Ask the Agent: A Weekend Workshop on How to Publish Your Book - Andy Ross - Andy Ross Agency
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 over the transom queries). And all agents have lots of big fish stories about finding masterpieces this way.
In this class we will workshop your query letter. Refer to the instructor letter for preparation and reading suggestions.
I opened my literary agency in January, 2008. Prior to that, I was the owner for 30 years of the legendary Cody's Books in Berkeley. The agency represents books in a wide range of subjects including: narrative non-fiction, science, journalism, history, religion, children's books, young adult, middle grade, literary and commercial fiction, and cooking.
I am eager to represent projects in most genres as long as the subject or its treatment is smart, original, and will appeal to a wide readership. In narrative non-fiction I look for writing with a strong voice and robust narrative arc. I like history, science, journalism, and books that tell a big story about culture and society by authors with the authority to write about their subject. I am also seeking projects in all areas by scholars who are at the top of their field and who are committed to writing in style and content for a general audience.
For literary, commercial, and children's fiction, I have only one requirement -- simple, but ineffable -- that the writing reveal the terrain of that vast and unexplored country, the human heart.
I am a member of the Association of Author Representatives (AAR).
Check out my website and blog
Blog: "Ask the Agent" www.andyrossagency.wordpress.com