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A podcast made to help writers find the best literary agent for their writing and business career.

Lit Match Abigail K. Perry

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 40 Ratings

A podcast made to help writers find the best literary agent for their writing and business career.

    Meghan Stevenson ON: Her Literary Agent Matchmaking Strategy, the Pitfalls of Traditional Publishing, and Publishing Myths that Need to be Busted

    Meghan Stevenson ON: Her Literary Agent Matchmaking Strategy, the Pitfalls of Traditional Publishing, and Publishing Myths that Need to be Busted

    Abigail sits down with Meghan Stevenson (Meghan Stevenson Books) to talk about all things traditional publishing. After an editing career at a traditional publisher, Meghan left her job and started Meghan Stevenson Books (2012). Meghan and her team have helped their clients earn over $5,000,000 in advances from top publishers. In total, their books have sold millions of copies and helped thousands of people. 

    Packed with experience and knowledge, Abigail discusses big topics with Meghan that can help a multitude of writers interested in traditional publishing, especially nonfiction writers. Some of these include:  


    3 “P” factors Meghan considers when looking at a literary agent
    Her agent matchmaking strategy
    The “Barcelona Rule” and thoughts on the agent-author power dynamic
    Why Meghan left her role at a traditional publisher but still believes in traditional publishing
    Main pitfalls of publishing (and what authors can do about them)
    Traditional publishing myths that need to be busted

    Does Meghan sound like someone you want to work with? Reach out to her! 


    Learn more at Meghan Stevenson Books
    Not sure if you need help? Take Meghan's quiz! 

     

    Follow Abigail and Meghan:

    Website: www.abigailkperry.com | https://www.meghanstevenson.com/ 

    IG: @abigailkperry | @megstevenson

    Twitter: @abigailkperry | 

    • 1 hr 3 min
    First Chapters: The Magicians (with Savannah Gilbo)

    First Chapters: The Magicians (with Savannah Gilbo)

     Abigail sits down with certified editor and book coach Savannah Gilbo to discuss and analyze the first chapter of Lev Grossman's THE MAGICIANS (and it's a doozy of a first chapter!).

    Both fantasy lovers, Savannah and Abigail come to this first chapter with a unique approach: Savannah is a super fan of this book and Abigail has only read it once—and several years ago. With these different perspectives, Savannah and Abigail compare their notes to see how this impacts their first chapter analysis and how the opening pages sets up big picture expectations and structures scenes. To do this, they use the 7 key first chapter questions (Paula Munier's THE WRITER'S GUIDE TO BEGINNINGS) and Story Grid's five commandments. Plus, Savannah and Abigail dig into other valuable topics like new adult fiction (is it still a thing?), genre, and how/when to break up multiple scenes in a chapter. 

    Why do you think the first chapter in THE MAGICIANS hooks readers? We'd love to hear your perspective!

    P.S. If you enjoyed these first chapter episodes, you might love Abigail and Savannah's virtual book club, Book Notes. Come join us for our next meeting on November 16, 2023. We are studying the mega-popular fantasy book, THE FOURTH WING by Rebecca Yarros. Learn all about it (and join us!) here! 

    Connect with us:

    Twitter: @abigailkperry | @savannahgilbo

    Instagram: @abigailkperry | @savannah.gilbo

    Website: www.abigailkperry.com  | https://www.savannahgilbo.com/

    • 1 hr 23 min
    First Chapters: A Discovery of Witches (with Savannah Gilbo)

    First Chapters: A Discovery of Witches (with Savannah Gilbo)

    Abigail is back with book coach and editor Savannah Gilbo!

    Today, Abigail and Savannah sit down to analyze the first chapter of the bestselling fantasy novel A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES by Deborah Harkness. Together, they discuss why these opening pages hook readers—and model other outstanding elements of fiction, some including:


    A micro-analysis of a well-structured scene (while planting set ups that pay off later in the book)
    How this chapter sets up expectations for the main stakes in the novel, the genre of the story, and other important details that impact the characters and plot
    A debate about the Crisis in the scene (and why a Crisis is so important!)
    Plus, more!

    Come study this popular fantasy novel with Savannah and Abigail, and let us know why you think the opening pages hook readers, and encourage them to read more. 

     

    P.S. Do you enjoy analyzing stories and the writing craft? Learn more about Savannah and Abigail's virtual book club, Book Notes—and sign up for their next meeting!  

