Query Letter Workshop: Tips From a Literary Agent (with Chelsea Lindman)

Chelsea Lindman

Chelsea Lindman

Contact: clindman@sjga.com

Number of sessions: 3

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Dates: Tuesdays, October 20 & 27; November 3

Course fee: $195

This course will provide useful tips on how to write an effective query letter that gets an agent’s attention, presents you as an appealing potential client, and introduces your work in the most saleable way. Broken into three sections, class topics will cover the query letter and how you can make sure yours grabs an agent’s attention. We’ll also discuss author-agent working relationships and what to look for in your agent, as well as publication strategies, including what you can do to help your work stand out.

Our first class will discuss the query letter, discussing the goals of a query letter and what first-time authors ought to do as well as avoid when approaching an agent. In our second class, students will come with their query letter written and ready to read aloud for critique. We will also discuss the author-agent relationship, approaching it from both sides and giving writers plenty of tools for making the important decision of choosing their best literary agent. Whether you are writing fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, or cookbooks, finding the right agent to champion your work is essential to getting your book published. In our final meeting, we will discuss the publishing process as well as have a final reading of query letters. Students should be able to leave this class feeling confident that they have a clear understanding of what goes into making their manuscript a book, and have a polished and effective query letter ready to send out to their potential agents. This class is suitable for aspiring authors at any stage in their writing.

Chelsea Lindman is a literary agent at Sanford J. Greenburger, Associates. Her fiction clients include Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award Winner Kristopher Jansma, Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist Ariel S. Winter, and Richard Bausch Fiction Prize Winner Jesse Goolsby; and her nonfiction clients include essayist Chloe Caldwell, TEDx speakers Stacey Ferreira and Jared Kleinert, and Harvard PhD candidate Jason Silverstein. Chelsea began her publishing career as an editor at Europa Editions, where she worked with bestselling authors Elena Ferante and Muriel Barbery. She is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara.

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