Episode #130 // Getting a Book Agent with Laura Le...

Episode #130 // Getting a Book Agent with Laura Lee Mattingly

In case you haven’t heard, we are writing a book that will be published Spring 2018! So we’ve got our book agent, Laura Lee Mattingly of Present Perfect Dept. on the show to talk all about the process of writing a book and getting it traditionally published as a creative entrepreneur. We’re talking everything from what makes a good book to writing your book proposal to negotiating with publishers.

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Topics discussed in this episode:

  • How we met Laura Lee
  • Shopping around for a book agent
  • What does a book agent do?
  • Walking through the life of a project in traditional publishing
    • The book proposal
    • Pursuing + meeting with publishers
    • Negotiating publisher agreements
    • Deadline batches
  • Book deal timeline
  • Design control when working with a traditional publisher
  • What makes a good book?
  • Traditional publishing vs. self-publishing
  • Starting a publishing agency

The book proposal is the test


An agent's going to put you with the publishers that will do right by your book. Click To Tweet Writing the proposal is the biggest test of if this is the book that you want to and can write. Click To Tweet It's one thing to have an idea, it's quite another to build a whole outline. Click To Tweet When you are writing a non-fiction book proposal, build on what you're already known for. Click To Tweet Practice non-attachment. You need to be prepared for your idea to evolve and grow. Click To Tweet

Write about what you're already known for

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