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Drafting the Perfect Query: A Workshop with Andy Ross

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

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This is a class co-sponsored by MI and San Francisco Writers Conference/San Francisco Writers Foundation.

Agents receive anywhere from 10 -100 queries a day over the transom. So your letter needs to grab their attention quickly. The good news is that many agents really do look carefully at their “slush pile” (the charmless term agents use for unsolicited queries).  In this class, we will discuss the elements of a good query letter, how to write one that will grab the attention of the agent. In advance of this class, I’d like you to prepare a draft query for the book project you are working on. Don’t worry about whether it’s good or not. That’s what this class is for. We will workshop these queries in class. Additionally, I will provide notes and edits for each of the queries that I receive. 

Andy Ross opened his literary agency in 2008. Prior to that, he was the owner of the legendary Cody's Books in Berkeley for 30 years. His agency represents books in a wide range of non-fiction genres including: narrative non-fiction, science, journalism, history, popular culture, memoir, and current events. He also represents literary, commercial, historical, crime, upmarket women’s fiction, and YA fiction.

For non-fiction Andy looks for writing with a strong voice, robust story arc, and books that tell a big story about culture and society by authors with the authority to write about their subject. In fiction, he likes stories about real people in the real world.

Andy is the author of The Literary Agent’s Guide to Writing a Non-Fiction Book Proposal. He has participated in writers conferences throughout the country and has taught classes about writing book proposals, composing query letters, working with agents, and getting published. His popular blog, “Ask the Agent: Night Thoughts About Books and Publishing”, has received over 400,000 unique views.

Authors Andy represents include: Daniel Ellsberg, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Anjanette Delgado, Elisa Kleven, Tawni Waters, Randall Platt, Mary Jo McConahay, Gerald Nachman, Michael Parenti, Paul Krassner, Milton Viorst, and Michele Anna Jordan.

Andy is a member of the Association of Author Representatives (AAR).

Check out his website and blog: www.andyrossagency.com.

 

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