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Lit Agent & Author: Writing an Effective Hook & Query Letter 4-Part Zoom Seminar, June 18th, 2022
Lit Agent & Author: Writing an Effective Hook & Query Letter 4-Part Zoom Seminar, June 18th, 2022
Lit Agent & Author: Writing an Effective Hook & Query Letter 4-Part Zoom Seminar, June 18th, 2022
Lit Agent & Author: Writing an Effective Hook & Query Letter 4-Part Zoom Seminar, June 18th, 2022
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Lit Agent & Author: Writing an Effective Hook & Query Letter 4-Part Zoom Seminar, June 18th, 2022


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Saturday, June 18th, 2022

4-Part Morning & Afternoon Zoom Seminar

Live Seminar Via Zoom 12PM EST – 5 PM EST

Starts at 12PM EST/ 11AM CST/9AM PST

Any questions about this class? Use the Chat Button (lower left) to talk with us.

*A recording of this seminar will be made available to enrollees.

Led by industry-leading literary agent at Trident Media Group Mark Gottlieb, a highly ranked literary agent both in overall deals and other individual categories. Using that same initiative and insight for identifying talented writers, he is actively building his own client list of authors. Mark is excited to work directly with authors, helping to manage and grow their careers with all of the unique resources that are available at book publishing’s leading literary agency, Trident Media Group. During his time at Trident Media Group, Mark has represented numerous New York Times bestselling authors, as well as award-winning authors, and has optioned and sold books to film and TV production companies. He previously ran the agency’s audiobook department, in addition to working in foreign rights. Mark is actively seeking submissions in all categories and genres and looking forward to bringing new and established authors to the curious minds of their future readers.

Ying Chang Compestine is the former longtime editor of Martha Stewart’s Body & Soul magazine and author of fifteen books for adults and children. Her writing regularly appears in such magazines as Self, Eating Well, Cooking Light, Men’s Health, and Delicious Living. A native of Wuhan, Ying Compestine is the author of the acclaimed novel Revolution is Not a Dinner Party which chronicles her experience of growing up in China during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. She is the host of the popular TV cooking show New Ideas for Delicious Meals on Phoenix TV.    

Mark and Ying’s class is an intensive on query letter and hook writing, also known as the elevator pitch. The class will lend participants a feel for comfortable writing and easy public speaking in the fashion of selling a book idea to an agent, editor or publisher.​

Rarely is such an industry insider craft shared and this is a great opportunity to get one’s work in front of a literary agent and award-winning author’s eyes!

This seminar will be divided into four transitory parts, comprised of:

Session 1: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

A lighthearted explanation that demonstrates hook/query examples and the construction of good pitches for presenting book ideas. The nuts and bolts of what makes for a great hook will be explained in thumbnail. This portion of the class is intended as an ice-breaking exercise whereby students begin to feel comfortable with the rhetoric, body language and starkness of pitching.

Midpoint Drafting Session (1 of 2): 1:00 PM – 1:15 PM EST

Class will afford breaktime mid-session for students to quietly draft or edit their own pre-existing elevator pitches, based on the examples provided. Mark and Ying will be closely available to students during this portion of the class, quietly providing them with instructor feedback and notes, via direct Zoom chat, for improving upon their pitches.

BREAK FOR LUNCH 1:15 PM – 1:45 PM EST

Session 2: 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM EST

The next portion of the class is a constructive critique where students will be invited to present their hooks/elevator pitches to the classroom. Presentations will be timed for 1-2 minutes  by the instructors, and presenters will not only speak before the class, but will also place the text of their query letter in the group chat for workshopping. (This style of pitching will also give the feel for what it is like for agents and editors to receive quick pitches). Afterwards, the presenters will be able to collect general class opinions, but should hold their own responses to the critiques until all comments have been delivered.

Session 3: 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM EST

This next segment of the course moves to an explanation that demonstrates query letter examples and the construction of good query letters for presenting book ideas. The nuts and bolts of what makes for a great query letter will be explained in thumbnail. This portion of the class is intended to get writers comfortable working within the format of query letter writing.

Midpoint Drafting Session (2 of 2): 3:45 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Class will afford breaktime mid-session for students to quietly draft or edit their own pre-existing query letters, based on the examples provided. Mark and Ying will be closely available to students during this portion of the class, quietly providing them with instructor feedback and notes, via direct Zoom chat, for improving upon their query letters.

Session 4: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

The last portion of the class is a constructive critique where students will be invited to present their query letters to the classroom. Presentations will be timed for 1-2 minutes by the instructors, and presenters will not only speak before the class, but will also place the text of their query letter in the group chat for workshopping. (This style of reviewing query letters will also give the feel for what it is like for agents and editors to receive query letters). Afterwards, the presenters will be able to collect general class opinions, but should hold their own responses to the critiques until all comments have been delivered.

