You all know the great ladies over at Nelson Literary,
right? Well, Nelson Lit agents Sara Megibow and Kristin Nelson taught fantastic, hugely-poplar webinars for us a while
back, and now we are honored to have Sara back to
teach a webinar on “How to Hook an Agent With Your Query Letter” on May 26, 2011. Read on to learn more about the webinar and the critique element.
It all goes down at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, May 26, 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.
1. The query critique. After the session, all registrants are invited to submit their query letter for critique! Sara will personally read each submission and respond with a short review of your work. Each query will be evaluated exactly like those that come through the slush pile and Sara will be asking for sample pages directly from these queries.
2. Sara’s instruction on query writing. Whether you are pursuing an agent and a book deal or intending to go it on your own, you must understand how to pitch your book. Write a spectacular novel and then get it read! A superior pitch (in a superior query) is what you need to seal the deal. Sign up here. What you will learn:
- How to write an effective pitch: An author writes because s/he loves the art of literature. Publishing, though, is a business. And the number one tool an author needs to pursue publishing is the ability to clearly and concisely pitch their work in a way that attracts attention.
- How to use that pitch in traditional publishing models AND in self-publishing models: The publishing industry is changing under the momentum of the self-publishing/e-publishing revolution. Whether a writer wants a traditional book contract or a self-published novel, the pitch is the hook used to attract agents, editors and ultimately readers. Learn how to make yours competitive!
- How to mold that pitch into a query letter that stands out in the slush pile: What agents and editors look for in a query letter is simple and yet difficult to master. We will go, point by point, through a compelling query letter and finish up with a list of places to go for critiques, sample query letters and further resources.
- How to avoid common red flags and problems: Does your query open with hypothetical questions? Is it too long? Is it confusing or chaotic? Learn how to identify and avoid these common mistakes.
3. Get your questions answered by Sara. She invites questions from attendees during the event, and no question goes unanswered.
Instructor Sara Megibow has worked as a literary agent at the Nelson Literary Agency since 2006. Sara has successfully sold projects in a variety of genres and is doing very well at helping debut authors break in to the market. A few deals from 2010 include the debut young adult novel SCORE by Miranda Kenneally and debut erotic romance THE SIREN by Tiffany Reisz. Nelson Literary Agency is a member of: AAR, RWA, SFWA, SCBWI. Find Sara on Twitter as @SaraMegibow.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.