Learn to effectively write and pitch a query letter under the guidance of a literary agent in this two-week course.
Your Instructor: Sarah LaPolla from the Bradford Literary Agency
Where: Online — Available everywhere!
When: This class is not currently enrolling. To be notified when it is offered again, Click Here
Enrollment: 30 students
Ah, the dreaded query letter.
You spend months—maybe even years—writing your book. Now you've got to sum the entire thing up and sell yourself, in just a few sentences. Not an easy task.
A great query letter is about so much more than a convincing synopsis. It’s about relating, conversing, understanding, and grabbing a hold of an agent. Look around the internet and there's a lot of advice on how to write queries. Some of the advice is good. Some is bad. Some is conflicting. The best way to find out what an agent wants? Ask an agent. Like, for example, Sarah LaPolla, an agent at the Bradford Literary Agency.
Sarah knows exactly what's going to stop an agent in his or her slush-pile tracks. In this two-week course, she'll read your queries, critique them, answer your questions about the process, and provide valuable insight into the publishing industry.
* Everyone who enrolls will get a critique of his or her query letter.
What This Class Covers
- LECTURE: Sarah will review the core components of a good query letter, explain what works and what doesn't, show examples of good queries as well as bad queries, and direct you to helpful resources.
- Students with a working query will be welcomed to submit it for feedback (though if you don't have a working query and just want to learn the process, you're welcome to join, too).
- All queries will be posted to an online, private forum (viewable only to members of the class), and students will be encouraged to critique each other, as well.
- Throughout the week, Sarah will be available to answer questions via the discussion forums.
- LECTURE: Once you've polished your query letter, you've got to send it out. Sarah will explain the best practices for querying literary agencies, researching agents, and provide tips and tricks for navigating the process.
- Sarah will post her critiques of the query letters, so students can view, discuss, and comment on them. Sarah will also pick five particularly strong entries, to use them as teachable examples.
- Sarah will also be available to answer more questions, and at the end of the class we'll check to make sure that everyone who asked a question got an answer.
Goals Of This Class
- Learn how to write an attention-grabbing query letter
- Learn the right way to send that query out
- Gain valuable insight on the publishing industry directly from the source
- Get a detailed, personalized critique on your query letter for a literary agent
- Learn research techniques for finding the right agent
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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