The Writer-in-the-Know Guide to Query Letters
What you'll learn
- How to write a query letter for a novel
- An interest in learning about what it takes to get a novel published
Whether you’re hoping to get a literary agent or to place your book directly with a publisher, a query letter is your most important sales tool. But writing a good query letter can be more difficult than writing a whole manuscript. How do you distill the essence of your novel or memoir into a couple of pithy pitch paragraphs? Come find out! This course opens with an introduction to the query letter and where it fits within the scope of the entire publishing process. From there, we’ll move into some important things you should do before you query. I’ll show you all the common mistakes writers make in their query letters and why so few query letters lead to requests for sample pages or full manuscripts. I’ll walk you through how to write a standout four-part query letter, and we’ll spend a lot of time breaking down the pitch, which is the most important part. Finally, I’ll give you some strategies for setting up a query system. I’ll let you know what to expect, how (and when) to respond, and what to do when multiple offers start rolling in. Are you ready get that novel or memoir published? Let’s get started!
Who this course is for:
- Fiction writers curious about what it takes to get an agent or editor to request and read their manuscripts.
Angie Hodapp is the Director of Literary Development at Nelson Literary Agency. She holds a BA in English and secondary education from the University of Northern Colorado and an MA in English and communication development from Colorado State University. A graduate of the Publishing Institute at the University of Denver, she has worked in professional writing, editing, and education for more than twenty years. A frequent presenter at writing conferences and events, and the author of Query Craft and Do You Need a Literary Agent, she loves helping writers improve their craft and learn about the ever-changing world of publishing.