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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

How to Talk About, Write About, and Get People Interested In Your Book

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  • $150.00 Non-Member
  • $130.00 Member

Class Description

Sometimes it feels easier to write a book than it is to effectively and confidently pitch, summarize, or talk about one. This interactive one-day workshop held by literary agent Sorche Fairbank, of Fairbank Literary Representation, will cover how to talk (and write) about your book in one sentence, in one paragraph, and in one page. We'll go over uses for each, from logline/elevator pitches to query synopses and (for DIY authors) book jacket descriptions, metadata, press releases, Amazon descriptions, and more. There is tremendous overlap in all these areas, though each use will have to highlight or focus on slightly different things. You will leave the session with tools to help talk about your book no matter if you’re looking to catch the attention of an agent, nail the elevator pitch, or draw more attention online to your self-published book.

Important: Upon registering, you will receive a fun little questionnaire that will help the instructor help you. Please complete and email to this link no later than noon on August 5th.

For Class: Bring two versions of your one-line description to class. Bring notepaper to write on, or a laptop, if you’re more comfortable working electronically. Be prepared to have your work critiqued with other members of the class.

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!