Querying isn’t a lottery, it’s a process. Get out of the slush pile and onto the shelf.
How do you even start querying? Where are these magic lists of literary agents and publishers? Learn the key points of a query letter, what makes powerful opening pages, and where to find (legit!) agents and publishers right for your work. We’ll cover interpreting agent websites, social media, and actual sales to find out what they REALLY want, how to increase your chances by querying in “waves,” and back-door paths to connect with agents and publishers and interest them in your work.
We’ll look at what your query MUST have to catch an agent, editor, or publisher’s eye (it’s not your social media numbers!) and how to position your book in the market. Allison live-edit a couple of participant queries to show you how to transform good to great. We’ll also cover common querying mistakes, and how to recognize “schmagents,” scams, and vanity publishers. Allison will tell you what agents can’t, with frank, funny, and fast-paced tips to get you out of the slush pile and onto the shelf.
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ALLISON K WILLIAMS is the author of Seven Drafts: Self-Edit Like a Pro From Blank Page to Book. She has edited and coached writers to publishing deals with Penguin Random House, Knopf, Mantle, Spencer Hill, and St. Martin’s Press as well as hybrid and independent presses. She’s guided essayists and humorists to publication in media including the New Yorker, Time, the Guardian, the New York Times, McSweeney’s, Refinery29, Hippocampus, the Belladonna and TED Talks. As Social Media Editor for Brevity, she inspires thousands of writers with weekly blogs on craft and the writing life.
As a memoirist, essayist, and travel journalist, Allison has written craft, culture and comedy for National Public Radio, CBC-Canada, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Creative Nonfiction, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Kenyon Review Online, the Prairie Schooner blog, the Drum and Travelers’ Tales and Flash Nonfiction Funny.
Allison holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University and spent 20 years as a circus aerialist and acrobat before writing and editing full-time.
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