I am a subscriber to Simon & Schuster’s 250 Words daily posts. For those who don’t know they are posts in which authors discuss what they’ve learned from a favorite business book (typically not their own) in 250 Words or less. As a business owner I love business tips and advice and I love it even more when I can get a great deal of new information in just 250 words.
Dear Rockstar Agent:
I have been a literary agent for 15 years during which time I ran a successful blog in which I gave readers loads of delicious advice on everything from writing query letters to making cocktails. The blog received, on average, 30 billion hits a day.
**see how I gave them some significant information, but wait, now you’ll see how I’ve linked it all to the book so that information becomes about the book and not so much about me.
Based on my blog I’ve written a book entitled Secret Agent. Secret Agent gives readers, all writers, the advice and guidance they’ll need to make their book a surefire success in the market. Using the analytics from my blog I’ll be able to write a book that contains only the most valuable and attractive information to readers.
My blog has been running successfully for over 10 years. As I mentioned earlier, I receive 30 billion hits a day and will use the blog to cross-promote the book. In addition, I’m the youngest inductee into the Literary Agent Hall of Fame, I’ve appeared on Oprah to give my vast insights into why memoirist shouldn’t lie and I’ve represented pretty much all of the top names in the literary world.
I look forward to hearing whether you’re interested in reading more of my book.
The key is to give enough information that you grab the reader’s attention, but not so much you turn them off. How did I do?
Fiction writers probably don’t have a platform necessary to sell a book. In other words, unless you’re a doctor writing a book about doctors or something comparable there is not a lot fiction writers need to write about themselves. That’s perfectly acceptable.
Oh, one last thing, whatever you do say about yourself must be true. You all know there’s no Literary Agent Hall of Fame right?