Friday, June 16, 2017

Author-Preneur Full Day Writers Workshops

My amazing team and I are offering authors who are serious about becoming published the opportunity to spend the day with us and other really great agents from reputable agencies and editor from top publishing houses in a full day workshop specifically tailored to create a fast track to publishing success. 

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.com

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
Pitch Appointments:
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.

Query Critiques:
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.

Happy Learning! 
~Marisa

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Writer's Conferences... Should authors even bother?

As everything is relative, the answer to this question would depend on how much the conference is charging for admission and participation, what they are offering, and how it is run. These are the key elements that make events good events.

Location, speakers, attendees, price, curriculum, services, food and other perks are all important to how good an author event is, how much you will enjoy it, and the value that you get out of it. Once you've determined that these elements of a specific event are suitable for you, then you're ready to shift your focus toward the reasons you should attend, if you haven't ascertained them already.

If you ask me if authors should be attending conferences and other author events, my vote is a hands down, and very emphatic, YES! There are many reasons why budding authors,
as well as seasoned authors will benefit from attending conferences, workshops, events and the such.

7 Excellent Reasons to Attend Author Events:

Learning Skills- most conferences hold lectures, talks, workshops, seminars, etc. where a speaker, usually a very qualified someone, talks to the authors about specific topics in writing and publishing. These topics vary from talks that enhance writing skills (from world building to plotting, and character building and everything in between), to tips on how to find agents and pitch work, to publishing contracts, to platform building, to mindset and more. These are things that all authors should hear and think about at least once. And I'm being conservative here. If I had it my way, I'd make you all experts in all of these topics myself (I do offer workshops, programs and coaching).

Get work reviewed by professionals and qualified peers- Most events have some sort of workshop or panel where qualified reviewers read and critique your work. Some even offer services where they have an agent or editor review your work in private and give you an evaluation, critique, or feedback. This is extremely helpful to authors, when done before they submit their work for actual consideration so that they only submit their work when it is absolutely ready to be considered for representation or acquisition.

Learn about the industry- The publishing industry is an industry unlike any other. It is a beast of it's own, with it's own process, unspoken rules, and must follow procedures. The more you know about the industry of your author business the better "Author-Preneur" you will become. Knowledge will allow you to make the right choices for you, and will help you prepare for when the right opportunity comes knocking.

Know what's happening- Knowing the industry and being an amazing author sometimes isn't enough. More often than not, knowledge about trends, who is who, who is doing what, and what is happening can be most essential in helping you open a certain door. The more you know the better equipped you are to find and make opportunities.

See how others do it- There is no reason to reinvent the wheel. Learning from peers and colleagues that are doing well can save you a lot of time and money. Meeting other authors at conferences, even if you don't become BFFs (which happens a lot), will enable you to put them in your resource pocket. You can learn from them, study them, stalk them (from a safe distance) if you have to, but look at what they do and how they do it. There is always something to be learned by people watching. Authors are great at this, use this skill to your advantage and learn all you can from people who are doing what you want to do.

Connect with Authors, Agents, and Editors- Networking is priceless. You never know who knows whom, and how they can help you, and how you can help them. These are opportunities to make connections with the entire universe. Everyone attending these events is there for the same reason you are, to learn, connect, and sell books. So take advantage of the opportunity to connect and don't be shy. Just make sure you look and smell your best. (I'm mostly not kidding)

Have fun! Author events can be boring for Muggles (non magical folks~ Harry Potter) but for us passionate, creative, story building, magical book loving people, this is the best place ever! It is one of the few places where everyone is of like minds and we all want to talk about books. Let your nerd show and be proud of it!

The reasons not to go to a conference, whatever they might be, should be altogether set aside and stepped on. In other words, if you can participate you should. I know that travel, participation, and meals, etc. can be costly. If this is an issue, then choose wisely and attend something that is good, close to your home, and attend at least once as soon as you can. Know what you need to get there, focus on doing it, create a plan and register early. There are usually early registration price discounts. If you love attending and get value from it, then you can repeat the process and attend again, or even try another.

Other than that, I can't think of any reason to not participate in as many good events as you wish, that I can't talk you out of.

That isn't the lawyer in me talking... I'm not about persuading people to do things they don't want to do. My goal is to coach you around obstacles that you might be setting in front of yourself that are not meritorious, and might be sabotaging your success.

Think of author events such as conferences, workshops, webinars, tutorials, bootcamps, programs, etc. as investments in your career... in your book business. You might lack time, money, motivation, attitude, skills, or some other resource that you believe to be a prerequisite.  But resources are only obstacles to you if you aren't resourceful. If you are serious about helping yourself as an author-preneur, and getting your work published properly, you need to be resourceful and muddle your way around those pesky obstacles to get to solid ground, where you can stand tall and achieve more.

So set your eye on the prize you want to win. Your goal is to learn about publishing, hone your writing skills, and make connections. Inform yourself by doing research to find a good conference, create a plan to attend and take action. 

On our Agency Website we have a very extensive list of Amazing Events, a list of places of Events We Are Attending and a list of Author-Preneur Workshops that we've tailor made for authors that we host on a monthly basis at different locations. Check these out and take one step closer to successfully achieving your goals.

Happy Learning!
~Marisa