Agent Kathleen Ortiz Teaches How to Write a Great Query on Dec. 8, 2011 (Includes Query Critique!)

The query letter is that all-important first contact with literary agents. Before they opt to read your work, they have to be interested in you and your story — and that’s what the query letter does. We all know that composing a query is a completely different monster than writing a story. If you’re getting rejected at the query stage, don’t fret — we have an expert for you. Literary agent Kathleen Ortiz of Nancy Coffey Literary is teaching an intensive webinar on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 called “How to Hook an Agent or Editor With Your Query.” The new webinar features a query critique by Kathleen for every registrant.





The whole thing goes down at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, December 8, 2011, and lasts 90 minutes. Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and the materials for 1 year. You do not have to attend the live event to get a recording of the presentation or ask the presenter questions. In all WD webinars, no question goes unanswered. Attendees have the ability to chat with the instructor during the live event and ask questions. You will receive a copy of the webinar presentation in an e-mail that goes out one week after the live event. The answers to questions not covered in the live presentation will be included in this e-mail as well. Sign up here.


All webinar registrants are invited to submit a query (300 words or fewer) to presenter Kathleen Ortiz, a literary agent. All submitted queries are guaranteed a critique.


The query letter is usually the first, and only, impression an agent will have of your work. With agents receiving between 75-300 queries a week, it’s crucial to have a query that will stand out among the rest—but it’s even more important to have a carefully crafted query that leaves the agent wanting more—and asking to read your project. Because the query is so important, this entire 90-minute intensive webinar will be devoted to it—dissecting queries that worked and queries that didn’t.

Attendees will leave this session prepared to write a stellar query and a one-line pitch for face-to-face conference pitches. Instructor Kathleen Ortiz receives more than 100 queries a week and has taught workshops on “Perfecting Your Pitch” and “How to Write a Query.” (Kathleen reserves the right to ask for more materials from any submitted queries she deems excellent.) Sign up here.

What you’ll learn:

* The essential elements of every novel query, and how to order them
* The components of a compelling hook
* Common mistakes and red flags that appear in typical queries
* How to craft a pitch for face-to-face pitch opportunities (like at conferences)
* What to put in your bio even if you have no credits


Kathleen Ortiz is a literary agent and the subsidiary rights director for Nancy Coffey Literary and Media Representation. She is actively seeking new YA, older middle grade and romance writers to add to her client list. She is especially interested in anything that lends itself to a digital application.

Who should attend?

* Writers who are actively querying agents and publishers
* Writers whose query letters always get rejected (or never get a response)
* Writers who will be pitching their concept at a conference
* Writers unsure of what a strong hook looks and sounds like
* Writers who want to learn more about how to impress an agent or editor

Questions? Contact

Sign up here!




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