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Brooks Sherman

| September 21st, 2011 | 1 Comment »

Brooks Sherman of FinePrint Literary Management is on the lookout for adult fiction that runs the gamut from contemporary (with an eye toward multicultural or satirical) to speculative (particularly urban/contemporary fantasy, horror/dark fantasy, and slipstream). He also has a weakness for historical fiction and a burgeoning interest in crime fiction. On the children’s side, he is looking to build a list of boy-focused Middle Grade novels (all subgenres, but particularly fantasy adventure and contemporary), and is open to YA fiction of all types except paranormal romance. Brooks is specifically seeking projects that balance strong voice with gripping plot lines; he particularly enjoys flawed (but sympathetic) protagonists and stories that organically blur the lines between genres. Stories that make him laugh earn extra points. Recent favorites include Whiteman by Tony D’Souza, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, the Monstrumologist series by Rick Yancey, The Thieves of Manhattan by Adam Langer, and Horns by Joe Hill. He is thrilled to

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| September 15th, 2011 | No Comments »

By Kim Stagliano I love my agent story. I write about it in my BOOK and I’m happy to share how I tackled the dreaded querying process.  I gave it an end run by meeting agents in person. It’s not as hard as you think! And it does NOT involve stalking.  I began writing as a cheap and non-alcoholic form of therapy when my husband lost his job in 2003. This story just worked its way into my brain and wouldn’t leave. It was my first stab at fiction beyond writing my own excuse notes to teachers in high school.  I’m a big fan of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books. (‘Fess up, Ranger or Morelli? I’ll let you guess my choice.) I asked myself, “What would happen if Steph Plum was saddled with her niece and nephew with autism and had to care for them?” Madness ensued, to use an old chestnut. When I

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Becky Vinter

| September 15th, 2011 | No Comments »

Becky Vinter began her career in publishing at the Feminist Press in 2006, before moving to NAL/Penguin, where she edited commercial women’s fiction. She joined FinePrint Literary Management in 2011 and is currently looking for a range of both fiction and nonfiction projects. Becky likes the whole spectrum of women’s fiction, from literary to “bookclub” to romance and mysteries. But mainly she just wants to be swept away by a great story. She also likes well-crafted narrative non-fiction, including memoir, current events, pop science, wellness, and food. Becky grew up in London and earned her BA in English Literature from the University of Leeds. When she’s not buried under a stack of manuscripts, you can find her teaching yoga in Brooklyn. share: Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Tell a friend

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| September 15th, 2011 | 1 Comment »

by Naseem Rakha True story. I had never attended a writing conference, and had not given much thought to finding an agent other than occasionally looking at debut sales onPublishers Marketplace and keeping a list of the names of people who seemed to represent the type of book I was writing. Other than that, I just focused on writing day in, day out. Somewhere along the way I found out about Backspace – one of those, I need a break, let’s surf the web moments. I signed up for the Backspace newsletter, but promptly dumped each issue in the trash without ever opening the file. Then one day, as I sat in my favorite chair TRYING to edit what I thought was a pretty good version of my novel — PING — I had mail from Backspace. Here is the scene: I am reading, editing, trying to think; my son is poking some mechanical

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| September 15th, 2011 | No Comments »

By Sanna Levine Helen DePrima had a couple of manuscripts under the bed and a year’s worth of rejections for her current book when she hooked up with her agent, Stephany Evans, of FinePrint Literary Management, at the November 2009 Backspace Writer’s Conference in New York. “I’d been at it a long, long time,” Helen says. Like many aspiring writers, she queried agents from A to Z. “I kept a log of who I queried, when, what I sent, and the rejection date.” Finally, in November 2009, all the pieces fell into place. At the first of the Backspace Conference’s two query letter workshops, Stephany Evans told her “don’t change a thing” in her query letter for The High Road Home, a women’s novel about second chances. “Helen’s letter had a quality of craftsmanship,” Stephany recalls. “She conveyed the essence of her protagonist in one tight paragraph.” She also gave realistic comp titles

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| September 15th, 2011 | No Comments »

