March 23: Proposing Your Book With Agent Katharine Sands

We are so excited to bring you this live class with agent Katharine Sands, author of Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch A Literary Agent’s Eye. If you've ever wondered how to make a strong argument for your work (whether nonfiction, fiction, or otherwise), Katharine will go over the necessary components, from overview to competitive works, that you need to focus on (and, ideally, grow before your project ever hits the slushpile).

You will learn:

  • The key question a writer must answer in a book proposal
  • Three ways to identify your target market
  • A fresh perspective on discoverability, platform, and comparative titles

With humor, warmth, and years of experience in the business, Katharine is a well-renowned instructor known for helping writers reach their creative goals.

Katharine Sands is a literary agent with the Sarah Jane Freymann Agency in New York City. She is the agent provocateur of Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch A Literary Agent’s Eye. She has been a guest speaker on writing and publishing for Poets and Writers, The American Society of Journalists and Authors, UCLA, New York University, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Katharine has worked with a varied list of authors who publish a diverse array of  books including fiction, memoir and non-fiction. Among the books she represents are: The Apothecary’s Curse, by Bram Stoker Award nominee Barbara Barnett; Girl Walks Out of a Bar, a  memoir by Lisa Smith that was featured by People Magazine as Notable  Nonfiction; and teenage climate activist Jamie Margolin’s Youth to  Power: Your Voice and How to Use It.

Katharine likes books that have a clear benefit for readers’ lives in categories of food, travel, lifestyle, home arts, beauty, wisdom, relationships, parenting, and fresh looks, which might be at issues, life challenges or popular culture. When reading fiction she wants to be compelled and propelled by urgent storytelling, and hooked by characters. For memoir, femoir, and himoir, she likes to be transported to a world rarely or newly observed.

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