Please welcome guest Jenny Milchman to Writer Unboxed! Jenny’s short fiction has been published and reviewed online and her novel of literary suspense is currently on submission. She’s the founder of the series Writing Matters, which draws authors and publishing folk from as far away as Seattle to standing-room-only events at a local independent bookstore in Montclair, N.J. Last year she began Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, a holiday that quickly went viral, enlisting over 80 booksellers in 30 states.
She also teaches for New York Writers Workshop, and led a workshop in February called “I Wrote a Book…Now What? 10 Things You Need to Know to Get Published.” She graciously offered to share some of the questions asked in that class with WU readers–along with her answers. Take it away, Jenny.
“I Wrote a Book…Then What?” A Follow-up
As WU readers may (or of course, may not) remember, last Sunday I led a workshop on writing called I Wrote a Book, Now What? 10 Things You Need to Know to Get Published. With many thanks due to Therese and Kathleen, I am back today to share with you some of the topics we discussed.
So without further ado [queue David Letterman voice] here are the Top 5 Questions asked by emerging writers seeking publication during this changing time in publishing.
Q: What’s the difference between a pitch and a query letter?
A: If you consider a pitch to be something like the flap copy that will go on your novel’s book jacket, then a pitch certainly belongs *in* a query letter. But a query also contains other ingredients, such as why you’re querying this particular agent, some biographical details, where your book would be positioned in the marketplace or comparable titles, and your credentials (if important) or qualifications (if relevant).
Q: If so-called cold querying can work to get an agent, why would a writers conference be worth the money