Mentor in the House: Andrew Wetzel
Fri Dec 6 2013 4:00 PM - Sun Dec 8 2013 6:00 PM
Query Letters with Andrew Wetzel of Stumptown Editorial
Want the inside track on writing successful query letters? Oregon Writers Colony is offering a special opportunity to gain practical advice and one-on-one guidance from book editor and former agent Andrew Wetzel of Stumptown Editorial.
In addition to the full weekend spots, OWC is also releasing a limited number of Day Passes to join Saturday’s crash course in perfecting your query letter.
If you choose the weekend stay, you will build a query letter from scratch (or rebuild using your current query) and discuss your novel or nonfiction manuscript with Andrew on Friday. He’ll help you comb out keywords for category, brainstorm comparable titles for context, and boil your 90K words down to the two/three-sentence description most likely to entice agents into wanting to know more. Through Saturday’s query letter buildup and group discussions on researching agencies online to Sunday’s personal sessions for building a list of active agents, Andrew will work to bring each participant closer to the goal of finding literary representation.
Day Passes available
As a Day Pass participant, you’ll join Saturday’s crash course on query letters. Andrew will walk you through the steps of putting together a submission template you can use when contacting agencies. He’ll have examples of successful queries, bad-queries-turned-good, and the query DON’Ts that spell instant dismissal. Saturday attendees will receive a brief conference with Andrew to discuss their query. There will be plenty of open discussion and Q&A’s on Saturday, but only weekend participants will be able to sit down to discuss which agencies have enjoyed success with similar projects and which agents are currently open to submissions.
Both packages will give Colonyhouse attendees a chance to leave with a professional-quality query and have questions answered by an editor who has worked in nearly every facet of the literary world.
Andrew is a freelance editor living in Portland. After graduating from Northeastern University, he moved back to his native New York and entered the book business. He interned for a small publishing house before moving to a literary scouting firm where he worked chasing international rights for three years.
Stumptown Editorial was started after Andrew moved to the West Coast in 2010. Andrew had been so rigorous while editing his clients’ manuscripts during his brief stint as an agent that he figured he may as well make a living of it. Stumptown Editorial specializes in developmental editing and helping clients research agents and put together killer query letters. Andrew has been a professional attendee at industry book fairs in the US and abroad and has spoken on panels at multiple writing conferences.
When: Dec. 6-8, 2013
Where: Colonyhouse, Rockaway Beach
Cost for weekend: $150 for members, $190 for nonmembers (includes membership); includes shared lodging at Colonyhouse. Participants are expected to provide their own food and bedding. A communal meal may be arranged with the consent of the mentor.
Cost for Day Pass (noon – 4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 7): $75 for members, $115 for nonmembers (includes membership)
Saturday afternoon only (member)
Saturday afternoon only (nonmember)
Chosen at random, the winner will be announced in the email blast to OWC members in late October. The winner will receive a free developmental edit and consultation for the first 25 pages of his or her completed manuscript. This giveaway is open only to OWC members.
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