Join us at the San Rafael Corporate Center, 750 Lindaro Street in San Rafael, on Saturday, October 10 when Peter will share his wisdom from the perspective of an agent.
Literary agents are much more than dealmakers, they are editors, career counselors and strategic planners. Publishing industry veteran, Peter Beren, presents a profile of the many levels of services that Literary Agents provide to authors including: helping to shape the book concept, editing the book proposal, outlining a marketing plan and researching both the book’s market and competition. Then comes the important step of researching and pitching appropriate publishers.
The Agent then obtains a publication offer and negotiates the contract. Following that, the Agent helps moderate the author’s relationship with the publisher and double-checks each royalty statement for accuracy Agents also help authors decide what book to do next and provide general career guidance. When you think about it, its quite a bargain for 15% commission.
PETER BEREN is a literary agent specializing in nonfiction and a publishing consultant to authors and self-publishers. He is a Dan Poynter-recommended Book Shepard and a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR). Formerly Vice-President, Publishing at Palace Press International, Publisher of Sierra Club Books, Publisher of VIA Books and an Acquisitions Editor for Jeremy Tarcher, he has more than 30 years experience in the publishing industry. He is also an author and has published seven books, including The Writers Legal Companion, California the Beautiful and, recently The Golden Gate: San Francisco’s celebrated Bridge.
He has represented fantasy artist, Brian Froud, photographer Art Wolfe, philosopher Colin Wilson, career counselor Laurence Boldt, psychologist Anodea Judith, graphic novelist Jack Katz, among others in a variety of disciplines.