about the author

Ellen Block received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, where she was awarded the Hopwood and Haugh Prizes for fiction writing.  She went on to earn graduate degrees at the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the University of East Anglia’s Fiction Writing Program in England. 

Writing under her full name, Brett Ellen Block, she won the Drue Heinz Literary Prize for her debut collection of short stories, Destination Known, and is a recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship.  She is also the author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Grave of God’s Daughter, as well as the Macavity Award-nominated thriller, The Lightning Rule. 


After more than a decade in the business, Ms. Block found herself fielding questions from both aspiring and established writers about how to get a good agent.  She discovered that the people who knew their material best – the authors – weren’t presenting their work optimally or showcasing the most salable features.  Using her industry experience, she's pioneered new techniques for getting agents interested in unsigned books.  Now she is devoted to helping fellow writers make their publishing dreams a reality.  For more information, please visit: www.querylettercoach.com.

Ellen Block