Agents, Publicists, Publishers and more people to help you...

My goal is encourage writers. One of the joys in life is to see your words on paper, to hear them spoken on film or on stage or as an Audible book. Find that joy and share it.


One writer I interviewed got an agent with a ONE SENTENCE query letter. Really! I know what it was and I see why it worked, but for most people it takes a little bit more. That is why you should listen to Barbara Poelle, of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency. She breaks it down to three things:

More Agent News -- the best agents are the ones getting deals...

B.J. Daniels got a three-book deal with HQN for a new Western suspense trilogy. She is represented by Lisa Erback Vance at the Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency. 


Simon Sebag Montefiore got a deal with Pegasus Books for his new novel, Red Sky at Noon. The British author of The Romanovs struck a North American rights agreement with Jessica Case

Donald Maass is fascinating not only is he a great agent, he has written some very useful books for aspiring writers. The Donald Maass Literary Agency is a literary agency for professional novelists -- when you think your work is good enough, contact him.


Mark Coker - Founder and CEO of Smashwords

SMASHWORDS is a great place for indie writers to turn to when they are ready to publish. Message from Mark: "Smashwords is an ebook distributor.  We make it fast, free and easy for authors and publishers to distribute ebooks to the world's largest ebook retailers and library ebook platforms."

Irene Goodman - Founder, Irene Goodman Literary Agency

Go to Irene's Website

Go to Irene's Website

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Irene Goodman was my very 1st Guest...and I appreciate her support over the past two years. I am so impressed with her agency, which is well known for their Power Summits to plan out a campaign to build an author's career. If you want the best critique in the business, then join in one of Irene's monthly auctions. You will get a detailed critique that will help you find tune your book and inspire you to reach your goals. All funds go to charity. 


Andrea Brown - Literary Agent & Founder Big Sur Workshops

The Andrea Brown Literary Agency (ABLA) is located in San Francisco. I loved chatting with Andrea. ABLA agents are among the best. If you write YA, Middle Grade, or Picture books, then one of the best things you can do for yourself is attend one of her workshops. She has the famous Big Sur Workshop in December and in September she has one in Cape Cod where you will work closely with some of the best authors and agents in the business. 

Mark Gottlieb of Trident Media Group is so enthusiastic about his clients. One of my favorites is Chuck Grossart, who has been a guest on Joy on Paper. 


Go to Trident Media Group


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Lane Zachary - Literary Agent

She is Douglas Brunt's agent -- and is famed for bringing Louisa Mae Alcott's last book to the market.

She did the auction for one of my favorite books: Lavanya Sankaran's The Hope Factory. 


I will be increasing my interviews with agents and publicists.

One of the things I will do is to list agents that are receptive to queries -- and info on exactly what type of books they are seeking. When you are looking at agents, don't write to one whose work you have not investigated. Find out what they like and be selective. Someone who hates zombies is not your ideal candidate for you latest walking dead book.

It takes research to find which agents might be open to your type of book. Start by looking at the books that are similar to your and then work about the author, find out the name of their agent. Then research the agent.

Your letter MUST be addressed to a specific agent's interests.!

Go to Bob's website

Go to Bob's website

Bob Mecoy

He has a minimalist website which I find funny.  It is a challenge to get to him -- but why not try?

I really enjoyed chatting with him.

Click to go to his website.