How to have a successful Agent Date

August 12, 2015

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Sometimes the most mysterious, difficult part of writing a book is find representation for that wonderful book.

The agent pitch on Newbie Writers GuideYou have the pitch, a new suit, you are confident on how to present your book and yourself.  But just who are these agents anyway?   Can you really screw up in the cozy environment of an expensive conference or pitch session?  Of course you can.

The bad news – and I share it with you right here – agents can make up their mind about you, and your book, in under 60 seconds.  But they sit with you for the other five minutes just to be polite.

You have one minute.   

What to do?  Here are best – and worst practices for a successful agent date.

Best practices include activities like:

  • Research, even as shallow as reading the conference brochure.  Sign up to talk to an agentRead More

Episode 182 – Market Above The Noise!

August 7, 2015

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Guest: Linda Popky

Named one of Silicon Valley’s Top 100 Women of Influence and a member of Alan Weiss’s Million Dollar Consulting® Hall of Fame, Linda J. Popky has extensive experience in marketing – in industry, agencies, and consulting.

Linda is the founder and president of Leverage2Market® Associates, Inc., a strategic marketing company that helps organizations transform their business through marketing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Marketing Above the Noise: Achieve Strategic Advantage with Marketing that Matters (Bibliomotion, March 2015).

If it relates to marketing, Linda has done it. Her expertise includes corporate marketing, communications and messaging, marketing team development, facilitation, sales training and support,Read More

What to say to an literary agent, or what I learned from coaching authors to create their perfect agent pitch.

August 5, 2015

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You are ready – you have your fabulous book. You make the drive to the city.  Once you found parking and found the building, what to do next?

The agent pitch on Newbie Writers GuideI volunteer to coach authors for WNBA-SF Pitch O Rama, an event (in March) focused exclusively on brining in 20 plus agents, editors and publishers into one building just so authors can talk with them.

It’s a great event, and many authors secure agents and publishers during the course of the morning.  This is what we’ve learned and observed.

Agents, publishers and acquisition editors attend these events because they, like you, want to see a face, hear a voice – make a connection.  Agent speed dating or Pitch O Rama, or a Pitch –  Fests are not  beauty contests.  There is no queen of the pitch (although now that I think about it . . Read More

Episode 181 – “Embrace The Elephant!

July 30, 2015

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast


Our guest is writer Lori Beninger

Website:  http://www.ontrackpublishing.com/

Her book is Embracing the Elephant

“…historically evocative…” – Publishers Weekly

“…a journey worth taking…” – ForeWord Reviews

“Beninger’s skillful use of language pulls you into the story and makes the scenes come alive” – The Historical Novel Society

Embracing the Elephant is a powerful novel about one child coming of age at precisely the moment a nation enters its own new age – at the California Gold Rush. It is a tale of fierce determination, resilience, discovery, and hope.

Embracing the Elephant is a powerful story about one child coming of age at precisely the moment a nation enters its own new age. It is a tale of fierce determination,Read More

If We Can’t # is it Worth Saying?

July 29, 2015

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Expressing your thoughts in original language is quite challenging.  Consider what you say and how much of what you say consists of references and descriptions not your own.  We often express ourselves through not only cliches but through catch phrases brought to us courtesy of television, advertising, memes, films and internet short hand.#cop

Consider how we incorporate LOL, hashtags, smiley faces into our actual conversation.  “Gee Greg #youlookgreat.”

“Thanks Cindy, #hopetogetsometonight, you look lovely too.”

My mother is fond of quoting a saying she learned in Greece.  Is problem.

We have shared cultural references that not only make communication smoother, but also quickly establishes our cultural credentials.  A reference to past artists, shows, events, history can quicklyRead More