Your query letter is your introduction, your handshake, your first date. In order to get an agent to fall in love with your writing, you first must get them to fall in love with your query. It’s only one page, but it’s your most important page. What makes some queries successful, while others immediately get a rejection?
In this live 90-minute webinar — titled “The Art of the Query: Winning an Agent From the Very First Page” — instructor and literary agent Michelle Brower will show you how agents go through their slush pile and how they make decisions based on query letters. The webinar will cover query dos and don’ts, and will also have examples of successful letters that have made the cut. Michelle will show you how to win over an agent, as well as identify common pitfalls. Plus, as a bonus, Brower will critique your query letter about your novel! It all happens at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, January 29, 2015, and lasts 90 minutes.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
- How to start your query
- Why an agent could stop reading after your first sentence
- Common mistakes that writers make
- How to distill your book idea into an elevator pitch
- How to make sure you keep an agent’s interest
- 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 an intensive review. All submissions are guaranteed a written critique by literary agent Michelle Brower. Michelle 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. Instructions on how to submit your work are sent after you have purchased the webinar and officially register in Go-to-Webinar.
Michelle Brower began her career in publishing in 2004 while studying for her Master’s degree in English Literature at New York University, and has been hooked ever since. During that time, she assisted the agents Wendy Sherman and Joelle Delbourgo, and found herself in love with the process of discovering new writers and helping existing writers further their careers. After graduating, she became an agent with Wendy Sherman Associates, and there began representing books in many different areas of fiction and non-fiction. In 2009, she joined Folio Literary Management, where she is looking for literary fiction, thrillers, high-quality commercial fiction that transcends genre, and narrative non-fiction. She enjoys digging into a manuscript and working with authors to make their project as saleable as it can be, and her list includes the authors Dana Gynther, Rebecca Rasmussen, Jason Mott, and Tara Conklin among many others.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
- Writers currently composing a query who want to make sure their work gets read
- Writers who have been rejected by agents and editors, and want to evaluate why their query didn’t make the cut
- Writers who are getting form rejections
- Writers who are unsure about how to craft a query
- Writers who want a professional critique by a literary agent
- Anyone with non-novel publishing credits considering making the jump to fiction writing
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.