In Which I am Interviewed by Michael Hyatt

Michael HyattInstead of posting here today, I’m sending you to another blog. Michael Hyatt interviewed me via Skype and the video is up on his blog today.

Visit Michael Hyatt’s blog by clicking here.

In the interview, Michael and I discussed advice for new authors looking for an agent, common mistakes new authors make in approaching agents, the importance of  a formal book proposal, why authors should still consider publishing with a traditional publisher… and more.

Drop by and tell him I sent you!

Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Gardner Literary. 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!


  1. Professional Bid Writers on September 12, 2011 at 5:25 PM

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  2. Sally Apokedak on August 27, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Wonderful interview. Thanks.

  3. Joanne Wiklund on August 26, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Rachelle: Thank you for the time you take to share what you know with others. In this changing world, having manuscripts to move is so challenging, especially for those of us who have gone from journalism to fiction. As a reader of dictionaries as a child, reading has been a fulfilling journey. Books take us places we want to go when we read, but as authors the trip can be a whole lot more exciting and difficult. Thanks.

  4. Kristie E Jackson on August 25, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    So enjoyed watching this interview! Having gone through the self-publishing process, I think your analogy to being a general contractor is PERFECT. I learned a great deal, but some of what I’ve learned I would have preferred to never know! Having an agent and traditional publisher is definitely still my goal. It would be a lot more fun to be part of team that was working to polish and promote the book!

  5. MaDonna on August 24, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    Great interview! I subscribe to both sites and was thrilled when I saw that he was interviewing you! Thanks for some great advice…really liked the comparison of self-publishing to building a house. Really makes sense for trying to figure out if self-publishing is the right way to go. Each person is different and it all depends on how much you want to do it yourself. =)

  6. Eileen Astels on August 24, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Finally got it to work for me. Hurray!

    I sure can identify with your comments on making the mental leap from writer to published author, Rachelle. It’s a scary journey.

    Off to do more homework on proposals.

  7. Eileen Astels on August 24, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    I would really like to see this, but sadly, it doesn’t seem to be working today. I’ll try later in the week and hope it’s running then.

  8. Michael Collins on August 24, 2011 at 2:23 AM

    Thank you. I’ve forwarded this to many aspiring authors seeking an agent/publisher. You have neatly encapsulated the first steps in the quest.

  9. Jeanne on August 23, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    Great interview, Rachelle. Much of it spoke to me, but the thing that opened my eyes was looking at the proposal as a business plan. It makes so much more sense to me now! Thanks, again, for sharing your wisdom!

  10. Loree Huebner on August 23, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    Great interview, Michael and Rachelle!

    Thanks for the honest and direct questions and answers.

  11. Diana Dart on August 23, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    Fantastic info delivered in a very personal, relaxed format. Loved the DIY analogy as well, so helpful for those on both sides of the fence.

  12. Joseph Baran on August 23, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    I am following your blog for some time now and it has become a daily read, although this is the first time I’m leaving my comment here. It was a helpful interview for anyone who is yet unpublished, like me, writing the query letter for a finished novel. However, I cannot help but feel the presence of two opposing sides of the publishing industry. The writer who is the cornerstone, if you will, of creativity and conviction that his message will change the lives of others in whatever way it may be. And the business aspect of the equation that is the publisher who is all business. Period. This is definitely the place where the creativity meets the reality, face to face.

    On a side note, it’s late in the day and I’m surprised there are only fifteen comments so far.

  13. Rachel Wilder on August 23, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Wonderful interview. That look at the book proposal made the concept finally make sense to me. I’m getting very close to the point where putting the proposal together is the next step.

  14. Ruth Madison on August 23, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Is there a transcript anywhere?

  15. Robbin on August 23, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Research research research – sometimes can be conflicting. Yet, you are one agent that I hold in high regard, and have benefited from your blog. Thank you! Nice interview – I especially liked your take on a writer’s platform.

  16. Jana Dean on August 23, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Hi Rachelle,
    Thanks for the link. Good stuff! Three years into reading your blog and I never rhymed you with Michelle. Re-setting the internal pronouncer now to make sure I say your name right if ever we meet.

    I was married to my general contractor, and know how much much of a Do-it-Yourselfer I am NOT, which brings me back to point number one and saying your name correctly when the time comes–

  17. Addison Moore on August 23, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    You are made of awesome!!! Hair product and makeup info please. You look hawt woman! Oh and all that publishing stuff was pretty cool too. 😉

  18. Sarah Thomas on August 23, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Great interview! And your thoughts on why so many writers want to be traditionally published are right on.

  19. joylene on August 23, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    That was a very informative interivew, Rachelle. Your passion shone through.

  20. Brandon on August 23, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    This was a great interview! You have a very neat site here!

  21. Anne Lang Bundy on August 23, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Mike’s esteem for you is evident, Rachelle. (And, if I might add, VERY well deserved! 😀 )

  22. Nancy S. Thompson on August 23, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Great interview! And what you said about a writer wanting the validation that accompanies traditional publishing is spot on.

  23. Rick Barry on August 23, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Nice interview, Rachelle. Clear, direct and informative. I’m reposting the link on my Facebook for all those who ask me questions about writing & publishing.

  24. David Barry DeLozier on August 23, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Great interview. I now subscribe to your blog and just “liked” your facebook page (I already followed you on twitter). I’m grateful you are so generous with advice for debut novelists. Very interesting juxtaposition for me: I am an architectural designer, a home builder and multiple business owner so I am entrepreneurial – all of which supports the case for self-publishing (loved your home building analogy but I was answering yes to all the questions). At the same time, everything you said about wanting the validation of an agent and a traditional publishing house for my fiction writing is absolutely true. My book is not ready to be shopped (I’m a habitual editor/revisionist) but when it is, I will have to stare down these issues. Thanks again for such a great interview.

  25. Michelle DeRusha on August 23, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Awesome, Rachelle — I’m heading over there now!

  26. Katy McKenna on August 23, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    What an excellent interview!! I, too, will directed others to both your site and Michael’s. Many writers will appreciate your comments about the difference between wanting to write and entering into the publishing business with your books. I also loved how you emphasized the importance of crafting a book proposal. Thanks, Rachelle and Michael!

  27. Sherri on August 23, 2011 at 8:36 AM

    Rachelle I subscribed to yours and Michael’s blogs several months ago and read them every day, frequently saving the posts for future reference. I love to see the live interviews – you both look so calm doing that! 🙂 I have a link to both of your blogs on mine and hope that will encourage people to check them out. Thanks for a great interview. I’m always learning something.