Thursday, December 27, 2018

Get Your Manuscript
Past the Gatekeeper with 
Revision Techniques

 presented by

Donna Galanti 

When:  Saturday, January 5, 2019, 10am to 1pm

Where:  Montgomery County Community College, 340 Dekalb Pike, 
              Blue Bell, PA  19422 - Parkhouse Hall, Room 344 

Have you had your manuscript requested over and over only to have the door closed on your work? Based on personal experience working with editors of multiple publishers, a hired developmental editor, and as a literary agency intern, Donna shares what can get your manuscript past the gatekeeper (the intern!) and in the hands of the agent. You’ll discover the most common stop-reading mistakes Donna experienced as a first-reader intern that led her to not recommend the manuscript to an agent. In this self-editing talk, you’ll also learn how to build your revision toolkit and apply it to your manuscript, including; world building, narrative flow, character development, dialogue, backstory, and undeveloped plot lines. Donna will help you create the game plan to overcome problems that could be plaguing your manuscript and keeping you from getting published. Addressing these issues could power up your story and get it past the gatekeeper...(lecture plus exercise).

Bio:  Donna Galanti is the author of the bestselling paranormal suspense Element Trilogy and the children’s fantasy adventure Joshua and The Lightning Road series. She is represented by Bill Contardi of Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc. Donna is a contributing editor for International Thriller Writers the Big Thrill magazine and blogs with other middle grade authors at Project Middle Grade Mayhem. She’s lived from England as a child, to Hawaii as a U.S. Navy photographer. Donna enjoys teaching at conferences on writing craft and marketing and also presenting as a guest author at elementary and middle schools. Visit her at and donnagalanti.comShe is also the creator of Create Your Awesome Community for Debut Authors, a proven 10-step system to building a successful author platform. Download her free guide, 4 Proven Steps to Connect with Readers Right Now (Before Your Book Even Comes Out!), at