Jane Jago Success Story Interview – Author of The Wrong Hand

Jane Jago Success Story Interview – Author of The Wrong Hand

During this insider interview on our literary agent blog, Jane Jago (author of the crime novel The Wrong Hand published by Penguin Books), shares tips for authors of all genres about how to write, publish, and/or promote a book. Jane also talks about how Mark Malatesta (a former literary agent and former AAR member turned author coach) helped her get a top...

Rebecca Besser Success Story Interview – Author of Nurse Blood

Rebecca Besser Success Story Interview – Author of Nurse Blood

During this insider interview on our literary agent blog, Rebecca Besser (author of the novel Nurse Blood) shares tips for authors of all genres about how to write, publish, and/or promote a book. Becca also talks about how Mark Malatesta (a former literary agent and former AAR member turned author coach) helped her get a literary agent and book deal. Becca has...

Commercial, Mainstream, General, or Literary Fiction?

Commercial, Mainstream, General, or Literary Fiction?

If you’re a novelist, it doesn’t matter how compelling your story is or how clean your writing is. You won’t get a literary agent to represent you unless you categorize your book correctly. Label your novel with the wrong book genre(s) in your query letter and you run the risk of getting “false positives” that will only lead to rejection. In other words, if you...

Pick It, Bump It, Drill It – The Best Query Letter Hook

Pick It, Bump It, Drill It – The Best Query Letter Hook

What can you learn about getting a top literary agent, publisher, and book deal by getting locked out of your house? A lot. Here’s what happened… A few weeks ago, my wife and business partner, Ingrid Elfver, and I arrived home from a relaxing Friday night dinner out. It was about 8 pm and dark outside as we got undressed, put on our robes, and started looking...

Is Social Media Important to Literary Agents and Publishers?

Is Social Media Important to Literary Agents and Publishers?

As a former literary agent turned author coach, one of the questions I’m asked most is, “Do I need social media to impress literary agents and/or publishers and, if so, how many followers do I need?” In many cases, social media can be an important factor in whether you get a top literary agent, publisher, and/or book deal. But before I tell...

It’s Not What You Say…

It’s Not What You Say…

This article will help you do a better job promoting your book(s) to literary agents (as well as to publishers, the media, and the general reading public). Here’s the secret… What you say always matters, but when you say it also matters. In other words, if you say the right thing at the wrong time, you might get the opposite result of what you’re hoping...