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Friday, March 4, 2011

Straight From The Agents

I like to follow an agent or two on Twitter (mostly those who represent children’s and YA fiction), and love hearing their thoughts on publishing & query letters, news about their clients, and even general musings about their subway rides (seems exotic to me in Colorado).

In the spirit of getting to know some cool literary agents, I thought I’d share some Tweets of the Week from a few of those I follow. *On a side note, I follow authors too, and let me tell you…it was pretty cool reading Judy Blume’s up-to-the-minute feelings about the Oscars red carpet and hosting—Wait-- was that woman wearing only a bra? and I thought Anne Hathaway was charming. She got zero help from co-host were two of the gems.

Agent Tweets from this week:

SaraMegibow Sara Megibow
two, that's right TWO editors have contacted us this week asking for middle grade submissions.

WolfsonLiterary Michelle Wolfson
Try to spell your character's name right in your query.

MarleneStringer Marlene Stringer
Qs written from pov of protagonist fail most of the time. Not to mention they are confusing as hell.

sarahlapolla Sarah LaPolla
Was told I look "all east village" today. I think it was code for "tired" and "sickly."

Ginger_Clark Ginger Clark
"There is an asshole in every room. If you look around a room and don't see an asshole, then guess what? You're the asshole." So true.

NathanBransford Nathan Bransford
RT by kate_mckean Your enemies when writing a query: vagueness, braggadocio, "creative" formatting, logorrhea, comparisons to Twilight.

literaticat jennifer laughran
I need the people on TODAY to never again say "bromance" or the even worse "chickmance." REALLY MORONS? CHICKMANCE?

kate_mckean Kate McKean
How come the boys in YA novels are always perfect, but the girls never are?

literaticat jennifer laughran
OMG. The Today Show said "bromance" again. WHAT DID I TELL YOU PEOPLE ABOUT THAT?

SaraMegibow Sara Megibow
On our homepage at http://www.nelsonagency.com is "Subscribe to our newsletter here" Do it! This month I talk about contemporary YA novels.

WolfsonLiterary Michelle Wolfson
I really feel for the poor student driver lurching down the street while that cabbie honks loudly behind him.

literaticat jennifer laughran
I just saw a dachshund wearing a plaid greatcoat, deerstalker cap and tinted goggles.

agentgame The Agent Game
RT by kate_mckean Didn't send pages as requested in our query guidelines? Then don't reply to your rejection with a complaint about us not reading anything.

kate_mckean Kate McKean
Google your title. If it's being used, pick something else. Not because you can't use it, but because it's not very original.

stevenmalk Steven Malk
Read both the classics AND what's on the bestseller list right now. They're not mutually exclusive and both are important.

daniellechiotti Danielle Chiotti
One agent. 130 queries. Four enthusiastic interns. Let's find some good stuff.

ElanaRoth Elana Roth
Historical and fantasy will always bend protag's age range a little because of their settings and contexts.

KOrtizzle Kathleen Ortiz
Bus driver:"girl you look pissed." Me:*gripe* Driver:"that's why quit school. Now I deal w/ 100s of a-holes daily."

sarahlapolla Sarah LaPolla
Writers: If you say I was "recommended" to you, but don't say from whom, I just assume you mean "by the Internet." That's not a referral.

Ginger_Clark Ginger Clark
I am giving my clients an extra week of notice that Bologna is coming up, because I am taking time off afterwards. Seems only fair.

FYI~That last tweet by Ginger Clark is related to the Bologna Book Fair, a major event that tons of agents attend. I’ll be doing a post on it toward the end of the month.

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31 comments:

  1. Damn! if only my MG was anywhere near ready to be queried :D

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  2. Great post. It almost convinces me that I should get into Twitter. Love the comments about spelling your protagonist's name right, and everything that Kate McKean posted.
    You have one of the most informative writing blogs anywhere, and that's why I keep coming back!

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  3. Trisha: Same here! :P

    Thanks for this post, Jess! It was really entertaining to read these. :)

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  4. hee hee hee! ginger clark's tweet made me think this in response; "well, there is one room where the asshole is more apparent than anywhere else. that of course would be the bathroom." :D

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  5. So I should brush off my not-so-shiny MG mss, huh?

    -Vicki

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  6. Wow. This is awesome. I never spend anytime on Twitter, and I love to see greatest hits stuff.

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  7. Since I don't twitter, this post was particularly fun for me. THanks!

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  8. I enjoyed reading your compliation of tweets -- I don't have time for Twitter at this point, but it's neat to see what's happening.

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  9. Thanks for sharing the awesome, because those tweets were truly . . . AWESOME!

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  10. I think I'm going to do my homework and follow all the ones that I don't follow. Great list by the way. :)

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  11. This was a fun read. I love reading what the agents are up to. I wish I had time to follow Twitter on top of everything else on my plate. So thanks for sharing.

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  12. Wow, those were interesting. Maybe I should get a twitter account. Ugh. I can't even keep up with a blog.

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  13. I don't twitter, either! But - there's some great info here! Too funny. A great insight into the mind of an agent... :) Thanks, Jess!

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  14. Number 2 cracks me up. Hope you get to eat lots of yummy things and have a great weekend.

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  15. Oh, my, I haven't gotten into twitter yet--but this post is very persuasive :-) I'll bookmark this for the day I take the plunge. Thanks!

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  16. Some of these really cracked me up, especially Ginger Clark's first one - they are all so great! Thanks for sharing. I really need to get on Twitter.

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  17. Dude, I want that dog in Jennifer Laughran's tweet.

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  18. Hey this is a fantastic idea for a blog post! Maye you do, but you should totally make it a weekly thing like Tuesday Tweets or something. I love this:)

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  19. This should be a weekly feature, like Lindsay says! Good tip about MC POV queries failling. And googling your book's name first. Please keep doing this! I haven't picked up anything useful on Twitter from agents yet... but I only remember to check on the weekend. I suppose putting them into a list would help?

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  20. Those were good! And do people really spell their MC's name wrong in the query letter? I guess they do!

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  21. lol I had to laugh at this one: Try to spell your character's name right in your query.

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  22. Looks like our following lists on Twitter are almost exactly the same! I did add a few agents I hadn't been following, though, so I'm glad you had them on here. (Just call me Caryn...Agent Stalker.)

    Oh, and I'm loving Judy Blume's Tweets, too. Can't believe she's on Twitter! So amazing.

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  23. P.S. What is your Twitter name? Or is it a secret? I'm @caryncaldwell.

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  24. Great source of information! I right clicked 4 open in new tabs ... and am going to check these out. Thanks!

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  25. OMG that one from Ginger Clark about you being the asshole was HYSTERICAL! Those agents are fun to follow, aren't they? LOL

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  26. Great tweets! Now I have to go find out what a "bromance" is because it sounds incestuous!

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  27. Awesome tweets! And some are so hilarious!

    Hugs,

    Rach

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