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Book Puma Announces Live Query Workshop to Help Authors of All Levels

Charles Blackstone

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Author, editor, Gotham Writers’ Workshop instructor Charles Blackstone to help authors pitch their books to agents and publishers

Literary agents and publishers receive hundreds of query letters each week. How can yours stand out? »

—Charles Blackstone, Gotham Writers’ Workshop

AMARILLO, TEXAS, USA, April 12, 2022 / — In its efforts to help more incredible works of fiction and non-fiction enter the market, Book Puma Services announced a new live e-learning class to help authors create, refine and submit query letters to literary agents and publishers.

One of the hardest steps for authors looking to get their voices heard through major publishers is retaining the representation of a literary agent to negotiate those book deals. This often lengthy process of questioning agents and waiting for answers is, in many ways, more critical than the works themselves.

Enter Charles Blackstone – award-winning novelist, editor and instructor at Gotham’s renowned Writers’ Workshop – who will host a workshop at, which offers a $7.99 per month subscription which gives writers of all skill levels access to live, MasterClass-style video lessons to improve their craft and learn more about the craft of publishing.

Blackstone’s workshop is set to begin in May and will help authors of all kinds pitch their work to literary agents in a way that will dramatically increase their chances of being represented.

“Literary agents and publishers receive hundreds of query letters every week,” said Blackstone, who was the editor of internationally acclaimed book review publication Bookslut. “How can yours stand out? »

Blackstone’s workshop focuses on submission techniques for ongoing collections of novels, stories, and essays. Students will learn how to craft appropriate query letters by reading and critiquing others’ drafts and discuss approaches to distilling their stories into pitches that will capture and retain interest initially – and beyond.

Blackstone students will also explore selecting and refining sample chapters, writing synopses, determining the niche of their work in the market, building their platforms, and, according to Blackstone, “everything they will need to do an intelligent search for potential publishing professionals to Sherpa their work around the world.

About Book Puma
Book Puma is the service arm of Blue Handle Publishing focused on helping writers and authors of all skill levels achieve their publishing goals. Through their self-guided online video lessons at (available on-demand for $7.99 per month), live lessons with world-class or traditional instructors manuscript editing services, Book Puma, and Blue Handle operate with the goal of helping as many authors as possible through every available channel.

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