By. L.R. I attended the November 2010 conference. There were about 100 people there, and 30 agents. The real benefit comes from the small group time. Writers are split by genre category. I was in the Women’s Fiction group. There were 15 writers and 2 agents in each group; you pass around copies of your query letter (which the agents got in advance). They go around the room, each person reads their query and the two agents explain whether they would pass or ask for more, based on your letter alone.  It was fascinating to hear them sort through, explain their reasons, and to see what everyone else was pitching. I used the revised query I’d worked on prior to the conference. They echoed prior feedback I’d received–that it was still too unclear. (thought I’d fixed that!!) I’d been trying to write it like a book jacket, with a clever cliffhanger/tease

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Jennifer Weltz

| July 28th, 2011 | No Comments »

Wondering which books this agent fell in love with recently and sold? CLICK HERE to find out! As Vice President of Jean V. Nagger Literary Agency, Inc., I wear many hats including overseeing the subsidiary rights and financial areas of the agency, but my favorite part of the day is immersing myself in a wonderful read! In the adult market, I respond to well researched and original historicals and thrillers with a unique voice. I also have a soft spot for a beautiful romance, wry dark humor and some contemporary fantasy or magical realism. Enthralling narrative non-fiction that illuminates and inspires is always welcome as well. In the realm of children’s books, I look for fun, fresh and exciting reads with characters that stay with me. No rhyming books please. I will consider both simple text and author/illustrators, but please do not have someone create illustrations for your text- it is simply

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Janet Reid

| July 24th, 2011 | No Comments »

Wondering which books this agent fell in love with recently and sold? CLICK HERE to find out! Janet Reid, of FinePrint Literary Management, specializes in compelling fiction, particularly crime fiction; and narrative non-fiction. She’s always on the lookout for fabulous projects.   Her publishing background includes fifteen years in book publicity with clients both famous and infamous.  In her spare hours she drinks scotch and stalks Jack Reacher. She is actively looking for projects that show mastery of craft and originality.  Recent sales include Faithful Unto Death by Stephanie Evans (Berkeley), Unraveling by Liz Norris (Harper), Purgatory Chasm by Steve Ulfelder (Minotaur); The Man in the Empty Suit by Sean Ferrell (Soho); Die Twice by Andrew Grant (Minotaur); The Breach by Patrick Lee (Harper); Q A (Timeless) Love Story by Evan Mandery (Harper); Crashers by Dana Haynes (Minotaur); County Line by Bill Cameron (F&W Crime); All Roads Lead Me Back to You by Kennedy

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Jennifer Laughran

| July 20th, 2011 | 1 Comment »

Jennifer Laughran, of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, began her career in agenting after working as a long-time children’s bookseller and buyer. She is also the founder of the extremely popular YA event series “Not Your Mother’s Book Club”. She joined Andrea Brown Literary Agency in 2007. Always on the lookout for sparkling YA and middle grade fiction with unusual and unforgettable characters and vivid settings, she is drawn to all kinds of books, whether realistic comedies or richly imagined magical adventures. However, the common thread in her favorite stories is an offbeat world-view. Jennifer adores simplicity, but she is not interested in the conventional, predictable, mechanical, gimmicky or ordinary. Jennifer loves funny books, thrilling books, romantic books, books that make her cry, and all-around un-put-downable books… and her true favorites are all of the above. Clients include: National Public Radio’s own “children’s book ambassador” and the author of over

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Moses Cardona

| July 14th, 2011 | No Comments »

Moses Cardona is President and Foreign Rights Director of John Hawkins & Associates literary agency. Moses has been with the agency 22 years starting in the back office and rising in the ranks of the agency over the course of his career. Some of the clients he represents are Cecilia Samartin, author of the 2010 International Latino Award winning novel, Vigil and Norway’s Bestselling author 2010, British Dagger Mystery writer, Ann Cleeves, and international Bestseller, John Katzenbach. He is a Native New Yorker and his special interests are multi-cultural stories, suspense, historical, literary fiction and quirky fiction. share: Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Tell a friend

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