A Bold Voice Collaborative Service

Looking for help navigating the complicated publishing industry landscape? Refining a proposal or manuscript before querying agents and editors? Creating a new book project? Trying to identify the right agents for you and your work?

During your hour-long consult with Laura, you can discuss anything related to the publishing experience. Before your session, share a book proposal, manuscript samples, websites, blogs, social media sites, and/or marketing materials you believe are important for Laura’s understanding of your project.

(Please note: Laura will not read your entire book in advance, provide a critique or edit of manuscript materials, or offer an editorial review.)

Laura Mazer is a literary agent at Wendy Sherman Associates, Inc.. Previously, Laura was the executive editor of Seal Press, a boutique imprint of the Hachette Book Group, where she edited bold voices in adult nonfiction. Her New York Times bestselling books include So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo and From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars by Virginia Grohl. Prior to that, Laura was the managing editor of Counterpoint and executive editor of its imprint Soft Skull Press, where she edited literary and contemporary fiction and narrative nonfiction.

Before joining the book-publishing industry, Laura was managing editor of the global news agency representing some of the most influential opinion writers and editorial cartoonists of the day, including Hillary Clinton, Arianna Huffington, Molly Ivins, Ann Landers, and Mike Luckovich. A longtime advocate for underrepresented voices, Laura sits on the board of The OpEd Project and teaches publishing seminars at Left Margin Lit, a writing center in Berkeley.


$325 USD

  • One 60-minute appointment (Zoom or phone)
  • Advance review of materials (see above)
  • Follow-ups via email for one month after your session