Join Jessica Brody for an in-depth discussion in this video Part 1: Hook their attention, part of Sell Your Novel to a Major Publisher.
- [Jessica] Anyone reading query letters at an agency,…whether it be an intern, assistant, a hired reader,…or the agent himself is guaranteed…to be reading hundreds of query letters a day.…So many in fact, that their eyes start to glaze over.…I spoke to an agent about this once.…She told me how boring it can be to read…query after query after query,…most of which she admitted were terrible.…So there lies your first job.…Write a query letter that is not boring and not terrible.…
It should jolt the reader back awake.…It should have an introduction…that causes their sagging eyelids to snap back open,…and their body to be at full alert…because hey this one looks interesting finally.…In my query letters,…I always like to start with a snappy opening line,…tag line, provocative question,…or sometimes even an interesting statistic or quote…to grab the reader's attention.…Something that makes them immediately say,…oh this is going to be good.…A tagline is a catchphrase or snappy slogan…often used to advertise something.…
- 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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