Michael Larsen: A Literary Agent’s Perspective on How to Land a Book Deal

February 4, 2013 No Comments »

Writers sell most nonfiction books themselves with proposals. All you need is an overview about the book and you, an Literary Agent Michael Larsen: How to Get a Book Dealoutline, and a sample chapter. This class will give you a blueprint for writing the proposal you need to get the best editor, publisher and deal for your book. You will learn how to:

  • Give editors what they need the way they need it
  • Maximize the value of your book before you sell it
  • Build your platform–your visibility with readers
  • Excite agents and editors about your book
  • Create a career out of an idea
  • Choose the best publishing option for you and your book
  • Find the agent you need
  • Sell your book yourself

You will get a perspective on why now is the best time ever to be a writer, learn how living ebooks will transform publishing, and have the chance to ask questions and start a critique group.

Born and educated in New York City, Michael Larsen worked in promotion for Bantam, William Morrow, and Pyramid (later assimilated into Berkley). He and his wife Elizabeth Pomada started Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents in San Francisco in 1972. They are members of AAR and have sold books to more than 100 publishers.

Mike is eager to find nonfiction books that will excite big and midsize houses: how-to’s, self-help, business, personal finance, popular culture, biography, current affairs, history, health, medicine, spirituality, inspirational books, trends, technology, the future, and other books with practical, social, or literary value.

He is the author of the third editions of How to Write a Book Proposal and How to Get a Literary Agent. With Jay Conrad Levinson, Rick Frishman, and David Hancock, he is co-author of the second edition of Guerrilla Marketing for Writers: 100 Weapons for Selling Your Work. Mike is also co-founder of the San Francisco Writers’ Conference and offers consulting service for nonfiction writers.

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