Join Jessica Brody for an in-depth discussion in this video Part 2: The book summary, part of Sell Your Novel to a Major Publisher.
- [Narrator] Part two of your query letter is where…you include a brief and intriguing summary…of what the book is about.…No more than two to three longer paragraphs…or three to seven shorter ones.…If it fits, you can copy and paste your entire…short synopsis right in here, or you may need…to adjust it a bit to fit the style of your query letter.…Either way, once you've nailed that short synopsis,…this part of the query letter should be easy.…But remember, leave them hanging.…Always leave them wanting more.…
Give them a good taste of how awesome your book is,…and then yank it away from them.…It's a little like playing hard to get.…It's a delicate game.…You have to give them just enough to make them want you,…but not enough for them to feel…like they've seen all there is to see.…Let's go back for a moment to the query letter…I wrote for The Fidelity Files, which can be found…as a PDF handout in the previous lecture.…Once again, I'll point out how I ended this summary section…with a cliffhanger, which I presented…
- 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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