The Art of Simple Podcast, episode 70: A chat with a literary agent

A chat with my literary agent

Wonder how on earth to find a literary agent? Have questions about the book publishing process? Or are you simply toying with the idea of one day writing a book?

In this episode, I talk to my literary agent, Jenni Burke. Jenni is making quite a name for herself in the industry, and she’s a goldmine of information about what it’s like to publish a book in an otherwise confusing market these days. We talk about how to find the right agent, what to do in advance before you sign, how to know when you’ve got a good book idea, and the three Cs of a good modern-day writer.

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This episode requires a pen and paper for some good note taking, so after you finish your run or fold that load of laundry, you might want to listen again to jot some stuff down.

And head here for the show notes!

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