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CW 21 — Landing an Agent: How to Prepare Your Submission Package

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 4 weeks
Date(s): Oct 11—Nov 1
Time: 6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 13
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $320
Instructor(s): Heather Lazare
Limit: 21
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Closed
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Live Online(About Formats)
6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Oct 11—Nov 1
4 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 13
0 Unit
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Heather Lazare
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
To maximize your chances of landing a great agent, it’s crucial to prepare a complete and compelling submission packet that stands out. At the start of this course, we will hear from a top literary agent about the best approaches to queries and what agents wish writers would stop doing (or do more of!). We’ll look at pitches that work before doing exercises designed to help you create your own. Perfecting your pitch will enable you to talk about your book in a succinct way—an important skill when approaching prospective agents. We’ll also discuss how to find the perfect “comp” titles for your book and how to incorporate those into your query letter.

For fiction writers, we’ll go over synopses: how to write them, what is expected, what works, and what doesn’t. For nonfiction writers, we’ll talk about proposals and what an agent and publisher hope for, from building a social media platform to what belongs in sample chapters. We’ll also determine how to create a list of agents best suited to representing a book like yours, how to track your submissions, and when it’s appropriate to follow up. By the end of the course, you will have a submission packet to be proud of, ready to send to your list of dream agents.

Publishing and Editorial Consultant

Heather Lazare is an independent editorial and publishing consultant who specializes in editing adult fiction. She worked at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency and both Random House and Simon & Schuster before starting her own business in 2013. She is the director and co-founder of the Northern California Writers’ Retreat.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.