Join Jessica Brody for an in-depth discussion in this video Finding an agent: Overview, part of Sell Your Novel to a Major Publisher.
- [Instructor] Apart from actually writing the book,…finding an agent is the most important part…of selling a novel.…Actually, let me rephrase that.…Finding the right agent is the most important part…of selling a novel,…which is why you'll find that the majority of this course…is spent talking about agents,…how to get one and how to make sure it's the right one.…I often like to compare agents to romantic relationships.…Shopping around your manuscript…for representation is like dating.…Signing with an agent is like agreeing to be exclusive.…
And if you ever are in the position…where you choose to part ways with your agent,…as I have done in my career,…it's very similar to breaking up with someone.…And like romantic relationships,…there are good ones and there are bad ones.…There are right matches, and there are wrong matches.…There are relationships that are fruitful and happy…and based on communication and respect,…and there are the other kind,…the kind that leave you wanting more…and wondering if you could do better.…
- 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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