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October 16 - FIRST PAGES - EDITOR-AGENT EXPERT REVIEW

How Well Are You Positioning Your First Breath, Line, Paragraph, Characters, Pages?

FIRST PAGES - Editor + Agent

October 16 @ 6:30 PM EST

Russell Busse, Assoc. Editor, Little Brown

Jill Corcoran, Jill Corcoran Literary Agency

We've done first pages at conferences, and now I'd like to bring it to the virtual stage. What can we learn about the important set up of story from those who send in their pages for review live.

Only 15 writers will be able to register as a first-page participant and agree to have their manuscripts read and reviewed live. They will receive direct feedback on their projects. Our editor and agent will comment on the concept, first breath, line, paragraph, characters, pages, originality ... and so much more. First pages will be shared with Russell and Jill without names and tags, but will be read live for feedback. You must be registered as a PARTICIPANT in order to have your first page read live.

Those who register as ATTENDEES will benefit from the advice discussed live.

Our editor and agent will also discuss first pages they have acquired and what made them great. Sample books will be shared along with top tips about what made them sing.

This will really inform the way you think about your project—you will not want to miss this live, engaging webinar.

How do you submit for the FIRST PAGE live?

Please submit a full manuscript, just like you normally would for KidLit College event or critique. We will take a look at your first page, up to first 100 words and will only share the title and text. We reserve the right to add a paragraph or two, if we deem it necessary for the review. Information is posted under Curriculum once you are registered.

Plus! This is really great. Imagine. Russell will take submissions! He will look at a submission from each participant and those who do participate in first pages will be coded for first review. Participants and attendees will need to submit prior to September 24th, and the submission information will be posted the day after our event. Yes! Information about this will post day after our live event.

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Your Instructor


Russell Busse
Russell Busse

Russ Busse is an Associate Editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers where he works on picture book, middle grade, and young adult projects, as well as graphic novels and licensing programs. For picture books, he gravitates towards anything with a lot of heart and humor (an off-the-wall premise is a major plus). For middle grade and young adult, he looks for genre-bending stories that bring readers in immediately, with strong characters and unique twists.

Among others, he has edited the CatStronauts series of graphic novels, picture books with Todd Parr, licensed books for Marvel, My Little Pony, and Teen Titans Go!, and several upcoming projects. Find him online @r_busse.


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