Happy New Year!

Winter Sunrise, Florida While New Year’s Day is a hugely popular, “I’ll start fresh…” milestone, I’ve discovered the power of starting fresh every day. There’s no reason not to set our goals, identify what it will take to reach them, schedule the time to do those things, and JUST GET IT DONE! Sure, we have to remember to focus on one step at a time! I’ve found it’s easy to sabotage myself by biting off more than I can do!

Penny Sansevieri, editor of The Book Marketing Expert Newsletter, and founder and President of Author Marketing Experts, Inc. is an outstanding person and marketing force.  I’ve had the privilege of moderating, and attending her workshops over the years and she’s an authentically dynamic, generous, and very successful marketing expert. So, since I subscribe to her free newsletter (and I hope you will too if you don’t already) and she has generously given us permission to share her articles with credit, I’m going to include one AME article the first of each month on this blog.

So, to start off the New Year right, here we go!

This is reprinted from “The Book Marketing Expert Newsletter,” a free ezine offering book promotion and publicity tips and techniques. http://www.amarketingexpert.com.

Six Steps to Finding a Literary Agent
1) Almost all literary agents are listed in The Publishers Market Place or LMP, a huge, expensive, 1,229 page volume which you should be able to find in a public library. It contains their actual and email addresses, and a brief description of the kinds of book they represent as well as titles recently placed.
2) Approach an agent with both an email and letter that cogently describes your book – the description should not take more than a paragraph or two – followed by a brief bio that makes clear why you have the authority (called a platform) to write the book if it is nonfiction. Or a brief description of your novel in which the premise shouts, “Yes, I would like to read that manuscript.” Whatever you do, skip the hype. Big turnoff.
3) You need to be able to send the agent a proposal that includes an overview, a table of contents in which you include a paragraph or two describing the contents of each chapter and two sample chapters if the work is nonfiction, or at least one hundred or more pages if a work of fiction.
4) Conduct a thorough search and list and describe the competition for your book, especially nonfiction, and spell out how your book is different. For fiction, name works [that are] similar or genres that were and are successful.
5) A way to find a potential agent appropriate for your work: cruise a book store, select a volume similar to yours, and check out the acknowledgment page that often lists the name of the agent for that work. Then in your email and letter write that the recipient represented such and such work which you enjoyed reading and that your work is of the same genre and might be of particular interest to the agent.
6) Provide an estimate of the number of words of the work and length of time it would take to complete it. [non-fiction. Fiction work should be complete, polished and ready to go.]

See you in a few days – and remember. Keep writing!
Nancy Q.


About NL Quatrano

Award-winning author, speaker, editor and ghost writer, Nancy owns a full-time editing, writing and specialty publishing business: On-Target Words/WC Publishing. Volunteer/member of professional writing organizations including Florida Writers Assoc., Sisters in Crime, and AWAI. 2010 Professional Woman of the Year by the NAPW. Linked in Editor Pick May 2013. International Women's Leadership Association nominee for Outstanding Leadership 2014.
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