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First Impressions Matter

Date:
Saturday, August 3
Time:
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Garden A/B

Depending on the editor, it can take only a sentence, a paragraph, a page, or a chapter to lose their interest. In this workshop, T.S. Ferguson will focus on how to make a great first impression in your writing and hook an agent or editor so they’ll want to keep reading your book.



Instructor

T.S. Ferguson

T.S. Ferguson is an Editor with JIMMY Patterson Books at Little, Brown, where he acquires young adult and middle-grade novels across all genres. He is looking for books that combine high-concept, hooky stories with writing and voice that feel standout. An addicting, page-turning quality is key! He has a special place in his heart for dark and edgy stories (including but not limited to horror), fairy tales, mythology, action-adventure, LGBTQ stories, and stories by and about under-represented voices. Prior to joining the JIMMY team, T.S. worked at Inkyard Press (fka Harlequin Teen) and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. He has acquired and edited New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors such as Robin Talley, Hillary Monahan (writing as Eva Darrows), Adi Alsaid, Amy Lukavics, and Will Kostakis.

Pitch Preferences: JIMMY Patterson Books launched in 2015 as an imprint at Little, Brown and Company. JIMMY focuses on publishing high-quality, entertaining books for children by talented authors and illustrators. JIMMY Patterson Books was founded by the world’s bestselling author, James Patterson. The imprint publishes Patterson’s bestselling children’s books, which include the Maximum Ride, Confessions, Middle School, I Funny, Max Einstein, Dog Diaries, Jacky Ha-Ha, and Treasure Hunters series, as well as standalone titles such as Crazy House, Word of Mouse, and Pottymouth and Stoopid.