Sadeqa Johnson of The House of Eve and Bonnie Garmus of Lessons in Chemistry

Getting a Traditional Publishing Deal

What You Need to Know from Top Agents, Editors and Authors

David Paul Kirkpatrick
3 min readOct 2, 2023


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This live, interactive workshop is designed to aid novelists, memoirists, and non-fiction authors in their pursuit of a literary agent. A literary agent is seminal if you want to land a traditional publishing deal.

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On November 12, have your afternoon tea( if you’re on the East Coast) with Bonnie Garmus, whose book, Lessons in Chemistry, has been on the New York Times Best Seller list for 72 weeks as of this writing. Three years before Bonnie found massive success at age 64, she submitted a different manuscript 97 times to 97 different agents and never heard back. Bonnie’s story of tenaciousness, dedication, and belief is a story we all need to hear, especially as we navigate the waters of finding the perfect literary agent for our book.

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David Paul Kirkpatrick

Founder of Story Summit & MIT Center for Future Storytelling, Pres of Paramount Film Group, Production Chief of Disney Studios, optimist, author and teacher.