Announcing My E-Book Series

In response to numerous requests over the last few years, I’m excited to finally announce my first series of e-books:

“A Field Guide For Authors”

I’m starting with four titles, which I’ll roll out in November and December:

"How Do I Decide?" by Rachelle Gardner


Successful Blogging by Rachelle Gardner


Where Do I Start? by Rachelle Gardner


How Do I Get an Agent? by Rachelle Gardner


Taking a cue from the inimitable Michael Hyatt, I’m forming an official Field Guide Launch Team of 100 people to help me get the word out about the books. Members of the Launch Team will receive the following benefits:

  • Free copies of any two of my e-books
  • Membership in a private Facebook group for me and my launch team
  • A listing on this blog that includes your brief bio and a link to your blog or website
  • My undying gratitude!

Membership on the Launch Team means you agree to:

  • Help spread the word via all means of social media: blog, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest.
  • Write a review of at least one of the e-books on Amazon or another online retailer
  • Share any further ideas you may have for further spreading the word.

If you’d like to apply to join the Field Guide Launch Team, send an email to with the following information:

  • Monthly page views on your blog
  • Number of Twitter followers and Facebook friends
  • A brief explanation (no more than 100 words) of why you’d be an asset to the Launch Team.

Not knowing how many applicants I’ll receive, I can’t guarantee everyone will get on the team, but I encourage you to apply if you’re interested! (Don’t hesitate just because you don’t think you have a large platform — remember, most authors are in the same boat.)

What do you think of these first four titles I’ve planned?



Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Books & Such Literary Agency. Coffee & wine enthusiast (not at the same time) and dark chocolate connoisseur. I've worked in publishing since 1995 and I love talking about books!


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  4. Mindy Dyksterhouse on November 20, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    It’s not that I can’t afford a reader, I prefer the physical book. Will these be available in paperback and or hardcover?

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  6. Scott Nelson on November 10, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    After a long time playing at writing a book I hav finally gotten serious about writing something for publication. I am about a third of the way through the first episode of a science fiction serial. My plan is to publish on Kindle by the end of January. Your series is about the path that I have chosen, so try it out on me.


  7. Elizabeth on November 7, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    As a new blogger and a trying-to-get-back-in-the-saddle writer, I am especially interested in reading titles two and three. If I persevere, I’m sure the first and last will be helpful at some point as well.

    Thank you!
    Mommy to six, ages 4-16

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  9. FM Knight on November 2, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Don’t have time to be on the team but if I like the books will plug them on Self Publish It! my monthly radio show. Got 5,000 downloads last month for my show The Magnificent 7: Books All Writers Should Read.

  10. Trip Kimball on October 31, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    I like the 4 new books & the launching idea. I did tweet about it already & posted it on my FB page, but alas, can’t commit to being part of the official launch team.
    But… I will do what I can, when I can!
    Thanks for your help to authors and writers!

  11. nuku on October 30, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Nothing against self-publishing, since I might have to take that route in the future, but I have two questions.

    1) Did you write this all up recently, or did you do like Jeff Gerke and pull your blog posts and compile them into these books?

    2) Are you planning on changing the cover art? Simple is fine, ’cause it’s an ebook, and I read that people who read ebooks don’t bother looking at the art. But, and no offence to the artist, the art is creepy, and in my opinion, just doesn’t fit.

    Photos might work, like, for the first book a photo of a normal book next to a kindle (or something), as people, nowadays, might associate traditional publishing with books and self-pubbing with ebooks.

    Just a suggestion. (I can’t think of anything at the moment for the other three that would get the title message across while still looking appealing, though.)

    Sorry, though, if I offended you.

  12. Ingrid Lochamire on October 30, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Excited to get my hands on these books. You’ll get my e-mail application soon!

  13. T.Donna on October 30, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    All 4 titles look fantastic. This is truly exciting :))

  14. Krista Phillips on October 30, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    VERY cool!!!! Excited for you on this new project!!

  15. Michelle Brinson on October 30, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Wonderful! I’ve sent you an email… would love to be a part of the launch team. These are right up my alley.

  16. Brandy Vallance on October 30, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Congratulations, Rachelle! This is fantastic! So excited for you! 🙂

  17. Pattie on October 30, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    I would love to be considered for the launch team, but even if I’m not chosen, I think all of these books will be amazing helps to those of us who are small-time writers.

  18. Peter DeHaan on October 29, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    All four titles sound great.

  19. Kristin Laughtin on October 29, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Nice! I look forward to reading these.

  20. Ian on October 29, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Rachelle, great idea.

    Great wait to buy them.


  21. Davey on October 29, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Congrats, Rachelle! So glad you’ve taken the plunge.

  22. Richard Barnett on October 29, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    This series is just what an old Luddite needs. Thank you!

  23. Jody on October 29, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Looking forward to these books.

  24. Jan Kern on October 29, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    I loved your blog workshop at the recent Books & Such retreat, so that experience gives me a glimpse into what these resources can offer. Great choices for the launch as each topic will address key concerns and interests for writers. The cover design is simple and clear . . . and fun! I like the sketch-like images representing each topic!

