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I suspect FEAR is why most people who tell me they want to write or speak…never really dig in. I teach people the HOW but they have to be brave enough to DO it. Yesterday, I was explaining my job to a new friend, “So someone with a platform wants to get a book deal […]

So you’re ready to get a literary agent, huh?  You’ve got a strong idea for a book and you’re smart enough to see the obvious perils of self-publishing.  Besides, it would feel so much better to have a legitimate publisher behind your work. It’s time for an agent and you know it. We literary agents […]

  Dear Literary Agent, I always hear people going on and on about how we authors need to be building platforms.  I also always hear agents and editors saying that self-publishing is a bad choice for writers like me.  I’ve heard stories in the news about self-published authors who have made it big, though – […]

By Megan Close Zavala, Literary Agent This is the last in a series of columns about mistakes that even the greatest writers make.  If you’d like to check out that the earlier posts, please click here: What Good Writers Do Badly, Part I What Good Writers Do Badly, Part II What Good Writers Do Badly, Part […]

  Dear Literary Agent, I have finished my very first novel.  It is a science fiction story that I think is very unique and could attract a lot of attention from agents and editors. I want to make sure it is in the best shape possible, though, before I start pitching.  Do I need to […]

  By Alex Schnitzler, Editorial Director A client was ready to write his second nonfiction book.  He self-published his first, but he had bigger dreams and signed with our agency to prepare a proposal package to send to publishing houses.  The proposal draft he sent our agency lacked clear focus, but he had the beginnings […]

By Megan Close Zavala, Literary Agent This is a continuation in a series of columns about mistakes that even the greatest writers make.  If you’d like to check out that the earlier posts, please click here: What Good Writers Do Badly, Part I What Good Writers Do Badly, Part II What Good Writers Do Badly, […]

By Wendy Keller, Senior Literary Agent   If you’ve been thinking about becoming an author because you know how much it will catapult you, your business and your profits into the big time, you need to know which option will give you the best results. Deciding to write and market a book is likely the […]

By Wendy Keller, Senior Literary Agent There were about 160 people crowded into the room, some forced to stand, all waiting for my presentation to begin.  I felt flattered. It was Day Three of the writer’s conference and this was my third and final presentation at this event. Suddenly, an idea struck me.  I decided […]

By Wendy Keller, Senior Literary Agent   How would your business grow if journalists were calling to interview you?  What difference would it make to your stature in your industry if you were to become the third-party verified expert?  How many more qualified customers would you attract if you gave the world a sneak peek into […]