Archive for the ‘agents’ Category

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Agents goodbye and hello

August 6, 2010

One says goodbye; many more say helloooo!

Today is literary agent Colleen Lindsey‘s last day at Fine Print Literary Management and last day as an agent, and she will be missed. But she has written a great post on her blog about her departure, detailing everything she has been doing to make sure her clients will be well taken of after she’s gone.

It’s a shame to see a great agent like Colleen hang up her phone — although, as I mentioned in my last post, I am anxious to see what she’s cooking up at Penguin — but QueryTracker reports five new agents.

One door closes, another opens…

Okay, enough of the cliches.

But I do have some other news to report: I have been writing!

Yes, writer friends, I’m thrilled to report that I’ve written about 3,000 words of my new novel in the past couple days. Hopefully, I can do more today, but I can tell you, it feels great to be back on my little island.

How’s your writing coming?

Write On!

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Agent leaving

August 4, 2010

News today that literary agent Colleen Lindsey of Fine Print Literary Management is leaving agenting — yep, not moving to another agency, but saying goodbye to that job and moving back into publishing.

This sounds like great news for Colleen, and I wish her congratulations and best wishes on her new online job with Penguin. The details of the job are hush hush, but as it’s online, I can’t help thinking it might be some new and innovative way to get books — or rather written stories — out to readers. It could be very exciting.

However, I feel for all the writers who are agented by Colleen. Fine Print does have other agents, including the recently hired Marissa Walsh on the children’s book side, so I assume Colleen’s clients will be well taken care of. But the agent/author relstionship is so close, so personal, that it must be hard for a writer to lose their greatest advocate.

Has this happened to you? How did it turn out?

This will surely be an adjustment for Colleen and her clients, and I wish them all the best.

Write On!

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New agent alert

July 28, 2010

Ok, don’t got too excited about that title. New agents are typically a great opportunity for unpublished writers, but this one might not be the agent you’re looking for.

Introducing the Hannah Rogers Literary Agency, the “desperate writer’s last resort.” 🙂

This joke comes to us by Evil Editor. Browse around the site for a few laughs.

Hope there aren’t any real agents out there called Hannah Rogers.

Write On!

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New Agent Suzie Townsend

May 6, 2010

Manuscript update: Writing has been slow as my husband has been sick and I’ve been distracted, but it’s coming. Current word count is 9,544, only 607 words more than my last post. My goal of being finished by the end of this month is looking unlikely, but no worries. Onwards…

Valerie Hobbs headshot and The Best Last Days of Summer book coverFirst, I’m participating in author Valerie Hobbs’ blog tour for her new book The Best Last Days of Summer, a sweet book about a girl finding her strength and what’s important as everything around her changes. Tomorrow, I’ll be posting an interview with Valerie’s editor, Frances Foster, publisher of Frances Foster Books at Farrar Strauss Giroux Books for Young Readers. But check out all the posts on Valerie’s tour, because with every comment you leave, you’ll have the chance of winning a T-shirt and autographed copy of the book.

Second, more new agent news. Fine Print Literary Management has made Suzie Townsend an agent. Suzie also is the assistant to Fine Print’s CEO, and was an intern at the agency. Prior to that, she was an English teacher for more than six years. She is seeking everything from children’s to adult fiction and likes strong female protagonists and complex plot lines. If your book fits the bill, check out more about Suzie on this Guide to Literary Agents post and on her blog, Confessions of a Wandering Heart.

You might remember that Fine Print recently welcomed former editor Marissa Walsh as an agent too, so the company is expanding.

Oh, and third, some great auctions to raise funds for diabetes. Among them is a 30-page critique by literary agent Kristin Nelson. So get bidding!

Write On!

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Great inspirational story

May 4, 2010

Manuscript update: I’m at 8,937 words, 1,723 words more than my last post, which was five days ago, so I’m way below my goal of 1,025 words a day. Sigh. To be finished by the end of this month, I have to write 1,150 a days. Don’t know that that’s going to happen, but we’ll see.

I don’t want to seem like I’m harping on rejections after my post “Dealing with rejections” from last week, but in my continued agent research for my completed and edited book (not the one I’m currently writing), I came across a wonderfully inspirational story and wanted to share.

On her blog, Aprilynne Pike, author of New York Times #1 bestseller Wings, talks about her journey to signing with agent Jodi Reamer, of Writers House and the agent of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer. (Click for the full post here, but I’ll give you some highlights.

Aprilynne said she reached triple-digit rejections for her book:

“I had sent this sucker to every agent who might possibly be interested in representing fantasy,” she says.

In that time, she had received two requests for the full and both of them had been out for two months. All the rest were rejections.

Aprilynne doesn’t say if she ever felt frustrated or like giving up. Maybe she did, maybe she didn’t.

But what she does show in this post is how much she believed in herself and her book.

After receiving so many rejections, Aprilynne took out an old critique of her manuscript and spent two months polishing it until she thought it was perfect. She then sent it out again.

In her words:

“But I tried to be hopeful. I did get rejections, and this time it was hard. I really felt them, even if it was just those first five pages. But I had a couple of bites and was happy about that.”

A few months later, she got an email from Jodi, and … well, the rest is history.

There are two takeaways here:

First: Polish your manuscript until it is perfect. That will get you an agent.

Second: Never give up. If Aprilynne had given up after her first round of triple-digit rejections, she never would have become the New York Times best-selling author she is today. Aprilynne’s Wings is scheduled to be made into a movie by Disney, and the sequel novel, Spells, was released today. Wings also was in Publishers Weekly’s top-selling book list.

I love this story, and get so much inspiration from it.

What’s your favorite inspirational writing story?

Write On!

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Agent news: Marissa Walsh

April 29, 2010

Manuscript update: After two pretty good writing sessions, I’m up to 7,214 words, so 2,260 in the last two days. Wow, that’s actually better than I thought. Got to write 1,025 words per day to make my goal of finishing by the end of May. Phew! We’ll see.

Back in March, I told you that former editor Marissa Walsh had started her own agency, Shelf Life Literary.

But now, the news is, Fine Print Literary Management has hired Marissa as an agent, specializing in children’s books (picture books, middle grade and young adult), pop culture, memoir, humor and narrative nonfiction.

A writer herself (Girl With Glasses: My Optic History and A Field Guide to High School), Marissa worked as an editor at Delacorte Press/Random House Children’s Books for seven years. She also teaches children’s writing at Gotham Writer’s Workshop.

More details of the types of books she’s looking for and how to query are on the Fine Print Literary website.

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Pitch contest

April 27, 2010

Manuscript update: 4,954 words. Had a pretty good session yesterday. Today, I’m procrastinating with this blog post. 🙂 But then I’ll knuckle down. I think I’m behind if I want to meet my goal of finishing the first draft by the end of May.

QueryTracker is hosting a pitch contest today with literary agent Chris Richman of Upstart Crow Literary.

To enter, you must have completed the manuscript you’re pitching and pitch it in 25 words or less. You can enter as many times as you want, but you must be a member of QueryTracker and follow the site’s blog. More details are here, along with a link to a page for help in writing pitches.

The contest is open just today.

I can’t find anywhere what the prize for the contest is, but if you’ve got a completed manuscript that’s ready to go, it can’t hurt to get a pitch in front of a great agent.

Pitch On!