The Hartnett Agency
A Nonfiction Literary Agency

Quick Study Sessions

Based on strong success during 2014 and 2015, author study sessions are now offered by The Hartnett Agency by appointment with individuals and small groups. Sessions include advance review of work, developmental support and other consultation. Input from more than one literary agent is available. So, when you are ready to take a bold step beyond published how-to guides, tap an agent's experience with an affordable online session. 

Writing Your Book Proposal

Creative license enriches your book— but not your proposal. Craft your book proposal to snag the attention of every stakeholder in the editorial decision whether to select your idea out of thousands and thousands submitted every year. 

Free, fun, brief preview of Writing Your Book Proposal  

Surviving the Publishing Process

Your book contract only begins the spin through a full publishing cycle. Reduce vertigo, chaos and stress with this overview of the process. Know what to expect and how to plan so you maximize productivity in your new publishing partnerships.  

Becoming a Freelance Writer

One of the best careers in the universe is that of a freelance writer—as long as you aren’t starving. So, get serious. Here’s Tough Talk for starting and running a freelance writing business from your home.  


Self-publishing can be a money pit--or a thrilling success story. Master the basic business model so you can protect your savings and sanity while publishing on time, on budget, and on par with your competition.  
Researching the Book Market

A cornerstone for publishing success is fluency in your competition. Craft your proposal and strengthen your work with the kind of market savvy that catapults your idea ahead of the pack. 

New Media 

New media are fascinating, energizing but often defy metrics and have zero measurable impact on goals. Here’s a review of over forty new media hangouts and how each one may support your publishing plan. 


Affordable individual consultation in any of the above topics is available.

Autodidactic by Nature? 

Here's some free advice for anyone who hopes to publish a book: understand what makes your book valuable by understanding how publishers do business.

Most authors fail to master this fundamental reality, but enthusiasm is no substitute for preparation when it comes to working with publishers. So, do some homework.

Even before a speed course in publishing during our quick sessions above, we recommend writers get familiar with a few how-to reference books out there. Our top recommendation is by Jeff Herman. 

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Small-Print Info  Attendees must be 18 years or older. § Course fee is due prior to services rendered. The cancellation and refund policy is provided in writing. § Discounts are available for school or institutional groups. § Attendance does not suggest or guarantee agency representation or book publication. § All courses are subject to and protected by Federal and state law, including the United States Copyright Law, and may not be copied or reproduced in any way without the prior written authorization of The Hartnett Agency, which records webinars for quality review. § The Hartnett Agency, in its sole discretion, reserves the right, but does not assume the obligation, to remove or mute an intentionally or inadvertently disruptive attendee. 

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