Commercial Novel Development - Preparation and Foundation

Seminar - Versions I - II

Algonkian Novel Prep and Foundation V.I

NY Pitch First Novel This newly honed seminar intensive - when combined with customized pre-seminar development assignments (from The Writer's Edge) and the Algonkian post-seminar novel writing step program - effectively addresses a commercial novel foundation in terms of premise, plot, and six act two-goal 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.

To emphasize in context, productive reaction, discussion, and critique are not group driven, but delivered by professionals working in tandem. In addition, seminar benefits include the following: 1. Review of each writer's opening pages and prose style; 2. The Algonkian 86-page study guide on novel writing; 3. An opportunity to bank priceless information about the way commercial publishing actually works; and 4. A professional sell sheet containing all the elements necessary to pitch professionals online or at conference.

Seminars run over the course of one day, beginning at 9:00 AM EST and concluding between 5 - 6 PM EST. They will be conducted online utilizing video conferencing technology. Algonkian and New York Pitch choose Zoom because it is a proven platform, and instructions are simple and clear. The registration fee for V.I is $99.00 and that includes all extra benefits noted in above, as well as professional consults, all materials, the post-event novel writing program, and pre-event seminar assignments. Click below to apply and register. Dates above and on the application page. Contact us here if you have questions.

Paula Munier - Faculty

Literary agent, editor and author Paula Munier is one of the biggest new stars in New York publishing. She possesses broad experience in a wide variety of genres, and in creating content in multiple formats across all markets for such media giants as Disney, Gannett, Greenspun Media Group, and Quayside... As a literary agent, 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

Michael Neff is the creator and director of the New York Pitch Conference. Commercial novels published involving him as either developmental editor or agent 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, DRAGON RIPPER by Melanie Bacon, DIE BACK by Richard Hacker, and KARMA CITY by Gardner Browning, among many others. He is also an accomplished fiction writer and a prize-winning author...
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Algonkian Novel Prep and Foundation V.II

Like V.I above, this seminar intensive, when combined with customized pre-seminar development assignments and a post-seminar novel writing step program, effectively addresses in detail a commercial novel foundation in terms of premise, plot, and six act two-goal 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 $149.00 and that includes all extra benefits noted in V.I above, as well as professional consults, all materials, the post-event novel writing program, and pre-event seminar assignments. Click below to apply and registe. Dates above and on the application page.


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Paula Munier - Faculty

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, DYING FOR ATTENTION by James Shannon, THE BODY LANGUAGE OF LIARS by Dr. Lillian Glass, TREAT ME LIKE A DOG by Larry Kay, THE FISHERMAN by Vaughn Hardacker, DISINTEGRATION by Richard Thomas, DARK TURNS by Cate Hollahan, DEATH DEALER by Kate Flora, ORPHAN #8 by Kim van Alkemade, and HOT DOGS AND CROISSANTS by Natasha and Victorine Saulnier...
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Michael Neff - Faculty

Michael's first novel, a literary historical entitled ALL THE DARK WE WILL NOT SEE, was published by Serving House Books in 2016, and an urban fantasy created and co-edited by him, MAGICIAN'S IMPOSSIBLE, was published by Macmillan in 2017. His most recent novel, PIPER ROBBIN AND THE AMERICAN OZ MAKER (pseudonym Warwick Gleeson), was chosen by an editorial panel at Kirkus Reviews to be a Top 150 Best Book in their Fall Preview issue, 2019--both digital and print format. The novel was also an Amazon Best Seller in spring 2019. The prequel, WORLD MAKER - THE ASCENSION OF ROMANOVA, won four national book awards for SFF in 2018 including first place in the Beverly Hills Book Awards...
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