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"Write A Query Letter That Will Drive Agents to Want Your Book!"

You've spent six months to a year developing your new book. Now it's time to find a literary agent or publisher who will deliver it to the public. However, the first item that potential acquisitions professionals want is a query letter. But how do you condense a year's work into three paragraphs on one sheet of paper? This need not be a daunting document. In this workshop, you will learn how to craft a query letter that sells you and your work. Plus, you can submit your work in progress query letter (to: for an advance read by our panel of veterans. Selected letters will be read live and anonymously critiqued on the spot

No matter what you are writing, this is an event you must attend! Arrive early to network with other writers and industry professionals, and learn more about other GLAWS programs of benefit to writers. The panel will also take questions, and have their latest books available. GLAWS members may join them for a no-host dinner afterwards.

NO RSVP needed. GLAWS members may join our guests for dinner afterwards by RSVP email. Parking is free, but limited. Doors open at 2:00 pm.

Saturday, January 27, 2015 2:30 pm
Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room, Second Floor. 
FREE. Come early for best seating.

Elaine Ash edits manuscripts of all genres, helping private clients shape manuscripts, acquire agents and land publishing deals. Her query letter service has an 85% response rate.

She is the inventor and author of Bestseller Metrics, a system that allows writers to compare their manuscripts-in-progress with popular bestsellers.

The system is currently in software development for novelists and the publishing industry. Under the pen name “Anonymous-9” she is the author of the award-winning Hard Bite crime series published by Down & Out Books.

Andrew Grant Jackson is the author of 1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music, Still The Greatest: The Essential Songs of the Beatles' Solo Careers, Where's Ringo?,Where’s Elvis?, and the upcoming 1973.

1965, from St. Martin’s Press, was acclaimed by The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Library Journal, Booklist, Christian Science Monitor and National Review, named a book of the year by AV Club, profiled by AARP, and excerpted by Slate and PopMatters. The paperback edition will be released July 2018.

Still the Greatest from Rowman and Littlefield was recommended by USA Today, The Nation, Booklist, and Choice, excerpted four times by Rolling Stone, and nominated for the Best Research in Recorded Rock Music Award by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections.

His books Where’s Ringo and Where’s Elvis are both illustrated histories of the icons and puzzle books in the vein of the popular Where’s Waldo series. 

Along with Rolling Stone and Slate, his articles have also appeared in Yahoo!, Baseline Studio System, Burn Lounge, Dispatch, and Mean Street, and he copyedited the Hollywood magazine Ingenue. As a speaker he has appeared on dozens of radio talk shows and read at bookstores and Beatles festivals.

He directed, co-wrote, produced, and edited the 2004 feature film The Discontents starring Perry King and Amy Madigan, which played six film festivals including Santa Barbara International and Silver Lake. For many years he served as Development Associate at Jeff Bridges' AsIs Productions.

A Michigan native, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Emerson College in Boston. 

Excerpts from his books can be found on his websites and, along with

Leslie Ann Moore at the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society Booth 715 at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Agatha Award-winning Daryl Wood Gerber writes the brand new French Bistro Mysteries as well as the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries for Berkeley Prime Crime, an imprint of Penguin. As Avery Aames, she pens the popular Cheese Shop Mysteries. A DEADLY ÊCLAIR, the first French Bistro Mystery, comes out November 2017. Daryl also writes stand-alone suspense: DAY OF SECRETS and GIRL ON THE RUN.

Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote.” She loves to cook, and she has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky who keeps her in line!

Deborah Pratt at the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society

Author Craig Faustus Buck's neo-noir novel, Go Down Hard has won numerous awards as have his many short stories.

He is also a screenwriter, having written/produced network series, pilots, movies, and miniseries for more years than he cares to admit.

In addition to dozens of produced television credits, he was one of the writers on the seminal miniseries "V: The Final Battle" and he wrote the Oscar-nominated short film, "Overnight Sensation." 


Dan Kelly began his 18-year studio career with Lorimar Productions. When it was acquired  by Warner Bros. he joined  Comedy Development. After a decade on the lot he became  assistant to the General Counsel in Legal Affairs.

Dan is currently finishing a mystery novel set in a movie studio. He is  Elaine Ash’s go-to guy for punching query letters.


The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society is a non-profit organization that provides a forum for writers of all disciplines to meet and discuss the craft and the business of writing. GLAWS accomplishes this through monthly meetings, discussion forums, critique groups, special writer appearances, conferences, and other events conducted for the purpose of educating and mentoring writers of all levels of expertise. GLAWS Special Speaker Events are open to the public, and a great venue to meet other writers and expand your expertise.

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