Free Resource Guide to Agents and Publishers

Finally. All the Writing and Publishers Answers You’ve Been Looking for, All in one Place. Easy and Free. 

Does publishing ever feel impossible? Confusing? Even secretive? 

Have you ever wished you could get inside the head of an agent or publisher? Wished you could see your manuscript through their eyes and ask them all the questions that have ever kept you up in the middle of the night:

  •  Is my work good enough? What do I need to improve?

  • How do I know when my manuscript is done? 

  • Is my idea marketable? 

  • Is my query okay? 

  • What do I need to do differently?

What if you could get in-depth answers and guidance to all these questions, straight from top agents and publishers?

You wouldn’t have to wander around in the dark anymore. Finding the answers would finally give you direction. In addition, you’d know what the next steps are, and make real progress toward your publishing dream with 100% confidence that you’re on the right track.

Simply a 5-minute conversation with an agent or publisher can change a writer’s life. Unfortunately, most writers don’t have access to this kind of opportunity. Let’s face it, that’s why you go to writing conferences. You’re hoping you can steal two minutes with an agent and ask them for advice. Even if you could do this, it is not going to provide you the type of in-depth guidance you need.

But we do.

At Date With the Muse, we’re connected with some of the top agents, publishers, and authors in today’s market. We’re determined to get in their heads and ask them all the burning questions we know you have about how to write, revise, publish, and sell a bestselling book like a pro. Then, we deliver that knowledge to writers eager to be in-the-know.


We offer more than a 5 minute Q&A at a conference; we spend more than half an hour in intimate conversation each week with high-level industry experts, all so you can get an in-depth look into the elusive world of publishing.

Download our free resource guide to get access to four full hours of interviews with leading publishing industry experts including:

  • Jeff Kleinmann – Literary Agent Founding Partner at Folio Literary Management on what literary agents really think about your manuscript
  • Margaret Riley King – Top Agent at William Morris Endeavor on what goes on inside a literary agent’s head
  • Kel Kade – New York Times Bestselling Author on how to score a major (think 6 figures!) publishing deal

This guide includes twelve 30-minute interviews about writing, revision, publishing, and marketing. So wherever you are, you’ll have the expert insight you need to take the next step towards becoming a published author. 


How to Write and Publish a Book | Author Manny Wolfe (22 min)

  •  How to choose a title for your book
  • How to know where to end your book
  • How to figure out your writing process

How to Fall in Love with Your Writing Again | Lauren Barker (17 min)

o   How to appreciate your own writing again

o   How to finish your novel (for real this time)

o   How to get into the writing momentum

How Can I Find the Time to Write? | Allie Powers (20 min)

o   How to find quality feedback for your work

o   How to meet your word count goals

o   The connection between neuroscience and writing

How to Optimize Digital Marketing for Your Book | Chris West (24 min)

o   How to use digital marketing as an author

o   How to increase your following on social media

o   How to use various digital marketing channels to advertise your writing

How to Land Your Ideal Literary Agent | Jeanne Covert (18 min)

o   How to find the right editor for your manuscript

o   How to get your query letter to the front of the line

o   How to write better marketing materials

How to Land Your Ideal Literary Agent | Jeanne Covert (18 min)

o   How to find the right editor for your manuscript

o   How to get your query letter to the front of the line

o   How to write better marketing materials

What Literary Agents Really Think About Your Manuscript | Jeff Kleinmann (21 min)

o   The most important elements of a query letter

o   What makes an agent pass on a query letter

o   How to know if you’re right for traditional publishing

o   What agents are looking for in a manuscript

What Goes on Inside a Literary Agent’s Head | Margaret Riley King (20 min)

o   How to make your query letter stand out

o   What NOT to do when sending queries to agents at different agencies

o   The day-to-day life of a literary agent


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