Publishing Information

Submitting Your Work

Do I Need a Literary Agent?

One of the most frequently asked questions in publishing is “Do I need a literary agent?” Well, that depends on your goals, genre, resources, and which publishing option you choose.

If you are pursuing a traditional publishing deal, an agent is essential. Most traditional publishers don’t accept unsolicited manuscripts, meaning that they only accept manuscripts they’ve commissioned or that are represented by a reputable agent. Not only does the agent act as the middle man—and the first line of defense for the hundreds of slush submissions that publishers would otherwise have to sift through—the agent also acts on your behalf in the negotiation process when a publisher is ready to purchase the rights to your book.

How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal

Unlike fiction, where an author must have a completed manuscript ready before they approach apublisher or agent, a nonfiction author only needs to develop a proposal to submit to publishers and/or agents. The proposal should answer the following questions:

  1. Content: What is the book about?
  2. Market: Who would be interested in this idea?
  3. Competitive Titles: What other books already exist on this topic and how does this one differ?
  4. Platform: Who is the author, why is the author the best person to produce this book, and what are they doing to engage with potential readers?