Building a Career as an Author

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Calling all authors! Join us for a three hour session with two amazing book agents to learn how to build a career as a book author. During this three hour workshop, Andy Ross and Laurie Fox will cover everything from what a literary agent can do for you, how to find one, and alternatives to commercial publishing. This workshop is designed to give you all the additional tools you need to build a long and successful career for yourself. 

*If you can't attend the session live, the recording will be available to view after the session concludes. 

This 3 Hour Workshop Will Cover: 

  • What is a literary agent and how do you know you need one? 
  • How do you know you're ready to submit to an agent? 
  • How do you find the right agent for you? 
  • What are agents looking for in fiction? Non-fiction?
  • What is platform?
  • Query letter workshop and book proposals
  • Elements of the book deal
  • Book to film adaptations
  • Alternatives to commercial publishing

Building a Career as an Author

Date / Time

During this three hour session, Andy and Laurie will cover: 

  • What do agents do? Why do you need a literary agent?
  • When are you ready to submit to an agent?
  • How do you find the right agent?
  • What are agents looking for in fiction? Non-fiction?
  • What is platform?
  • How to write a query letter and book proposals
  • Elements of the book deal
  • Book to film adaptations
  • Alternatives to commercial publishing
More about
Andy Ross
Literary Agent
Andy Ross Agency

Andy Ross opened his literary agency in 2008. Prior to that, he was the owner of the legendary Cody’s Books in Berkeley for 30 years. His agency represents books in a wide range of non-fiction genres including: narrative non-fiction, science, journalism, history, popular culture, memoir, and current events. He also represents literary, commercial, historical, and upmarket women’s fiction, and YA and middle grade fiction.

For non-fiction Andy looks for writing with a strong voice, robust story arc, and books that tell a big story about culture and society by authors with the authority to write about their subject. In fiction, he likes character and voice-driven stories about real people in the real world. Sorry. No zombies at the prom, thank you very much.

Andy has participated and taught classes in numerous writers’ conferences including San Francisco Writers Conference, Kauai Writers Conference, San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference, Nebraska Writers Conference, and more. He has organized and conducted writing intensive workshops with Linda Watanabe McFerrin in Santa Fe, Provence, Kauai and in Scotland.

Andy is the author of The Literary Agent’s Guide to Writing a Non-Fiction Book Proposal. Authors Andy represents include: Daniel Ellsberg, Fritjof Capra, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Susan Griffin, Leonard Shlain, Gwen Strauss, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, Anjanette Delgado, Mark Goldblatt, Tawni Waters, Randall Platt, Mary Jo McConahay, Gerald Nachman, Michael Parenti, Paul Krassner, Milton Viorst, Senator Jeff Bingaman, Michele Anna Jordan, and Scott Ostler.


Laurie Fox
Literary Agent
The Linda Chester Literary Agency

Laurie Fox is the head agent at The Linda Chester Literary Agency; she joined the agency in 1989 and worked closely with Linda Chester for 33 years. A graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz (Creative Writing and Theatre Arts), Laurie is a former indie and antiquarian bookseller, bookstore owner, and teacher of creative writing. She is a published author of fiction and poetry, including Sexy Hieroglyphics (Chronicle Books) and two novels, My Sister from the Black Lagoon (starred Publishers Weekly review; San Francisco Chronicle bestseller) and The Lost Girls, both published by Simon & Schuster. The movie of The Lost Girls starring Vanessa Redgrave, Jolie Richardson, and Iain Glen was released in 2022. As an agent, she is proud of working with such highly regarded authors as Wally Lamb, Cheryl Strayed, Joyce Maynard, Annalee Newitz, Daniel H. Wilson, and Lolly Winston, and has enjoyed bringing over 35 national bestselling books into the world. Laurie represents books in the areas of literary and quality fiction, including thrillers, sci-fi and speculative fiction, as well as works in the genres of memoir, biography, cultural history, popular culture, quirky humor, narrative nonfiction, history and current events, art and artists, and science and technology. The Linda Chester Literary Agency is active at placing foreign, audio, and dramatic rights.

How it Works

Cancellation Policy: You may cancel for a full refund up to 5 days prior to the start of the class. Cancellations requested after this period will be ineligible for refunds.

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Roadmap Writers prides itself on the quality of executives we bring to our programs and we work hard to get you the best feedback possible.

Our vetted executives are chosen by the legitimacy of the companies they work for and their ability to evaluate pitches and pages.

Only the executives you sign up for will be provided with your materials.