Professional Novel Development and Writer Mentorship

Seminars - Versions I - IV

New York Novel Prep and Editorial V.I

NY Pitch First Novel Do you wish to gain an edge ahead of time before attending the New York Pitch, or are you simply looking for a valuable novel writing and development seminar? Regardless, this online conference-sponsored event is designed to fulfill both purposes.

New York faculty believe that developing and writing a commercially successful novel depends on interweaving three primary subsets. This seminar therefore addresses in detail a commercial foundation in terms of premise, plot, and "six act" progression; pre-publication novel marketing in terms of title, genre choice, comparables, and pitch; and finally, focus on vital branch elements including protagonist and antagonist creation, scene choice and design, prose style technique, narrative verve, foreshadowing, exposition, pinch points, theme, and more.

The aforementioned subsets are filtered by faculty according to each writer's genre, and each writer receives individual attention and feedback in two stages (one in AM session, one in PM session). To emphasize in context, productive reaction, discussion, and critique are not group driven, but delivered by professionals working in tandem, both of whom are accomplished New York Pitch faculty. In addition, seminar benefits include the following: 1. Significant pre-seminar novel element assignments and readings prepared by faculty; 2. Review of each writer's opening pages and prose style; 3. The Algonkian 86-page study guide on novel writing; 4. An opportunity to bank priceless information about the way commercial publishing actually works; and 5. A professional sell sheet containing all the elements necessary to pitch professionals online or at conference.

The faculty are intimately familiar with all genres including women's fiction in general (serious and light), historical fiction, thriller, mystery, crime, suspense, YA and MG (speculative and non-speculative), science fiction and fantasy (all sub-genres), and military fiction.

Seminars run over the course of one day--three and two hour sessions beginning at 9:00 AM EST and concluding between 5 - 6 PM EST. They will take place on a Wednesday, and Sunday, beginning August 26 and 30 respectively, and will be conducted online utilizing the best in video conferencing technology. The New York Pitch chooses Zoom because instructions are simple and clear.

The registration fee is $299.00 and that includes all services and materials. Click below to register for either August 26 or August 30, 2020. If you wish to also pitch a literary agent and perfect your query letter, register for Version II below (an additional $49.00). Contact us here if you have questions.

Paula Munier - Faculty

Paula possesses broad experience in a wide variety of genres, and in creating content in all formats across all markets for such media giants as Disney, Gannett, Greenspun Media Group, and Quayside. She began her career as a journalist, and along the way added editor, acquisitions specialist... As a literary agent for Talcott Notch, her deals over the past two years span the genre spectrum. They include a nice six figures for THE REGISTRY by Shannon Stoker; SNIPER by Vaughn Hardacker...
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Michael Neff - Faculty

Agent deals and commercial novels involving Michael as developmental editor over the past several years include ON MAGGIE'S WATCH by Ann Garvin, MURDER AT BARCLAY MEADOW by Wendy Eckel, THE EDGE OF NORMAL by Carla Norton, THE BLACK PANTHERS by Gina Niccolo, DIE BACK by Richard Hacker, and KARMA CITY by Gardner Browning, among others... Michael's first novel, a literary political work entitled ALL THE DARK WE WILL NOT SEE, was published...
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New York Novel Prep and Editorial V.II

This enhanced V.II version of seminar V.I above includes the writing of a practical and effective query letter that will not only be combined with focus on the best agent hunting methods, but also feature a live pitch to a game-changing book and TV/Film agent.

Like V.I above, this seminar addresses in detail a commercial foundation in terms of premise, plot, and "six act" progression; pre-publication novel marketing in terms of title, genre choice, comparables, and pitch; and finally, focus on vital branch elements including protagonist and antagonist creation, scene choice and design, prose style technique, narrative verve, foreshadowing, exposition, pinch points, theme, and more. The aforementioned are also nuanced and filtered by faculty depending on each writer's genre.

Please see V.I above for more details on seminar content.

Legendary book and TV/Film agent, Adam Chromy, will be on hand in-person for the afternoon session to read the writer's query letters and ask questions as appropriate about the project and discuss commercial potential. More about his book rep agency, MTM, can be found here.

This event will be conducted online utilizing the most user friendly and efficient video conferencing technology. The New York Pitch chooses Zoom because the instructions are simple, clear, and the website is easy to access. We are also available to help new users.

The registration fee is $349.00 and that includes all services and materials. Click below to apply and register for either August 26 or August 30, 2020.


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New York Novel Prep and Editorial V.III

Seminar Version III includes all the benefits of V.II, the same faculty, plus the first half (eight course modules) of NYC's online novel writing and development program (for extra prep or follow-up purposes) as well as a $100.00 discount off registration for the New York Pitch Conference at any future date.

The registration fee for this seminar is $399.00. Click below to apply and register for either August 26 or August 30, 2020.


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New York Novel Prep and Editorial V.IV

Seminar Version IV includes the content and benefits of V.II, the same faculty, plus the complete novel writing and development program as well as the $100.00 discount off registration for the New York Pitch Conference at any future date. Addtionally, as a result of entering the full writing and development program noted above, private mentorship consults with New York Seminar Faculty (either Michael or Paula) will be available upon program completion.

The registration fee for this seminar and the additional writer mentorship consults is $649.00. Click below to apply and register for either August 26 or August 30, 2020.


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Paula Munier - Faculty

Paula possesses broad experience in a wide variety of genres, and in creating content in all formats across all markets for such media giants as Disney, Gannett, Greenspun Media Group, and Quayside. She began her career as a journalist, and along the way added editor, acquisitions specialist... As a literary agent for Talcott Notch, her deals over the past two years span the genre spectrum. They include a nice six figures for THE REGISTRY by Shannon Stoker; SNIPER by Vaughn Hardacker...
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Michael Neff - Faculty

Agent deals and commercial novels involving Michael as developmental editor over the past several years include ON MAGGIE'S WATCH by Ann Garvin, MURDER AT BARCLAY MEADOW by Wendy Eckel, THE EDGE OF NORMAL by Carla Norton, THE BLACK PANTHERS by Gina Niccolo, DIE BACK by Richard Hacker, and KARMA CITY by Gardner Browning, among others... Michael's first novel, a literary political work entitled ALL THE DARK WE WILL NOT SEE, was published...
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