    My first thought: What great resources to recommend when I am engaged in one-on-one mentoring, editing a writer’s project, or leading a mentoring clinic for new or advanced writers. And great resources for me too!

    The one recommendation that comes to mind is to consider using questions for all titles in the series, including the blogging ebook.

    Wonderful offering, Rachelle!

  25. Megan DiMaria on October 29, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    These books look like a great foundation for writers, and I love the covers. So cute!

  26. Michelle Lim on October 29, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Rachelle, what fabulous resources! With the huge following you have on your blog and the Books & Such Blog these will be a huge success.

    Congratulations on this new adventure!

  27. Sally on October 29, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Your Field Guides look awesome. Being so busy as a writer and employed full time, these books look like they are something I could really use.

  28. Reba on October 29, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    I think the titles are great…and congrats to you on this big adventure.

  29. Marla Taviano on October 29, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Okay, this is just awesome. I LOVE the concept. LOVE the covers. The artwork is GREAT.

    And you’ve done just what you tell others to do. Built a platform, built credibility, and now you’ll hopefully get some payback for what you’ve been doing for years for FREE.

    I’m part of a launch team (via Jeff Goins via Michael Hyatt) right now. Such a great concept. Will head on over to apply right now!!

  30. Melinda Viergever Inman on October 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Awesome titles! Can’t wait to read them! I’ll definitely be applying for your launch team! These e-books look like a Godsend for authors attempting to break in—the tribe of hopeful writers, of whom I am one.

  31. Tanya Marlow on October 29, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Great to hear of these books – they sound like they will be really useful! Many thanks.

  32. Lindsay Harrel on October 29, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Can’t wait to read them!

  33. Tyrean on October 29, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    That looks like a great series!

  34. Cynthia Herron on October 29, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    How exciting, Rachelle! Congratulations!

    Looking forward to these!

  35. Tina Hunt on October 29, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    I think this looks great. I would love to be in the group of 100!

  36. Melissa Tagg on October 29, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    If your books are anything like your blog posts, we’re in for a treat. So looking forward to reading them!

  37. Elizabeth Kitchens on October 29, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    They sound great, and I love the illustrations!

  38. Ruth Taylor on October 29, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Congrats! It’ll be nice to have each subject in its own publication, rather than searching for the different articles on your website.

    Can’t wait to read them.

  39. Terri Weldon on October 29, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Wow! I can’t wait to read these. Please let us know the minute they are available.

  40. Christy Truitt on October 29, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Love the marketing idea! Am tabling it for future need. Already sent in my email with the requested info. Pick me! Pick me!

  41. Mercey Valley on October 29, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    It’s pretty exciting stuff and it will only increase your workload, so I hope you’re ready, sista!! 😉 I love the look of #4.

  42. Jill Kemerer on October 29, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Love the titles and covers! I’m sure these will be treasured by writers. 🙂

  43. Jeanne on October 29, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Wow, this sounds like a fabulous series. I can’t wait to read it. Your team idea sounds like such a great way to get the word out about your books. Super ideas, Rachelle. These are on my must-read list. 🙂

  44. Fred Rendon Jr on October 29, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Mira mira mira bueno, OK I think if you really help authors it will be great. WE all have books which we would like to get out to the public sector but getting a good agent is difficult. I had problems after Vietnam and being treated with disdain by the Military Marine Corps and then the Veterans Administration and then after many years agents have treated me like an inconvenience in my case I want to reach out to veterans and let them know about a program which helped me get rid of PTSD,got rid of thoughts of suicide.

  45. Heather on October 29, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Sounds awesome! I look forward to reading them!

  46. David Todd on October 29, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Good luck with the e-books, Rachelle. I’m not sure my (or anyone’s) opinion on these titles/subjects is meaningful, since it appears they are being published. After all, you’ve gone to the expense (monitarily or time wise) to have covers done.

    Are you self-publishing these, or are they through a publisher?

    • David Todd on October 29, 2012 at 10:25 AM

      Oh, never mind an answer to the question. Saw your comment above to Mira, which seems to have cross-posted with mine.

  47. Olivia Newport on October 29, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    How cool is this! They look terrific. I am going to love being able to refer people to these books when they ask me publishing-related questions.

  48. Robin Patchen on October 29, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Very exciting, Rachelle. Where do you get the time to do all you do? Blog posts, writing books. Oh, and there’s that whole “agent” gig. Family, too? I’m overwhelmed just thinking about it.

    Well done!

  49. ed cyzewski on October 29, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    I love that you’re putting all four out at the same time, as different folks will have different questions, but some may need all of them! Great idea. I think I may know a little about what’s in one of them… 😉

  50. P. J. Casselman on October 29, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    These will be welcome additions to my library. I told my wife that if I ever get a book published by one of the big xix, I’ll have to include you in the dedications, because of the depth of help I receive here. The team sounds like a solid plan. You’ll have that filled with grateful writers in no time. My prayers for your success.

  51. Mary DeMuth (@MaryDeMuth) on October 29, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Great branding and covers, Rachelle. Well done!

