"Don't spend time beating on a wall,
hoping to transform it into a door."
- Coco Chanel
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Five years ago, Christine Chitnis set out to make a big change in her life. She wanted to write essays, stories & books and see them in print. In short, she wanted to be a published author. Today she is living that dream.
And she wants to share what she has learned so that YOU can, too!
Her second book deal was signed last Summer and she is currently putting the last touches on that manuscript so it will be ready for launch in Spring 2015. Very exciting stuff! But, rest assured this success did not materialize out of thin air.
What's the key?
There is an ART to WRITING
the PERFECT QUERY LETTER--
and you can learn it.
Christine has been able to amass a powerful list of contacts that include editors, agents and publishers who all now recognize her name and readily answer her emails. And it's not simply that she is a terrific writer with great ideas-- nope.
Editors, agents and publishers
get thousands of emails
every week from wonderful, creative people whose work does NOT get chosen.
There is an ART to writing a query letter and Christine is here to show you how.
In this four-week class, you will get exacting, step-by-step instruction on how to craft the perfect email that will stand out from the crowd and get the response you are looking for.
Please note, this is NOT a writing class. This is all about getting your writing, your artwork, your photographs into the hands of people who have the power to get them into print, published or in a gallery.
This is a how to PITCH your idea class.
Christine has definitely put in her 10,000 hours to master this talent, but the beauty is you don't have to travel that road for five years. She's here now, ready to share all she has learned.
As Christine explains, "in this class I share everything I have learned the hard way so you can have it easy. I am totally and completely self-taught. I began writing without a single clip, without a single contact in the publishing world.
If I can do it, you can, too."
Each week you will enjoy videos and blog posts that take you through each aspect of the process from identifying the best medium for your work, who to contact, and what to say. OF course, Christine will have all sorts of tips and tricks she has learned along the way that will help get you on the fast track to publication.
She has also enlisted the participation of select editors and writers who will be sharing key information from their experience and perspective that will add to your knowledge base and provide you that all important "insider view."
So if you are ready to put the final polish on your idea, your story, essay or manuscript and want to get it out to the world. Join us and learn how to write the Perfect Pitch!
Week by Week what we will be covering:
Week One: Introduction to Magazine Writing
Week Two: Diving into the Query Letter
Week Three: Editing and Refining Query Letters
Week Four: Editor Etiquette, Books, Agents and more
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CHRISTINE CHITNIS is a writer, photographer, and environmental educator.
Her writing has appeared in Country Living, Time Out New York, The Boston Globe, Edible Rhody and The Washington Post, among many other local and national publications. Her first book, Markets of New England (The Little Bookroom, 2011), highlights fifty of the most unique and vibrant farmers markets and art events in the region. It received glowing reviews from The New York Times, Boston Globe, NPR, and the Library Journal, among others. She holds a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Colorado.
Christine created this class specifically for Squam and offered it for the first time in June 2011 where it promptly sold out. She has taught it a total of three times at Squam gatherings, each time it sold out the moment registration opened.
This is the first time she has made it available online.
photo of Christine by Ira Garber