Join Jessica Brody for an in-depth discussion in this video Agent research tool #2, part of Sell Your Novel to a Major Publisher.
- [Narrator] Have you ever stopped to read…the acknowledgments section of the book you're reading?…Well, if not, it's time to start,…because the acknowledgments are another great resource…when looking for agents to submit your manuscript to.…Most books these days have acknowledgment sections,…and most authors thank their agents…in their acknowledgments.…I know I do.…The acknowledgments section is often found…at the end of a novel, or sometimes, if it's short,…at the very beginning.…So take a trip to your local bookstore…and browse through the shelves.…Make note of the agents who represent books…that are similar to yours.…
Start with books you particularly like or respect,…that way you at least know you have similar taste…to the agent that sold it.…However, try to avoid books that are…direct competitors to yours, or extremely similar.…For example, if you wrote a book about a white woman…who was raised by a black maid in 1960s Mississippi,…you probably don't want to submit it to the agent…who sold The Help by Kathryn Stockett.…
- Comparing traditional publishing and self-publishing
- Writing and revising your novel
- Finding an agent
- Perfecting your pitch
- Writing a query letter
- Researching agents
- Submitting to agents
- Reading your book contract
- Negotiating advances and royalties
- Understanding the publishing process
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Overview of the Publishing Process
Why I created this course2m 32s
2. Writing and Revising Your Novel
3. Introduction to Literary Agents
4. Creating and Perfecting Your Pitch
5. Writing Your Query Letter
6. Researching Agents
7. Submitting to Agents
8. Selling Your Novel
9. Navigating Your First Book Contract
10. The Publishing Process
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