Interested in a Traditional Book Deal?
Literary agents are the primary gatekeepers to traditional publishing, and agents, like publishers, receive thousands of proposals every year. But while publishers tend to throw away the unsolicited proposals they receive, agents who want new clients sift through those proposals in search of the best prospects.
How Do You Get a Literary Agent?
Author Gateway, the online community for authors brought to you by HarperCollins Christian Publishing, offers this 3-unit course on how to work with literary agents to get the best results for your book.
In this course you will learn:
- The role of an agent and the benefits you receive from their expertise.
- The strategic, legal, and financial advantages of working with a literary agent.
- How to identify the best prospective agents for you and your book.
- What agents are looking for and how to grab their attention.
- How to position your book and yourself as strongly as possible in your query letter.
- How to improve your query or proposal to hire the agent you most desire.
- Critical success factors for landing the right agent and book deal.
- Standard agency contract terms and appropriate financial relationships.
- Questions to ask references before hiring an agent.
- How to obtain the best information and training possible if you decide to self-publish.
This course includes:
- Three video units with Pete Nikolai, director of publishing services at HarperCollins Christian Publishing and an interview with Julie Gwinn, literary agent with The Seymour Agency
- Author Gateway’s list of more than 60 literary agents actively representing Christian authors (reg. $9.95)
- A sample contract between a literary agent and an author
- Written instructions on how to prepare and pitch a literary agent
- The ebook, Complete Your Book Proposal in 5 Days (reg. $9.95)
- Why should I work with a literary agent?
- How do I find the right agent?
- What should I look for in an agency contract?
Swing for the Fences!
If you have an inkling that your book is meant for a larger audience than your friends and family, then give your book its best shot and learn how to work with literary agents to get a traditional book deal.