Announcing My First-Ever Webinar

I will be teaching an online webinar on Thursday, March 11, on “How Do Agents and Editors Decide?” It’s a 90-minute class filled with advice and tips for both fiction and nonfiction writers.

The beauty of a webinar is that you can attend even if you’re not available to participate in the live event! If you sign up for the webinar, you can access the presentation as many times as you want over the course of one year. You can re-watch it and take more notes. We will even answer your questions (via email) after you finally watch the presentation.

How Do Agents and Editors Decide?

Why do some projects get picked out of the pile by agents and editors while most do not? It’s because great books that catch the eyes of the pros are a combination of an excellent idea, excellent writing, and, in some cases, an excellent platform.

In this webinar, writers will learn:

→How to capture your book in a compelling hook that will draw the attention of agents and editors.

→ How to determine if your rejections are less about your project and more about the marketplace.

→ What is meant by the “competitive advantage” and how to know if you have it.

→ How to make your writing shine—taking an idea and fleshing it out with voice, narrative, point-of-view, and structure.

→ How to develop an attractive writer platform—connecting with other writers and individuals while making yourself a visible authority on a subject.

→ How agents and editors quickly look over a project and decide if it has the necessary elements to make them request more.


One of the best parts about the webinar is that you get to interact and ask questions. I will address writer questions in real time. If I can’t get around to all questions during the seminar, I’ll address them afterward and e-mail you the answers! No question goes unanswered.

Click here to get more information and register.

Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent

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  4. Lee Ee Leen says:

    >thanks for posting this

    Yes indeed the hook is the main thing

  5. Therapist/Writer says:

    >Hi Rachelle,
    I just learned about the webinar via a SinC list serv so the word is definitely getting out there! I do have a question though–the Writers Digest page has it listed under "Memoir/Life Story." Will that be the focus of the class? The description reads as though it would be more generalized, but I wanted to ask before signing up.
    Donna Glaser

  6. Rachel Levy says:

    >I thought you might be interested to post this on my website for free (or upgrade for a fee for more visibility)

    -Rachel Levy-

  7. Kim Kasch says:

    >Way kewl to be feeling like I'm back in school.

    Fun times at Gardner High!!!


  8. Tamika: says:

    >How exciting!

    Rachelle you always manage to keep the writer included on ways to succeed. I'm eternally gratefrul.

    God bless!

  9. Rachel says:

    >Oh, awesome!!

  10. Matilda McCloud says:

    >Sounds like an interesting program. I have a few friends who've taken courses in webinar format and they've really enjoyed it.

  11. Jessica says:

    >Sounds fun!

  12. Higley Browne says:

    >already signed up 🙂 Thank you so much. This is great timing, because I've recently been getting requests from my query letter, but then getting a form rejection on the partial. I NEED to know where I'm going wrong.

  13. Lisa Jordan says:

    >Wow, what a great opportunity to get the inside scoop, particularly if writers are querying you. I appreciate your dedication in helping writers grow. Hope your webinar is a huge success!

  14. Rachelle says:

    >Chris and everyone — I updated my post to explain that, YES, you can watch the webinar later, you don't have to attend live. If you sign up, you will have access to it for a year, both the visual (PowerPoint) presentation and the audio (that's me talking).

  15. Tracey solomon says:

    >will there be video/audio available for download at a later time? I'm speaking that day…

  16. T. Anne says:

    >I can't wait. I've already signed up and I'm trying to get some questions together. It's going to be interesting. I'm looking forward to your teaching!

  17. christicorbett says:

    >I actually felt my heart begin to race with excitement as I read this post!

    Unfortunately, my computer is ancient and can't handle any of the programs needed to participate in this class.

    Would you consider putting up a link after the class with the information (paid access of course)?

    Thanks again for your most informative blog.


  18. lynnrush says:

    >Wow. This sounds fantastic. I'll spread the word. I'm sure it'll be a great webinar.

  19. Marla Taviano says:

    >This is awesome, Rachelle. Praying you have a great turn-out. What a wonderful investment for writers who 1.) want some awesome advice and 2.) would love to "meet" you and get their name/project out there.

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