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By Wendy Keller, Literary Agent and Chief Talent Launcher Most of the authors whose books are going to be sold this year are already under contract with publishers. But here’s the good news: NOW is the ideal time to prepare to be part of the January buying frenzy. Do you have a good nonfiction book […]

By Wendy Keller, Literary Agent and Chief Talent Launcher If you own a business, want to start one or have a career you’d like to grow, here’s the deal: you need to consider writing a book. Not just any book. Certainly not the time-wasting pipe dream Great American Novel. You need to write a real, […]

By Wendy Keller, Literary Agent Anybody with a credit card can self-publish… But the authors who want their book to have maximum impact on the world and on their own bottom line invariably seek out bona fide, legitimate publishers. You know, the kind of people who pay an advance for the honor of printing your […]

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 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 […]

Written by Wendy Keller Did you know that November is National Writing Month? Why not get in the spirit with our  nonfiction writing contest? Enter for your chance to win big …and don’t forget to check out our new Facebook page and “Like” our new look!! Do visions of royalty checks dance in your head? Are […]

By Wendy Keller There are four steps to getting a nonfiction book published.  All other steps are actually sub-steps of these four.  Print this page out, nail it to the wall above your writing desk, and think about this every minute of every day from now on. Step One: Figure out if anyone wants what […]

Written by Wendy Keller, Literary Agent It’s Monday morning at Keller Media, the literary agency and speakers bureau I founded in 1989.  The birds are singing, the traffic is honking its merry tune, the clock is ticking and the intern is groaning.  The intern’s job includes the unenviable task of bringing in the mail—both electronic and […]