Commercial Novel Development - Preparation and Foundation

Seminar - Versions I - IV

Algonkian Novel Prep and Foundation V.I

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

Algonkian's New York faculty know that creating a commercially successful novel depends on laying a foundation that includes identifying and interweaving three primary novel writing subsets. Therefore, this seminar addresses in detail the development of a commercial novel, first, in terms of premise, plot, and "six act" progression. Second, in terms of pre-publication novel marketing, i.e., title, genre choice, comparables, and pitch. And third, via focusing 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.

During the seminar sessions and meetings, the aforementioned subsets are filtered by faculty according to each writer's genre, and each writer receives individual attention and feedback in several stages. 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.

Our faculty are workshop leaders at the New York Pitch Conference, both with a successful record of getting writers published, as well as holding the distinction of being top selling and award winning authors with years of experience in publishing.

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 $199.00 and that includes all services and materials. Click below to apply and register for our forthcoming seminar (see dates above and on application page). 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

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

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 $249.00 and that includes all services and materials. Click below to apply and register for the upcoming seminar. Dates above and on the application page.


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Algonkian 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 $299.00. Click below to apply and register for our upcoming seminar. Dates above and on the application page.


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Algonkian 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 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. 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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