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AGENT OBVIOUS offers pithy advice for authors, agents, and editors in book publishing. Based on the original “Agent Obvious Tip of the Day” as featured on literary agent Laurie Abkemeier’s Twitter feed, this app offers hundreds of insightful tips for anyone in publishing and for those who aspire to be.

Laurie Abkemeier spent six years as an editor and has worked as a literary agent since 2003, so users will quickly discover that AGENT OBVIOUS reveals the simple truths, and a few top secrets, from both sides of the publishing fence.

* More than 500 tips from literary agent Laurie Abkemeier, with more added every week
* A customized user experience with one-touch access to tips written specifically for authors, agents, or editors
* Quick access to tips in the most popular publishing topics: queries, proposals, manuscripts, submissions, rejections, auctions, acquisitions, editing, covers, design, author photo, production, publication, promotion, sales
* Tips for contract negotiations, including electronic rights, dramatic rights, and foreign rights
* Additional words of wisdom about publishing etiquette, reality checks, and inspiration for a beleaguered industry
* Fully searchable database
* The ability to mark favorite tips for easy reference
* One-touch option for sharing individual tips on Twitter or by email

Laurie Abkemeier began as an editorial assistant in the Touchstone/Fireside division at Simon & Schuster in 1992. In 1994, she moved to Hyperion where she developed a broad list of nonfiction and was responsible for many national bestsellers. In 2003, Laurie became a literary agent, exclusively representing nonfiction. Her talented roster of authors includes journalists, bloggers, poets, academics, and artists. She is associated with DeFiore and Company in New York, New York.

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Customer Reviews



I'm a writer. I've been around and done well enough for friends and aspiring writers to call and ask for my advice, which I gladly give. Of course, that cuts into the writing time. But now, I can just direct them to Agent Obvious, which is filled with wise tips and insights for writers, editors, agents and publishers...based on the the creator's long time experience and great success as an editor and agent. I've also found solid information for myself -- all given with no-holds-barred honesty. This is like having a publishing guru in your pocket. And it's free...!

Writers & Agents - Save, time, money, and humiliation- Quick tips from industry guru

Lisa Earle McLeod

One of the publishing industry's most knowledgeable agents has distilled her insight and wisdom into quick tips you can read on your iPhone for FREE! Is this a great country or what?

FYI, Laurie Abekemeier is my agent. She sold my hardcover book to a major publisher in 2009, one of the toughest years in publishing. She knows what she's talking about.

Lisa Earle McLeod

Learning new things everyday


As an aspiring writer, I heard of this app via word of mouth and decided to check it out. Within the first 5 minutes I learned so much about the niches and nuances of the publishing world that I didn't know of before. This is a great app, like having a literary agent in your pocket at all times. Kudos!


Laurie M. Abkemeier
2.2 MB
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Copyright 2010 - 2014 Laurie Abkemeier


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