Writing a query letter that avoids pitfalls and gets results

A detailed review of the various parts of the querry, including the intro, the bio, the hook, and the call of action.
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  • Lectures 12
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 1/2016 English

Course Description

This course is all about making your hard work of producing a book pay off by getting the attention of an agent or editor. It involves using the right keywords that an agent is looking for, and avoiding those that will definitely turn them off. It is all about making a connection with the agent or editor so that a great working relationship is established.

Learning to write is a skill that takes years. Writing a novel or a non-fictional project can take years in producing it and editing it to where a publisher will want to take it on. With all of this energy, time and money invested in producing a creative piece of work completed, it now comes time to become a business person and market your work.

Writing a query letter is never easy. Let's face it, it means taking a complete novel and boiling it down to one page. And on this page, you have to connect with the agent or editor, sell yourself, pitch the story-line, and ask them to give you a chance. Each paragraph has a specific purpose. This short course will lead you through the main pitfalls, and offer you what must be covered in a few words. After all of the work put into writing the book, the query letter has to be perfect, and you should do everything you can to make it so.

This course is broken down to piece by piece lectures where I go over the key elements of the four major paragraphs that all query letters should have. These key elements have to be precise, yet strong enough to grab the interest of the agent or editor.

Trying to write a query letter is hard and getting rejection letters even harder. To avoid this painful situation, take the time to learn how to write a query letter properly, and take your hard work, your baby, to the next level and become a published author.

What are the requirements?

  • It is best if you have a completed mmanuscript, but not completely required since sometimes a publishing house will buy on speculations, especially if you have a large following, or writing a non-fiction book. The student will need access to a computer and have an e-mail account to commuicate with agents and editors.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create a query letter that often gets results, being a request for a partial or a full request for thier manuscript
  • Becoming published is the dream of all writers. Grabbing the attention of an agent or editor is the one step in the process many authrs have a problem with, but it doesn't have to be if you understand the process and what the agents and editors are looking for. There are five key elements that have to be mastered to get request for a partial or a full manuscript. And yes, this all has to fit on one page, look professional and steal the heart and emotions of the agent or editor.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for anyone wanting to entice an agent or editor into asking for more information, be it a partial or a full, regarding their work. If you write fiction, you should have a completed work. if you write non-fiction, then it is not necessary, but you do have other requiremnts like a platform or research you can present to the agent or editor.

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: WELCOMING AND LEGAL DISCLOSURE
01:46

Welcome to the course, one I hope will lead you on to becoming a published author.

Section 2: UNDERSTANDING THE VARIOUS PARTS OF THE QUERY LETTER
03:02

Completing the address section should be simple enough,but one of the main pitfalls in submitting a query. Nothing can be left to chance--nothing.

05:35

Agents and editors have very limited time, and hate to come across as cold or indifferent. However, with the massive amount of query letters they receive it is impossible to give everyone all of the their full attention. If you can make a connection that moves you from a complete stranger to an acquaintance or friends, you will naturally receive more time in making your case for your book.

05:15

This is your one chance to let the agent or editor know who you are, and it is not a time to be shy. With only a small paragraph available, however, it is important to show the specific qualities the agent or editor is looking for.

05:17

The agent or editor wants to be drawn into the book, and have a full vision of what it is about. The hook is everything. They also want to know it is a fit with their list. Pitching the book has to be precise, yet compete, all in the space of one paragraph.

04:47

Agents and editors want to work with nice people--no surprise here. They also want to know what else you have available for them and that you can follow the rules they have on submissions. Your job is to encourage them to ask for more.

Section 3: HANDLING SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
01:54

Every agent and editor has a different thought on how to send attachments or additional information. This step can ruin all of your hard work if not executed properly.

02:57

The dreaded synopsis has caused many a sleepless night. You need three different types. Some want a short one, some a medium sized one and a few a detailed synopsis. This lecture will explain the differences.

04:29

Again, many agents and editors vary in what they want to see in sample pages. Getting this right will be imperative if you want the agent or editor to request a full. There are also many ways to submit sample pages, along with some serious pitfalls.

05:27

A marketing plan is essential for non-fiction works. They want to know what you are going to do to help sell the book. Who you are is paramount often in getting accepted. The good news is that you don't have to always have a completed book to make a pitch in a query letter.

Section 4: FINAL WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT
04:28

Waiting on a response is the hardest part of being a writer. Knowing how to follow up is critical. It is knowing the proper way to handle this step that separates many published and non-published authors.

Section 5: BONUS SECTION
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Knowing who to send your query letter to is very important, and why I have added a link to a data base where you will hopefully find your dream agent. I am here pulling for you all of the way in your learning process and hope these various others links prove valuable to you.

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Instructor Biography

Mr. Johnny Ray, International best selling novelist, speaker, charisma coach

With over 20 international best selling novels, Johnny Ray is well known as the master of the international romantic thriller. He is also a much sought after keynote speaker and coach on charisma and social branding.

Johnny loves to engage with people from around the world, and can be found on many social media sites. Just on twitter, for example, he has over 650,000 followers. If you need referrals to someone around the world, there is a good chance Johnny can help you out.

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