Monday, December 5, 2011

Conquering the Query: Hands-on Workshop at OCC/RWA

First, you write a 300+ page novel, and then you’re asked to pitch it and sum it up on one page. One page! We’re not talking the “dreaded synopsis” here with a generous three to five pages, but the query.

Most often a publisher will request an author to submit the first few chapters of the work in progress (WIP), along with the synopsis. And as a bonus, the writer needs to include a catchy query letter – aka a cover letter – in order to grab the agent’s/editor’s attention in the first place.

Conquering the Query combats the fear that comes with writing short.

Hands-On Craft Workshop: Come prepared to work! Bring the first page of your manuscript – and hopefully you’ve been working on those killer opening lines because we’re going to use them. If not, get going! Also, make sure to have plenty of paper and pens on hand, because during this craft workshop … we be writing!

OCC/RWA Chapter Meeting: Saturday, December 10, 2011
Doors open @ 9 a.m.
Morning Speaker: Louisa Bacio –  “Conquering the Query”

Afternoon Speaker: Helen Breitweiser, Agent
Cornerstone Literary Agency

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Hope to see you there!

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