Wordsmith FAQ

Wordsmith Deconstructed FAQ

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What do mean deconstructed? 

This year we will present Wordsmith Deconstructed. That means every offering will be virtual and a la carte. Events will take place during the month of October and will include a craft talk and interview with Sigrid Nunez, an agent panel to discuss the state of publishing, and a series of virtual one-on-one consultations with agents and editors. Each will require a separate registration. You can sign up for one or all. 

Why are you “deconstructing” Wordsmith this year? 

We heard feedback from potential attendees and visiting agents and editors that they weren’t quite comfortable with the idea of gathering inside with a large group. So we thought this format would give everyone more flexibility while still allowing participants to advance their publishing goals.  

How do I get the most out of Deconstructed Wordsmith? 

If you have an existing project, be sure to get your first five pages and query letter ready and sign up for a one-on-one consultation for personalized feedback. Consultations are not meant to be pitches so as long as the agent or editor have expertise in your genre or age group, they will be able to help answer your questions and give you feedback on your pages. 

If you aren’t quite ready with a project, you can still meet with an agent or editor one-on-one, but come prepared to lead the conversation with a series of questions about your planned work. 

In either case, everyone should be able to find useful information from the two stand-alone events with Sigrid Nunez and the agent panel. 

What is the refund policy?

Wordsmith events (Sigrid Nunez, Agent Panel, and Story of the Book) will offer 85% refunds until 4 p.m. the day before each event. Wordsmith classes follow the Loft's standard class refund policy. As one-on-one consultations require pre-work on the behalf of agents and editors, no refunds are available. If space allows, you may try to reschedule your one-on-one consultation, but we do not guarantee this being available. 

What exactly is a one-on-one consultation?

Consultations with agents and editors will involve submission of a query letter and five manuscript pages in advance. The 15 minute conversations will allow for back and forth about the materials, suggested next steps for improvement or approach when more formally pitching agents, and general questions about the publishing process. Each agent and editor will have one scholarship slot available. The regular price for consultations is $100. The price after scholarship assistance is $5. 

Agents and editors will create available time slots through the Loft’s scheduling service, and each time slot will be open for one registration at a time. Refunds will not be available since agents and editors will be reading your work in advance and need to be compensated for their time. If space allows, appointments may be rescheduled. 

Do I need my materials ready when I sign up with the agent or editor? 

Yes! You will need to attach the files when you register. You can elect to have a general consultation around publishing without feedback, but if you want feedback, you must submit the materials when you register. 

Is there a limit to the number of consultations I can sign up for? 

You can sign up for one per agent or editor, but there is no limit to the number of consultations you can sign up for.    

When does registration open?

Registration is now open for general events and classes. One-on-one consultations will open for registration on August 19 at 10 a.m.

Do you have scholarships available?

Yes, scholarships were available for the one-on-one consultations. The application process for that is now closed.