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GET YOUR FIRST (GREAT) BOOK DEAL WITH LAURA MAZER Oct. 21 -Nov. 20, 2021 - 1st Live Session Oct. 27

An Agent's Insider Guide to Becoming a Published Author

This four-week course with literary agent Laura Mazer is for writers working on fiction OR nonfiction manuscripts or proposals.

Includes LIVE interactive weekly office hours (Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm CT), videos, actionable advice, and community.

Maybe you have an idea for a book but don’t know how to go about writing and publishing it.

Or, maybe you've written a book but are stalled trying to get the attention of literary agents and editors.

Maybe you’ve published some shorter pieces and now you’re ready to develop your writing into a full-length book.


Whether you’re just starting to develop your book or have already written a complete manuscript, GET YOUR FIRST (GREAT) BOOK DEAL will give you the direction you need to get your book written, polished, published, reviewed, and on the shelves in bookstores.

LITERARY AGENT LAURA MAZER will walk you through all the steps and stages of bringing your fiction and/or nonfiction book to the general market, starting with the development of a salable concept and ending with a book that’s beautifully reviewed and valued by readers.

You’ll leave this experience with the most effective strategies to shepherd a project from “spark of an idea” to “magnum opus.”

Join us for... 
An Agent's Insider Guide to Becoming a Published Author*

LIVE interactive office hours on four Wednesdays: October 27, November 3, 10, 17
5-6:30pm PT / 7-8:30pm CT / 8-9:30pm ET

This course covers the most essential information aspiring authors need to pursue their book-publishing goals.

*Ideal for authors of adult fiction and nonfiction; not suitable for writers of children’s books.



Exclusive videos dropped by BVC's publishing-industry insider offer in-depth instruction and guidance.


Laura leads you through the development of your book idea and helps you work toward the creation of a query letter or book proposal


Live office hours help you delve deeper into the video content, ask Laura questions, and collaborate with classmates.


The mechanics of the publishing industry, including the roles of literary agents and acquisition editors  

The purpose and value of book proposals   

The secrets to crafting a strong query letter  

The pros and cons of mainstream publishing vs. self-publishing ... and more!


LAURA MAZER is a literary agent with Wendy Sherman Associates, where she represents a wide range of categories, from literary biography to popular culture. Before joining WSA, 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. 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. She lives in Oakland, California.


Laura's course has provided me with a blueprint for both creating more ways to communicate the main messages of my memoir to prospective agents. I loved how warm and accessible (yet professional) Laura was in our Zoom chats, and thought her video clips were practical and informative. This course is wonderful for laying the foundation for creating more ways (query letter, proposal, elevator pitch etc) to effectively communicate the overall message of your book to anyone in the publishing community. 

- Sarah Leibov

This rare, four-week course with a highly sought-out literary agent will give you the insider insight you need to make your book project stand out in the crowd of submissions.

Learn what it takes to excite agents, editors, and other publishing gatekeepersand realize your writerly dreams.


Questions? Contact us.