Welcome to Author Biz
Authors come to Laurie Harper at all stages of their book projects--depending on where they have gotten stuck. Many authors come in the early stages because they want to make sure the book is marketable to publishers, and for help getting a great agent. Other authors come to Laurie because they are getting rejections and don't know what they're doing wrong, or what to fix. Some authors call for help to negotiate or review a publisher's contract, which they have gotten on their own. Business people call for Laurie to coach them through their first book and to connect them to the freelancers they need. And sometimes, authors just need someone to answer all their questions so they understand what decisions they're making and how best to make them.
There is a lot of business to writing and publishing your book. The savvy author builds a team of experts to expedite matters, help make important contacts, and create the most efficient path possible. The more you can map out a strategy for achieving your publishing goals, the more likely you are to meet or exceed them.
Laurie Harper has over 30 years' experience in publishing, known to editors, agents, and authors alike. She is a published author, former small press publisher, literary agent for over 25 years, and now business and writing consultant to authors. Her experience, perspective, and vast network are invaluable to authors, helping them achieve their individual publishing goals, save time and money, and stay sane in the process.
NOTE: If you are trying to reach Laurie for Sebastian Agency business, you may contact her at the above address, fax, or this email.
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DO YOU NEED PROJECT EVALUATION?
Help getting unstuck?
Analysis of what you have done so far, with recommendation of next steps—based on your goals.
Resource referrals to people if you need help you on certain aspects of your project.
A ”road map” of how to proceed
NEED HELP FINDING AN AGENT or PUBLISHER?
Analysis of the project and market, proposal (if nonfiction), identifying the best matched agents, and review/help with the query and pitch. You are given background information on the agent as well as their sales history and whatever personal context I can give you to help understand the agent you're querying.
DO YOU NEED HELP WITH A CONTRACT?
- Publishing Agreements
- Licensing Agreements
- Collaboration Agreements
Either negotiating on your behalf or coaching you through it, depending on the publisher and circumstance.
How To Get Started
Send me an email briefly explaining your project and asking for the Fee Schedule
I will contact you and we’ll figure out the best way I can be of service and the schedule availability.
All services are prepaid by check or PayPal at the time I begin work on your project.