Think Like an Agent: Secrets of a Great Query Letter FULL
Date: March 13 On ZOOM
Time: 7 - 9 pm PST
Instructor: Anna Ghosh
You’ve written your novel, or completed a proposal for your book, and are finally ready to share it with the world. But what’s the next step? Agents tend to receive hundreds of queries a week. Pressed for time, they often make instant decisions on which manuscripts to request.
So how do you wrangle that monster of a manuscript into a few paragraphs that will get an agent excited? This class will reveal why an agent says yes and how you can craft an irresistible letter. What four things does an agent look for when they scan your letter? What information is helpful from a publishing perspective, and what might hurt your case?
Students are encouraged (but not required) to submit drafts of their query letters in advance and we will discuss them in detail in class.
Anna Ghosh started her career as a literary agent in New York City in 1995 and was a partner at Scovil Galen Ghosh before moving to San Francisco and founding Ghosh Literary. She has taught classes on publishing at NYU, Columbia and UC Berkeley, as well as conferences and literary organizations. Most days, she spends just 17 minutes reading queries.