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Sandra O’Donnell is a founding partner of RO Literary. She's been involved in the writing community and the business of books for over twenty years. Sandra was inspired to write Your First Fifteen Pages after reading hundreds of queries and realizing writers need a definitive guide for catching the interest of readers and keeping their story on track all the way to the end.
Sandra O’Donnell is a founding partner of RO Literary. She's been involved in the writing community and the business of books for over twenty years.
Sandra studied writing at the graduate level at the University of Utah while working on her master’s. While there, she taught writing in the Writing Program and learned as much from teaching as she did from her classes. After her Master’s Sandra went on to ghostwrite, edit and co-author a number of books for the academic market. She also earned her Ph.D. in History from Arizona State.
In 1996, she and a partner formed Snowgoose Cove a boutique publishing company. As a publisher, Sandra learned what it takes to make a title successful by guiding authors through the editing, launch, and marketing of their books. For Food Talk: A Man’s Guide to Cooking and Conversation Sandra and her team arranged a 12 state book/PR tour, selling out of the first edition of the book within six months.
Sandra is also a seasoned book coach, working with authors to take them from draft to polished manuscript. Before becoming an agent, many of the authors she’s worked with went on to find excellent agents, editors, and publishers. However, many projects languished once they have left her charge.
Frustrated authors asked her time and again why Sandra couldn’t guide them through the next stage with the love and care she’d used shown during the development phase of their books.
After much consideration and discussion with her partner Laura Rothschild, RO Literary was formed.