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First Chapter Faux Pas with Agent Carrie Pestritto of Laura Dail Literary Agency

Monday, 19 February 2018  |  Posted by Brenda Drake


Pitch Wars Webinars presents . . .

First Chapter Faux Pas with Agent Carrie Pestritto of Laura Dail Literary Agency

The first chapter is the most challenging part of the manuscript and one of the most important things to get just right. It is what agents look at first (of course!) and it often determines whether they keep reading or not. Figuring out where to start your story and how is essential. From reading submissions and working with clients, I’ve looked at thousands of first chapters and advised authors on what works and what doesn’t.

This webinar will focus on the best, most engaging way to start your story, how to introduce characters and plot, and individual spotlights via Q&A and brainstorming sessions you can sign up for separately.

The Details…

When: Tuesday, March 13

Time: 8:30 pm ET 

Cost: $25

Please note: Registration is limited to the first 50 participants.

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About Carrie Pestritto…

Carrie Pestritto worked at Writers House and Prospect Agency before becoming part of the LDLA team. She earned her BA in English, cum laude, from Amherst College in 2009, also spending a year studying abroad at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University.

As an agent, she loves the thrill of finding new authors with strong, unique voices and working closely with her clients.  Carrie always strives to help create books that will introduce readers to new worlds and is drawn in by relatable characters, meticulous world-building, and unusual, compelling premises.

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