I am so honored and beyond excited to finally share today’s special episode with you. We have none other than Gail Hochman on the show! Gail is the president of Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc. and the president of the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR). She has built a legacy of representing all-star clients with the likes of National Book Award winning author Julia Glass of “Three Junes”, Michael Cunningham of Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner award-winning novel “The Hours”, Scott Turow of “Presumed Innocent”, and Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award winning Jules Feiffer.
In today’s episode, Gail and I discuss her role as the president of Brandt & Hochman, and we unpack how the AAR is an incredible organization for literary agents and a powerful resource for writers. Storyteller Tribe, if you’re curious about agent-writer relationships, how a literary agent can help to cultivate a writer’s career, how to write strong query letters, and how to create genuine relationships with mentors– you’re going to love this episode.
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What You’ll Learn From This Episode:
- How to research which literary agents to send your query letter to
- Creating strong query letters that will resonate with literary agents
- Gail’s role as the President of the Association of Authors’ Representatives
- How to find and establish genuine relationships with mentors
- Why it’s beneficial to intern at a literary agency to understand the various tasks and responsibilities
- How the Association of Authors Representative can help you find a literary agent
- How a literary agent cultivates a writer’s career
- How the publishing world effects the relationship between the writer and the literary agent
Learn More About Gail Hochman
Gail Hochman is the President of Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc. and the President of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, the one professional organization of book and dramatic agents in North America. She started in publishing in 1975 at G.P.Putnam’s Sons, which was then a modest-sized family-owned firm (now part of the Bertelsmann Group). She became an agent in 1977 at Paul R. Reynolds, Inc., the oldest American literary agency, and moved to Brandt & Brandt (now Brandt & Hochman) in 1983. Her clients currently include Julia Glass, Scott Turow, Ann Hood, Craig Johnson, Jules Feiffer, Terry Tempest Williams, Mary Pope Osborne, Avi, Lauren Tarshis and many others. She specializes in literary fiction and memoir, mystery, children’s books, and serious nonfiction.
Gail’s Recommended Books & Resources:
Little Women by Lousia May Alcott
Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne
The Sicilian by Mario Puzo