Top 4 Things Agents Look For in Your Book Proposal

Hey authors, if you are hoping to partner with a traditional publisher, you will most likely need a literary agent to represent you. They have relationships with acquiring editors and know exactly what types of books publishers are looking for today. They will be your biggest advocate in contract negotiations, and your biggest cheerleader throughout the publishing process.

Today on the Book Marketing Mania podcast, I’m interviewing Barb Roose, publishing agent at Books and Such, and the nonfiction author of eight books and Bible studies. I couldn’t wait to dig in and talk about what agents are looking for, and how important it is to show that you are already connecting with your target readers when writing your book proposal.

Want to traditionally publish your book? You’ll most likely need a literary agent and Barb Roose is sharing the top four things agents look for in your book proposal on the Book Marketing Mania podcast

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In this episode, Barb is sharing:

  • The advantages of having a literary agent if you want to traditionally publish your book
  • The top four features that agents look for in a book proposal
  • Ways to share that you are already connecting with your target readers
  • Tips for preparing for an agent/publisher appointment at a writing conference to ease your anxiety
  • Her author-to-author tips to help you keep going when the going gets tough

Barb Roose is a literary agent with Book & Such Literary Management representing non-fiction and adult fiction exclusively to Christian publishers.  She loves partnering with authors to achieve their publishing career goals. With experience as an author, award-winning pharmaceutical sales representative and executive leader in the megachurch environment, Barb embraces the challenges and opportunities that agenting in Christian publishing offers. She is the proud mother of three adult children and whenever possible, Barb prefers to eat dessert first.

Barb’s Website | Instagram | Facebook

Resources mentioned:

Books and Such (submit your book idea)

Breakthrough: Finding Freedom in Christ (a study of Galatians) by Barb Roose

I’m Waiting, God: Finding Blessing in God’s Delays by Barb Roose

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