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Guidance, tools, and inspiration to get serious about publishing your nonfiction book. Host Vanessa Soto shows you how to take that nugget of a book idea that you can’t get out of your head, and turn it into a standout book proposal you’ll feel confident pitching to literary agents and editors.

She Has a Book in Her Vanessa Soto

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Guidance, tools, and inspiration to get serious about publishing your nonfiction book. Host Vanessa Soto shows you how to take that nugget of a book idea that you can’t get out of your head, and turn it into a standout book proposal you’ll feel confident pitching to literary agents and editors.

    Literary Agent Amy Bishop on BIPOC Untold Histories & What She's Looking For in a Pitch

    Literary Agent Amy Bishop on BIPOC Untold Histories & What She's Looking For in a Pitch

    In this last episode of Season One, I'm talking with Amy Bishop.  Amy is a literary agent at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. She's the second book agent I've had on the show this season and I'll continue to bring agents on because I think it's so important to hear different perspectives. Also, remember -- while you're going to be pitching many agents, you just need to find one!
    Be sure to listen all the way through because Amy drops some serious wisdom about:
    -What agents are really doing after you've pitched them and are sitting on pins and needles, waiting to hear from them.
    -How she's found some of her authors from articles, online publications that they've written in, and how she's reached out to them.
    -Why she loves "untold history" AND why we need to hear from diverse perspectives and BIPOC (yes we do!)
    -What not to do when you pitch her or seriously, any other agent, please!
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    Amy's agency: Dystel.com 
    We talked about: The Last Story of Mina Lee
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    • 35 min
    Rachel Allen on How Any Idea Could Just Be Your First Book

    Rachel Allen on How Any Idea Could Just Be Your First Book

    In this episode, I'm talking with Rachel Allen, who heads up copywriting agency Bolt from the Blue.  And in this episode, Rachel just drops multiple nuggets of wisdom, including how any idea can be a book, and she tells us how to do it. She also talks about the "paint by numbers" approach she uses with authors who are self-publishing their books -- which even got me thinking I could maybe write a book!  So be sure to listen all the way through and get all of her nuggets of wisdom. 
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    See Rachel's method
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    • 37 min
    Nail Your Book Idea in One Page

    Nail Your Book Idea in One Page

    In today's episode, I'm sharing a tool that I call the Book One Pager.  It's basically a way to whittle your book idea down into one page so you can see what it is, what's missing, what you need to work on, what you love, and maybe what you want to change. 

    If you have multiple book ideas it's also a great way to figure out where you want to focus.
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    • 19 min
    Dan Blank on Building Your Author Platform in a Human-Centric Way

    Dan Blank on Building Your Author Platform in a Human-Centric Way

    In this episode, I talk with Dan Blank of We Grow Media. Dan helps writers connect with readers, and I wanted to bring him on the show because I know many of you are trying to figure out how to build your author platform.  Dan shares a wealth of tips and a whole new way of thinking about things like promotion and marketing, all about how to make it feel personal and why social media is both similar and different from that neighborhood coffee house he worked at back in the nineties. 
    Dan’s website https://wegrowmedia.com/
    Ira Glass “Taste Gap” video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91FQKciKfHI
    Dan’s book, Be the Gateway: A Practical Guide to Sharing Your Creative Work and Engaging an Audience
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    • 37 min
    Literary Agent Zoe Sandler on What Agents "Do" and Her Dream Query

    Literary Agent Zoe Sandler on What Agents "Do" and Her Dream Query

    In this episode, I talk with Zoe Sandler a literary agent at ICM Partners. In this conversation, she really demystifies the role of a literary agent, how they work with and support authors, how they connect authors with publishers.  She also shares some killer tips about what not to do when you're pitching her,  and the query she's crossing, her fingers will land in her inbox this year.  If you happen to see herself as a modern-day, Emerson or Thoreau, you'll definitely want to listen all the way through. 
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    ICM Parners https://www.icmpartners.com/literary/
    Query Zoe at: Zoe dot sander at icmpartners dot com
    The Overstory by Richard Powers
    My neighborhood bookstore in Vallejo, CA - Alibi Bookshop
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    • 41 min
    Jo Casey on Seeing a Book as Possible for You

    Jo Casey on Seeing a Book as Possible for You

    Jo Casey works with "artisanal business owners" who she describes as people who run a business based on their love of the work and the impact it can have rather than simply the money they can make, though a great income is also important to them.
    We talk about how many of the people she works with are people like coaches and healers and makers, and they don't necessarily see themselves as someone with a book inside them, until she suggests it might be possible. And once they get used to the idea, they see a huge value that a long-form book could offer them and sharing their expertise in a deeper way. So if you're someone who feels very much called to write your book, but you also struggle with seeing this as a possibility for yourself, this is absolutely the episode for you.
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    Find Jo at jocasey.com, on Instagram, and Facebook
    Nilofer Merchant's concept of "your onlyness"
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    • 30 min

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