4-Week Intensive Online Course For Learning to Query and Find the Right Agent for Your Completed Novel Manuscript.
Your Instructor: Bree Ogden (literary agent at D4EO Literary Agency)
Where: Online — Available everywhere!
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Enrollment: 15 Students Maximum
An intensive four-week online course aimed at demystifying the process of landing an agent, all while building up a wealth of knowledge to head you in the right direction once the querying commences! Ideal for writers who are at the impasse of having a completed manuscript but feel immobilized by the notion of querying agents. The truth is, researching and querying agents is an art form. It takes time and effort and a lot of know-how.
This course offers a unique, hands-on experience in research and querying agents, all while receiving vital information and technical critiques from an agent who has seen numerous query blunders and successes.
What This Class Covers
Week One: “He’s Just Not That Into You” And Other Dating Puns About Literary Agents.
You’ve most likely heard it a million times: The relationship you have with your agent is like a marriage. So what exactly does an agent do for you and your manuscript? Your career? Is an agent truly going to be your champion? Are they going to fight for you? And what is your role in this process? This first lecture gives an in-depth look into the agent/editor relationship as well as the agent/client relationship.
Week Two: Research Is Your Fastest Bullet Against Rejection.
You could become a spaghetti writer. Throw agents against the wall and see if they stick. But your best defense against form rejections is properly researching agents. It may take you an hour to find one good agent to query, but that hour of research will be well spent when you realize that you’re seeing less and less form rejections, and more critiques.
Week Three: Your Query Letter. The Nail in the Coffin.
You think you have an entire synopsis to impress an agent, but really, you have one sentence. If you blow your entrance, no one will pay attention to you. A great query letter is about so much more than a convincing synopsis of your manuscript. It’s about relating, conversing, understanding, and grabbing a hold of the agent. We’ll craft query letters and then out them under the microscope.
Week Four: Naughty Query and Pitching Behavior Exposed!
Learn the dos and don’ts of courting an agent. As well as proper conference etiquette and a few other tricks of the trade.
Week Four Part Two: Show ‘Em What You Got.
You are now not only armed with knowledge, you are armed with a great query letter and multiple agents that are appropriate for your material. This portion of the class will focus on the real life experience of querying an agent. It will also prepare you to pitch at conferences by perfecting your elevator pitch and role playing conference scenarios.
Goals Of This Class
- Come to a comprehensive understanding of literary agents and their role in your progress as an author.
- Weed out the bad agents from the good ones, the ones who will work well with you from the ones who won’t.
- Realize that every agent is not for you by finding a simple, realistic, and precise research method to pinpoint which agents will most appreciate your work.
- Perfect a query letter that not only puts your best foot forward, but also escapes all the mysterious query pitfalls.
- Build a list of real agents whom you would love to query, and get the right feedback on your choices.
- Learn that your manuscript is not the only thing responsible for landing you an agent. Your personality plays a large factor as well.
- Under the tutelage of a literary agent, you will get a chance to query agents and present your work to other industry professionals for the first time.
LitReactor offers a unique approach to a writing education: You study what you want, when you want, at your own pace. We bring in veteran authors and industry professionals to host classes covering a wide range of topics in an online environment that’s interactive and flexible. You get detailed feedback on your work and take part in discussions in a judgement-free zone. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an experienced writer, our workshops are about working together to achieve your writing goals.
Where do classes take place?
Entirely online. So, anywhere you have Internet access.
Are there certain times when the whole class needs to "meet" online?
Nope. Our students come from all over the globe. Everything is posted online and accessible 24/7. (We do occasionally schedule phone chats, but try to reach a consensus on timing.)
What does a typical class consist of?
It varies, but nearly all our classes include weekly lectures, homework assignments, peer reviews, critiques from instructors, and discussion forums.
How much experience do you need to take a class?
Beginner or pro, everyone is welcome. We encourage all skill levels.
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