Michael Larsen

Born and educated in New York City, Michael Larsen worked in promotion for three major publishers: William Morrow, Bantam, and Pyramid (now Jove). He and his wife, Elizabeth Pomada, moved to San Francisco in 1970. They started Michael Larsen – Elizabeth Pomada Literary Agents, Northern California’s oldest literary agency, in 1972. Since then, the agency has sold books, mostly by new writers, to more than 100 publishers. He is a member of AAR and represents non-fiction.

Michael welcomes the opportunity to offer consultations about non-fiction. The best time to call is after you have read his book, How to Write a Book Proposal, (soon to be in a 5th edition) so you understand what editors need, but before you start writing.

Michael also wrote How to Get a Literary Agent and Literary Agents: What They Do, How They Do It, and How to Find and Work With the Right One for You. With Hal Zina Bennett, Michael wrote, How to Work with a Collaborator. With Jay Conrad Levinson and Rick Frishman, Michael wrote Guerrilla Marketing for Writers. With his wife, Elizabeth, he wrote the Painted Ladies series of books on Victorian architecture. He also wrote The Worry Bead Book: The World’s Oldest Way to Beat Stress.

Michael and Elizabeth give talks on writing, agenting and publishing to universities, writing groups and writers conferences. They also present workshops based on How To Write a Book Proposal and How to Make Yourself Irresistible to Agents and Publishers.

To contact Michael Larsen please call 415-673-0939 or send a non-fiction proposal or query to Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents, 1029 Jones Street, San Francisco, CA 94109.