How to Land a Celebrity Book Deal: Part One

by | Jun 20, 2011 | Book Marketing Basics, Social Media for Authors

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It seems like, nowadays, nothing sells faster than celebrity books. Movie stars, performers, and even reality TV stars, are getting book deals left and right.

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So, somewhat obviously, this seems like a great opportunity for authors who want to break in. If you are willing to ghost write for a celebrity book deal, you’ll be able to embark on a great opportunity in an exciting field, make some money, and will surely be taken on an exciting trip through this celebrity’s life.

How do you land the deal at all? One of the best ways to land a celebrity book deal is to conduct celebrity interviews in order to gain relationships with these people. Once you gain a reputation, and they see how solid and credible you are, you’ll have a much better chance of landing that deal.

It’s very important to think about things from a celebrity’s point of view. They are approached all the time by people who want something from them, but there is one thing that most celebrities want: publicity. If you are on good terms with a reputable media outlet, you’ll be more likely to land that book deal. How? Because by getting to know the people behind these celebrities, as a journalist, reporter, blogger or article writer, they’ll be more likely to recommend you to a celebrity who is open to a book deal. After all, these people often represent many celebrities, not just one or two.

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Some great sites to visit in getting started in building your celebrity repertoire are or Start with the smaller, lesser-known celebrities, as they are often easier to contact and more willing and able to conduct interviews. Write the interview with the intention of publishing it on a blog or on another media outlet.

Creating a reputation for yourself is the first step in creating that celebrity book deal. But there’s more, and we’ll discuss that in future articles.


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Guest post by Jeff Rivera, who is the founder of With over 100 clients to date, he has a 100% track record of getting at least 10 literary agents to request to read his client’s manuscripts and proposals.


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