A Service for Nonfiction Writers
Every profession is a conspiracy against the laity.
–George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright
If you’re having a hard time finding an agent or publisher or don’t know how to do it, you may think Shaw was referring to publishing.
• Do you have an idea for a book but don’t know the best option for you to write about it and get your book published?
• Do you have a proposal, a manuscript, or a self-published book you want to sell?
• Are you uncertain about how publishable your book is or the best way to sell it?
• Do you know the fastest, easiest for you to become a successful author?
• Is being able to transform your career worth $100 and thirty minutes of your time?
New writers need answers to these questions. As an agent, I use more than three decades of writing, agenting, and publishing experience to help my clients answer them. But I want to help writers who I can’t help as an agent, so I’ve started a consulting service that will give you the answers you need now.
The four biggest problems new nonfiction writers face are:
• Coming up with a salable idea
• Writing a proposal or manuscript
• Finding an agent or publisher
• Promoting their books
Thirty minutes of my time may save you years of your time. I can answer your questions and demystify what you need to do and know to get where you want to go.
The advice you receive may:
• Save you years of failure and frustration
• Help you get an agent
• Help you sell your book as well and as quickly as possible
• Enable you to make more money from your book
• Make you a successful author sooner
I can give you a perspective about your writing and your career that will enable you to create a plan to achieve your goals no matter what stage of writing or building your career you are in.
The fee for each half-hour is $100. And if you are writing a book about change with a social dimension such as political, economic, or environmental change, the first fifteen minutes will be free. Also Michael will review a nonfiction proposal or a self-published book for free before the consultation.
Choosing What Your Coaching Session Will Cover
Choosing What Your Coaching Session Will Cover
You will decide what your coaching session will cover. If you wish, you may bring or send a list of topics. You can also select from the following subjects:
• Establishing your literary and financial goals
• Understanding how to maximize the profits from your idea
• Zeroing in on the size of the markets for your book and how to reach them
• Choosing the best of the many options for getting your book published
• Finding the right agent for you and your book
• Understanding what you need to do with your book to get it published
• Ensuring that every line you write compels readers to read the next line
• Bridging the gap between the content of your book and the most effective way to conceptualize it
• Building the communities essential to your success
• Understanding the publishing process and how to get your book through it as quickly and effectively as you can
• Proving the value of your book by test-marketing it from the moment you have the idea for it
• Making the most of your strengths as a writer and your potential for creating a career
• Taking the long view as well as the short view about your books and your career
• Creating a timeline for achieving your goals
• Building your platform–continuing national visibility for you and your work
• Using technology to help you
How Your Coaching Session Will Work
You are welcome to call me at 415-673-0939, Tuesday to Thursday from 2 to 5 PST, for a brief talk about your book, your goals for it, and your writing career. I will tell you if I can help you. We will agree on an agenda for your session and choose a time and day for it. After our talk, you will send me your work and a check for the consultation.
The information on our website and in my books on proposals, promotion, and agents, and the information on this site have information that will help answer your questions and that will give you an idea of the range of subjects that you can ask about. I look forward to hearing from you.
About Michael Larsen
Michael Larsen 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 handles nonfiction of interest to big and midsize houses. He is the author of the third edition of How to Get a Literary Agent. Writer’s Digest will publish the fourth editon of How to Write A Book Proposal in 2010. He is co-author of the second edition ofGuerrilla Marketing for Writers: 100 Weapons for Selling Your Work. Mike is co-director of the San Francisco Writers Conference.
Larsen Literary Consulting