Writing Your Query Letter

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A query letter is your introduction to an agent or an editor. There's a specific format, but you must also demonstrate your originality within that.  How do you follow the rules and also stand out? Whether you're new to crafting this all-important letter, or you're looking to refine, you'll come away with keen insights and inspiration to get your query ready for the industry!

This Two Week Clinic Will Cover: 

  • What a query letter is and who it's for
  • The key ingredients 
  • How to stand out 
  • Feedback on your query letter 
  • Live Q&A 

Week One - What Is A Query

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This week, we'll learn the basics of query letters: what they are, who reads them, how to write them, and ways you can stand out from the crowd. 

Week Two - Feedback on Your Query Letter

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This week, your instructor will give you feedback on your query letter. 

More about
Andres Vaamonde
Former Junior Book Scout

Andres Vaamonde is a writer and former literary book scout from New York City. He graduated from Cornell University with a BA in English, where he concentrated in Creative Writing and studied with authors like Ernesto Quiñonez, Stephanie Vaughn, and Helena María Viramontes. His own writing has appeared in Fortune Magazine, OZY, HASH Journal, and elsewhere. He was a Finalist for the Marianne Russo Award for Emerging Writers and will be the forthcoming Spring 2022 Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. He most recently worked for Maria B. Campbell, the literary book scouting agency, as a Junior Scout for over two years. MBCA scouts trade books across genres and languages for 22 book publishing clients around the world, as well as for Netflix as their exclusive book scouts. He has scouted, read and reported on upwards of 500 manuscripts, nearly all of which have been published, many of which went on to become NYT bestsellers and translated across the world. Some have been acquired for adaptation into film and TV. His favorite scouted book thus far has been INTERIOR CHINATOWN by Charles Yu, which went on to win the National Book Award and is in development as a series with Hulu. Andres is also a TEFL-certified teacher with experience teaching creative writing to students of all ages.

How it Works

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