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Jeff Rivera

Jeff Rivera is the author of "Forever My Lady" (Grand Central) and the founder of http://www.GumboWriters.com. He and his articles have been mentioned or featured in the Boston Globe, Mediabistro, GalleyCat, Fast Company, NPR, WABC, WNBC, WCBS, Publishers Weekly, Billboard, TMZ, The Los Angeles Times and the New York Observer.

Janet Evanovich Seeks Co-Authors

Forbes named her one of the top 10 bestselling authors of the year. She’s rumored to have signed a $50 million deal with Ballantine Bantam Dell. And in my in-depth interview with her in at mediabistro.com, Janet Evanovich discusses another revealing fact. She is looking for co-authors, three or four of them, in fact.

Just as James Patterson partnered with lesser known co-authors, Evanovich is now looking to do the same. With the success of her last partnership with Charlotte Hughes, this could be the opportunity of a lifetime.

“There are tons of really good writers out there,” Evanovich says, “but for one reason or another, they just have not had the support that allowed them to build audiences.”

In today’s interview, she discusses exactly what type of co-authors she is looking for and how you can go about submitting yourself for review.

Philippa Gregory’s Advice to Writers (LISTEN)

Philippa Gregory is the New York Times bestselling author of the new book The Red Queen and other historical novels such as The Other Boleyn Girl which was made into a film starring Scarlett Johansson.

In my interview with her today, Gregory tells GalleyCat all about her writing process and what she advises aspiring authors to do if they wish to break into today’s marketplace.

Gregory is also giving away a copy of the novel, courtesy of her publisher (Touchstone) to one of our GalleyCat readers. Simply comment in this post between now and August 24th at 4pm ET and someone will be randomly selected to win a copy of The Red Queen. The publisher will mail the winner a copy.

New York Times Bestseller Seth Godin to No Longer Publish Books Traditionally

New York Times bestselling author and marketing guru, Seth Godin vows to never publish traditionally again. After over 12 books with a legacy publisher, Godin says he’s had enough.

In my interview with Godin for a Mediabistro feature, Godin said, “I’ve decided not to publish any more books in the traditional way. 12 for 12 and I’m done. I like the people, but I can’t abide the long wait, the filters, the big push at launch, the nudging to get people to go to a store they don’t usually visit to buy something they don’t usually buy, to get them to pay for an idea in a form that’s hard to spread … I really don’t think the process is worth the effort that it now takes to make it work. I can reach 10 or 50 times as many people electronically. No, it’s not ‘better’, but it’s different. So while I’m not sure what format my writing will take, I’m not planning on it being the 1907 version of hardcover publishing any longer.”

New Lit Agent, Gwendolyn Heasley Wants Strong Characters

Artists and Artisans new agent, Gwendolyn Heasley moonlights as an author and offers a unique perspective and empathetic ear for her clients. In today’s interview she discusses exactly what she’s looking for, why having an agent who is also an author is an advantage and the importance of self-promotion for her authors.

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The Smell of Sweet Farts Success!

And the beat of self-published-to-book-deal success stories goes on. Author Raymond Bean never thought he’d have such success as a middle grade author. As a teacher, he was frustrated by the lack of books for boys and decided to create a book that he believed boys would read. The result? Sweet Farts and although some have criticized books like his as using the lowest common denominator to lure boys into reading, Bean believes books like these just might be the recipe booksellers and educators have been looking for.

In our in-depth interview with Bean today, he discusses his rise to success, how he bagged a top agent after years of rejections and his suggestions to other authors who want to follow in his path.

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From Podcast to Publishing Deal: Jeremy Robinson


A lot of attention has been given to Kindle bestselling authors like Joe Konrath and Karen McQuestion who have struck gold by landing publishing deals. However, there are other routes to success for independent publishers.

Jeremy Robinson, author of The Didymus Contingency, self-published the novel and quickly became Lulu.com’s #1 fiction bestseller and sold thousands of copies on BarnesandNoble.com. The hype landed him a literary agent at Trident Media Group. But his real success came after he decide to podcast episodes of his next novels, Beneath and Kronos. In today’s interview, we talk with Robinson about why he decided to create self-financed audio books, how that lead him to a major deal and why he would do it all over again.

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Lit Agent Greg Daniel: ‘Platform Has Become More Important Than Ever Before’


Greg Daniel, President and Literary Agent for the Daniel Literary Group, is passionate about helping his authors succeed. He tells us in this interview, why a platform is important, and the three things that nonfiction editors are always looking for.

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Lit Agent Marlene Kim Connor Is ‘Relentless’

Owner and agent at the Connor Literary Agency, Marlene Kim Connor wants readers to really love the books that her authors write. In this interview, she explains why technological changes are bringing a sea change to the publishing industry, and why it’s in a writer’s best interest to think of their books as a kind of business.

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Lit Agent Jackie Meyer Says: “Print Books Will Survive!”

Agent and Packager Jackie Meyer was the vice president/creative director at Warner Books, where she was responsible for 450 book jackets a year. Now, armed with her expertise in marketing and packaging, she has formed her own literary agency and packaging company. In our interview with her today, she discusses exactly what she’s looking to represent, her love for the iPad, and when authors may be better off self-publishing.

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Lit Agent John Talbot Has “Experience and Vision”

Literary Agent and Partner at The Talbot Fortune Agency, John Talbot is proud of what he can offer his clients. In this interview he tells us why being an agent is exciting work, why you should always treat each book like it’s your first book, and about the single best way to impress an editor.

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