COURSE TAKEAWAYS:

  • How to get a literary agent
  • Writing a great query letter
  • Writing a great hook or elevator pitch
  • How to pitch a book in-person 
  • Honing in on just the right book pitch
  • Knowing what goes into an author bio
  • Finding pre-publication endorsements or blurbs
  • How to approach competitive or comparative book titles
  • Understanding the querying process

AUTHOR TESTIMONIALS:    

“To find someone in the publishing world these days who possesses such style and grace…a throwback. Crown moldings and brass door knocker in a world of prefab housing.  —Lesley Kagen, New York Times bestselling author    

“He is professional, knowledgeable, and deeply cares about the careers of his clients. …I'm lucky to have Mark in my corner!” —Alan Hlad, USA Today bestselling author    

“My writing career never would have advanced as fast or as far without Mark's help.”  —James Breakwell, bestselling author    

“He goes above and beyond his work expectations by cultivating caring relationships with his clients, always expressing empathy and patience. He is kind, supportive and knows what he's doing.”  —Ruby Karp, author of Earth Hates Me

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS:    

"I wanted to thank you for your time this weekend for the Hook and Query writing seminar. It's hard to know from reading articles alone what a query letter or pitch should look like." -Jed H., Workshop Student

"It was my absolute pleasure to meet you virtually on Saturday! Thank you for the wealth of detailed information and on-the-spot, yet carefully crafted critiques you shared with each of us— the experience is treasured, and invaluable." -Mica K., Workshop Student

"Saturday’s class opened my eyes to the mistakes of my query submissions, which boil down to two crucial elements: word count & comps. Soliciting a bloated manuscript with no comps outside of a couple of 20+ year-old movie references advertised a novice understanding of the publishing industry, making me a rightful candidate for the rejection pile." -William W., Workshop Student

"Thank you, Mark, for this wonderful workshop!" -Diane G., Workshop Student

"Ying, your guidance has completely revolutionized how I put a story together so that I keep the agents and publishers in mind to keep life easier for them, and also for the reader in how I construct my paragraphs and chapters. I’ve even taken the hook that I wrote in your class and started a book with it! I laid out the chapters first, as if I were going to present it to a publisher, and it has made the writing process a lot more productive than just going with the flow.” — Quinn W., Workshop Student

“You gave me enough writing technique and marketing information to feel like I can get started with confidence. Thank you, Ying!” — Workshop Student

“Ying, thank you for being so diligent, so focused and so professional in your approach to the class. I found the whole experience exceeded my most optimistic expectations.” — Workshop Student

“I found your confidence and ambition infectious, Ying. [You] encouraged me to really go after the big agents and publishers and to believe in my product.  For that, I can’t thank you enough.” — Workshop Student

ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:

This seminar will meet via Zoom on Saturday, June 18th, 2022.

Session 1: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

Midpoint Drafting Session (1 of 2): 1:00 PM – 1:15 PM EST

BREAK FOR LUNCH 1:15 PM – 1:45 PM EST

Session 2: 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM EST

Session 3: 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM EST 

Midpoint Drafting Session (2 of 2): 3:45 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Session 4: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

PAYMENT OPTIONS:

You can pay for the course in full or use Shop Pay or Affirm to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. Both options are available at checkout.

  • Mark Gottlieb & Ying Chang Compestine | Live via Zoom
  • June 18th, 2022
  • Seminar is fully ONLINE and meets via Zoom

Ying Chang Compestine is the former longtime editor of Martha Stewart’s Body & Soul magazine and author of fifteen books for adults and children. Her writing regularly appears in such magazines as Self, Eating Well, Cooking Light, Men’s Health, and Delicious Living. A native of Wuhan, Ying Compestine is the author of the acclaimed novel Revolution is Not a Dinner Party which chronicles her experience of growing up in China during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. She is the host of the popular TV cooking show New Ideas for Delicious Meals on Phoenix TV.

Mark Gottlieb is a highly ranked literary agent both in overall deals and other individual categories. Using that same initiative and insight for identifying talented writers, he is actively building his own client list of authors. Mark Gottlieb is excited to work directly with authors, helping to manage and grow their careers with all of the unique resources that are available at book publishing’s leading literary agency, Trident Media Group. During his time at Trident Media Group, Mark Gottlieb has represented numerous New York Times bestselling authors, as well as award-winning authors, and has optioned and sold books to film and TV production companies. He previously ran the agency’s audiobook department, in addition to working in foreign rights. Mark Gottlieb is actively seeking submissions in all categories and genres and looking forward to bringing new and established authors to the curious minds of their future readers.

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