MosesSiregar wrote:Nathan, I'm looking for a good book to read from your client list. I'm eying Brad Geagley's YEAR OF THE HYENAS since I am interested in ancient Egypt, and the book looks good from all I've researched about it. I'm curious if there are any titles you've agented that are closer to Sci-Fi/Fantasy, though? If so, I might end up doing both :-)
Sandy Shin wrote:Hi Nathan,
I read through the FAQs and could not find the answer to this question, so I am hoping it is all right for me to ask it here.
If I want to publish under a specific pen name (because my real name is hard to pronounce and much too common) and have been using that pen name on the Internet for everything writerly, should I query using my pen name or my real name? If the latter, should I mention the pen name only after I've signed on with the agent?
wordwrestler wrote:Hi, Nathan.
I've heard many editors don't read submissions this time of year. Please say it ain't so! My agented submission is out there, whimpering and biting what's left of its nails and dreading spending Christmas without a home.
How often to you reach out to journalists for an offer of representation for nonfiction? Is this rare? This was how I found my last agent and current one (well-respected, both -- they'd read my articles and contacted me), but it always gets me the evil eye when other writers ask me how I landed them. Now I sort of lie and say I pitched them. No one wants to hear that bagging an agent is that easy (easy being that I've busted my ass for the last 12 years writing for magazines and newspapers). Thanks!
How long should an author try to get a project represented by an agent before they should scrap it and move on to something else?
parsley wrote:Hi Nathan! I love the new layout. And these forums are awesome. So delicious and orange.
Question: If someone said in a query letter "I am an English major at [Ye Olde University of Note and Splendor]", this being his or her only biographical info, would your reaction be:
A) This author must also be of Note and Splendor! Famous writers Jones and Rambo teach at that school! I will request many pages!
B) This author must be a young amorphous coddled being and must grow more before writing! I will request no pages!
C) OK fine.
I suspect C. And of course I realize this question is silly. But if agents would tend to err more towards B than A, maybe it would be better to leave it out.
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