Instructor: Kristin Owens
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Class Term: 05/17/2021 - 07/12/2021
SCN Member: $256
Class synopsisWith so many options (indie, hybrid, traditional), it can be overwhelming deciding which publishing route to take. Even though traditional may seem like a long and daunting pursuit, it may be the most advantageous for your work. In this 8-week course we’ll discuss why working alongside a team of industry professionals takes most of the business and marketing requirements off your shoulders.
Ready to dive into the query trenches for literary agent representation? In this class, we’ll run the gamut of everything you need to successfully query. We’ll polish your materials, research online databases and find potential agents for a great match. This interactive class will offer ample time for discussion and Q&A while you gain a cohort of motivational colleagues. At the end, you’ll have zero excuses not to move towards your publishing goals.
learn why agents are necessary for traditional publishing, finalize materials required to pitch and query: synopsis, pitch, and query letter, appreciate the merits of contests and other opportunities, learn the importance of following agency guidelines, organize a tracking system, develop a personal database of 50 agents to query
Class communication methodOnline classes will meet via Zoom. The instructor will require completed weekly assignments to keep the class moving forward. Students will engage during class time and collaborate together on specific projects. Textbook required: Query Craft (2020) by Angie Hodapp $11.99
Week 1 (Tuesday, May 18, 6:00-7:00 pm MST)
Class and instructor introductions. Discussion on goals, outcomes, and setting realistic expectations while querying. Lecture on why agents are necessary for traditional publishing. An overview on the materials required to pitch and query. Assignment: 100-word bio.
Week 2 (Tuesday, May 25, 6:00-7:00 pm MST)
Classmates share bios for comment and feedback. Lecture on synopses: What’s it all about? Assignment: 1-page synopsis and exchange with partner.
Week 3 (Tuesday, June 1, 6:00-7:00 pm MST)
Deep dive into perfecting pitches and identifying potential pitch opportunities. Nuances of social media. How to gain confidence, especially if you’re an introvert. Assignment: develop a polished pitch
Week 4 (Tuesday, June 8, 6:00-7:00 pm MST)
Decoding query letters by paragraph. What is needed and why. Discussion on comps, genre expectations, word counts. How to eliminate embarrassing rookie mistakes. Assignment: critiquing three queries.
Week 5 (Tuesday, June 15, 6:00-7:00 pm MST)
Query letters part 2. Putting it all together. Discuss common errors and how to fix. What’s missing? Is it better or different? Assignment: finalize query.
Week 6 (Tuesday, June 22, 6:00-7:00 pm MST)
Making the most of your limited time. Reviewing online tools and databases for potential agents. The importance of following agency guidelines and how to decipher industry-speak. Assignment: develop a tracking system using a template.
Week 7 (Tuesday, June 29, 6:00-7:00 pm MST)
How to stay motivated. How to handle rejection. Students share ideas on best practices. What to do when X happens or Y? Request for pages. Being professional and not burning any bridges. Assignment: 50 agents
Week 8 (Tuesday, July 6, 6:00-7:00 pm MST)
Discussion on timing. Responding to page and full manuscript requests. Handling offers and contracts. The importance of sharing with others. Keeping positive. Class wrap-up.
Class time commitment1 hour class/week. Depending on specific assignments and the status of materials for individual students anywhere from 1 - 3 hours outside of class each week.
Kristin Owens, Ph.D. is an award-winning educator and writer. She’s published over 100 articles and essays and is a frequent blog contributor on writing. Her high-energy presentations and classes motivate writers to stick with it. Kristin’s work is included in the 2020 Colorado Book of the Year, RISE! She’s represented by literary agent Madelyn Burt at Stonesong NYC, and Peel Talent Agency in the UK.