"A person's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never
regains its original dimensions."
... Oliver Wendell Holmes
We are most interested in projects in the following topic areas:
We work primarily with non-fiction writers.
- Business and Management
- Business Narratives
- Gift and Reference Books
- Health, Fitness and Aging
- History and Politics
- Literary Non-Fiction
- Mind, Body, Spirit
- Personal Finance, Investing and Trading
- Personal Growth and Psychology
- Technology and Trends
- True Crime
We welcome authors submitting to us a one page synopsis of their project via
We will evaluate all submissions and, if interested, respond with further requests for proposals and sample chapters.
The outline should address the following: given your knowledge and experience
in the topic field, what is unique about your work and presentation and what
features will garner enthusiasm with editors and their respective marketing teams. Essentially, why is someone going to spend $25 on your book vs. all their current information choices?
In addition, you should provide information about all
of your activities supporting the new book's message in
the marketplace such as speaking engagements, workshops, social media marketing,
media appearances,etc. All honors and awards for your work
and writing should be noted.
Content Coaching & Literary Advisory Session
"Our proposal was solid when we met John. His advice, however, made our proposal sensational!"
Mark Rodgers, Author of Accelerate the Sale, McGraw Hill
"Thanks again for an extremely valuable phone coaching session. I left feeling inspired and well-informed and have been researching and writing non-stop since our session."
You can schedule a coaching session with John who will review your work (proposal, sample chapters or manuscript) and make recommendations for significant improvements. Included is a discussion about the publishing business and your options — self-publishing vs. 'traditional' vs. digital; your current ideas or plan; the proposal you have been submitting to publishers without success (in any topic area); promotion and publicity strategies, etc., you can now book a coaching session dedicated to helping you achieve your goals and publishing success.
*This service is not a prerequiste to becoming a client of Literary Services Inc.
and is not a fee required of potential clients/writers.
"Publishing executives know that only a tiny portion of the books published in this country
some studies say 500 a year (when we publish close to 200,000) ever break the 100,000
copy mark. Likewise, they know that to earn back million dollar advances, they have to sell
at least that many copies....yet, who really knows what will sell? Bestseller lists are loaded
with books that even the most optimistic publisher could never have predicted would become
blockbusters think Marley and Me, The Lovely Bones, Water for Elephants, etc."
With thanks to Sara Nelson, Publishers Weekly, "Even the Sky's Not the Limit", 11/06/2006