Cover Letter Critique LIVE with Literary Agent Kate Burke

  • September 1, 2014 · 7:00 PM
  • Shooting Star pub

A night with Agent Kate Burke, on the lookout for new authors.

Kate will join us at the table to hear your Cover Letters read aloud before the group. She's incredibly friendly so don't be nervous. I've asked her in to give constructive pointers on each letter in front of the group so we can all put our best letter forward, when the time comes.

Every letter will be unique but Kate sees 100s of them every week so she's able to see what's missing, how it could be strengthened etc.

If you have a letter ready and would like to read it out to Kate, please post a comment below. We'll have time for 9-12 letters (single-sided A4 only) with 5-10 mins spent on each one - this is a BIG opportunity so do ensure you have another person proofread the letter before you bring it to Kate - she's going to focus on the contents of the letter and tough to do that if it is littered with spelling/grammar mistakes.

I really hope you like the idea of this event and that you will want to join us!

Costs: £15 per person. Please follow the steps to pay via PayPal when you RSVP. Refunds will only be offered if the meetup is cancelled.

Location: The Shooting Star is less than 5mins walk from Liverpool Street station, on the central Line.

Directions: Take the Bishopsgate exit from the main rail concourse, cross the road, turn right at Dirty Dicks pub onto Middlesex Street. The pub is just a few minutes down on the right-hand side and we meet in the function room downstairs.

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  • Lisa G.

    Hi all, thanks for coming on Monday. I thought it was a really useful event - and some wonderful letters shared, so thank you! If you enjoyed learning more about the make-up of a cover letter, I really recommend you read this post on Medium:
    https://medium.com/@jesskatbee/dear-juliet-fd74222bf9be Over and out, Lisa

    September 5

  • Alan O.

    So useful. Thanks again Lisa for organising and to the readers for some great inspiration.

    September 3

  • Jule O.

    This was an incredibly helpful session for me. Thanks to all the brave readers for sharing their letters.

    1 · September 2

  • Simon B.

    Yes, very helpful and well-organised.

    1 · September 2

  • Elizabeth W.

    An amazing session, so useful to have such an insight. Many thanks to Kate and Lisa.

    September 1

  • Elizabeth W.

    An amazing session, so useful to have such an insight. Many thanks to Kate and Lisa.

    1 · September 1

  • Jane-Frances K.

    Brilliant feedback. Very instructive. Thanks for taking the time, Kate and thanks for organising the evening, Lisa.

    1 · September 1

  • Lisa G.

    Hi all, we will start at 7pm (sharp!) tonight so please be downstairs on time. Kate has to leave at 8:30pm so I want to make as much of the time as possible. If you're late - please come into the room quietly. Readers tonight: Maria, Belinda, Leah, Jane, Russell, Elizabeth, Paolo, Sarah, Kay, Simon and Clare (reserve). Agenda:
    7:00 - 7:10- Introduction
    7:15-8:15 - Cover letters read to Kate, and the group, for feedback (roughly 6 minutes on each letter, including reading time)
    8:15-8:30 - ask Kate anything Q&A
    8:30-9:00 - group discussion time
    9:00 - drinks upstairs See you tonight!
    Lisa

    September 1

  • Eia

    I'd love to read my letter too. I know the list is full, but in the very unlikely event that would change, please let me know. Thank you!

    August 29

  • Alan O.

    Hi Lisa,
    Horrendously late here, but if there are any cancellations, I would love to read out my letter.
    Really appreciate and see you on Monday.
    Many thanks,
    Alan.

    August 27

    • Lisa G.

      OK, thanks Alan. Let's see how we go but I don't know that we'll get cancellations for this one. Best, L

      August 27

    • Alan O.

      No prob, happy to just come and listen anyway! Thx, A

      August 27

  • Clare

    I think I've just missed the last spot, but I'm keen to read so if there's a reserve list please could I get on it? Really looking forward to this session, see you all there.x

    August 21

    • Lisa G.

      Hi Clare, I'll do my best to fit in as many as we can but yes, for now, you'll be in reserve. Hope that's OK.

