Join Jessica Brody for an in-depth discussion in this video Customizing your query letters, part of Sell Your Novel to a Major Publisher.
- [Instructor] Now that your agent submission list…has been segmented and your first batch…has been created let's talk more about step six…of the Magic Query Maximizer,…customizing your query letter for each agent.…Customizing a query can be as simple…as mentioning a book the agent represents that you like,…congratulating them on a recent sale or bestseller,…bringing up something on their website that caught your eye,…or even just mentioning the reason you chose to query them.…For example you could write something like,…in researching agents I noticed that you represent…The Big Day by Jane McAuthor.…
Not only do I love this novel,…I feel as though my manuscript shares a similar tone…and will appeal to the same audience.…More examples on how to customize your query…can be found in the Magic Query Maximizer handout.…Obviously you also want to address the query to the agent…by name and be sure to triple check the spelling…of their name.…Avoid using generic openers like dear agent…or to whom it may concern.…If the submission guidelines require you…
- Comparing traditional publishing and self-publishing
- Writing and revising your novel
- Finding an agent
- Perfecting your pitch
- Writing a query letter
- Researching agents
- Submitting to agents
- Reading your book contract
- Negotiating advances and royalties
- Understanding the publishing process
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Overview of the Publishing Process
Why I created this course2m 32s
2. Writing and Revising Your Novel
3. Introduction to Literary Agents
4. Creating and Perfecting Your Pitch
5. Writing Your Query Letter
6. Researching Agents
7. Submitting to Agents
8. Selling Your Novel
9. Navigating Your First Book Contract
10. The Publishing Process
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