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CANCELLED: The Business of Publishing: Phoenix – Query Letters: They’re not the boss of you!

Date(s) - 03/21/2020
9:30 am - 12:45 pm


This is a Half-Day Craft Intensive aimed at writers and illustrators and designed as part of a series about the Business of Publishing to support them in their ongoing efforts to write, illustrate, publish and market their work.

The Business of Publishing: Tucson

Query Letters: They’re not the boss of you!


9:00 am: Registration/Check-in

9:30 am: Instructional Time

11:00 am: Break

11:15 am: Instructional Time

12:45 PM: Close


Early Bird Member $35.00 (Until March 5, 2020)*

Early Bird Non-Member $49.00 (Until March 5, 2020)*

Regular Member $45.00 (Beginning March 6, 2020)

Regular Non-Member $59.00 (Beginning March 6, 2020)

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Session Description:

Query Letters: They’re not the boss of you!

In this workshop, participants shall transform their inner dialogue. Query letters will no longer be feared but viewed as a useful tool that not only attracts agents but strengthens a manuscript in progress.

In addition, attendees will learn a simple framework that enables them to write strong query bones. They’ll know how to add the right amount of details, style, and voice that produces a sparkling query letter. Everyone will leave with tips, do’s and don’ts, and resources to make their query stand out in the slush pile—for all the right reasons. And for those just beginning a manuscript, they’ll learn to make a preliminary query letter as indispensable as an outline or a character sheet.

Presenter: JoAnne Pope 

JoAnne learned the value of a query letter when her first attempt was harshly critiqued. Not only was the query atrocious, but it revealed that her young adult novel had no stakes.

It kicked off near-obsessive research into query letters; the necessary elements, the fine details, what makes a query pop, and what makes an agent shudder. After fixing the story, and with a fresh query in hand, she was thrilled to sign with an agent several months later.

Until the agent moved to the publishing side of the business.

After regrouping, JoAnne wrote a query letter for her next novel while still in the planning phase, and found it a great help. She used the same query when shopping for a new agent. After many requests, and ultimately two offers, she signed with Melissa Edwards at Stonesong Literary.

When she isn’t writing queer YA, JoAnne spends her days working in adult education, helping marginalized adults involved in the criminal justice system.

JoAnne is a diehard geek and lives in Tucson with her gender fluid child. She’s active in SCBWI and co-hosts Tucson’s Kid Lit Mingle.





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*Refunds (Tuition Only):

During this period of public health concerns, SCBWI had modified its cancellation/refund policy as follows:  If you are sick and cannot attend an event, you will be able to receive a full tuition refund until the day of the event so that you can stay home, take care of yourself, and prevent the spread of illness.  This policy is in effect until September 1, 2020. Be well.


*No credits will be issued.

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