An Agent’s Tips on Story Structures that Sell

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If you’re serious about getting your novel or memoir published, or wondering why your manuscript is not getting the attention you desire, let instructor and literary agent Andrea Hurst show you how to structure a plot that will keep an agent turning the page.

In this tutorial, writers will have the opportunity to learn what agents and editors look for in a marketable novel or memoir—from an exciting beginning to a story’s three acts. Once an agent determines an author has mastered the craft of writing, the next thing they look for is an intriguing plot. At agencies, it’s often found that even the best writers may not be able to sustain a memorable plot. Andrea presents techniques that will help build your story, solve plot issues, and create a strong beginning, middle, and end. Get noticed, get read, and up your chances of getting sold.

In this 55-minute tutorial, you’ll learn:

  • The essential elements of story building, including common problems in a story’s three acts
  • Structuring beginnings that hook the reader. Also: What beginnings are cliché or overdone?
  • Common reasons manuscripts are rejected
  • Insight into the three-act method of plotting, such as establishing the stakes and a satisfying conclusion (a climatic ending)

Instructor Andrea Hurst has over 25 years of experience as a published author, developmental editor, and skilled literary agent. Her client list includes emerging new voices and New York Times bestselling authors. Andrea’s passion for books drives her quest to find stories that have the power to change; stories that will take her on a journey to another place, and leave her with an unforgettable impression.

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