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  • 1. Unicorn For Writers

2. Unicorn For Writers Youre a writer, and youve written something wonderful, but what do you do next? Here at Unicorn for Writers, LLC we can help you navigate the confusing and complicated road to publishing. Perhaps you need your query letter created or reviewed, a hot marketing plan created, contracts negotiated, copyrights registered, self publishing recommendations, customized agent(s) recommendations, permissions cleared, subsidiary rights sold, reversion of rights requested and obtained, or your manuscript evaluated or edited, Unicorn for Writers is the publishing expert for you. Unicorn for Writers is uniquely designed to arm writers with the practical know-how to get their manuscript through or around the gatekeepers of the publishing world. Today, between multinational media corporations and global entertainment conglomerates, getting a publisher's attention takes more than a great idea and a flair for the written word. Whether you like it or not, publishers view your manuscript as much as a business proposition as a work of art. 3. Unicorn For Writers Jan Kardys diverse book publishing career included executive positions at ten of the major book publishers - Doubleday, St. Martin's Press, Scholastic, Macmillan, Scribner's, Little, Brown & Company, Warner Books, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Lippincott & Crowell, Publishers, Simon & Schuster/Prentice Hall. Her experiences are in editorial, art/production, subsidiary rights, contracts, copyrights, permissions, book agenting, editing, writers conferences, --and now as a freelance editor and publishing consultant. Jan also worked for Google for three years and has Internet sales/marketing training. Jeanne E. Rogers is a self-published author who has successfully plotted a course through the difficult and sometimes frustrating world of writing, and publishing. She is familiar with all aspects of social media necessary to successfully self-publish and market a book. She is active on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, and others. Her experience with self-publishing via CreateSpace, both in book and eBook format, has provided her with invaluable experience that she enjoys sharing with her fellow writers. Jeanne is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, the ALA, AIA, CAPA, IBPA, IWC, and SCBWI." 4. Unicorn For Writers 5. Unicorn For Writers BOOK PUBLISHING CLASSES Greenwich Cont. Ed. Greenwich, CT (Link to Greenwich Continuing Education) Monday, Sept. 16, 2013- October 28, 2013 Norwalk Community College (Link to Norwalk Community College) Saturday, October 19, 2013 November 9, 2013 9:30-11:30 am LIBRARY EVENTS Bethel Library, CT(Link to Bethel Library) Thursday: October 31, 2013 6-8 pm January 30, 2014 10am - 12 April 10, 2014 6-8 pm Events 6. Unicorn For Writers MANUSCRIPT EVALUATION "Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing." Sylvia Plath. You have finally finished your book, and you are delighted with the results. You have rewritten it at least a dozen times. The characters are alive in your head, or your nonfiction book conveys the facts just as you hoped, and you long to get published. But, is your manuscript ready? Too often writers crash through the gates without really preparing their final manuscript. They assume that an agent or editor will handle the editing and revisions. Too many times, a writer will email submissions and enclose material, which truly isn't ready for an agent, and certainly, not for a book editor. Not every writer has the appropriate connections necessary to obtain practical and editorial suggestions. They may not be able to cover all of the following important issues: Characters (major and minor character development), descriptions, plots, subplots, action, scene development and setup, suggestions for revisions, climaxes, book proposal reviews (nonfiction), and other items. Unicorn for Writers LLC, will provide 10-20 pages (depending upon the length of your book) of detailed comments on the above areas, and provide you with invaluable assistance with our professional manuscript evaluations. See Price List. 7. Unicorn For Writers MANUSCRIPT EDITING After completing your novel or nonfiction book the next step is to find an excellent book editor who can carefully and accurately protect the integrity of your book. Our purpose is to enhance your final version by offering editorial suggestions and changes. Once we offer suggestions, we will help you revise, modify or adapt your manuscript so it is suitable for submission. For fiction, Unicorn for Writers will help you consider the following important factors: Characterization (fully developed main and secondary characters), Plot structure and subplots, Climaxes, Conflicts, Dialogue, Point of view, and much more. For nonfiction book projects we focus on the structure, outline and direction of your idea, and how you implemented