Virtual event October 22nd, 2022, 12:00PM to 1:30PM Eastern Time
Climb out of the query trenches and land a literary agent now!
You've spent countless hours staring at the screen, writing, deleting, rewriting, and editing your story. Now that your nth book draft is complete, it's time for you to get the readers you deserve.
This 90-minute online workshop is designed for writers who want to avoid slogging away in the query trenches for years on end and, instead, master the art of the query letter so they can land a literary agent—and ultimately get a publishing deal!
You'll learn from author, editor, and former literary agent Alisha Sevigny how to craft and polish your query letter, and the best way to approach querying so that you land a literary agent.
Alisha Sevigny is a former literary agent, current freelance editor and published author of several acclaimed Young Adult (YA) novels.
Exceedingly familiar with the publishing industry, both as a former agent and hybrid writer, Alisha specializes in pitches and developmental edits.
Her editorial client, P.H. Oliver, (THE GYNESAURS) was the only self-published author to be long-listed for 2018's Stephen Leacock Medal of Humour Award, representing the top 10 funniest books in the country.
As a former literary agent with The Rights Factory, Alisha has had the pleasure of representing many talented domestic and international clients, including a holistic beauty guru and a renowned environmental activist, as well as several debut fiction authors:
In this program you will go from unsure about the quality of your query letter to confident in it, with a detailed outline that summarizes the story you've written—and the unique author that you are...
From confused about the publishing process to clear on the exact steps needed to get to bookstore shelves...
From unsure if your writing is any good to confident that readers, agents, and publishers will compete to get your book...
From writing alone in a vacuum, to writing in a supportive, enlightening, motivating, and fun community with talented peers and curated resources, under the guidance of an experienced industry insider and a team of experts.
"Working with Alisha was wonderful — from pitching to her via email to meeting in person to discuss her evaluation. Alisha made it easy to work together as she is always pleasant and genuinely cares about helping writers. I appreciate that she offered lots of encouragement and specific recommendations to help make my book the best it can be."
— Marisa B., Toronto
"I really benefited from the clear comments on my manuscript which Alisha provided me. They were concise, very helpful and improved my knowledge of the writing trade. Her comments certainly improved the quality of my non-fiction novel.”
— James B., Orillia
"Alisha was a great help in reviewing and in helping to refine my pitch for my novel before sending it off to a literary agent." — Rhesa S., Toronto
"Alisha combed through my 140,000 word manuscript offering many different strategies that I could employ to bring it down to the recommended maximum word count (under 100,000) for the genre in which it would be classified. Readers have since told me that they were most impressed with the tightness and pace of the book, feeling that every line was worth reading. There is no doubt in my mind that this high praise was due to Alisha's keen instinct for what a reader wants and needs in order to keep turning the page. Indeed, this, I would say, is the hallmark of Alisha's own writing. She pointed out plot and character inconsistencies that I had missed, even after much scrutiny and gently curtailed my penchant for overly verbose descriptions. She provides a thorough and discerning voice that will allow you to reconsider and/or validate your work from a fresh and knowledgeable perspective, always keeping the writer's delicate ego in mind. A pleasure to work with from beginning to end." — P.H. Oliver
How does this work?
Join online: Participate in the workshop from anywhere in the world. You'll get to interact with Alisha and the other attendees using video, audio, and text chat (or, you can lurk in the background - we don't mind!)
Ask Alisha questions live during the event, or send them in by email afterwards.
We have space in this event for only 100 writers.
We use Zoom for our webinars. Don't want to share your webcam? No problem, we won't make you!