Want to Compose a Killer Pitch?

I’m teaching a webinar for Writers Digest this Thursday at 1:00 pm EDT (90 minutes).

“Critique Series: Pitches and Queries”

I will teach about crafting an effective pitch and query letter. Then I’ll do real-time critiques of query letters and pitches. Everyone who registers will be able to send a pitch ahead of time for possible critique during the webinar. If I don’t get to yours in the online presentation, I’ll still give you a critique via email.

The best part? You can attend even if you’re not available at that time. Everyone who registers will have online access to the webinar (audio and visual) for a full year afterwards.

4 Reasons to Attend My Webinar:
(Shamelessly ripped from Chuck Sambuchino.)

1) You get a professional critique from an agent. Every webinar attendee gets thoughts on their query (some publicly in the webinar, others privately via email). Heck, if I love your query, I’ll request pages. It’s happened in the past.

2) Concise instruction on how to compose a killer query. I’ll take the confusion out of this process and pass along my top tips on capturing your book in the best light to grab an agent’s attention.

3) Your questions will be answered. I’m not only teaching, I’ll be answering questions from the audience. Every writer’s work is different, so if you need answers to a few personal questions, go ahead and ask them. No question goes unanswered. If not during the presentation, then afterwards via email.

4) You might win a personal phone call with me. Five attendees will be chosen at random to win a 20-minute call. Others have found this to be valuable and have received advice and direction that helped them refine their pitch and their process of pursuing publishing.

If you’re not sure what to expect, read these posts for examples of how I do the critiques.

Click HERE to read more information, and to register for the webinar. Hope to see you there!

Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Gardner Literary. Coffee & wine enthusiast (not at the same time) and dark chocolate connoisseur. I've worked in publishing since 1995 and I love talking about books!


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  2. Anonymous on August 12, 2010 at 9:18 PM

    >Reading charges.

    Members may not charge clients or potential clients for reading and evaluating literary works, including outlines, proposals and partial or complete manuscripts. Members may not benefit, directly or indirectly, from charges levied for such services by any other person or entity. There are two exceptions to this rule:
    Members may asked to be reimbursed for the actual cost of returning materials.
    Members may read or evaluate a writer's work at a conference or other event where writers are charged separately for individual consultations.

    The AAR believes that the practice of charging for readings is open to serious abuse and may reflect adversely on our profession. The exception for conferences is granted for these reasons:
    The agent is not acting independently but within the context of an independent writers’ conference.
    The potential benefit to writers cannot be duplicated in another manner.
    This exception does not in any way dilute the AAR’s belief that literary agents should not charge clients and potential clients for reading and evaluating literary works in the ordinary course of business.

  3. Sharon A. Lavy on August 11, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    >I wish I had checked this out before I left home. Not on a safe connections so can't sign up. But I know it will be a great webinar.

  4. Nikole Hahn on August 10, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    >Thanks for the idea! I had this perfect plan in my head, but never thought of a webinar as not just a place of learning, but of possible opportunity (making mental note).

  5. sharmon2629@att.net on August 10, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    >I so wish I was at this stage! Alas, revision looms large. At least I know this is a "someday" must from all the positive comments. Thanks!

  6. T. Anne on August 10, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    >I can't wait to refine my pitch. I look forward to the query critique as well.

    If you're on the fence about joining, you should definitely give it a try. I've experienced her other webinar's and they were great. I like to sit back with a cup of coffee and listen to Rachelle talk shop. It's a blast.

  7. Erin MacPherson on August 10, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    >This is super cool… I wish I had a pitch right now. Hmmm… I wonder if I could throw something together before Thursday. Thanks Rachelle.

  8. Heather Sunseri on August 10, 2010 at 6:26 AM

    >This is a great webinar. I highly recommend it! And the critique from Rachelle is extremely helpful. I actually reviewed my notes from this webinar yesterday.

  9. Jessica Nelson on August 10, 2010 at 6:01 AM

    >Hope you have fun! 😉

  10. Katy McKenna on August 10, 2010 at 5:03 AM

    >I have joined one of Rachelle's Writer's Digest webinars in the past and it was tremendous. Highly recommended!