The Anatomy of a Query Letter – Webinar with Kate McKean

KateMcKean-127-Edit-2Your query letter is often the first thing an agent or editor sees, so it is vital that your query is informative, clear, entertaining, and-awesome. Even after writing a complete novel or work of non-fiction, some writers are completely stumped by the query letter. In this live webinar, you’ll learn how to break down this simple letter into its basic parts so you can craft the best query for your book. Whether you’re writing fiction, memoir, self-help, or picture books, you’ll learn how to write a query letter from the ground up.

In this live 90-minute webinar — titled “The Anatomy of a Query Letter: What to Put Where, When, and Why” —  instructor and literary agent Kate McKean will show you how to catch a reader’s eye with a clean, precise, and interesting query letter. After teaching you the basic parts and how they fit together, Kate will share some successful (and not successful) query letters from her own clients. She will also address the common mistakes that drive agents crazy and will explain what causes them to reject your submission. Plus, as a bonus, Carly will critique your query letter! It all happens at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, June 11, 2015, and lasts 90 minutes.

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  • Why INFORMATIVE is better than CREATIVE in query letters
  • Why you should never write it in the voice of your character
  • Common mistakes of query letters and submissions
  • Why K.I.S.S. is your best friend when writing query letters
  • The importance of knowing your genre and word count
  • When and how previous publications/credentials matter
  • How writing a query letter is easier than you think

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All registrants are invited to submit their query letter (two double-spaced pages maximum in length). All submissions are guaranteed a written critique by literary agent Kate McKean. Kate reserves the right to request more writing from attendees by e-mail following the event, if she deems the writing 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.

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Kate McKean is a literary agent at the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency in Brooklyn, NY, where she has worked for over seven years. She earned her Master’s in Fiction Writing at the University of Southern Mississippi, and enjoys both the creative and business aspects of her job. Her clients include Madeleine Roux’s New York Times bestselling YA novel ASYLUM, and New York Times bestselling humor book I Can Has Cheezburger. She is most interested in contemporary women’s fiction, middle grade and young adult fiction, as well as memoir.

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  • 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 at a loss at how to distill their whole book into just a few paragraphs
  • 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

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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.

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