How to Write Excellent Queries, Opening Pages, and Synopses Boot Camp

During this new boot camp, starting July 19, literary agents will show you how to put together the best query letter, opening pages, and synopsis to hook the attention of Agents and Editors. As you learn what makes up an amazing submission package, 5 literary agents from Corvisiero Literary will tell you what agents look for when reviewing your work. They will help you draft and perfect your query letter, your book synopsis, and the first two pages of your book. Before sending in your pages for critique, you will have a chance to participate in the online Q&A session with the agents. Every participating writer will not only learn how to properly prepare a captivating submission package that will show results, they will also receive a critique with customized tips and suggestions from a literary agent.

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boot camp featuredSCHEDULE:

Tuesday, July 19: Online Tutorial Access
Wednesday, July 20: Online Q&A 1 pm to 3 pm ET
Thursday, July 21: Online Q&A 1 pm to 3 pm ET
Friday, July 22: Materials Due
Tuesday, August 2: Critiques Due Back from Agents

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• What information should be included in your query letter.
• How to avoid vague language that will sink your submission.
• How to boil down your entire book into 1-2 paragraphs.
• How to understand the differences between pitching fiction/memoir (where the story is key) vs. pitching nonfiction (where concept and platform are key).
• How to draft an effective synopsis.
• How to properly introduce your story’s main characters and, if necessary, the story world.
• How to pull agents in and get them interested in your main character(s)—and their journey.
• How to understand clear core points in your story that are mandatory to present your story.
• How to give visual snapshots of your book.
• How to apply the golden rule of pitching: Show, don’t tell.
• How to identify the most exciting elements that illustrate your work.
• How to use a cliffhanger and when to use a hook to keep agents wanting more.
• How to eliminate commonly used yet ineffective clichés in pitches, such as rhetorical questions.
• How to deliver enough of the flavor of the book to wet the reader’s appetite for more and how to keep the momentum going.
• How to make your query letter (or in-person pitch) entice an agent/editor to request your full manuscript!

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On July 19, 2016, you will gain access to a special 45-minute online tutorial presented by literary agents from the Corvisiero Literary Agency. This tutorial will provide nuts & bolts advice on how to help you prepare your query, your synopsis and get your first two pages ready for review.

After listening to the presentation, attendees will spend the next two days revising materials as necessary. Following the tutorial, writers will have two days in which to log onto the course system and ask their assigned agent critiquers questions related to revising materials. The agents will be available on the blackboard from 1-3 p.m. (EST) on both Wednesday, July 20 and Thursday, July 21. No later than Friday, July 22, attendees will submit their completed pitch & pages for feedback directly to the boot camp literary agents.

The agents will spend up to 10 days reviewing all assigned pitches and provide feedback to help attendees. (The agents reserve the right to request more materials if they feel a strong connection to the work and want to read more; note that multiple agents have signed writers before from WD boot camps.) No later than August 2, agents will send their feedback to writer attendees.

In addition to feedback from agents, attendees will also receive via the online course system “An Agent’s Tips on Story Structures that Sell,” an on-demand webinar by literary agent Andrea Hurst.

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