Writing a query letter that avoids pitfalls and gets results
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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.
4.6 (4 ratings)
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1,229 students enrolled
Created by Mr. Johnny Ray
Last updated 1/2016
English
Price: $200
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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.
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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.
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.

Who 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.
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Curriculum For This Course
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WELCOMING AND LEGAL DISCLOSURE
1 Lecture 01:46

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

Preview 01:46
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UNDERSTANDING THE VARIOUS PARTS OF THE QUERY LETTER
5 Lectures 23:56

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.

Preview 03:02

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.

Preview 05:35

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.

SHOWCASING YOUR BIO
05:15

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.

PITCHING YOUR BOOK AND HOOKING THE AGENT OR EDITOR
05:17

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.

THANKING THE AGENT OR EDITOR, WHILE ADDING A CALL TO ACTION
04:47
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HANDLING SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
4 Lectures 14:47

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.

THE RIGHT WAY TO DEAL WITH ATTACHEMENT
01:54

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.

GETTING THE SYNOPSIS RIGHT THE FIRST TIME
02:57

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.

HOW TO HANDLE SAMPLE PAGE SUBMISSIONS
04:29

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.

WHAT IS REQUIRED IN A MARKETING PLAN
05:27
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FINAL WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT
1 Lecture 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.

FOLLOW UP-THE HARDEST PART OF WRITING IS THE WAIT
04:28
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BONUS SECTION
1 Lecture 01:15

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.

BONUS LECTURE- VALUABLE LINKS
01:15
About the Instructor
Mr. Johnny Ray
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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.