When you go the traditional publishing route, it’s a good idea to find a literary agent to represent you. Literary agents help you get your work in front of publishers, help you negotiate an advance, and can be very beneficial to your career as an author.

An agent works with new and established authors and helps them navigate the world of book publishing. When you find an agent, they will also help with things like negotiating options for television and movie rights.

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Course Outline

Learn what it takes to catch and keep the attention of a literary agent. Trying to get a literary agent may feel like a daunting task; however, if you do it right, you may land your dream agent for your book.

On Monday, we explore the why, where, when, how, and who of your journey to get an agent. Great tips on how to hone in on the one that’s right for you. Then we cover the all important query letter, which is usually your first contact with an agent. Take home assignments include finding at least one agent to approach, and crafting your query letter.

Day two is the next Saturday morning. The group will read aloud their letters and the agent findings for critique.

UPDATE: Peter Rubie, CEO of Fine Print Literary Management, has offered to accept a synopsis and two chapters from whoever writes the best query letter. This is a chance of a lifetime! (best letter to be judged by the Instructor and a professional writer within 24 hours of class completion)

After you read your query letters and give the class the information you’ve gathered, Peter Rubie, will join the class during the last hour to answer your questions. One question for each attendee. Best to get a few ready, just in case.

What to expect:

  • There are two online classes (via Zoom) of 2 hours each
  • First class is instructional and interactive with a take home assignment
  • Second class is a review of the assignment follow by a one hour Q & A with a NY Literary Agent.
  • Winner of the best query letter will get their synopsis and first two chapters submitted to Peter Rubie.
  • Attendees will be emailed the course materials and instructions on where and how to log-in online before the course start date.
  • There is a chat space for questions, which the instructor monitor’s and answers. Live questions are more than welcome.

Sign Up Details for Getting Your Book Editor Ready

Dates: TBA – SPRING 2021


Cost: $100 plus GST ($105)

NOTE: Should you prefer to pay via eTransfer instead of thru PayPal, please email Darcy first to ensure there are spaces left.

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