We are thrilled to announce that educator and author Alina Mitchell has joined our literary agent team!
Alina is no stranger to our agency. For a few years, she worked with Amanda Luedeke to sell the rights to her book about her great-aunt, fashion icon Ophelia DeVore. Though the book didn’t land, Alina knew that she had something special. She self-published the book and went on to sell audio rights. Soon after, she attracted the attention of a film production company.
We love her hustle. We love her never-give-up approach, but we also love her positive spirit and ability to dig in and do the hard work.
Alina Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/Professional Writing with a minor in Business Management from Oakwood University, a Master of Arts in English & Secondary Education from the University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH) and an Instructional Design/eLearning Certificate from Oregon State University.
She has worked as a secondary English teacher, a principal, and a higher education administrator. She currently freelances as a writer with Darklight Studios and evaluates standardized writing exams with the Educational Testing Services.
Alina is actively looking for nonfiction proposals including memoir, biographies, how-to, elementary & secondary education topics, religion/spirituality, narrative nonfiction, and new perspectives in history, arts & culture.
But in reality, self-publishing rarely leads to a traditional book deal.
In this week’s podcast episode, we talk about the three things that publishers look at when considering a self-published author.
If you ever think that you don’t measure up as a writer …
If you ever think that everyone else is so much better than you are …
If you ever feel like you’re just faking it …
You’re not alone.
Your dreams are coming true. You’ve found a book agent who wants to work with you! The only problem? He’s only been agenting for a few months. What do you do? Do you take a chance on a newbie agent? Or do you wait for someone more seasoned?
How should that money be spent?
Grow your email list.
Write a blog.
Start a podcast.
We’ve heard these book marketing recommendations a hundred times. We’re tired of them. So let’s shake things up.
In this episode, we dish on book marketing ideas that you probably haven’t tried yet. Give it a listen.
Don’t take someone else’s ideas or content (don’t plagiarize).Don’t fabricate stories about the past and claim they are true (don’t lie).Don’t set out to make others look bad (don’t libel).Hold up your end of the publishing agreement (don’t breach your contract).
And almost every author struggles to manage these groups.
This week, the Gatecrashers talk about how to run a successful launch team and get the results you need.
You don’t know any celebrities.
You don’t have home addresses for the kings and queens of social media.
And you certainly don’t have any ideas beyond sending out a copy of your book with an unassuming, near-apologetic letter asking them to help you out but only if they have time and if they’re interested.
And so your influencer mailing ends up falling flat.
It doesn’t have to be that way.