Write On: Achieving Successful Publication (Morning)

with Ryan Harbage


As an agent, I read thousands of queries a year. And hundreds of manuscripts. Few query letters are compelling. And when considering manuscripts, most of the time I know if I will want to offer to represent someone within the first few pages. How can a writer get to a yes?
In this course we will analyze a successful query letter,  and workshop your title, query letter, and the first three pages of your manuscript. We will discuss the early stages of the publishing process, including querying and negotiating an agency agreement.

This class will be especially useful for anyone planning one-on-one sessions with agents or publishers later during the conference. Ryan’s guidance will help you polish your presentation to maximize the chances that the agent or publisher will be intrigued, will request a full manuscript, and take you on as a client.

4 Mornings:  Monday 11/11 – Thursday 11/14, 9:00am-12:00pm


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Ryan Harbage was an editor at Simon & Schuster where he helped create and launch a new imprint, Simon Spotlight Entertainment (now Gallery Books). He also worked as an editor for Little, Brown & Company as well as Penguin Random House.

He founded The Fischer-Harbage Agency in January, 2007 and has placed books for five #1 New York Times bestselling authors. Ryan’s most lauded clients include Karim Dimechkie, Jen Doll, Miranda Esmonde-White, Thomas Healy, Alicia Menendez, Melissa Harris-Perry, Janet Mock, Taylor Plimpton, Rob Roberge, Robbie Robertson, Susan Shapiro, J. Ryan Stradal, and Jackson Taylor.

For many years, Ryan taught courses on writing book proposals and fiction at The New School University’s MFA Program, Pratt, and Mediabistro.