  52. Roxanne Sherwood Gray on October 29, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Your new books will be awesome resources for writers!

    I’ve devoured Noah Lukeman’s books and will definitely purchase these. Thanks so much for writing them. I can’t wait!

  53. Susan Toy on October 29, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Timely, necessary, important – I will be recommending your books to all beginning writers.

  54. Rose Gardener on October 29, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Rachelle, I don’t have a blog or pinterest so will not be applying to join your team. However, I have learned a great deal of useful information from following your blog and I’m sure your books will be helpful too. I’m happy to promote this link on FB and Twitter and will look out for the titles when they come out. Good luck!

  55. Sue Harrison on October 29, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Congratulations!! I’m so excited for you, Rachelle!!! The books look great, the info is much needed, and you have the platform to appeal to a huge segment of readers! Praying for blessings on your endeavor!

  56. Lisa on October 29, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    I love your blog! I know the ebooks will be amazing as well!!

  57. Wendy Paine Miller on October 29, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Would you look at that! How cool, Rachelle!

    Well done. Excited to read.
    ~ Wendy

  58. Sarah Thomas on October 29, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Oh my goodness! This is outstanding. What a great resource–can’t wait!

  59. Beth K. Vogt on October 29, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Love the titles. Love the artwork — especially the two men pacing off for a duel on the cover of the book about traditional versus self-publishing.

  60. Natasha Hanova on October 29, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    LOVE it!

  61. Angela Brown on October 29, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    Wishing you the very best with this. Helpful tips and guides are always great sources to turn to.

  62. Sandra Stiles on October 29, 2012 at 7:26 AM

    My plate is full so don’t consider me. However, I love the topics you will be covering.

  63. Paul Salvette on October 29, 2012 at 7:20 AM

    The covers look good, and you’re definitely knowledgeable on the subject matter. Writing non-fiction can be a bit of a drudge, so it’s pretty impressive that you are rolling out four at the same time. Please let us know if our company can help with the eBook design.

  64. Heather Sunseri on October 29, 2012 at 6:52 AM

    They look great! You are such an encouraging voice to writers, Rachelle, and your knowledge of the industry is sure to shine in this series. Congrats!

  65. Clementine on October 29, 2012 at 6:16 AM

    I’ve been following your blog for ages but don’t comment very often. This is just to say well done, and I’m very much looking forward to reading those, in particular 2 and 3.

  66. Eric von Mizener on October 29, 2012 at 4:19 AM

    I’ve long wondered when you would finally do this.

    • Dabney Hedegard on October 29, 2012 at 5:44 PM

      I was thinking the same thing. It’s about time.

  67. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser on October 29, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    What wonderful news! Your blog has helped me in many ways, over the years, and I’m sure the books will become a valued resource for both established and aspiring authors.

    If I may say this – the heart of your success with this series (and it will be successful!) will be YOUR heart, Rachelle. In 2008 a first-time novelist sent you a query, and while you passed on the project, you took the time to write a kind email praising both the concept and the craftsmanship.

    Obviously, that writer was me. You were the first agent I queried, and your reply gave me the courage and confidence to keep going. I went back to those words so many times! The book was eventually published, and it’s a kick beyond anything I’d imagined, going to my local Barnes and Noble and seeing it on one of the ‘feature tables’.

    And I’ve kept writing. You gave me hope, and I know that your books will do the same for many others.

    Thank you!

  68. Lynda Schmeichel on October 29, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    I hope you will consider me for your launch team. The books look great! And I can use all the help I can get!

  69. Mira on October 29, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    Who is publishing these? Are you indie publishing these, Rachelle?

    I have no issue with you indie publishing, but I admit I’m nervous about your first title. I hope you represent indie publishing fairly, especially since it looks like you’re wading in yourself.

    • Rachelle Gardner on October 29, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      Mira, Mira, Mira. When have I not been fair?

      Yes, I’m self-publishing these, so you can be assured I have nothing against the “self” route and will be entirely fair and helpful to authors trying to make the decision.

      • Mira on October 30, 2012 at 1:29 AM

        Rachelle, okay, sounds good. Can’t ask for more than helpful and fair!

        So, as an indie advocate, I’ll also welcome to the ranks of indie authors! 🙂

        I wonder if you’ve thought about branching out at some point. Just my opinion, of course, but I think you have a true gift for prescriptive non-fiction and inspirational writing. If you spread your wings alittle with that, I’d definitely be in line!

  70. Jo Ann Fore on October 29, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    This. Is. Awesome.

  71. Paula on October 29, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    I love your courage to not only represent but also let yourself take personal risks in writing. You already do it via the blog, and now in book format. Way to go! I want to read them.

  72. Natasha on October 29, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    These look great! I can’t wait to read them.

  73. Anna Labno on October 29, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    Covers and titles are great. I can’t help. I don’t have time! I hardly find time to work on my blog.

  74. Sean Roney on October 29, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    Looks like a great series! Congrats on taking the leap with the series, and for helping the many authors who can use this great advice!