Want access to the wisdom and heart of not one, but TWO top literary agents? Then you don’t want to miss this week’s episode of Bound + Determined.

Look, I thought long and hard about how I wanted to open this newsletter, and I decided to not bury the lead. Right to the facts….just like this episode.

This week, I sit down with long-time colleagues Jan Baumer + Steve Troha of Folio Literary.

Jan loves marrying her editorial background with her intuition on what sells. She started her publishing career as an editorial assistant at award-winning magazine Budget Living then moved on to book publishing as an acquisitions editor at HarperOne, one of the world’s leading spirituality, health & lifestyle publishers. 

Steve Troha has a consistent track record of working with some of the world’s most prominent and best-selling authors. In the past ten years, he has worked with more than 60 New York Times bestselling authors, including Dolly Parton, Misty Copeland, Gabrielle Bernstein, and many more.

Look, I was never one for a velvet rope situation. While the Leo in me loves to feel VIP, I never wanted to ask to get anywhere exclusive.  You too? I’ve got you.

In this week’s episode we are opening the vault to over 40 years of collective wisdom on what really gets books published.

So many of you on your author journey as me how to find the best agents for your work. You want to know how to stand out, what they’re looking for, how the process works. Well, this episode is for you.


In this episode we discuss:

  • How much of their job is instinct vs. what is presented in a proposal
  • Which parts of the proposal they consider most important
  • Changes they’re seeing in the publishing industry
  • How they’re assessing author platforms
  • The most common misstep authors make in their proposals
  • What they’re currently looking for
  • and SO MUCH MORE

Truly, this episode is not to be missed! Join us for a fun and unfiltered look of what typically happens behind closed industry doors.

Get ready to learn the ultimate secrets to publishing success from two very respected Literary Agents. In this episode Richelle Fredson speaks with Jan Baumer and Steve Troha of Folio Literary Management. Both Jan and Steve have a consistent track record of working with some of the world’s most prominent and best-selling authors, and reveal their tips for mastering the book proposal process and finding the perfect publisher.


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