OUT•RID•ER (noun): one who clears the way
You've written a book--a good one. Now what? Should you find a literary agent? Go it alone and self publish? Does it need another round of edits? You think it's a thriller, but what if it's more of a mystery? Maybe horror? What even is the point of a query letter? What can you expect to happen after you've signed with an agent?
How can you be sure you're setting yourself up to succeed as you transition from writer to published author?
I can help. As your publishing outrider, I'll ensure you and your book arrive in the wilds of the book industry safely...and stocked with provisions and knowledge for the rest of the journey. I'll provide a thorough and honest assessment of your publishing prospects, including valuable category and sales information and introducing essential publishing terminology. I'll work with you to write a successful query letter and will provide you with a list of agents and small publishers to consider submitting to. I'll walk you through the submission process, and will give you an insider's tour of what will happen to your book, and to you, from the perspective of the agent, the editor, the publisher, the publicist, and all the other professionals who will interact with your work, from acquisition to finished copy. I'll be available for emotional support and encouragement, as well as professional insights and concrete deliverables.
Acquired and edited a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, including debut novels, celebrity memoirs, nature essays, pop science books, and narrative histories.
Worked on economics, business, and pop culture books, as well literary fiction.
The never-before-told story of Indian Casinos in AmericaIn 2015, 239 Indian tribes operated 478 casinos, high-stakes bingo halls, and other gambling facilities on Indian reservations in 28 states that collectively earned $28.5 billion in gross gaming revenue. How did Indian gambling become such a lucrative and commonplace fixture of the American landscape? In Wampum, Donald Craig Mitchell tell... read more
A New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller The importance of money in our lives is readily apparent to everyone--rich, poor, and in between. However grudgingly, most of us accept the expression "Money makes the world go round" as a universal truth. We are all aware of the power of money--how it influences our moods, compels us to take risks, and serves as the yardstick of success in s... read more
Anatomy professor David Bainbridge applies the science of evolutionary biology and psychology to look at women's bodies in our ancestral past, our self-image-obsessed present, and our surgically enhanced future.Few things are as tantalizing as a woman’s curves…and yet, humans are the only mammals on earth whose females have curvy bodies. Why? And what does this unique body shape mean for us? I... read more
The compulsively readable memoir by singer-songwriter and master lyricist Frank Turner, documenting his rise to fame, one house show at a timeIn the fall of 2005, Frank Turner was virtually unheard of. His rock band, Millions Dead, was finishing up a grueling tour and had agreed that their show on September 23 would be their last. The entry on the band's schedule for September 24 read simply: ... read more
In BUSINESS WITHOUT THE BULLSH*T, James explains how to clear the clutter from your work life so you can achieve real and lasting success. You'll learn how to: Earn the respect of your peers Find and keep your dream job Use layoffs to build your career Give unforgettable presentations Neutralize workplace bullies Nail that all-important email Achieve lasting career securityFull of the bluntest... read more
Bill Geist--the beloved, award-winning, long-time special correspondent for "CBS: Sunday Morning," whose debut Little League Confidential was a New York Times bestseller in hardcover and paper--and Willie Geist, the Today Show host, popular member of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," and author of the best-selling American Freak Show--have begun an extended conversation between father and son on areas of... read more
The first-ever translation into English of a newly discovered Icelandic adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic gothic novel, Dracula"With the discovery of its vast differences from Dracula, [Powers of Darkness] will have a lasting effect on the world of vampire studies." ―John Williams, The New York Times Book ReviewPowers of Darkness is an incredible literary discovery: In 1900, Icelandic publis... read more
Septimania, Jonathan Levi's first novel since 1992's critically acclaimed A Guide for the Perplexed, is a major work―a story at once personal and mythic, with themes as large as the universe and as small as an appleseed.On an spring afternoon in 1978 in the loft of a church outside Cambridge, England, an organ tuner named Malory loses his virginity to a dyslexic math genius named Louiza. When ... read more
A darkly comic debut novel, a hilariously told story of love, attachment, anxiety, and nerd culture.Easy Hardwick has it made. At just about thirty, she’s got a tumbledown cottage in small-town Oregon and an uncomplicated acting gig as the space-babe eye candy on a sci-fi parody show. She spends her downtime online, bickering with fans and fellow culture vultures about film trivia and relishin... read more
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Traditional back-of-the-book indexer specializing in scholarly indexing. Extensive experience in semantic database indexing.
Developmental editor formerly with Bloomsbury and HarperCollins. I love working with authors to create books that people want to read.