      

    Follow Abigail and Savannah: 

    www.abigailkperry.com | www.savannahgilbo.com 

    @abigailkperry | @savannah.gilbo 

     

    • 57 min
    First Chapters: Untamed (with Suzette Mullen)

    First Chapters: Untamed (with Suzette Mullen)

    Abigail sits down with book coach and memoir writer Suzette Mullen to analyze the prologue and first chapter of Glennon Doyle's bestselling and groundbreaking memoir, UNTAMED. Together, they discuss the differences between memoir and fiction writing—and also why writers can benefit greatly from reading and analyzing both genres. 

    In addition to their analysis (using the 7 Key First Chapter Questions from Paula Munier's book THE WRITER'S GUIDE TO BEGINNINGS and the 5 Commandments of Storytelling from Story Grid/Robert McKee), Suzette shares various insights on how to structure memoirs and the vulnerability and courage it takes to write a memoir like Glennon's. Abigail was especially inspired by UNTAMED, and shares many of the unique elements that captured her attention within these opening pages.  

    Come study a an unforgettable memoir with Suzette and Abigail, and let us know why you think the opening pages hook and move readers—and your analysis of the opening pages. 

     

    P.S. Order Suzette's Memoir, THE ONLY WAY THROUGH IS OUT

     

    Follow Abigail and Suzette:

    Website: www.abigailkperry.com |  https://www.yourstoryfinder.com/ 

    Twitter: @abigailkperry | @suzette_mullen

    Instagram: @abigailkperry | @urstoryfinder

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Ariele Fredman ON: The Difference Between a Book Publicist and a Literary Agent, Her Mission to Expand Commercial Fiction, and How to Understand Where a Book Fits in the Market

    Ariele Fredman ON: The Difference Between a Book Publicist and a Literary Agent, Her Mission to Expand Commercial Fiction, and How to Understand Where a Book Fits in the Market

    Abigail sits down with Ariele Fredman, a book publicist turned literary agent at United Talent Agency (UTA). Ariele is actively seeking commercial fiction in: General fiction, Mystery, Romance, Suspense/thriller, Feel-Good Fiction, Women's Fiction, and YA.  

    Ariele joined UTA after working 12 years at Atria Books, where she worked across genres and launched bestselling campaigns from Colleen Hoover and Fredrik Backman to Zakiya Dalila Harris and Lisa Jewell (among others!). She has an exceptional knack at understanding people and instilling confidence in authors, and she is actively growing her MSWL!  

    In addition to learning about Ariele's shift from publicist to agent, Ariele sheds light on various writing and publishing topics, some including: 


     How to empower writers by asking the right questions  
     How to help writers understand where they best fit in the market 
     Her perspective on commercial fiction and her mission to expand the genre at UTA
     Why voice matters, examples of exemplary voice, and even how to improve your voice in an email
     Ways to discover and pitch a story’s hook 
     How to define and pitch a story’s stakes 
    And more! 

    Does Ariele sound like the ideal literary agent for you? Send her your query! 


    Ariele's Full MSWL: Review it here
    Learn more about UTA: Visit their website  

      

    Follow Abigail and Ariele:

    Website: www.abigailkperry.com 

    IG: @abigailkperry | @arielestewart

    Twitter: @abigailkperry | @arielestewart

    • 1 hr
    First Chapters: Legendborn (with Savannah Gilbo)

    First Chapters: Legendborn (with Savannah Gilbo)

    A special episode that shares a piece of Abigail and Savannah's May Book Notes meeting! 

    In this episode, Abigail and book coach companion Savannah Gilbo share a piece of their May virtual book club meeting; they take a deep dive into the first chapter (and prologue) of Tracy Deonn's YA fantasy bestseller LEGENDBORN. Here's a preview of what they discuss:


    First chapter summary
    How they split the chapter into two scenes (and why these scenes follow the 5 Commandments of Storytelling from Story Grid/Robert McKee)
    Legendborn's prologue (and prologues in general)
    Final thoughts and episode recap 

    Links mentioned in this episode:


    Want to join our book club? Click here to learn more! (Our July book club pick is Bonnie Garmus's major hit, LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY!) 
    Listen to the Fiction Writing Made Easy Podcast with Savannah Gilbo! 

    Follow Abigail and Savannah: 

    www.abigailkperry.com | www.savannahgilbo.com 

    @abigailkperry | @savannah.gilbo 

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

RuthBBBB ,

Great podcast

I love the podcast. The guests are always insightful, and I learn so much. Thank you!

bdawg21546 ,

Phenomenal

I feel like I’ve been searching for this podcast my entire life! A gold mine of information, interviews, and encouragement. Thank you so much for all the hard work!

randy772 ,

First chapter analysis episodes are sooooo good!

I’ve learned so much from Abigail’s first chapter analysis - super helpful in making my own writing more compelling and helping other authors in my editing business.
Thanks!

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