Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life

  • Term: Fall 2022
  • Start Date: October 3, 2022
  • End Date: October 17, 2022
  • Day of Week: Monday
  • Time: 7:10pm - 9:10pm PT
  • Level: Advanced
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Full
  • Public Price: $180.00
  • Member Price: $162.00

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Query Letter Bootcamp

To get a book deal with a traditional publishing house, you'll first need to pitch your manuscript to a literary agent with a strategic query letter. In this course, we'll examine successful letters and in-house acquisitions materials to help you "think like an agent" as you write your winning hook, flesh out your author platform, identify your target audience, and more. You will write and workshop your query letter in a supportive classroom environment and can expect to walk away with a ready-to-send query letter to your agent of choice. Appropriate for any writer with a complete manuscript or book proposal. 

Lindsay Newton

Lindsay Newton


Lindsay Newton is an editor and publishing consultant. Over her decade-long career, she worked for three of the top publishing institutions in the US—Simon & Schuster, Inc., Sourcebooks, and Writers House Literary Agency. There, she had the privilege of working with bestselling and award-winning authors such as Isabel Allende, Kevin Hart, Neil Gaiman, Alice Walker, Ntozake Shange, Colleen Hoover, and others. She started Newton Literary Services with the goal of helping aspiring authors to obtain literary representation and fulfill their dreams of getting published. Her clients have garnered representation by preeminent literary agencies including Aevitas Creative Management, Levine Greenburg Rostan, Dystel Goderich & Bourret, Stephanie Tade Agency, and more.