Query Letter Writing with Caitlin Alexander and Cynthia Manson

Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 9:30 AM until 12:30 PM

Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708
United States

Instructors: Caitlin Alexander and Cynthia Manson
Length: 1 session, $175

The first step in getting published is querying literary agents—and to catch one’s eye you need a dynamite query letter that will stand out from the dozens (sometimes hundreds) they receive every week.

In this interactive workshop, an experienced literary agent and a veteran editor will walk you through the key components of effective pitch letters and queries, from the all-important “hook” to how to describe your book in a succinct, attention-grabbing paragraph to what to include (and what not to include) in your bio—mixed in with plenty of insider tips about what agents and editors are really looking for. The emphasis will be on personalized feedback and editing of your query letter draft, which you’ll bring with you to the workshop.
Don't have a query letter yet? Don't worry. You'll come away from this class with a bevy of advice and inspiration to get you started.

Caitlin Alexander has been editing books for more than fifteen years. She spent much of that time at Random House, where she acquired and edited New York Times bestsellers in fiction and nonfiction. She continues to edit bestselling and award-winning books as a freelance editor.

Cynthia Manson is a well-known and respected literary agent with a successful list of published authors. She graduated from Scripps College for Women with a BA in English Literature and Fine Arts. She also attended the Radcliffe Publishing Course and two years later joined the Sterling Lord Literary Agency. Manson has worked in both magazine and book publishing including Putnam, Bertelsmann , Scientific American and Advertising Age Magazine.

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