I am always interested in seeing non-fiction proposals from prospective clients, especially in the following subject categories: history, politics, business, natural history/environment, national security/intelligence, current affairs, biography, science, pop culture, pop science, relationships, self-help, health, medicine, military history, and humor.
Many of my biggest sales to publishers have come to me as cold pitches from authors, so unsolicited queries are certainly welcome. While the large volume of submissions prevents me from replying to everyone personally, you will be contacted if I’m interested in getting further information.
Books rarely sell themselves these days, so priority is given to authors who have a “platform.” If you’re a leading expert in your field or you have experience writing for major newspapers or magazines, you’re more saleable to a major publisher. Similarly, if you have a popular podcast, blog or Web site or you’re affiliated with a major organization or university/college, publishers are more likely to be interested in you.
Remember that a literary agent has to pitch your project to an editor, and then the editor has to sell your project internally to his/her colleagues (including the marketing and sales staff), and then the publisher has to sell your book to the book buyers at the chains and bookstores. You’re most likely to get my attention if you write a succinct query letter that demonstrates your platform, the market potential of your book, and why your book is different.
Rick is thoughtful and wise, careful and meticulous, enthusiastic and supportive, practical and candid. He has been the ideal agent and has become a friend. I am very pleased to have found him (or vice versa) before he becomes too busy and successful to have time for me. To any aspiring authors out there – this guy’s the best!
David Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM
Yale University School of Medicine
President, American College of Lifestyle Medicine