Join Jessica Brody for an in-depth discussion in this video Introduction to the query letter, part of Sell Your Novel to a Major Publisher.
(mellow electronic music)…- [Narrator] As I mentioned before,…there's one golden ticket…that gets you through the doors…of a literary agency.…And that is the query letter.…It's so important, in fact, that I've dedicated…an entire section of this course to it.…The query letter is, once again, your proof…to all of those people that your concept is sellable…because if you, the author,…the person who wrote the book,…can't make it sound like…the most amazing book in the world,…how do you expect all those other people to?…On the other hand, if you can sell your novel…to an agent in one query letter,…then that agent knows she'll be able…to sell it to an editor…who knows she'll be able to sell it to her boss,…and so on and so forth,…all the way to the hands of the reader.…
Although every literary agency…has their own set of submission guidelines,…that is, instructions on how they'd like…to be approached with new submissions,…the majority of agencies will require…that you first send a query letter.…So I'm going to discuss the query letter in detail here,…
- 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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