Lucinda Literary now offers a number of on-demand courses for writers at any stage of the process, which can be viewed online when you want, where you want, permanently.
Learn from a seasoned agent the art of creating a successful query letter. In this course, ideal for both fiction and nonfiction writers, you’ll discover the most common errors seen in query letters and our 9 secret strategies for crafting a pitch destined to successfully capture an agent or publisher’s attention and break out of the slush pile.
Advice and tools on promoting yourself, particularly for first-time authors who need to build a platform. Jam-packed with marketing tips and tricks that help you to practically apply these insights immediately to strengthen your pitch. See insider interviews with our clients, bestselling authors Chris Bailey (The Productivity Project), Cait Flanders (The Year of Less), and Dave Pell (NextDraft).
Our most comprehensive course is designed to drastically increase your chances of getting an agent’s response, saving a lifetime of frustration getting nowhere. Querying and marketing covered in videos, exercises and takeaways. Created and led by Lucinda, with live workshops and guest appearances from bestselling authors, publishers, marketing experts, and more!
NEW! What Agents Want: Top Querying Tactics and Marketing Strategies
This course has everything you need to know about writing for today’s audience, whether you’re a collaborator or an aspiring author. It includes the scoop on what catches an editor’s and agent’s eye as well as how to kickstart your writing career in exclusive interviews with executive editor Diana Ventimiglia (Sounds True) and ghostwriter Paul Randall Fair.
It’s one thing to write a novel, but it’s another to write one that keeps readers up all night flipping pages. Lucinda hosts alongside special guest Nicola Kraus, New York Times multi-bestselling author of The Nanny Diaries and founder of The Finished Thought. Learn the mechanics behind making a work of fiction a true page-turner, writing for Hollywood, and success strategies for landing a book deal and beyond.
Discover the top techniques for creating a package that will sell your memoir to agents and publishers. Receive valuable resources and insider tips about pitching your work, shaping your proposal, and marketing your masterpiece, plus the latest scoop on what publishers look for in the genre now and always. Features writing coach Tiffany Hawk; Tracy Sherrod (VP, Executive Editor at Hachette Books); and our client and memoirist Michelle Dowd, author of Forager (Algonquin), professor, journalist, and New York Times contributor.
Learn the essentials about book and film contracts from veteran contract negotiator Deirdre Smerillo, bringing 35 years of contract experience at Random House, Hyperion. Know what to expect, what to watch for, and—most importantly—how to protect your intellectual property. Deirdre is joined by Lucinda to discuss the tactics agents use—that you can, too—to negotiate the best book deal possible.
You will be walked through the essential, secret elements of a book proposal, with strategies for hitting all of the right chords. Lucinda will teach writers insider tips on what publishers are looking for in nonfiction, now and always. Plus, special guests Nina Shield (Executive Editor at Penguin Random House) and Patty Gift (VP of Editorial at Hay House) shares top strategies for crafting a knockout proposal capable of landing a book deal.
“Get Signed is an excellent masterclass! It’s packed with valuable information, insider insights, and actionable tips. Most importantly, it delivered on its promise—I’m proud to say after implementing the advice of the course and Lucinda, I did indeed get signed with an agent and landed a book deal with a major publishing house! I definitely recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn how to successfully navigate the publishing process. Lucinda is the best.”
—Dr. Mary Anderson, author of The Happy High Achiever (forthcoming with Hachette)
The biggest takeaway from Get Signed is the belief in myself that I could get my work published. Lucinda made me feel it was possible. She saw something in my writing and helped me cultivate it. With her course and workshops, I was confident to submit my work for publication. It’s been a long journey, but finally, seeing my name in print is one of the most satisfying feelings I’ve ever experienced. Thanks, Lucinda!
—Melissa Houston, author of Cash Confident (forthcoming with Simon & Schuster)
“If you’re a writer and looking for representation for your book, I would run to take Lucinda’s Letter Better program. Not only will you learn the steps to keep your query letter out of the slush pile, but you will also get her personalized feedback to help your letter shine and grab the attention of an agent! Lucinda is highly experienced, warm, kind, supportive, smart as a whip and generous of heart; a true ally to any artist!”
“Having already written a book, I was trying to understand the ins and outs of the publishing world and get some guidance with regards to my next steps. Not only did Lucinda’s warm and inviting energy quickly create a sense of community among everyone participating, but Lucinda gave me all the clarity I needed. She answered any questions I could dream up, grounded me, inspired me, and set me straight on my road to getting signed.”
“I really appreciate you putting these programs together and sharing your expertise. It shows a real love for and commitment to writers and that is rad.”
“I wish this information was available when I first started writing because I learned so much.”
“[Lucinda Literary’s] seminars, private chats, and specific comments on how to write an effective letter got me a publishing contract within two weeks of sending out my proposal! Lucinda has a lot of energy and her passion to help you succeed is extraordinary! Her team is also dedicated to keeping you focused and on task. It has been a profitable and rewarding experience.”
—Lee H. Rosen
Get Signed and your recent Memoir workshop have both transformed how I think about the querying process, and for the first time in years reminded me of all I bring to the table. What a boost—thank you!”
“Being part of Lucinda’s class removed all of the isolation and mystery around the publishing process I’d felt working on my manuscript. I now know what it takes to break through, and feel so happy and confident in the publishing path I’ve chosen. Thank you, Lucinda, for offering this needed and valuable course!”
“Lucinda combines a positive attitude with constructive criticism to give authors inspiration and specific guidance. Her experience and advice is relevant for both new authors and those already published. Industry guest speakers gave valuable first hand knowledge of best ways to navigate the publishing process. My query letter improved immensely through [Lucinda Literary’s] course to shine at its best. I have renewed hope.”
“Lucinda Literary’s Get Signed program is invaluable for both new and established writers and everyone in between… and will benefit everyone, no matter where they are in the writing/publishing process, Lucinda is especially adept at navigating a group of very different people (who are at different points in the process) and making sure everyone gets heard and learns a lot, and ensuring that all participants get connected and learn something from each other as well. The program is interesting and illuminating – and makes what can be an overwhelming process navigable, and fun! I cannot recommend Get Signed enough!”
“For writers who are not New York adjacent, the opportunity to meet and learn from an established literary agent is invaluable.”