Writer's Atelier Presents: Submissions Ready with Lori Goldstein (Online Class)
a finished novel? Great! Ready to sign that killer book deal?
Fantastic! But hold onto your pen, because first, you need an agent.
Agents are the gatekeepers to traditional publishers, and today, agents
receive literally hundreds of inquiries a week. To stand out among this
fierce competition, three things are vital: an enticing query, a concise
synopsis, and a whopper of a first page. In this course, writers will
learn the structure and key elements of each of these three pieces of
the query submission package. Examples of successful queries, synopses,
and first pages will be dissected. Plus, each week, writers will have
their work reviewed by the instructor. But the real value in receiving a
critique is in understanding if you’ve nailed that revision or not.
With that in mind, writers will be invited to submit their revised
pieces to the instructor for an additional pass. Each component—the
query, synopsis, and first page—will be critiqued by the instructor
twice. The end result: a perfect query submission package. You will
become . . . Submission Ready!
Week 1: The Query: How to Tame Your Manuscript into a 250-Word Pitch
this first lesson, the instructor will dive into the all-important
query letter. Writers will learn the basic structure and what each
component must convey. The instructor will then focus on the “pitch”
section, explaining how to construct a concise pitch that packs a punch.
Examples of successful queries will be shown and dissected. The “do’s
and don’ts” will provide concrete tips for crafting your query.
viewing this lesson, writers will have one week to revise their query
using these tips and submit it to the instructor for feedback.
Week 2: The Synopsis: How to Wrangle Your Manuscript into One Page
lesson two, the instructor will help you expand that pitch you’ve honed
into a one-page synopsis. Writers will learn techniques for boiling
their full manuscript down to the essentials in order to show agents
what their novel is truly about. What stays and what goes will be
demonstrated. Strategies and specific instructions will allow writers to
employ these techniques in their synopsis.
viewing this lesson, writers will have one week to revise their
synopsis using these tips and submit it to the instructor for feedback.
Week 3: The First Page: How to Bring Your Query and Synopsis to Life
the final lesson, the instructor will discuss what makes a great first
page, the final element of the submissions package. The first page must
be a powerhouse. It has much heavy lifting to do in terms of setting the
tone, style, character, world, and more. It must achieve certain things
and do so with writing that leaps from the page and grabs the reader.
After reviewing a list of what a first page must do, the instructor will
provide examples of successful first pages.
viewing this lesson, writers will have one week to revise their first
page using these tips and submit it to the instructor for feedback.
Week 4: Questions!
the final week of this course, writers will have the chance to have a
personal, one-on-one, 15-minute call with the instructor during which
they can ask specifics about their submission package, questions about
querying, or tips for navigating the publishing world. Writers have the
option of emailing questions in lieu of the call.
When: This class will run from October 3, 2016 – October 30, 2016
Investment: $250 (full class) OR $150 (critique only)
*First 10 people to sign up by September 1, 2016 will receive 25% off of the 4-week class.