Letters from the Program Director: So You’ve Written the Book….

Hello writers,

Whether you’re currently in the query trenches, you’re joining us for the Agents & Editors Conference in June, or you’re still on your first manuscript draft, you’re either working on a query letter right now or you will be eventually. The query letter is most folk’s ticket not only to representation, but also to traditional publication, so it makes sense that writers are under a lot of pressure to get it right. It’s a scary thing when a single page could be the key to your book’s future, but it doesn’t have to be.

While it’s intimidating and definitely not easy, there are key components that make up a successful query letter, plus it’s an incredibly valuable tool. Yes, agents and editors will be using your query letter to see if they’re interested in your work, but the query letter is also a great way for you to start thinking about how to talk about your book to publishing professionals and readers which is an invaluable skill for any writer to have.

That’s why we’re excited to offer the class “Crafting a Compelling Query Letter” with Becka Oliver on Wednesday, March 9. If you want to learn strategies for writing an effective query letter, this class is for you and what better person than WLT’s Executive Director (and a former literary agent) Becka Oliver to teach you what it takes to write a query letter that agents and editors will remember.

All the best,
Sam Babiak
Program Director

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