      August 25

  • Simon B.

    Thanks, Lisa - I misread the instructions. It did encourage me to write the thing, though!

    1 · August 21

  • Sarah

    Hi Lisa, I've just booked and would love to read my cover letter if there are any spots left.
    Thanks
    Sarah

    August 20

    • Lisa G.

      Hi Sarah, yes, there's a spot left so it's all yours. best, L

      1 · August 21

    • Sarah

      Thanks Lisa

      August 21

  • Lisa G.

    Confirmed readers: Maria, Belinda, Leah, Jane, Russell, Elizabeth, Paolo, Sarah, Kay and Simon. We'll aim to spend 7 minutes on each one so it will be a FAST session! Come prepared with questions for Kate to ensure you get the most out of the time - and, please, read it out loud to yourself a few times beforehand (helps pick up any last unseen errors). For the rest of you, if you'd like to come along just to hear Kate's advice on query letters, there are plenty of seats left. I'm certain she'll be giving loads of general tips about wording, layout, content, greetings et al. Really looking forward to seeing this event happen!

    1 · August 21

  • Simon B.

    Lisa: I've now managed to overcome the difficulty I had with the system and book. One question: does the cover letter include a synopsis, or is it separate?

    Simon

    August 20

    • Simon B.

      Thanks. It'll be with you by tomorrow.

      August 20

    • Lisa G.

      No need to send to me. Please see my instructions below in the comments.

      August 20

  • Kai L

    Hi Lisa, have just booked a place and would love a reading spot, if there are still some free.

    1 · August 20

  • Lisa G.

    Thrilled to see so many of you stepping forward, thank you.

    Cover Letter readers (so far): Maria
    Belinda
    Leah
    Jane
    Russell
    Elizabeth
    Paolo
    (still places left but best get in quick!)

    Cheers, Lisa

    August 19

  • Paolo S.

    Hello Lisa - just signed up to come along on the 1st. I hope you have time on the schedule to look at my covering letter. Paolo

    1 · August 19

  • Elizabeth W.

    I would like to read my cover letter, please : )

    1 · August 18

  • russell

    Hi Lisa, I would love to have feedback on my cover letter. It's perfect timing as I've been working on it for the past two weeks. I hope there's a slot. With warmth - Russell

    1 · August 18

  • Daniel E.

    Hey Lisa, does it make sense to join this meeting and prepare a Cover Letter if I am still in the process of writing my book?
    Or is it only for those that have finalised their book already and looking to publish it? Thanks for your help!

    August 17

    • Lisa G.

      Hi Daniel, this event is designed for writers with live submissions going out to agents. If you're still writing it will change quite a bit before you reach submission stage. Up to you if you'd like to pay just to listen though. Best, L

      August 18

  • Simon B.

    Lisa - I did. It didn't.

    August 15

    • Lisa G.

      Are you using a mobile? It doesn't always come up properly on that version of the site. Best to use desktop if possible.

      August 18

  • Simon B.

    I don't see any links to pay by PayPal here. The one above is a general help page.

    August 15

    • Lisa G.

      RSVP yes to the event and the site will direct you to paypal process. Thanks.

      August 15

  • Jane-Frances K.

    I'd like to read a cover letter. Thanks, Jane-Frances

    1 · August 15

  • Julia R.

    Would like to go to this - can I use the money I have paid for Tuesday towards this meet and pay you the extra £3? Thanks

    August 14

    • Lisa G.

      Hi Julia, just sent you an email. Best, L

      August 15

  • leah w.

    Hi all! I have a cover letter I'd like to share, please. Leah

    1 · August 14

  • Belinda

    Hi, I'd like to read a cover letter please!

    1 · August 14

  • Lisa G.

    Hi folks, no need to send anything in advance just bring the letter with you and a copy for Kate (obvs). If you can, please bring additional photocopies (15 should be fine) so the group can see it on the page too.

    August 14

  • Maria Jay M.

    Hi,
    I would like to put forward a cover letter for Kate to read.
    Maria Jay Marley

    1 · August 14

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