THE QUERY

Nail your query letter and get the literary agent of your dreams

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This course is an excellent, thorough run-down of everything you might want to think about when writing and sending your query letter. Written with Writers' HQ's trademark snarky charm, and filled with links to even more information about what agents are looking for and what to do/not do, it's a really enjoyable, detailed look at this topic. Thank you!
- Elizabeth Ottosson

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Seven part course, rolling access

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You think you’ve done the hard part by writing a book, but landing an agent is the next big hurdle to leap over. Writers’ HQ’s online query writing course will help you prepare to send your manuscript out into the big wide world of publishing.

First impressions count, and your query letter is the first part of a book submission an agent will look at.

How do you summarise a 70,000+ novel in the space of just a few paragraphs? How do you grab the attention of the literary agent of your dreams? How do you make sure your submission doesn’t end up at the bottom of the slush pile?

Well, that’s what we’re gonna teach you. Learn how to write a killer query letter and give yourself the best chance of an agent saying “Yes, yes, yes! Send me your book!”

Discover the dos and don’ts of query writing, fine-tune your cover letter to perfection, and summarise the living heck out of your story.

Finish the course with an intriguing, snappy, polished query letter that you can tailor to suit each agent you send it to.

Join our lovely little online community to support you through starting, middling, finishing and beyond.

LOVE FOR WRITERS’ HQ

Just brilliant
Run with knowledge, integrity, kindness, and humour.
An obvious love and insight for the written word.
You are in safe hands with Writers’ HQ. 💞

Naomi Roberts

The short and the long of it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

There is a huge amount of material in this course, compactly delivered in six weekly batches of units. As well as plenty of straightforward instruction on the craft of storytelling (plot, character, point of view, and whatnot) there are diverse readings to ponder and discuss; soundbites and advice from writers and editors; prompts and challenging exercises; and a chance to post your own writing for feedback from the forum. I highly recommend it as an introduction to the world of short stories, and as food for thought on writing in general which may take me far longer than six weeks to digest.

Rosemary Sgroi

Writing Short Fiction

Well worth the money ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Thank you so much for your critique – you pinpointed all the places that I too was a bit uncertain about. I’ve really appreciated your advice; it was well worth the money!

Elaine Canham

Mentoring

Flash Face Off
I just wanted to thank you again for inviting me to read on Friday. The feedback was AMAZING!! I am rather overwhelmed to be honest… and super delighted (and proud) to be part of this wonderful community.

Katy M

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TUTORS

Sarah Lewis
Half of Writers’ HQ
Procrastinator Level: Set up WHQ and had a baby to avoid writing her novel

Jo Gatford
Half of Writers’ HQ
Procrastinator Level: Set up WHQ and did an MA to avoid writing her novel

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