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If you want to get your book published by a real publisher, you may be making a crucial error that will cost you your dream. Every single aspect of how books are bought and published in the US has changed in the last 36 months.  Few would-be authors have access to the information they must […]

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   #7: They Procrastinate I […]

  Dear Literary Agent, I live in southern California and have noticed that there are several writing conferences that are held throughout the state each year.  I have been looking into attending some of the events, but sometimes the registration fees are a bit expensive. Is it worth it for me to go to conferences […]

By Megan Close Zavala, Literary Agent This is a continuation of an earlier column that I wrote on mistakes that even the greatest writers make.  If you’d like to check out that post, please click here: What Good Writers Do Badly, Part I   #4: They Don’t Understand Their Book’s Place in the Marketplace Do your […]

By Wendy Keller, Literary Agent and Nonfiction Book Proposal Expert A book proposal consists of 5 crucial parts, as well as a few sample chapters.  The finished document is typically between 25 and 60 pages long, depending on the length of the sample chapters. A publishing decision is made by committee representing several departments, all […]

  By Megan Close Zavala, Literary Agent Literary agents often get a reputation for being cruel and heartless.  It is true that not a one of us has escaped sending out many, many rejection letters.  I am sure that there are a few slightly sadistic agents out there, but for the most part, authors, please […]

OR “How Some People Block Their Own Success” by Wendy Keller, literary agent A friend who is a motivational speaker asked me to negotiate a deeper “buyback” for him. I was not his agent when his book was sold many years ago to a mid-sized business publisher, but I decided to do him a favor. […]

“Everybody has at least one book in them.” Business owners, entrepreneurs, career climbers and brand builders who write books* easily differentiate themselves from the huddled masses yearning to make a buck. Life coaches, doctors, consultants, professional speakers, therapists, lawyers, CPAs and pretty much anyone with a service to sell would benefit enormously from writing a […]