Join Jessica Brody for an in-depth discussion in this video Technical details, part of Sell Your Novel to a Major Publisher.
- [Instructor] So now that you know…what to put in your query letter,…let's talk about a few technical details.…First, length.…It's my belief that a query letter…should not exceed one page.…If you're sending an email query,…it's sometimes hard to tell how long it is,…so I would draft your query letter in Word,…or another word processing program,…before copying it into an email…so you can gauge how long it is.…Not that an agent is going to measure it,…and then throw it out if it's too long.…But I like to think that if you can't sell your book…in one page or less,…then you haven't mastered your pitch yet.…
Because remember you're not the only person…who has to sell this idea in one page,…you're just the first person…who has to prove it can be done.…The query letter for The Fidelity Files…that I've included in this course,…is the exact query letter I used to land my first agent.…And as proof to what I've said about the chain of awesome,…or the continual selling chain,…my agent actually used several portions…of my query letter in the letter she sent out to editors,…
- 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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