May OCCRWA Class Announcement

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May 12, 2008- May 23, 2008Q IS FOR QUERY, A IS FOR AAACK! with Laurie Schnebly Campbell

Why is it so hard to write a query letter? Well, because an author’s entire career depends on the response!

That may be a slight exaggeration, but it doesn’t make the job any less daunting when a writer who routinely creates lyrical prose is suddenly forced to create a sales tool. Sitting down with the editor or agent in person for a two or three-hour chat might do the job faster, but since that isn’t always possible, it’s important to have a sales tool that covers the same material in just 250 words.

Find out how to craft a query letter for ANY set of circumstances:
• Approaching an editor or agent who judged your entry in a contest
• Meeting ‘em (by plan or accident) at National or a local conference
• Picking a name at random (and why this should be a last resort)
• Switching from non-fiction to fiction writing, or vice versa
• Capitalizing on a recent success with this manuscript or another one

Since most writers aren’t the naturally outgoing type, convincing someone to request a manuscript — even in a letter — doesn’t always come as easily as creating fascinating plots and characters.

This workshop shows how to make writing the query a whole lot easier than writing the book, complete with critiques for randomly drawn people willing to share their work.

Laurie Schnebly Campbell used to wish she could write books as easily as she wrote query letters, and wondered why other writers found sales pieces so challenging. Then she realized that queries come naturally to anyone whose day job is in advertising, and felt a lot less smug. After her second novel beat out Nora Roberts for “Best Special Edition of the Year,” Laurie started teaching writers what she learned from her day job and from her master’s in counseling. She loves teaching anyway, but the side benefit is that it gives her an excuse to avoid cleaning house!

Enrollment Information COST: $10 for OCC members $15 for non-members Enrollment in OCC/RWA Online classes is a two step process.

Step One – Join ClassPlease Read: If you are using an email address for the class other than your Paypal address, you MUST tell us that in the comments section when you join (after clicking the purple Join Now button). We will not be able to add you to the class until we can confirm your payment, which we won’t be able to do if you don’t tell us you paid under a different address. Thank you!

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