2018-04/06 Demystifying The Submission with William Luvaas

Date: Friday, April 6, 2018 Time: 3pm to 5pm Number of sessions: One day Only Members: $30 Nonmembers: $36 Location: San Diego Writers, Ink, Arts District Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, #202-204, Barracks 16, 2nd Floor Above Women's Museum, San Diego, CA 92106

This is a workshop for writers who hope to submit a novel or short story collection to agents or publishers and need to write a query letter and synopsis that is compelling enough to entice a potential agent or editor to read their manuscript.  The publishing process begins with a strong promotional package, and these two pages will be among the most important—and most demanding—pages you have ever written.  Many writers have no idea where to begin.  It is a Herculean task to summarize an entire book in a single page, difficult even for seasoned writers.  This workshop will cover what successful queries and synopses should include—and avoid!  Please bring a sample synopsis of your book and/or putative query letter.  We will workshop as many of these as we can accommodate, discussing their strengths and weaknesses.  If you have not yet written a synopsis, bring a one paragraph description of your work.

billcactus3croppedrgbwebWilliam Luvaas has published three novels, The Seductions of Natalie Bach, Going Under, and Beneath The Coyote Hills, and two story collections, A Working Man’s Apocrypha and Ashes Rain Down: A Story Cycle, The Huffington Post’s 2013 Book of the Year and a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.  His new novel, Welcome To Saint Angel, comes out with Anaphora Literary Press: March 15, 2018.  His honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, first place in Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open Contest, The Ledge Magazine’s Fiction Contest, and Fiction Network’s 2nd National Fiction Competition.  His work has appeared in dozens of publications.  Luvaas has taught writing at San Diego State University, U.C. Riverside, and The Writer’s Voice in New York, and he is Online Fiction Editor for Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts.  He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Lucinda, an artist and filmmaker.