Note: I’m pleased to feature this interview with literary agent David Fugate as part of the Winning Edits Expert Interview Series.
Fugate is the founder of Launch Books, a literary agency helping authors successfully navigate the book proposal process to secure a book deal.
He’s also the author of The Unconventional Guide to Publishing, the ultimate mega-guide that teaches you everything you need to know about the publishing industry, new and old.
Follow Fugate on Twitter @LaunchBooks
Matt Gartland: You recently wrote that “What makes [the book publishing industry] even more challenging is that there’s no clear path for aspiring authors to learn what they need to know to be successful.” If there’s no clear path, where should such writers begin? What are the essential and timeless building blocks?
David Fugate: I don’t think there are any essential and timeless building blocks, and that’s precisely the problem. There are a number of wonderful books about the craft of writing, but when it comes to learning about how publishing works as a business there’s not much out there.