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Saturday, April 7 • 10:30am - 11:45am
5: Query Clinic: Live Feedback on Query Letters FULL

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Most agencies receive at least a hundred query letters each week, yet respond positively to a very select few. Do you know the secrets to writing a winning query? Do you want to know the most common reasons for rejection? In this session, agents Sorche Fairbank and Ayesha Pande will give direct feedback on audience query letters and use them as examples to discuss both effective and ineffective strategies for getting an agent or editor interested in your work. The goal will be to make your query letters as powerful as possible. If you want your query letter considered, please bring a ONE-PAGE hard copy to the session. Query letters will be chosen at random by a volunteer and put on an overhead projector. After your query letter is read by the agents and the audience, the agents will discuss it, troubleshoot, and offer advice that is both specific to your project and general enough for the rest of the audience to benefit. Given the volume of submissions, we cannot guarantee that your query letter will be read. The point is not to get through as many queries as possible, but to thoughtfully evaluate your ideas and offer concrete suggestions from which all will benefit.

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Sorche Fairbank

Literary Agent, Fairbank Literary Representation
A small, selective agency and member of AAR, the Author's Guild, the Agents Round Table, PEN, and Grub Street's Literary Advisory Council, Fairbank Literary Representation is happily in its fifteenth year. Clients range from first-time authors to international best-sellers, prize winning-journalists to professionals at the top of their fields. They can be found with all the major publishers, as well as in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Harper's, the Atlantic, the New Yorker, Granta, Best American Short Stories, McSweeney's, Tin House, Glimmertrain, and more. | | Lately we have been doing extremely well in the humor/gift/pop culture category, international fiction, and children's picture books by illustrator artists, and we'd love to take on more projects in those categories. Above all, we look for a fresh voice, approach, story, or idea. Sorche's tastes tend toward literary and international fiction; the occasional mystery or thriller with a firm sense of place; big memoir that goes beyond the me-moir; topical or narrative nonfiction with a strong interest in women's voices, global perspectives, and class and race issues; children's picture books... Read More →
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Ayesha Pande

Literary Agent, Pande Literary
Ayesha Pande has worked in the publishing industry for twenty-five years. Before launching her boutique agency, Ayesha held editorial positions at Farrar Straus & Giroux, HarperCollins, and Crown Publishers. She is a member of AAR (Association of Author's Representatives), PEN, t... Read More →

Saturday April 7, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am
White Hill Room - 4th Floor