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ASJA Success Stories

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Member name: Jamie Gold, San Diego

Success Story: Wellness by Design, upcoming book from Simon & Schuster

How I landed the gig: After writing two successful books for The Taunton Press, I thought pitching my third would be easy. Not so much! When fellow writers in a Facebook Binders women writers’ group suggested your annual conference as a great resource, I decided to check it out. I’m super-glad that I joined as a professional member and attended. I met my literary agent, Steve Harris of CSG Literary Partners, at your 2018 Client Connections and he helped me land a book deal with Simon & Schuster’s new wellness imprint, Tiller Press. The secret to succeeding, I believe, was being well-prepared for the turbo-paced literary speed-dating session. Have your “elevator pitch” prepared. Have an attractive leave-behind, get business cards from everyone you meet at Client Connections and follow up afterward. I had interest from most of the agents I met, but Steve was the most helpful and most interested. I have no regrets in signing with him. He’s the level of professional you want to connect with through a professional association like ASJA.

Net results: TBD – Book publishes May 26, 2020

Comments about ASJA: I find great info in your weekly newsletter and am proud of my ASJA membership. I’m also interested in what the group is doing for us California freelancers with our state’s restrictive AB5 “gig worker” law, and what it will do if the equivalent HR2474 makes it out of Congress in a future administration. more

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