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Find an Agent, Land a Book Deal, and Become a Published Author

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Published by Hay House and distributed by Penguin Random House, Lucinda’s step-by-step guide shows writers how to create a winning concept, craft an irresistible pitch, and land your dream book deal.

In this practical, immediately actionable guide, Lucinda Halpern, who has represented New York Times bestsellers and brokered numerous deals with major publishers for over a decade, divulges what agents look for in authors and the shortcuts they use to get book deals but have never revealed—until now.

Lucinda has personally writers and entrepreneurs launch timeless, best-selling books every day. But the path to literary success begins with knowing the answers to questions like:

  • How do I make my book idea marketable to agents and publishers?
  • What essential ingredients should my book pitch possess?
  • What common pitfalls and errors should I avoid?
  • How do I find a reputable agent who shares my vision?
  • What can I do if I’m getting rejected by agents and publishers?

In her unique 6-step process, Lucinda provides the exercises, tools, and concrete strategies to:

  • Write a query letter that gets an agent’s attention
  • Build an effective marketing platform
  • Create a timeless bestseller

Packed with interviews from best-selling authors, leading book editors from Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Hachette, and more, Get Signed is the indispensable roadmap you need right now to get noticed and become a published author.

Praise for Get Signed 

“All aspiring authors know the value of a great literary agent, but few know how to get one. Lucinda Halpern has written the definitive guide to attracting an agent and laying the groundwork for a book well worth publishing.”

~Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of THINK AGAIN and HIDDEN POTENTIAL, and host of the TED podcast Re:Thinking

“While Lucinda Halpern offers invaluable advice for navigating the choppy waters of literary agencies and publishing houses, she does something even more valuable with Get Signed: She entices the writer to elevate the storytelling, to create a timeless book, and to launch a dream career.”

~Jenny Jackson, VP and executive editor at Alfred A Knopf and #1 New York Times best-selling author of Pineapple Street

“Lucinda Halpern and her book are the map and the compass for any beginning writer looking for a way to find their perfect agent. There is no question in my mind that it will forever be the only book anyone trying to break into publishing will ever need. If only I had it when I was starting out! Wherever Lucinda leads, I will follow.”

~Sam Wasson, New York Times best-selling author of Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M., Fosse, and The Big Goodbye

Step by clear, insightful step, Lucinda Halpern gifts writers with the knowledge of what an agent does and how the writer-agent partnership works, while offering concise steps, in the form of exercises, to ready writers to present their best ideas with excellent writing and secure platforms. As the title promises, this is the book to read to “Get Signed.”

~Marion Roach Smith, author of The Memoir Project, a Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life

In Get Signed, Lucinda Halpern offers aspiring authors a step-by-step, actionable roadmap for landing a literary agent. She pulls back the curtain to show you the nitty gritty details agents and publishers are looking for, so you can nail your big idea, dial in your pitch and present yourself as the best author for the job. Full of insider wisdom suitable for writers of every genre, Get Signed gives you just what you need to woo—and then wow—the agent of your dreams. Highly recommended!

~Kelly Notaras, author of The Book You Were Born to Write

“In this indispensable book, Lucinda Halpern teaches authors how to meet the marketplace and the moment.  She turns overwhelm into action steps and helps make publishing dreams come true.”

~Nicola Kraus, co-author of #1 New York Times best-seller, The Nanny Diaries