Your Submission Package: How to Write a Killer Query and Synopsis

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Sooner or later, you will need to write a query letter and plot synopsis of your story, if you want to be traditionally published. But synopses also help the author stay confident and on track while writing, while still allowing for creative changes. Learn how to write an effective query letter for literary agents, and encapsulate your plot for your own use and as a showcase for your story when you submit. The instructor has sold dozens of novels to major publishers using these same techniques.

About Kathryn Johnson

Kathryn Johnson's 40+ popular novels (nominated for the Agatha Award, winner of the Heart of Excellence and Bookseller's Best Awards), include historical fiction (e.g., The Gentleman Poet, wherein Shakespeare escapes to the New World aboard a ship bound for disaster) and contemporary suspense. The Extreme Novelist (nonfiction) is the text based on her courses at The Smithsonian Associates and The Writer's Center. More about her at:

Teaching style: Kathryn Johnson’s classes are lecture-based, information rich. Her courses are not of the workshopping variety (in which, participants critique one another) but, rather, offer practical advice on writing and publishing in the 21st century, based upon her ongoing experiences in the publishing world. Handouts on talking points provide an outline for each class. Kathryn enjoys answering students’ individual questions and concerns, and offering career guidance whenever possible. Her mentoring service is available to supplement course work.


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