writing is amazing. You’ve edited your manuscript until the
reflection alone will blind.
without an equally shiny submission, those agents/editors will never
know about you, and that you could have been their next great author.
course will teach you what you need to know to make a professional
submission that will impress.
This class will not
include synopsis writing – that would be a class by itself.
You Will Learn:
and researching Editors/Agents
will be writing queries and critiquing them in class – you will
leave with a professional, polished query
your complete submission, including formatting and what to include
your submissions and staying organized
for dealing with rejection
Should Take This Course:
with completed manuscripts
seeking publishing contracts
writers – a query is a solid foundation for wonderful back cover
Prepare to Succeed
sure you’re ready for submission
organized – creating submission folders and subfolders
do you know your novel is ready?
Query – The Bedrock of Your Submission
parts of a query and how to structure it
your book to others
in a name? Using names in your query
to boil your book down to one or two paragraphs
to include in your submission and who to send it to
blocks of a submission
to find agents
to ‘vet’ agents to be sure you’re not taken advantage of
clear about your goals – ranking agents
all at once, or in groups for beta testing?
for organizing – based on your personality
to track your submissions
follow up – and etiquette in general
& don’t of follow up
and exclusive submissions
Strategies and how to power through
am not my book
to do while you wait
clear about your goals – and your fallback position
Drake, 2014 RITA Winner for Best First Novel, doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer. After a total of three novels, and
417 queries, in June of 2011, she scored an agent — Nalini Akolekar
of Spencerhill and Associates.
now has twelve published novels. The first, The Sweet Spot, won the
2014 RWA RITA for Best First Book. When she isn’t writing, she
speaks to writers groups and teaches online.
She is a founder of Women’s Fiction Writers Association as well as
the Award-Winning, Writers in the Storm Blog. Laura is a multi-Margie
immersion grad. She credits
Margie with taking her from ‘good’ to ‘sold’!
realized a lifelong dream of becoming a Texan and is currently
working on her accent. She gave up the corporate CFO gig to write
full time. She’s a wife, grandmother, and motorcycle chick in the
remaining waking hours.
in the Storm
Laura is the best!
March 31, 2021
Writing a novel is hard, but I think writing the query is often harder! Laura gave us a ton of information and assistance and never left a single student behind. As the lagger...I’m especially appreciative. The novel I’m writing won’t be for everyone or every agent/publisher/etc, so the query had to be just right. I think we got there, even as the last seconds ticked.
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