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Querypalooza: How to Write an Eye-Catching Query and Hook an Agent

  • 09 Jul 2022
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom


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with Author and Former Literary Agent Eve Porinchak

In this interactive workshop Eve Porinchak, former agent with Jill Corcoran Literary Agency (JCLA, now part of Transatlantic Agency), will teach you the basics of how to write a QUERY LETTER – the most important step in landing your wonderful manuscript on an agent’s desk.

During QUERYPALOOZA you will learn to:

- Identify QUERY Do’s and Don’ts.

- Write a one sentence logline whittling down your book to its main hook and theme.

- Write a brief one paragraph pitch.

- Write a brief, intriguing author bio.

- Pull all these pieces together to create a concise and killer QUERY that will leave an agent begging to read your entire manuscript!

* If you do have a query letter draft, you will want to have that with you. If not, no worries - we'll put you to work so that you will have a draft by the end of our session.



Since earning a degree in psychology and biology from UCLA, Eve has spent much of her time in and out of jail—teaching creative writing to incarcerated teens. A former agent with Jill Corcoran Literary, Eve also attended medical school, served as a child welfare case worker, and has taught everything from Kindergarten to college courses. She speaks at conferences all over the country and teaches courses at UCLA on all things publishing. A highly collaborative developmental editor, Eve prides herself on whipping manuscripts into submission-ready shape, and has guided countless aspiring authors on their paths to publication.

Eve writes stories featuring youth she feels have been underrepresented in children’s literature, such as those born into gang life, the abandoned, and the incarcerated who – ironically - have the most fascinating tales to tell. Her critically acclaimed book, One Cut - a haunting nonfiction story with a juvenile justice bent – launched Simon and Schuster’s young adult true crime line SIMON TRUE in 2017.

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