Question Dear Ms. Balliett,
I'm interested in compiling a book with information gathered from celebrities. How do I go about doing this? Do I need a contract with a publisher first? It seems that this would validate what I am doing-making the celebrities more likely to respond to my requests. Do I just place my intentions in a query to a literary agent, although I don't have any of the information from the rich and famous yet? I am assuming that when I find a literary agent, he/she will locate an editor who would give me the go ahead(and contract) for the project or do I try to find celebrities who will "help me out" in order to have samples of what I want to do?Any information that you can provide will be appreciated.
Answer An agent and publisher does nothing for the author until the manuscript is finished and ready.
Then the agent sends it to the correct publishers in that genre that might be interested.
You are on your own, and have to write it first.
It's been done before too, and you need written legal permission from each celebrity to write about them.
That is impossible.
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