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Written by Wendy Keller “Why do you think your book will be published?” The hopeful author pauses a moment before responding to my question.  “Well, I, uh.  Hmm.  Wait, I know!  Everybody is going to buy my book!”  He finishes with a triumphant flourish of his hand. The rest of the audience stares at us. […]

3 Kinds of Writers – Which are you? by Wendy Keller, literary agent Recently, a news story appeared about a female literary agent who was stalked.  In the early days of my career, I had two stalkers – kinda creepy.  I changed my address.  That ended that.  Worse than stalkers, though, in my opinion are […]

Absolute Proof You’ve Got a Winner by Wendy Keller, literary agent One of the saddest parts of being a literary agent is when some hopeful soul shows me their manuscript and I know instantly that it will never sell.  Never sell to a publisher; never sell to the public if they self-publish it; never achieve […]

  Written by Wendy Keller, Literary Agent People need to know what you know so they can make their lives better. You will make money from it. It presents a chance for passive secondary revenue. It provides a focal point for your career. It makes your literary agent money.  (BIG factor!) It gets you out […]

Want to be a published author? by Wendy Keller, literary agent since 1989 After 2 decades plus in publishing, I’ve got a pretty good idea of why some books get published by a “real” publisher and some don’t and end up either failing as self-published books or never even seeing the light of commerce at […]

by Wendy Keller, Literary Agent It’s simple to determine whether or not you have a book inside. Most local hospitals will be happy to charge you for an MRI to help you decide. Normally, a trade book will appear on the scan at about 6×9 inches, half an inch thick, although a hard cover (which […]

By Wendy Keller, literary agent Getting a regular column – online or in print – is a phenomenal way to build your presence as an author or speaker.  A column certifies you as the subject matter expert and gives you a chance to interact with real people, test your content against their beliefs and preferences, and […]

Vicki and I were sitting in a charming but crowded coffee shop in Santa Monica. Vicki St George of JustWriteBooks has been a writer for the Tony Robbins organization for the decade plus I’ve known her, and she writes for several of my best selling clients, too. She said respectfully, “Tony’s a perfectionist. He goes […]