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Fatmah Ali

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Don't Query, Be Happy!
How to Get Published and Paid with Half the Effort  -- A 2-day Workshop!

Facilitator:  Jennifer Brown Banks

Workshop Syllabus

Contrary to popular belief, queries are not a prerequisite for publishing success.  Don’t Query, Be Happy! is a 2-day information-packed workshop for writers of all levels and genres that provides strategies, techniques, and insider’s tips to help you work smarter not harder!

Class participants will discover how to maximize their efforts and their income by knowing which publications to target, how to increase odds for publication, which publishing rules to embrace and which rules to forsake, and the true function of query letters.

• Test your knowledge quiz---Addresses common     publishing myths
• Strategies for success
• How to tip the publishing odds in your favor---techniques

• Question and answer session
• Listing of magazines and online markets that don’t require queries

This class is designed to help writers maximum their potential and their writing income, while learning the important shortcuts for longevity in the publishing industry.

Prerequisite None

About the Facilitator:

Jennifer Brown Banks is a veteran freelance writer, popular columnist and former senior editor with over 500 articles, columns, commentary pieces, and short stories published in online and print publications such as: Small Business CEO Magazine, Funds for Writers, Writing for Dollars, Poetic Voices, Online Dating Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, and Simon and Schuster’s Chocolate series for women. 

She serves on the Board of Directors for Chicago Writers Association. 

With the time she saves from not crafting queries, she enjoys watching cooking shows, game show trivia, creating gift baskets, and bargain shopping.  

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Workshop Duration: 2 Days  

Scheduled Sessions for 2011:


January 3rd

February 7th

March 14th

April 18th

May 23rd

June 27th

August 1st

September 5th

October 10th

November 14th

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