Maybe you’re the next Stephen King, maybe you’ve written a New York Times bestseller, but if you don’t know how to query, no one will ever know. Most writers spend years working on their manuscripts, but very little time learning the art of the query. Investing time in this often forgotten but very important first step will make the difference between your book possibly being published someday and your manuscript collecting dust on a closet shelf.
In this live 90-minute webinar — titled “Querying 101: Putting Your Best Book Forward” — instructor and literary agent Jennifer De Chiara will guide you, step by step, in writing the perfect pitch for your book. She’ll offer do’s and don’ts from her 17+ years of agenting and share queries that got her attention and those that didn’t. De Chiara will also give tips on how to find the right agents to query – if you’ve written a dynamite query, it’s still worthless if you’re not sending it to the right agents.
Plus, as a bonus, De Chiara will critique your query letter! It all happens at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, March 9, 2016, and lasts 90 minutes.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
- How to start your query
- How to write the perfect elevator pitch
- Common mistakes that writers make
- How to find the right agent to query
- How to highlight your hook
- How simple and direct can often be the best way to go
ABOUT THE CRITIQUE
All registrants are invited to submit their query letter for review. All submissions are guaranteed a written critique by literary agent Jennifer DeChiara. Jennifer reserves the right to request more writing from attendees by e-mail following the event, if she deems the query excellent.
Please Note: Even if you can’t attend the live webinar, registering for this live version will enable you to receive the On Demand webinar and a personal critique of your material. Purchasing the On Demand version after the live event will not include a critique.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Jennifer DeChiara is President and Owner of the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency, which she founded in 2001. Before forming the agency, she was a literary agent with two established New York agencies, worked in the editorial departments of Simon & Schuster and Random House, and was a writing consultant for several major corporations. A New York City-based writer, she is a frequent guest judge for the WRITER’S DIGEST, WOW! WOMEN ON WRITING, and THAT FIRST LINE writing contests, among others, and is a frequent guest lecturer on publishing and the art of writing at universities and writers conferences throughout the country, which have included New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute, the Penticton, Canada Writers Conference, the San Diego State University Writers Conference, Backspace, the International Women’s Writing Guild, and the Learning Annex. The agency represents both children’s and adult books, fiction and non-fiction, in a wide range of genres and represents many best-selling, award-winning authors, including Pen Award-winning author Carol Lynch Williams, Edgar Award-winner and PEN Award-Winner Matthew J. Kirby, Newbery Honor Medal-winner Margi Preus, Lambda Award-winning YA novelist Brent Hartinger, best-selling children’s book authors Chanda Bell and Carol Aebersold, best-selling, award-winning Cathie Pelletier (aka K.C. McKinnon), and #1 New York Times’ best-selling author Sylvia Browne. The agency has a strong presence in Hollywood and is affiliated with many of the top film agencies there, with many film and television projects in development, several of which DeChiara has created and/or co-produced.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
- Writers who are unsure about how to craft a query
- Writers currently composing a query who want to make sure their work gets read
- Writers who want to write the perfect elevator pitch
- Writers with a finished novel or proposal who are ready to submit their work to editors and agents
- Writers who have been rejected by agents and editors, and wonder if their query letter was at fault
- Writers in need of help with the business side-rather than creative side-of publishing
- Writers who want a professional critique by a literary agent
HOW DOES THE WEBINAR WORK?
The webinar is broadcasted via the internet with live audio delivered through your computer speakers or over your telephone. The live webinar’s visual presentation is displayed directly from the Presenter’s computer to your computer screen. The Q&A is managed through a chat-style submission system with questions being read and answered by the Presenter for the entire class to hear. In the event some questions are not answered during the live session, an e-mail with questions and answers will be sent to all webinar attendees. By attending the live webinar and/or asking questions, your full name may be stated during the live event and captured in the recording.