it. Also, we carefully study your writing style and give you detailed feedback on how to improve your book. At Unicorn for Writers LLC, we are concerned with the integrity of your words, and most importantly, all the great details that are necessary in order to make your fiction, or nonfiction book ready for publication. See Price List. 8. Unicorn For Writers CHAPTER EVALUATION If you are a new writer or a seasoned professional, you need a review of the first chapter (or several chapters) of your book before you proceed to publication, or querying a literary agent. As a writer, you need sound and honest advice about all aspects of these early chapters in order to gain insights on how to proceed with your book. In the changing world of publishing, it is wise to hook your reader from the early pages for your novel, and paint the messages of any nonfiction project. Unicorn for Writers will provide 10 pages (depending upon the length of your book) of detailed comments, and provide you with invaluable assistance with our professional manuscript evaluations. See Price List 9. Unicorn For Writers FIRST FIVE PAGES The First Five Pages of your manuscript should speak volumes about you as a writer. In addition, they should be sterling and hook the reader. If you want to get the attention of a literary agent, book editor or publisher, you need to focus on these five pages. In order to stay out of the rejection pile, it is important to learn how to master the art of enticing your readers with your opening pages. If you hook them emotionally and intellectually with these early pages your reader won't be able to put your book down! Its all about what you write, and how you write those pages that will make this happen. How many times have you gone to a bookstore or read the beginning of a novel or nonfiction book and thought the writer was brilliant in capturing your imagination, while other books didn't heat up until the end of chapter four? Unicorn for Writers is not only concerned about the craft of writing, but we will offer practical, structured, and meaningful suggestions for your first five pages that will give you the direction you need in order to capture the imagination of your audience. See fee sheet. 10. Unicorn For Writers COPYEDITING & PROOFREADING Traditionally, a copyeditor and a proofreader held separate functions in a publishing company. However, at Unicorn for Writers we have combined these services in order to assist you with your book. What does a great copyeditor and proofreader do for you? Unicorn for Writers will help you with the following: Mechanical editing, which is grammar, Usage, Spelling, Punctuation, Logic, Syntax, Structure, Fact-checking, and Queries. Creativity and critical thinking are involved in copyediting and proofreading your book. Well help you get it into the best condition prior to your submitting it to an agent, editor, or book publisher. If you should decide to self-publish your work, youll want it to be in the best possible form. Unicorn for Writers is delighted to help you produce a well-crafted manuscript. Well help you create it. See Price List. 11. Unicorn For Writers ONE PAGE SUMMARY CREATION A book summary is a comprehensive and concise description of the plot, main points of the book, and major characters. A well-written synopsis succeeds in doing more than just summarizing your book. It attracts and holds the interest of your readers, which includes potential agents and publishers. The main purpose is to write an enticing summary that will compel the reader to want more. Unicorn for Writers will create a one-page summary for you, or review and rewrite your existing piece. We will prepare a concise and delightful book summary to tantalize any reader, especially a literary agent, book editor and publisher. See Price List. 12. Unicorn For Writers ONE PAGE SUMMARY REVIEW & REWRITE A book summary is a comprehensive and concise description of the plot, main points of the book, and major characters, of a nonfiction book. A well-written synopsis succeeds in doing more than just summarizing your book. It attracts and holds the interest of your readers, which includes potential agents and publishers. The main purpose is to write an enticing summary that will compel the reader to want more. Unicorn for Writers will review and/or rewrite your one- page summary for you. You will receive a concise and delightful book summary to tantalize any reader, especially a literary agent, book editor and publisher. See Price List. 13. Unicorn For Writers OUTLINE CREATION & REVIEW The purpose of an outline is to describe each chapter as its own entity. It is also a great way to organize your thoughts and feelings, and any research you may have gathered for your book. Organizing your book this way, helps you to work out plotting problems and develop character arcs. Some literary agents and editors may request chapter-by-chapter outlines for novels, as well as a full synopsis. However, with non