Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Mind Your Business

A Hollywood Literary Agent’s Guide To Your Writing Career 
By Michele Wallerstein

Book Review
By Ann Baldwin

With over 25 years of successful experience as a Hollywood literary agent, working for one of the top agencies and owning her own agency, Michele Wallerstein has a wealth of valuable information for writers in her new book, Mind Your Business: A Hollywood Literary Agent’s Guide To Your Writing Career (Michael Wiese Productions 2010).

She is candid about some of the pitfalls and negative aspects of the business and reveals secrets and tricks of the trade only an insider knows to help you through them. She’s very encouraging and full of positive advice, which gives aspiring writers the support, help, and hope that they need.

Michele tells you what to look for when seeking an agent, an agent’s responsibilities in both a large and boutique agency, and the best way to communicate with your agent. She is thorough in covering all aspects of running your writing business from the costs involved (mentally, emotionally, and financially) to marketing, networking, socializing, meetings, and pitching your story ideas. She includes detailed legal advice and many sample contracts to study from, along with Hollywood terminology to familiarize yourself. At the end of each chapter, she includes a list of helpful exercises to keep you moving forward.

It’s definitely a book to keep by my side throughout my writing career and should be in every writer’s library. I highly recommend Mind Your Business by Michele Wallerstein for all writers (screenplay and novel), if you want to know how to make your writing career successful.

To learn more about Michele Wallerstein, you can visit her at and purchase a copy of Mind Your Business at Amazon


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