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If you dream of having that publishing business partner called an agent, then the advice offered in this Write Nonfiction in November post by Michael Larsen, a literary agent himself and the author of How to Get a Literary Agent, will interest you. Read on and discover 11 great tips on how to find literary representation.
11 Ways to Find the Agent (or Editor) You Need
By Michael Larsen
Literary Agent and Author
Michael Larsen-Elizabeth Pomada Literary Agents
Finding an agent is easier than ever. Getting one to represent your book may not be. The more challenging the book business becomes, the more careful agents have to be about the books they handle. At the same time, the more challenging the book business becomes, the more eager agents are to find writers whose books they think they can sell.
One of the many reasons why now is the best time ever to be a writer is that you have more options for getting your books published than ever. There’s a list of them at www.larsen-pomada.com. More new writers will either have to self-publish their books, if only to test-market them, or sell their books themselves. The good news is that writers sell more books than agents. Small, midsize, niche, university, and regional publishers buy most of their books from writers, and collectively, they publish far more books than the big houses that agents most want to sell to. So you can also use the list to find a publisher.
The best way to get an agent’s attention is if the first two words the agent sees or hears are the name of a client, editor, agent, author, or bookseller who suggested you contact the agent. The more important the person, the more eager the agent will be to hear from you.
2. Your Networks
You need overlapping, professional, international networks online and off that will be as important to your career as writing and promoting your books: family and friends, speakers, writers, publishing people, professionals in your field, booksellers, fans, suppliers, champions, people around the country, and a promotion network
3. Writer’s Organizations
Members are part of your networks.
4. The Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR www.publishersweekly.com/aar)
Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents 200X; 200X Guide to Literary Agents; 200X Guide to Literary Agents: A Writer’s Guideby Adam Begley; Literary Market Place (LMP); The Writer’s Handbook.
6. The Web
Google literary agents. Visit www.authorlink.com, www.predatorsandeditors.com, www.publisherslunch.com, www.publishersweekly.com, www.reviewsnews.com, www.publishersmarketplace.com.
7. Literary events
Writing classes, readings, lectures, seminars, book signings, conferences and festivals.
Publishers Weekly, The Writer, Writer’s Digest, and Poets & Writers
9. Publishers’ catalogs and websites
Libraries receive catalogs.
Dedications and acknowledgments in competing and complementary books.
11. Your Platform
Give talks, maintain a website, write a blog, do an ezine, post to related sites, do podcasts, get published online or off, publicize your work and yourself, build your email list. When your continuing national visibility is great enough, agents and editors will find you.
(Adapted from How to Get a Literary Agent by Michael Larsen.)
with Michael's permission
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By Susan Hyatt
While at Mark Vistor Hansen’s Mega Speaking Empire Event in Los Angeles last weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting Rick Frishman with Morgan James Publishing at a VIP luncheon. After I explained that I work with businesses to make their giving more impactful, when he handed me his business card he made a point of showing me the logo in the lower left corner indicating their partnership with Habitat for Humanity Peninsula as a Building Partner. How great! Such a good idea!
Today I went to their website to see what else I could find out about their partnership. I was very pleased to see they had a link on their home page labeled Habitat for Humanity. Clicking that link to get to the Habitat page, Morgan James was very clear about their support for the organization. They list three main ways they support Habitat:
“Financial support – Morgan James Publishing is donating a percentage of all book sales on a monthly basis from our Global (US/UK/CA) efforts under the Habitat for Humanity Peninsula Building Partner Program for the life of each book.
Public awareness – Morgan James Publishing is raising awareness by promoting Habitat for Humanity with every book we release, both inside and outside (with authors consent of course). Creating press opportunities to promote Habitat for Humanity and prominently on our Morgan James Publishing, LLC website(s), literature, radio spots, seminars, etc.
Mobilizing volunteers – Morgan James Publishing rolls up our sleeves and does whatever it takes to encourage and mobilize globally volunteers with an emphasis on Habitat for Humanity, including getting our own hands dirty!”
The website also said “We place the Habitat for Humanity logo on the back and inside of our books, with a statement that a percentage of the revenues from the book are donated to the organization. We also have a large, Mercedes Sprinter cargo van with the Habitat & Morgan James logos that features our imprints and authors; we drive it to as many Habitat home dedications as we can around the country to raise awareness for Habitat and our authors. From the van, we also give a small library of books to the new homeowners. So at the same time when we are generating funds for them, we are also raising awareness for the organization’s life-changing work, helping low-income families build decent homes they can afford to buy. Our efficient business model, enabled by our partnership with Ingram Publisher Services, makes it possible for us to participate with Habitat for Humanity in this way.” - David L. Hancock
On the Habitat site, on the Building Partners Page, they list Morgan James Publishing with a link back to the Morgan James Habitat page. No blurb about the company or a logo but at least it was listed. An upgrade would be for Habitat to add those for all significant business partners.
I really like that Morgan James Publishing is so clear how they support and promote their partner, Habitat for Humanity Peninsula. They also give alot of basic data about Habitat and the work they do in the community, as well. Definitely a best practice! How can you upgrade your own website to do something similar?
Business Giving Strategies - http://www.businessgivingstrategies.com/
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Congratulations! You have a book deal. A great publisher has taken you on, given you an advance, assigned a marvelous editor to you, assembled a marketing plan and team- You are in heaven.
Now here is where a bunch of authors screw up. They become a pain - they call the editor 5 times a week, ask for face to face meetings with the marketing team, ask the same questions over and over, keep demanding the publisher send them on a 30 city tour, and take an ad in The New York Times,. Lastly... they bug the publicity director every week " When am I getting on Oprah?"
It is your book- Take charge. "Ask not what my publisher can do for me... ask what can I do for my publisher!"
More tips at http://www.rickfrishman.com
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