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Literary Agent Bruce Barbour on Submitting Your Book to Publish

Long Time Literary Agent Bruce Barbour Talks About How To Submit Your Book or Story

Literary veteran Bruce Barbour talks to OPM about how to submit your book to him.

I met Bruce at the incredible Author 101 Event in Los Angeles. This interview is well overdue since I recorded in in 2011, but the information has not changed.

Bruce is a veteran literary agent and he tells it like it is, about getting your book to him. What he wants to see, how he wants to see it and many more tips and suggestions to make sure you get your stuff read and taken seriously. JW

Bruce Barbour Literary AgentBruce Barbour

Excellence in Literary Management

Bruce R Barbour has been active in book publishing for thirty years.

Known to friends and colleagues as “BRB”, Bruce is the fourth generation of a publishing family that has served authors and publishers for nearly 140 years.

In 1870, his great-grand uncles, Fleming H. Revell and Dwight Moody, started publishing Christian books. Following in the footsteps of his great-grand uncles, grandfather, and father, Bruce joined the Fleming H. Revell Company in 1975 after graduating with honors from Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.

He has held executive positions at several publishing houses including Fleming H Revell Company (family owned-business sold in 1979), Barbour and Company (co-founded and Exec VP in 1983-1986), Thomas Nelson (VP, Publisher, 1986-1993), and Random House (VP, Publisher 1994-1996).

In 1997, Bruce founded Literary Management Group, Inc., a full service literary agency and publishing consulting firm that has represented best-selling authors and properties including Zig Ziglar, Sandra Felton and The Beginner’s Bible and consulted with publishing houses including Thomas Nelson, Zondervan, Gospel Light, Pneuma Life, Legacy, New Hope, White Stone Books and others.

Literary Management Group

Literary Management Group is committed to providing excellent support and counsel to authors and publishers of a variety of resources (print, multi-media, and electronic).

We represent adult fiction and non-fiction and recommend that authors of children’s, gift, poetry, illustrated and academic books seek out literary firms which specialize in these genres. A great source for seeking out agencies is at www.michaelhyatt.com.

Although we specialize in the area of Christian publishing from an Evangelical perspective, we have editorial contacts and experience in general interest books as well.

Services include:

Literary Representation

  • Preparation of proposals based on a proven template that presents features, advantages and benefits so editors can review and quickly determine if book concept fits their editorial strategy and publishing needs.
  • Development of publisher submission strategy that identifies the list of publishers and editors most likely to be interested in reviewing and publishing the book.
  • Negotiation of optimum terms in publishing contract; terms that are fair for author, and reasonable for publisher, so everyone wins when the book is successfully published.
  • Project management and facilitation with publisher to ensure author’s experience, from editorial through marketing and publication, is smooth and understandable.
  • Review of publisher’s royalty reporting so author is clear on what the statements mean and confident in their accuracy.

Publishing Consultant and Executive Coach

  • Needs Assessment of all phases of publishing process including: strategic planning; budgeting; acquisition; editorial; design; production; sales and marketing; fulfillment; customer service; and, financial systems
  • Management mentoring and training.
  • Turn-arounds
  • Acquisitions and Sales of Assets
  • Strategic Planning facilitation


  • Development of content from manuscript through delivery of bound books to customer including edit, design, production, and fulfillment
  • Sales and Marketing guidance and counsel

For Editorial Guidelines and Proposal Templates, please visit: http://literarymanagementgroup.com


Rick Frishman’s Author 101

Are you curious about what publishers like Harper Collins, Morgan James, Adams Media, Wiley, Random House, and Simon & Schuster are looking for? What is the best way to get your manuscript read when you’re an unpublished author? Want to know the biggest mistakes to avoid when writing book proposals? You’ll be engaged as these top pros share their expertise, reveal the inner workings of the publishing industry, and discuss various approaches to common marketing and publishing challenges.

Author 101 University Event Website: www.author101university.com

Sharon Lechter on Napoleon Hill and Outwitting The Devil

Sharon LechterSharon Lechter brings us a Napoleon Hill Manuscript that has been hidden for over 73 Years!

outwitting_the_devilCo-Author of one of the longest number one best sellers ever; Rich Dad Poor Dad and author or co-author of 19 other books mainly about personal finance and investing sat down with me to talk about her newest project.

Outwitting The Devil – Napoleon Hill / Sharon L. Lechter

Sharon was asked by the Napoleon Hill Society to take Hill’s manuscript that had been kept secret for over 70 years and update it for the modern reader. Mr. Hill’s wife thought the book to be to provocative and the repercussions she feared from having it released caused her to keep it from being published,

Sharon fully annotates the book with well placed references to what was going on historically during the writing of this book and with thoughtful questions and insights to help readers get through some of the more provocative or complex content.

The book is mainly about Hill’s long conversation with the Devil himself. The real Devil or… Well, it is up to you. The truth is; it doesn’t matter, by using the Devil as the interviewee Hill can tackle the Ying and Yang or both sides of the seven principles of success the book is really about. I believe the book is a must read anytime, but especially during our current economic catastrophe.

It is an important book and and Napoleon Hill fans will love this book as it is full of Hill’s genius. It is also a sort of biography of Hill written by himself, that gets extremely personal and introspective.

I believe this book is a game changer and has the ability to boldly change your present paradigm of thinking. This book will easily become another classic! – JW

Sharon Lechter Outwitting the Devil

Sharon L. Lechter

Sharon Lechter is the co-author of Three Feet from Gold, and co-author of the international bestseller Rich Dad, Poor Dad and fourteen books in the Rich Dad series. Lechter is also a national spokesperson for the National CPAs Commission on Financial Literacy, and the founder of Pay Your Family First—a financial education organization—and creator of ThriveTime for Teens, an award-winning financial life and money reality game. She is now focused on expanding the knowledge of Napoleon Hill’s principles and teachings around the globe in conjunction with the Napoleon Hill Foundation. For more information visit www.slechter.com or www.payyourfamilyfirst.com.

Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) was an American author and entrepreneur best known for Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937, which has become one of the bestselling books of all time. His teachings have gone on to influence entire generations of success seekers, setting the standard for the foundations of today’s motivational thinking. For more information visit www.naphill.org.

Outwitting the devil


Sharon Lechter