Letters from the Program Director: Stick the Landing

Hello, writers!

I once heard author Sherry Thomas say “people are much more forgiving of a lax opening than they are of a bad ending” and it really stuck with me. It’s so easy to get bogged down making sure your opening chapters are hooking readers or that your middles aren’t sagging too much, but it’s equally as important to polish your endings in the same way.

Endings matter, and when you’re in the querying process, they can even mean the difference between seeing your book on the shelf or not. I’ve heard agents talk about how disappointed they are when the manuscript they’re reading continues to unravel in all the wrong ways or when the final scenes come completely out of left field. But beyond that, once your book is in the hands of readers, your ending is what they will remember the most.

That’s why we’re excited to be offering the class The Longest Mile: Finishing, Polishing, and Publishing Your Novel” with Gabino Iglesias on Saturday, November 12th. If you’re ready to learn what it takes see your book through to the end, this class is for you.

All the best,
Sam Babiak
Program Director

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