Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Book Proposal Basics with Gemini Adams

Finally finished the next great American novel,
but have no clue how to sell it?

Junction Function

Book Proposal Basics 
A Workshop with Finish Your Book's Gemini Adams 

Wednesday, May 9th
Regular Ticket Price: $35 
*** Exclusive Junction Discounted Ticket Price: $25 ***
*** For discount, check your e-mail for promo code! ***
Limited Seats Available
open to members & non-members
1001 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401
Despite all the talk about self-publishing, many authors are still getting decent advances, traditional publishing deals, and successfully selling subsidiary foreign, film & TV, book club, and serialization rights for their work. Self-publishing can be costly, ineffective, and may not be the best way to bring your book to market.

If you still want a traditional book deal or are a fiction writer, then this 2-hour seminar is for you, and relevant for writers at all stages of the process -- including those who've already been published and those who have yet to type a word. Multiple award-winning author and Book Midwife Gemini Adams will explain the essential elements of creating a powerful book proposal to present your fiction or nonfiction book to agents and publishers.

About Gemini Adams:
Gemini Adams is the founder of the Finish Your Book educational program for budding authors and Live Consciously Publishing; she is the co-author of three books, and author of a bestseller, which received various awards, including the National Best Book Award 2009 and Mom's Choice Gold Award 2010. Her books have been translated into Spanish and Japanese.

She's also secured publishing deals with Sterling, Duncan Baird, Random House and Heart Shuppan, while her Finish Your Book students and clients have secured representation from New York and London literary agents including Lynn Franklin Associates, Claire Gerus Literary Agency, Mulcahy-Conway Associates, Janklow & Nesbit, Bookends and direct publishing deals with Putnam (Penguin Group), Greenleaf Books, Michael Weise, No Limit, and Findhorn Press. She is also a member of the Society of Authors, the Independent Publishers Association and VP of Education at the Publishers Association of Los Angeles.


"Even though I had a pretty good sense of how to write a book I had no idea how to go about soliciting an agent and a publishing deal. Gemini took me on a hand held tour through the very complicated and confusing process of constructing a book proposal. She answered all my questions, made insightful, experienced suggestions and was fun and charming and made me feel comfortable. She also had helpful ideas about which agents to solicit and the best way to approach them. She even spent extra time helping me craft a terrific query letter. Gemini's goal is help you do it right the first time!"
~Adria Tennor
"After several years of wallowing around aimlessly with a book concept, I attended Gemini's "Finish Your Book" course in hopes of getting some direction and inspiration. And that is exactly what happened. With Gemini's guidance, I was able to correct some structural flaws that kept tripping me up, and most importantly, was motivated to sit down and actually finish the manuscript. And now I have a two book deal with Putnam (Penguin Group) to show for it. She can't write your book for you, but she can help you craft it, package it and help you get motivated to put words on the page." 
~Mitch Larson

Monday, April 16, 2012

Getting Started: Writing Your First Novel - A Master Class with Mark Sarvas

Always wanted to write a novel, but have no clue where to start?

Join us for...

GETTING STARTED: Writing Your First Novel
A One-Day Master Class with Mark Sarvas 

Mark Sarvas has taught his master class, GETTING STARTED, at the Melbourne Writers Festival, the University of Nebraska and around the world, and he currently teaches novel writing at UCLA.

There is no single road map to writing literary fiction, and without the support of a writing program, getting started on a first novel can seem especially bewildering. In this day-long master class session with Mark Sarvas, internationally noted blogger, reviewer and debut novelist, students will have the chance to learn how to direct their efforts from the outset. With working sessions on theme, language, character, story, beginnings and "reading like a writer", Sarvas makes this enormous undertaking seem a little less forbidding. Straight-talking, opinionated and passionate, Sarvas will look at instructive examples past and present and send students off ready to commit that manuscript to paper.

"Mark is very knowledgeable and as a published author he is able to convey to a beginning writer a 'real world' approach to writing and the challenges involved in completing a novel."
Sunday, May 6th 
Regular Registration: $300 
*** Early Bird Discounted Registration for the First 5 Signups: $250 *** 
*** For discount, enter promo code: EBDSARVAS ***
Limited Seats Available
Buy your tickets HERE:
open to members & non-members
1001 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401 

About Mark Sarvas: 

Mark Sarvas's debut novel Harry, Revised (Bloomsbury) was a Denver Post Best Book of 2008 and a finalist for the So Cal Independent Booksellers Association's Fiction Award. It has been translated into more than a dozen languages in 15 countries. Sarvas's literary blog, The Elegant Variation, was a Forbes Magazine Best of the Web pick, and a Los Angeles magazine Top L.A. Blog. His reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Threepenny Review, and The Barnes and Noble Review, among others. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and PEN American Center.   


"Mark Sarvas's first novel is funny and sad, rueful, wised-up and curiously moving. A remarkable debut."
~Booker Prize winner John Banville, bestselling author of The Sea

"A scathingly funny but also wise and tender debut."
~Sam Lipsyte, Home Land

"Mark Sarvas's debut novel is fun, fast and heartfelt."
~Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End

"A marvelous, enviable debut."
~Andrew Sean Greer, The Confessions of Max Tivoli

"Brilliantly funny and heart-wrenching."
~Library Journal

"A self-assured, comic and satisfying story."
~Publishers Weekly