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Leticia Gomez          

Head of Ascendant Entertainment Division of CEO Branding Leader The Ascendant Group; Former CEO & Founder of Savvy Literary Services

Leticia Gomez is one of the top-ranking literary agents in narrative self-help and other categories. According to Publisher’s Marketplace, she is currently the #4 ranked agent in Non-fiction/Advice Relationship, #5 in Non-fiction Narrative, and #9 in Non-fiction books. Gomez is additionally one of the most established bilingual literary agents in the industry. Notably, during the challenging environment of 2020, Gomez ranked number one in the deals she made in the non-fiction narrative category, number two in nonfiction anthology, and number eight in non-fiction overall. She has 20 years of publishing experience and heads up the entertainment division of The Ascendant Group.

About fifteen years ago, during the Great Recession, Gomez started Savvy Literary Services. She had multiple strikes against her: no money, no college education, no “good old boy” connections, a Latino woman, and based in Texas instead of New York City. Despite these undesirable circumstances, she distinguished herself as a prominent literary/film/television agent who has helped her clients secure deals with the largest publishers in the world and seen several of her projects successfully optioned for film and television rights. To date, she has placed close to 200 non-fiction and fiction books with independent and mainstream traditional publishers.

Gomez is an engaging speaker who brings a truly fresh viewpoint to what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur in a highly specialized and oftentimes brutal industry. One of the few bi-lingual literary agents, she has thrived and built a highly successful literary agency—book by book. Now, she has developed a series of workshops for universities, corporations, and non-profits to help people write their stories and share her knowledge on how to get them published. Because of her expertise in both fiction and non-fiction publishing as well as her understanding of the trends in the marketplace, she brings highly pragmatic and relevant information into all her workshops. All workshops are customized to those in the room and are highly interactive. An inspiring speaker with a host of practical advice for writers, book lovers, entrepreneurs, women business owners, and people of color, Gomez is a strong addition to corporate events, non-profit meetings, or university programs.

Speech Topics

Inspirational Writing Advice and Quotes

Careers in Publishing

Wanted: Thriller/Suspense Writers

Breaking into the Business and Self-Help Book Market

Training the Mind to be a More Versatile Writer

So, What Exactly Does a Literary Agent Do?

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Film and Television Rights

The Sale of Foreign Rights

Advances vs. Royalties

The Ins and Outs of the Editorial Process with Traditional Publishers

The Skinny on Nonfiction Book Proposals

Writing and Selling Fiction vs. Nonfiction

Traditional Publishing vs. Independent Publishing

Print Books vs. E-books

Overview of Publishers

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Tips from 5 Literary Agents Representing Latino Authors
While we hear of the need for diverse books and that Latinos are a growing demographic, getting a book published by a reputable press can be a daunting task. First you write the book or craft a book proposal, then you must find an agent by submitting queries and samples of the manuscript so that the agent can then send the manuscript to the bigger publishing houses or even smaller presses. This process can demoralize even the most positive individuals. For Latino writers the climb can be so steep, it might seem impossible.

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