How to Write Query Letters, Synopses, and More!


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$80 (Members: $72) | How to write query letters, blurbs, pitches, and more | 4 lessons | Self-paced

This class is meant for novelists who are interested in pursuing a traditional publishing path that requires query letters, synopses, and other author collateral.

You’ll learn how to write:

  • query letters
  • elevator pitches for conference or online pitch sessions or for talking about your book with potential readers
  • blurbs—those brief book descriptions that go on the back of the book or in the online book listing/catalog
  • pull quotes—quotes from the book that authors use to help promote the work on social media
  • author bios, both brief bylines for use in marketing/promotion and longer “about the author” bios that go in a press kit or on a website

The course materials discuss the purpose of each of these items, what those reading/reviewing them are looking for, and how to fine-tune your work to make it as compelling as possible. Exercises with answer keys are included to help you practice the techniques described.

The class is entirely online and asynchronous (you don’t have to be in any particular place at any particular time to participate).