Write a great query letter so you can break into publishing!

with Louisa Deasey

My query letters have sold thousands of stories to major media, and resulted in OFFERS OF PUBLICATION WITHIN A WEEK for memoir and nonfiction books.
And now, you get to go behind-the-scenes to learn exactly what agents and publishers respond to!

It took DECADES of writing for print & digital media for me to master what’s being shared in this course!
Learn exactly what you need to say, and how, and where, to get a FAST response from a publisher, agent or editor.

👉What you MUST include to get a fast response to your query LINE-BY-LINE!

👉How to show URGENCY & RELEVANCE in your query so you GET A RESPONSE from an agent or publisher

🌟 A proven TEMPLATE for your query letter that YOU GET TO USE as the basis of any query you send

This is a digital pre-recorded course with downloadable material and immediate access to all the trainings. 

I used your templates and I’m delighted to say I’ve secured a meeting with a literary agent next week!

N, client

Thank you so much for editing my query! It is much improved! I learned a lot from your rewrite, and I think others would as well. 

P, client

I feel so energised after this training, I know what I’m doing now. You share so much about what happens behind the scenes in publishing, it’s very generous what you allow us to see from your own process selling your books.

Sharon, author

I put my submission package together over the weekend. I finally know what to include in my submission! And how the query differs from the synopsis.

T, client

AN AGENT OR A PUBLISHER GIVES A QUERY A QUICK GLANCE – IF IT DOESN’T PITCH YOUR BOOK IN THE RIGHT WAY, THEY WON’T WANT TO SEE MORE…

If you want to SELL your WRITING… rather than keep that book to yourself… you need a GREAT query. And it’s a totally different style of writing. Let me take you through how to write a great query that sells your work (& gets requests) in this course:

Show an agent or a publisher what is SELLABLE in your story – do this in the query by condensing it down to the most important parts:

WHAT IS THE STORY YOU’RE PITCHING?
WHY IS IT A FIT FOR THE PUBLISHING MARKET?
WHO ARE YOU TO TELL IT?
WHY IS THIS BOOK A HELL YES RIGHT NOW?

I know, easier said than done, right?

I’ve sold both my memoirs from a query letter, and written & edited thousands of nonfiction query letters for published articles, essays and books. Most writers only get this information if a publisher or agent is kind enough to provide feedback.
Most don’t.

So for the first time, I’ll be sharing the query letter that sold Love & Other U Turns, my first travel memoir published by Allen & Unwin in 2010, AND feedback from some of the major Publishers and Agents I’ve worked with across the world, on what they WANT SPECIFICALLY in a memoir query.
These trainings will show you what happens during the book deal process and what you need to show in your author platform, too. You’re going to learn SO much about traditional publishing, from my deep dive into the query letter!

See me review a query for a writer on-screen during the course, so you can see what needs to be cut and kept, and gather valuable insights into what sells a nonfiction book in the memoir category in the exclusive traditional publishing market.
Your future (published) self will thank you!

Here’s how I’m going to guide you through EVERYTHING you need to know to write a query letter that gets a SEND ME MORE!

  • Intro video walking you through the key components of the memoir query letter

  • A pre-written template for your query and your author bio, so you can tailor each query with this base & know you’re on track for success (and save hours agonising on where to start!)

  • 4 Deep-Dive Lessons on the common mistakes with a query, what you need to SHOW about your story and your platform in the query, what to leave out, the 3 essentials to a query that sells, and much more

  • Query Letter examples from two memoirs that SOLD to publishers [and a walk-through of how that played out!]

  • Query critique deep-dive – watch Louisa edit and review a Memoir query from a student & learn more about the elements of a memoir that need to be positioned in your query in order to sell it…

  • Behind-the-scenes guidance on how publishers and agents consider a memoir query and what an author needs to show in order to get a request for material

THIS IS FOR YOU…

You want to secure an Agent & Book Publisher for your memoir or nonfiction

You want to see (and be able to read) REAL examples of a successful query letter to sell a memoir or a nonfiction such as a biography or how-to guide from an author who has been published

You’ve sent a few queries but had no response, not even a nibble (or maybe a nibble, but not a bite)

THIS IS NOT FOR YOU…

You’re looking to self-publish your memoir or nonfiction book

Your work is fictional or a novel (some of the query elements are the same for fiction, but this workshop is specifically using memoir/ nonfiction examples)

You want personal feedback on your query letter. Head to this page to see my current 1:1 options to coach you through your query.

AUTHOR TESTIMONIALS

If you’ve never experienced it before, publishing can seem like an enigma, the sort of industry that’s closed to all but insiders. Louisa knows traditional publishing, both as an author and from the back end where agents, editors and sales teams operate. She has a knack for coming up with new ways to ensure your manuscript gets in front of the right people.
Carrie Hutchinson, award-winning travel writer, ghostwriter & editor

Louisa can see possibilities for you that you can’t see because you’re too close to it all. She incorporates book publicity and author know-how with online marketing which is a really unique combination. The whole plan was so brilliant. Louisa came up with a GENIUS marketing strategy to promote my upcoming book launch and online business both at the same time.
Mary Adkins, HarperCollins author

I have known Louisa for 18 years. She is an amazing writer and interviewer, uncannily perceptive with a gift for nuanced observation. That, blended with her media and publishing industry savviness, makes her formidable.
Mystic Medusa, Author

Louisa was a fabulous editorial support, and she’s direct and coherent in the advice she offers which has been honed by her years of experience….
Eleanor Jackson, poet, author, board chair of Peril magazine & the Stella prize for women writers

About Louisa Deasey

Louisa Deasey is an author, educator, publishing consultant, editor and teacher with over twenty years’ experience in print & digital media, PR, education, marketing and traditional book publishing.

Louisa has written and published two books – Love & Other U-Turns (Allen & Unwin, 2010) and A Letter From Paris (Scribe, 2018, reprinted in 2019 & 2020) and has been teaching and coaching nonfiction writers through the digital education arm of her business since 2018, having developed methodologies to simplify the writing, pitching and revision process particular to memoir.

Louisa worked as a freelance journalist in the health, psychology, beauty and lifestyle field for major media, publishing widely in print and online outlets from 2005 – 2016. Louisa has since written, edited and consulted on dozens of successful nonfiction book proposals and manuscripts for commercial publishers including Hachette, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Sounds True, Murdoch Books, Allen & Unwin and more.

Louisa has a particular interest & expertise in topics related to health, psychology, personal development and literary memoir.

“To know the road ahead, ask someone coming back…”

Chinese Proverb