Two Agents Answer Your Questions

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

Janet Grant let the cat out of the bag yesterday about our new book, The Inside Scoop. I decided to follow up and tell you a little more about the process and the book.

The Challenge. We were challenged by a group of our agent colleagues three or four years ago to create our own DIY book so each of us could fully understand the process.

The Hard Work. We started trying to pull the book together more than two years ago when Janet and I spent a week on Edisto Island, South Carolina. The thing that is in shortest supply is time so it wasn’t until Books & Such intern, college student, Olivia Butze, came onboard to help us whip it into shape that the book began to be a reality.51eJ4i3LWxL

The Deadline. And, as so many of you know, a deadline makes all the difference. Janet and I head down to southern California to teach two days of publishing insider info at Scripps University in a couple of weeks and they ordered a copy of The Inside Scoop for each student taking one of our six sessions. That’s a deadline!

The Editing. I can’t tell you how many times Janet and I read the manuscript. Separately. Together. Separately. Comparing. Reshuffling. Adding chapters. Dropping chapters. I don’t want to think how many evenings and weekends were devoted to this. But despite the fact that Janet is one of the finest editors in the business, we knew we had to hire a professional editor for The Inside Scoop. We picked our friend and Janet’s client, Janet McHenry. You’d be surprised how much she found. (Don’t ever skip this step!)

The Cover. We wanted a unique cover, different from all the writing books currently on the market. We’ve observed cover designers for a number of years. We wanted the best, so we went to FaceOut Studio. They were designers of some of our favorite client designs over the years. Note to self: Get a better jpeg of the cover! 

The Interior Design. We also wanted a distinctive page design. After looking around, we went to Katherine Lloyd at The DESKonline.

The Publishing Process. When it came to getting The Inside Scoop online as an ebook and getting the print book available, we already had the best resource in place. Ginny Smith is our Books & Such publishing guru. When our clients get the rights to their books back, decide to publish online or create an audio book, we simply hand them over to Ginny and she makes the magic happen seamlessly.

The reason I shared this with you is that these steps are ones you may tread at some time in your career, whether you publish traditionally or indie. But let me share a little about what’s inside the book:

Insider publishing tips revealed

 You yearn to get published, but the journey looks perilous and complicated. Don’t give up! Two literary agents break it all down, dishing up pointers for you. In an easy, step-by-step format, learn how to take your concept from the seed of an idea to a published book.

  • What’s right for you–DIY or traditional publishing?
  • Should you get an agent or go it alone?
  • How does an agent or an editor know if an idea is dead on arrival?
  • Which elements make a proposal stand out?
  • What does silence mean from an agent?
  • What takes an author’s book marketing efforts from wasted to meaningful?

Avoid the pitfalls on the path to publication. Learn the dos and don’ts, the ins and outs, from two insiders willing to tell it like it is.

And that’s just the beginning. We would be honored if you took the time to read The Inside Scoop and chose to leave an honest review on Amazon.

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Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton


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