DIY MFA Radio Episode 149: Interview with Mark Gottlieb — How to Pitch Your Book

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In this episode Gabriela Pereira interviews literary agent Mark Gottlieb of Trident Media Group. They discuss the exciting and terrifying Pitch Slam, and the best way to craft a query that hooks an agent. Mark gives us a window into an agent’s mind at a Pitch Slam event, the best strategies to craft a spoken pitch, and how to pique an agent’s interest with a unique hook. For more detailed show notes, visit


Here’s a secret no one ever tells you. The typical MFA (Master of Fine Arts) boils down to one simple formula:

Writing + Reading + Community = MFA

This means that to create a do-it-yourself version of the MFA, all you need to do is: write with focus, read with purpose, and build your community. Read on to learn more or use the menu above to explore each category. We’ve also highlighted some key DIY MFA articles below to help you get started.