Literary Agent Michael Larsen

photo michael larsenLiterary Agent Michael Larsen

Thriving in the Golden Age for Writers
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Central Point City Hall Council Chambers, 140 S. Third Street, Central Point

“Ten Commandments That Guarantee Success”

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Free to members, $10.00 visitors


Now is the best time ever to be a writer, but you need a new path to succeed. Set inspiring literary and publishing goals. Love your work. Make success inevitable. Build your platform. Serve your community. Test-market your books. Share your passion. Reinvent yourself as a “contentpreneur.” Free follow-up phone calls.

  • Why now is the best time ever to be a writer
  • Why it’s easy to get an agent
  • How to create diverse revenue streams
  • Why “nichecraft” is the key to your success

“The S Theory of Storytelling: Make Your First Page Sell Your Book”


1:30 – 3:30 p.m.   $25.00 for members, $30.00 for guests ($35 for whole day)


Every word you write is an audition for the next word. If agents, editors, and book buyers don’t like your first page, why would they turn it? We will use Mike’s handout on “The S Theory of Storytelling” as a basis for giving you creative, constructive feedback on your first page. Please bring a copy of the book like yours you love most, and two copies of the first 250 words of your manuscript or nonfiction proposal. Free follow-up phone calls.

  • The four keys for making your first page compelling
  • How to use successful books as models for your books
  • The importance of getting feedback from knowledgeable readers
  • The second best way to start your query letter


It would be helpful to attendees to print Mike’s handout and bring it to both the morning and afternoon presentations. For more info:


Mike Larsen co-founded Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents in 1972. Over four decades, the agency sold hundreds of books to more than 100 publishers and imprints. Elizabeth and Mike have stopped taking on new writers, but Mike loves helping writers and is an author coach for nonfiction writers. He wrote How to Write a Book Proposal and How to Get a Literary Agent, and coauthored Guerrilla Marketing for Writers. Mike also wrote a proposal template, available at He is co-director of the San Francisco Writers Conference,, and the San Francisco Writing for Change Conference,






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  1 comment for “Literary Agent Michael Larsen

  1. March 12, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Thanks for inviting Mike Larsen to present at the Apr. 2 meeting. He was my first agent–back in the early 1980s in SF. He and I have just reconnected. I plan to be at the morning talk and afternoon workshop on Sat., Apr. 2, in Central Point.

    Is there a way to register and pay the $25 in advance? I couldn’t find a link for that. Or does everyone pay at the door?

    I joined the Willamette Writers last summer when I signed up for the Writers Conference in Portland. So my membership is still good. My member number is #10351.

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