Those query letters are pesky critters. You have to encapsulate your story through a pitch while explaining your writing credits. It’s no surprise that most writers would rather compose a novel than a query letter. Considering that queries are your all-important first contact with agents, it’s a good thing we have an expert like Jane Friedman to teach the upcoming webinar on Nov. 4: “Critique Series: Query Letters.”
The webinar is at night this time – at 6 p.m., Thursday, November 4, 2010, EST. It’s 90 minutes long. Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and the materials for 1 year, so you do not have to be there for the live event to get your critique and the archived recording. Sign up here.
1. Free critique. All registrants are invited to submit a 1-page query letter in advance of the event. All submitted queries are guaranteed a critique. For this reason, we limit registration to 40 attendees. Description Query letters are one of the most important tools in a writer’s arsenal. This webinar shows, in live time, how ordinary, everyday query letters can be transformed into strong and persuasive letters that catch the attention of agents and editors.
2. Expert instruction. Jane Friedman, an experienced publisher and editor, will show you how to compose stronger leads, concise and efficient expression, and compelling hooks. You will better understand what a professional immediately sees and responds to in your work. This helpful content is perfect for writers having trouble composing their query, or for those who are getting rejected by agents/editors. (Enrollment is capped at 40 attendees! Sign up here.)
What You’ll Learn:
- 5 essential elements of every query, and how to order them
- 3 components of a compelling novel hook or nonfiction concept
- Common mistakes and red flags that appear in typical queries
- Why a shorter letter is more likely to succeed
- What to put in your bio even if you have no credits
Jane Friedman is the former publisher of Writer’s Digest, and now serves as a full-time visiting professor at the University of Cincinnati, where she teaches courses on e-media. As a contributing editor to Writer’s Digest, Jane offers insight on the future of writing and publishing at her award-winning blog, There Are No Rules, and serves on the advisory board of Digital Book World.