Class Starts Tuesday, September 28th, 2021
Class will meet weekly via Zoom (Tuesdays, 5:00PM CST - 6:30PM CST).
Any questions about this class? Use the Chat Button (lower left) to talk with us.
Open to All writers!
Writing a book and writing a query letter are two different skillsets - one is a work of inspiration and passion, and the other is a sales tool. This class is all about creating the best sales tool for your incredible book, fiction or nonfiction. We will crash our way through publishing as a business, the querying process, look at some successful query letters, and talk about what agents are looking for. Through in-class exercises and at-home drafting, you'll learn the skills necessary to craft a great query letter, and put those skills to work.
Let's demystify this process, and get the right eyes reading past the query letter and onto your awesome book.
- Researching the agent or publication you're querying is an important part of the process, and getting your query to the right person saves you time and energy
- Query letters aren't just an introduction to your work, they're a selling tool
- Simple, natural sentences that explain the strengths of your work, and then get out of your book's way is the most effective way to get noticed
Week 1: Getting Started. The elevator pitch, the basic structure, this-meets-that, and some good examples.
Week 2: First Draft. Using class examples, I'll explain the strengths and weaknesses of each student's query letter
Week 3: Edited Draft. One more round of edits, and one on one time, plus, how to find who to query
This class will meet weekly via Zoom.
Instructor: Christopher Hermelin
Class size limited to 14 writers
Class Starts September 28, 2021 | 5:00PM - 6:30PM CST
Course is fully ONLINE and will meet weekly via Zoom. Once you have enrolled the instructor will send you a dedicated Zoom link to our online classroom.
Any questions about this class? Use the Chat Button (lower right) to talk with us.
Instructor Christopher Hermelin is a literary agent at Fischer-Harbage with an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School. He earned his BA in Creative Writing at UC Santa Cruz. He represents projects across genres, preferring a “very good” book above all others. Christopher also co-hosts the literary podcast, So Many Damn Books.