How to publish a best-selling book: Two agents & one author share their tips

Got a book in you (or in a file drawer)? On Friday, November 1, literary agents Gail Ross, of the Ross Yoon Agency; Raphael Sagalyn, of ICM; and New York Times best-selling author Lynne Olson will share their insights and answer your questions about how to get your manuscript out of the slush pile and onto the New York Times bestseller list. 

This event is part of Pro Tips: Writing Workshop 2019. Tickets for the half-day workshop will go on sale Monday, September 16. 

About the panelists

Lynne Olson is a New York Times best-selling author of eight books of history, most of which deal in some way with World War II and Britain’s crucial role in that conflict. Her latest bestseller, “Madame Fourcade’s Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led the Largest French Spy Network Against Hitler,” was published by Random House in March of this year. Before becoming a full-time author, Olson was a journalist for the AP and the Baltimore Sun. 

Gail Ross is president of the Ross Yoon Agency, where she represents a variety of important commercial nonfiction. She is also a media lawyer with Trister, Ross, Schadler & Gold, PLLC, where she advises individuals, companies, and non-profits on copyrights, publishing, new media, and licensing.

Raphael Sagalyn is a literary agent based in Washington D.C, who represents primarily journalists, historians and thought leaders. He is a graduate of Tufts University. 


The National Press Club Journalism Institute promotes an engaged global citizenry through an independent and free press, and equips journalists with skills and standards to inform the public in ways that inspire civic engagement. As the non-profit of the National Press Club, the Institute serves as a beacon for journalism in the public interest.

For more information, contact Andie Coller at [email protected]