Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

The Art of the Query Letter with Adria Goetz, Literary Manager

Date(s) - 05/19/2019
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

WEBINAR – May 19, 2019 at 4:00 – 5:15 pm PST


Writing a great query letter is an art and a science, and this workshop examines the core elements every strong query letter has, and how to add that extra pizzazz that will capture the attention of an agent or editor. Real examples from the instructor’s inbox, both good and bad, will be shared, as well as a specific formula workshop attendees can plug their information into in order to generate a great query letter.

Written Critiques SOLD OUT. Manuscripts must be shared on Google Drive with by April 10, 2019. Please send 10 pages plus title page. If you don’t know how to share on Google drive, please email it to 

YOU MUST FOLLOW THE FORMATTING on the formatting page.

Adria Goetz Bio:

Adria Goetz is a Literary Agent with Seattle-based Martin Literary & Media Management. Adria is a 2016 graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, a six-week intensive course on all aspects of book, magazine, and digital media publishing. She is also a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle with a B.A. in English with a creative writing emphasis.

Adria specializes in books for young readers, particularly picture books, and strives to have a diverse, inclusive list. She is driven by the image of any young child walking into a bookstore and being able to easily find their experiences reflected back to them within the pages of a book.

Her mission statement indicates that she looks for books that delight readers, that help inspire wonder and imagination, that foster deep empathy and compassion for our fellow human beings, that provide rich character representation of marginalized people groups, that take the reader on an adventure, that uncover fascinating stories from history’s footnotes, that explore issues of faith and how to apply Christ’s teachings to our own life, that celebrate women and the female experience, that ask nitty gritty questions and don’t settle for easy answers, that make people disappointed when they have to close the book and go to bed, and books that add a touch of magic to readers’ lives.

A few books Adria has worked on recently are: the coffee table book THE COMPENDIUM OF MAGICAL BEASTS, written by Melissa Brinks and illustrated by Lily Jones, which explores the anatomy of magical creatures (Running Press, 2018); the picture book RICE FROM HEAVEN, written by Tina Cho (Little Bee Books, 2018), A DREADFUL FAIRY BOOK by Jon Etter (Amberjack, 2018), NOTHING by Natalee Creech (WorthyKids/Ideals, 2019), and HOUSE WITHOUT WALLS by Ching Yeung Russell (Yellow Jacket, 2019).

Adria lives in an old Victorian home south of Seattle with her husband Alex and their two darling cats, Maple and Mulberry.

To learn more about Adria and what she is (and isn’t) looking for, check out her wish list. She tweets at @AdriaMGoetz.

If you have purchased a critique with Adria, please see instructions on where to send the manuscript in the formatting section.