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Sold! Query Letters That Worked

Emma Walton Hamilton and Julie Hedlund, co-creators of the Complete Picture Book Submission System, share the key components of a killer query letter and break down three real queries critiqued by Julie or Emma that resulted in agent representation or a book contract. Includes actionable items you can apply immediately to your own queries.

In this 55-minute presentation from Picture Book Summit 2018, Emma and Julie reveal why these queries worked, what made them catch the eye of an agent, and how they could have been even better. Don't miss this chance to improve your own query.


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Emma Walton Hamilton
Emma Walton Hamilton

EMMA WALTON HAMILTON is a best-selling children’s book author, editor and writing coach. With her mother, actress/author Julie Andrews, Emma has co-authored over thirty children’s books, seven of which have been on the NY Times Bestseller list, including The Very Fairy Princess series (#1 NY Times Bestseller), Julie Andrews Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies, the Dumpy the Dump Truck series, Simeon’s Gift, The Great American Mousical, and Thanks to You – Wisdom from Mother and Child.

Emma’s own book, RAISING BOOKWORMS: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment, premiered as a #1 best-seller on Amazon.com in the literacy category and won a Parent’s Choice Gold Medal.

Emma is a faculty member of Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA in Creative Writing and Literature, where she teaches all forms of children’s book writing and serves as Director of the Children’s Literature Fellows program, a one-year, graduate-level certificate program in writing children’s books, as well as the annual Children’s Literature Conference in July. She is also the Executive Director of the Young Artists and Writers Project (YAWP), an interdisciplinary writing program for middle and high school students.

In addition to her writing and teaching activities, Emma is also an award-winning freelance children’s book editor. She served as the Editorial Director for the Julie Andrews Collection imprint at Harper Collins for six years. More recently, Emma created the Just Write Children’s Books self-paced, home-study courses in writing picture books, chapter books and middle grade and young adult novels online, as well as many other online resources for children’s book authors, including her Editor in a Box revision kit, the Complete Picture Book Submission System – co-created with Julie Hedlund - and the School Visit Wizard.

A former actress and theatre director, Emma was a co-founder of Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, and served as its co-Artistic Director and Director of Education and Programming for Young Audiences for 17 years. She is also an accomplished public speaker and a Grammy Award-winning audiobook narrator. Emma is married to Actor/Director/Producer Stephen Hamilton, and they have two children - Sam, 18, and Hope, 11. To find out more about Emma, visit http://emmawaltonhamilton.com


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