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It's no secret that your first approach to an agent, via query letter, can make or break your chances for acceptance. Now, long-time literary agent Claire Gerus shows participants of this hands-on workshop how to construct an inviting, powerful query letter for either fiction or nonfiction.

workshop classParticipants can bring examples from their own experience. Claire will have others that have resulted in acceptance from an agent, and later resulted in a book deal.

The group will review samples, learn what makes them succeed or fail, and finally write their own. Everyone will leave with a sheet of ground rules -- and more confidence than when they arrived!

Workshop Leader / Instructor: Claire Gerus

Toni LopopoloClaire Gerus is a literary agent and book-development consultant. She has been Editor-in-Chief of two publishing houses, worked for seven major publishers, including Harlequin, Rodale, Random House, Doubleday, John Wiley, Kensington, and Adams Media, written articles for U.S. and Canadian magazines and newspapers, and taught corporate communications to such clients as IBM, Kelloggs, Mutual of Omaha, and Procter & Gamble.

In 1996, she established a thriving business as a New York literary agent, selling publishers books on a variety of subjects: business, history, memoirs, religion, health, spirituality, psychology, politics, pop culture, and women's studies.

She sold a 3-million copy health bestseller and brought film star Esther Williams’ &Schuster. It went on to become a New York Times bestseller.

In 1999, she joined Kensington Publishing in New York and founded TwinStreams Books, a complementary healing imprint. Later, as Executive Editor at Citadel Press, she acquired and edited titles on celebrity biography, self-help, relationships, spirituality, new age, diet, Judaica, and health.

From 2001-August, 2002, she was Executive Editor at Adams Media, where she published the first biography of Laura Bush. She also published a wide range of new age, business, self-help, and inspirational books.

She is presently working as a literary agent and book development consultant. Among her clients are an ex-CIA agent, three psychologists, a policewoman, a District Attorney, an Assistant Attorney-General, a business communications consultant, a women's safety advocate, a best-selling psychologist,the Wall Street Journal's Soviet specialist, a former Miss Connecticut and inspirational columnist, a diabetes spokesperson and many more with equally fascinating backgrounds!

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Register Now and Save. Class size is limited. You do not have to be registered for the Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference to participate in this separate interactive program. Includes a complimentary buffet lunch and beverage.

This workshop will be held at Los Angeles Valley College, Campus Center, Room CC104 [ map »

Saturday June 28th 10:00 am - 5:00 ± pm | FEE $99 / Early Bird* $79
* Early Bird registration closes on June 18th
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