Finding & Working with an Agent with Literary Agent Andy Ross – September 20th

Our Speaker Series Returns!

On the Third Sunday in September the Berkeley Branch of the California Writers Club Welcomes the Literary Agent who once Owned Cody’s Books

Our speaker series returns on Sunday, September 20th with Oakland literary agent Andy Ross. Ross will detail the steps you need to take before beginning work with a literary agent. Ross will help you determine whether your project is right for commercial publishers and he’ll explain how to write effective query letters and book proposals. You’ll learn how to research the best agent for your book. He’ll even go over how agents negotiate book contracts. 

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About Andy Ross

Andy Ross is a literary agent in Oakland.  Prior to becoming an agent he was the owner of the legendary Cody’s Books in Berkeley for 30 years.  Ross represents books in a  wide range of  non-fiction genres  including: narrative non-fiction, science, journalism, history, popular culture, memoir,  and  current events . He also represents literary, commercial, historical, crime, upmarket women’s fiction, and YA fiction.  

Authors Ross represents include: Daniel Ellsberg, Susan Griffin, Fritjof Capra, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Gwen Strauss, Mark Goldblatt, Anjanette Delgado, Elisa Kleven, Tawni Waters, Randall Platt, Mary Jo McConahay,  Gerald Nachman,  Michael Parenti, Paul Krassner, Milton Viorst,  and Michele Anna Jordan.

Ross is the author of The Literary Agent’s Guide to Writing a Non-fiction Book Proposal.  As well as being an agent, Andy also works as a literary consultant  and freelance editor for writers not represented by the agency.

Read more about Andy at his website at and on his popular blog “Ask the Agent.”

Event Schedule

$5 for members, $10 for guests, free tickets available*


12:00 Club leaders check-in
12:30 Welcome and networking with members & guests


1:00 p.m. Club Announcement
1:30 p.m. Member Spotlight: Kazue Watanabe
1:45 p.m. Featured Speaker: John Curl
2:30 p.m. Book Sales & Networking

Tickets include admission to our online craft and marketing support groups, now meeting Thursdays. more info here.

See meetings for more info.

*Virginia Prentiss Equity Fund donors and emerging writers in need of a boost, please use the promo code ‘VP’ at checkout for a free ticket. Learn more.

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