10 The Gong Show: Agent and Editor First Page Critique Panel
All participants are encouraged to anonymously submit the first page of their fiction manuscript or memoir (no picture books) for a fun and expertly informative live critique. The panel is comprised of our guest Faculty. The moderator will read the page out loud and the panelists will ring their gong as soon as they decide that they would have stopped reading the page. When a number of gongs have been rang, the moderator will then prompt the panelists to discuss their decision and provide constructive criticism.
2:10 to 3:00 Becoming a Successful Hybrid Bestselling Author with NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Heidi McLaughlin: The discussion will focus on how to decide between all of the publishing options, and when to self publish or go traditional, with an eye toward creating a fruitful writing career. She will discuss how to make the decision, how to get started, what do to, and provide invaluable instructions and tips that will help authors save time and money by proceeding with knowledge and confidence.
3:00 to 3:30 Building an Author Platform and Marketing Books: From Baby Steps to The Tipping Point. This presentation will thoroughly cover the essentials of building and growing a platform and marketing books; what is a platform, who needs one and why, and much more. As the necessity for author platforms continues to grow, our goal is to help Authors be able to bring their projects to their readers and increase their visibility so that they sell more books and continue to reach new readers.
3:30 to 3:45 Honing Author Skills Further: An Investment
Presentation on successful author writing practices and Author-Preneur Program especially designed to help authors be prepared to publish in eight weeks. During this presentation we discuss what authors need to do to be prepared for succeeding in publishing and how we can help further.
3:45 to 4:15 Demystifying Publishing Deals: Publishing 101 discussion about what happens after work is pitched to publishers, from the offer to the contract, and everything in between, with examples of possible outcomes and solid advice. Important terms are explained and compared to industry standards to help authors set expectations and help them choose the best deals, and negotiate the most favorable terms that lead to success in publishing.
4:15 to 4:45 The Universal Memo: The Ultimate Success Formula
This presentation is a continuing discussion of the successful author writing practices with a focus toward utilizing knowledge, focusing on goals, and creating a bountiful mindset to attract success. During this time we will learn about The Ultimate Success Formula by discussing everything from Creating Passionately to Acting with Confidence, to Growing with Purpose and Connecting with the Universe.
Services Provided To Participants
Authors may register in advance for a ten-minute appointment to meet one-on-one with Literary Agent or Editor and pitch their work through the day. Authors may register for multiple 10-minute appointments pitch sessions with different agents and/or editors. This is the perfect opportunity to meet agents and editors face to face, offer them the work for consideration, bypass slush-piles, get feedback and forge relationships with experienced and reputable industry professionals.
Authors are encouraged to register for an in-depth personal critique of their query letters from the day’s instructor Literary Agent and Author-Preneur Coach, Marisa A. Corvisiero, Esq. Query letters are e-mailed to the presenter in advance, so that authors receive feedback, tips, and suggestions before the workshop. This will assist authors to get their work ready to pitch during the one-on-one appointments, and submit to agents and editors with confidence following the workshop.
First 5 Page Critiques with an Editor:
Authors are encouraged to register for an in-depth editorial evaluation of the first ten pages of their manuscript from one of our guest Editors. The pages are e-mailed to the evaluator in advance, so that authors receive feedback, tips, and suggestions before the workshop. This will assist authors to get their work ready to pitch during the one-on-one appointments, and submit to agents and editors with confidence following the workshop.
Registration for this invaluable workshops is $185. Early registration is discounted at $169 until July 1st (timing and prices vary for each workshop). It is strongly advised that authors sign up early as space is limited at our beautiful locations.
For further information on the Agents and Editors attending; other times, locations, and logistics; and to Register please visit Corvisiero Literary Agency.
I hope that you will join me. I would be honored to be your partner on this journey to publishing success.