1-on-1 Query Letter Review with Literary Agent Alyssa Eisner Henkin


Refine your query letter, strategize your querying approach, and learn to sell yourself, and your book, to literary agents with the power to get you published.

Querying can be just as frustrating as it is exciting. You've dreamed of the moment that your manuscript is polished and you're finally to finally pursue a literary agent in hopes of a book deal. There's a chance you've sent out dozens of queries in exchange for silence and thoughts of where you went wrong. 

An effective query letter balances your personality as a writer, a strategic approach tailored to the litagent you hope to engage, and the ability to sell yourself as an author with longstanding potential. 

1-on-1 Query Letter Reviews are designed to give you the querying insight, critique, and targeted approach you need to write a memorable query.

How It Works

Your coach will meet you 1-on-1 via Zoom to give detailed feedback about your query letter. This includes:

45 minutes 1-on-1 with an established literary agent

Insight into what's working and not working in your letter

Editing suggestions for how to write winning copy about your book

Tips and techniques on how to personalize your query to earn an agent's attention

Suggestions on how to write a more dynamic bio that will leave an impression

A review and critique of your synopsis

Schedule (Subject to Change)

About Alyssa Henkin

Alyssa Henkin is the owner and Lead Agent at Birch Path Literary. She has a BA in American Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and a background in editing at Simon & Schuster, where she worked for seven years in the Books for Young Readers department.

Afterward, she took a literary agent position at Trident Media Group. Over the next fourteen years at TMG, she championed a list of award-winning and bestselling children’s book creators, including R.J. Palacio, the author of WONDER.  and rose to the role of Executive Vice President.

In early 2021, Alyssa Henkin launched Birch Path Literary, where she provides a compass in helping authors and illustrator navigate the intricate, ever-changing, and ultimately verdant publishing landscape.

What Writers Are Saying About Alyssa Henkin

"Alyssa knows how to access the essence of a story, helping to flesh out character, setting, dialogue and plot to make it the absolute best it can be. Her critiques are constructive and insightful, and it is truly a joy to work with her, and benefit from her infinite wisdom!"
— Lisa Greenwald, author of 11 BEFORE 12 (Harper Collins) and two dozen other celebrated books for kids and tweens


"My career definitely blossomed after I signed on with Alyssa and I value very highly the working partnership that we have. Alyssa’s experience as an editor prior to becoming a literary agent is invaluable as it allows her a much broader understanding of the creative process. She knows and respects the fact that every writer works a bit differently and she honors that individuality. The wide range of projects she has represented speaks to the depth of her passion for good literature in all its many forms."
— Jen Bryant, Caldecott-Honor, Schneider Award, and Seibert-Honor-award winning author


"Alyssa has been a super-agent to me since the start of my career. Her editorial insights, her business acumen, her deal-making abilities, and her pulse on the industry are spot-on. She's been a champion, an advocate, and a true partner in growing my creative career. I can't recommend her highly enough."
— Julie Berry, Printz Honor Award, and New York Times Bestselling author

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