Webinars and Events

Join me for upcoming webinars and events. Check this page for an updated schedule and registration information! Here are some raves from past attendees.

You’ve helped me build my professional toolbox! – Danielle DeFauw

I watched Mary Kole’s query webinar on Monday. Tuesday I wrote the most sweat-free query of my professional life. No joke! – Melissa

Mary is a masterful speaker, very engaging, and I loved the intimate, casual format. I’m sure I’ll revisit the webinar many times in the future! – Wendy Haugh

Very informative, well-organized and understandable. Definitely worth my time. – Dena Pawling

Mary’s webinar on Writing an Irresistible Query was not only extremely helpful but concise and to the point. She listed an example for each step of the query letter and explained it as well so that writing a query letter isn’t as taunting as it used to be. – R. Wong

This webinar was very helpful and answered many of my questions about writing a query letter as well as publishing in general. – Shawna

Mary always gives great advice and tips. This webinar was thorough and informative, plus she is a wonderful presenter. – Janet W.

An outstanding webinar. Mary Kole was energetic and concise. – A. Monroe

I’m so glad I took the time. The webinar was jammed-packed with tips and advice on what to do and what not to do. And, It covered everything from novels to picture books. I highly recommend Mary’s webinars. – Karen Cioffi

Ongoing

I’m very pleased to present a longform online class I recorded for Writing Blueprints called the Manuscript Submission Blueprint. It’s all about the agent and publisher submission process, and you can take it online at your own leisure.

Inside you’ll find over ten hours of video instruction, 30+ handouts to fill out that guide you through the agent and publisher research and submission steps, bonus interviews and videos, and an inside look from yours truly into one of the most important things you’ll do for your book!

May 2019

Saturday May 18th, 11 a.m. Central:

I bet you all are tired of looking at my mug and listening to my voice only, so I decided these webinars would be more fun with friends. Join me for Kidlit in Conversation, a new interview webinar format that I’m trying. For my very first interview, Rebecca K. S. Ansari will be joining me as she launches her awesome debut middle grade novel, The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly.

What’s it like to debut in today’s market? How do you write an awesome, twisty, thrilling, and beautiful middle grade novel? What’s it like to be on the other side, and living the author life? Find out as I welcome this very special guest!

Follow this link to register for the Kidlit in Conversation: Rebecca Ansari, Middle Grade Author Webinar, or use the form below.

Register for May 18th
Interview Webinar

Grab your spot. Seats at the live event are limited. You will receive email instructions for accessing the webinar once you sign up. Thanks!

June 2019

Saturday June 1st, 11 a.m. Central:

first pages webinar, writing webinar, novel webinar, novel beginning webinar

There’s a lot of pressure on those opening novel pages. Here’s how to start your story in a compelling way, avoid common mistakes, and catch the attention of an agent or publisher in the slush. A paid webinar that includes comprehensive notes on the first two pages of your novel. This webinar is geared to novel and memoir writers of all categories, from middle grade to fantasy. Not only will you hear a wealth of information about how to write successful, eye-catching first pages, but your novel opening will be privately critiqued. The cost of this webinar with the included critique is $99. The webinar will last 1 hour and 30 minutes.

If you can’t make the webinar date and time, don’t worry. Live attendance isn’t required, and you will receive a replay link to watch the presentation on demand, with no expiration date.

Follow this link to register for the Writing Irresistible First Pages Webinar WITH CRITIQUE.

You have 30 days to submit your pages after the webinar date. The submission will be up to two double-spaced pages with 12 pt font and standard 1″ margins. Notes will be returned within a month of receipt.

Saturday June 29th, 11 a.m. Central:

Most of writing happens in revision. Terry Pratchett once said, “The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” What happens after–how you shape that first draft into a story for others–is what determines your success. But it’s common knowledge that writers have a very hard time seeing their work objectively. I’ve been working in an editorial capacity with writers for over ten years, first as a literary agent, and now as a full time freelance editor. In this webinar, I’ll cover the most common writing issues in the categories of character, plot, and voice, and how you can teach yourself to recognize them and attack them in your own writing. Work smarter, not harder, on your next revision.

This webinar is for fiction and creative nonfiction writers of all skill levels, and in all categories. Even picture book writers are welcome! This hour-long exploration is just the beginning of what I hope will be a lifelong relationship between you and your editorial pen.

If you can’t make the webinar date and time, don’t worry. Live attendance isn’t required, and you will receive a replay link to watch the presentation on demand, with no expiration date.

Follow this link to register for the Self-Editing for Writers Webinar, or use the form below.

Register for June 29th
Self-Editing Webinar

Grab your spot. Seats at the live event are limited. You will receive email instructions for accessing the webinar once you sign up. Thanks!

Looking Ahead in 2019

July: Interview Webinar, TBD!

August 3rd: Writing an Irresistible Query Webinar WITH CRITIQUE

August 17th: Writing Irresistible Voice Webinar

September 7th: Writing Character Interiority Webinar

October 5th: Writing Irresistible First Pages Webinar WITH CRITIQUE

November 16th: Writing Irresistible Voice Webinar

December 28th: Rock Your Writing Goals Webinar

If you’re on the fence about one of my events, please check out even more Speaking and Workshop Testimonials.