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[How to Query] Online Workshop with Literary Agent Noah Ballard


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Climb out of the query trenches and land a literary agent now!

You've spent countless hours staring at blank pages, writing, deleting, rewriting, and editing your story. Now that your manuscript is complete, it's time for you to get the readers you deserve.

This 2-hour online workshop is designed for writers who want to master the art of the query letter, land a literary agent, and ultimately get a book deal!

You'll learn from literary agent Noah Ballard how to craft and polish your query, and the best way to send it out into the publishing world so that you get results that make you happy.

How will this workshop kick-start my writing career?

Workshop leader and literary agent Noah Ballard will use in-class exercises and real-world examples to teach you these key elements of tackling any query:

  1. Setting query goals
  2. Targeting the right agents & agencies
  3. Personalizing your pitch
  4. Sourcing what's compelling to publishers
  5. Writing winning copy about your book
  6. Finding relevant and intriguing comp titles
  7. Writing a dynamic bio
  8. When and how to follow up

This workshop also includes:

  • Detailed tips and tools that will help you improve your book and get published.
  • A chance to ask questions of Noah Ballard, live, or by email after the event. All questions will be answered!
  • A video recording of the workshop emailed to you after the event.

Am I ready for this workshop?

This workshop is designed for the writer that has a completed manuscript and is thinking about publishing. If that's you, then yes—whether you're a determined debut author, or a seasoned author seeking new representation.

Under the guidance of an experienced literary agent, you'll learn the best tools of the trade so you can approach your querying in the most effective way! 

How does this work?

Join online: Participate in the workshop from anywhere in the world. You'll get to interact with Noah and the other attendees using video, audio, and text chat (or, you can lurk in the background - we don't mind!)

Ask Noah questions live during the event, or send them in by email afterwards. 

We cap this event at only 25 writers.

We use Zoom for our webinars. Don't want to share your webcam? No problem, we won't make you!

About Literary Agent Noah Ballard

This online workshop is led by Noah Ballard, Literary Agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd., one of the world's top agencies, founded in 1914.

After studying creative writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he began his career in publishing at Emma Sweeney Agency.

Today, Noah specializes in literary fiction, short story collections, and narrative non-fiction, including memoir, journalism, and pop culture. He is considered by Writer's Digest as the top literary agent to follow on Twitter.

Noah has appeared at graduate writing programs and writers' conferences across the United States, speaking on the subject of query letters, building non-fiction platforms, and submission etiquette.

A New Jersey native, Noah currently lives in Brooklyn.

What writers are saying

"Noah's editorial insight and overall commentary helped shape my stories to be sent to publishers and agents. He also gave me advice and ideas on how best to proceed further with my writing."
Katya Grishakova, June 2020

"Noah's experience as an agent was incredibly helpful, and he answered all the questions I had. I definitely got the value I was looking for."
—Kristy Arnett, June 2020

"Noah did a fantastic job with my query letter. I have another story in the works and hope he has the time to help me with it."
—Kevin Cooley, June 2020

"Working with Noah was a pleasure! His collaboration became a growth opportunity for me as his suggestions provided me with new perspectives on sections of my novel. He made me feel more confident in myself as a writer and in my book. I can't thank him enough for his professionalism, honesty, and valuable feedback."
—Piper Carrington, May 2020


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