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"Interview with an Agent" - INTERACTIVE WITH SUSAN HAWK

Post by Krista G. » February 4th, 2010, 8:51 am

I started a new series on my blog today entitled "Interview with an Agent," and my first interview is with Joanna Stampfel-Volpe of Nancy Coffey Literary & Media Representation. For anyone interested (especially if you're thinking about querying her), you can check it out at this address:

http://motherwrite.blogspot.com/2010/02 ... mpfel.html
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Post by charlotte49ers » February 4th, 2010, 8:56 am

Awesome interview and great idea for a series! I think it's so nice that they are taking the time to do that! :)

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Re: New Blog Series: "Interview with an Agent" - NEW INTERVIEW

Post by Krista G. » February 11th, 2010, 9:43 am

I posted an interview with Sara Megibow of Nelson Literary Agency over on my blog today. For anyone interested (especially if you're thinking about querying her), you can check it out at this address:

http://motherwrite.blogspot.com/2010/02 ... gibow.html
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Post by christi » February 11th, 2010, 10:09 am

Thanks, Krista! Those were both great.
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Post by christi » February 11th, 2010, 12:00 pm

Okay, that was the quickest kickback ever. My query letter was revised by you guys AND query shark, and my story is
fantasy which is what Sara said she wanted, but BAM, no thanks. I'm starting to suspect something is amiss. I'm querying agents who specifically cite they want fantasy and no one's interested in even a partial. (*curls up in the fetal position and starts humming Sesame Street to herself*)
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Post by Krista G. » February 11th, 2010, 5:10 pm

christi wrote:Okay, that was the quickest kickback ever. My query letter was revised by you guys AND query shark, and my story is
fantasy which is what Sara said she wanted, but BAM, no thanks. I'm starting to suspect something is amiss. I'm querying agents who specifically cite they want fantasy and no one's interested in even a partial. (*curls up in the fetal position and starts humming Sesame Street to herself*)
If it's any consolation, NLA is a really tough agency to get any kind of request from (I've queried twice, polite form rejections both times). Their rejection rate is something crazy-spectacular like 99.5%.

I'll try to go check out your query here on the forums, though, see if I have any advice beyond what the others have said...
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Re: New Blog Series: "Interview with an Agent" - NEW INTERVIEW

Post by Nick » February 11th, 2010, 5:34 pm

It certainly sounds like a hard lot to win over. Nice interview, nonetheless.

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Post by marilyn peake » February 11th, 2010, 6:23 pm

Christi,

Don’t feel too badly. It is so incredibly hard to get published or to get an agent these days, lots of people with really good books receive rejections. I belong to a writers’ group in which a number of literary writers have received such glowing praise of their work in rejection letters, they had to read the rejection line twice to realize that it was indeed a rejection letter rather than an acceptance.
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Post by marilyn peake » February 11th, 2010, 6:25 pm

Krista,

Awesome blog series!
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Re: New Blog Series: "Interview with an Agent" - ANOTHER ONE

Post by Krista G. » February 18th, 2010, 1:35 pm

I posted another interview, this one with Natalie Fischer of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency, over on my blog today. For anyone interested (especially if you're thinking about querying her), you can check it out at this address:

http://motherwrite.blogspot.com/2010/02 ... scher.html

And thanks, Marilyn, for your compliment:)
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Re: New Blog Series: "Interview with an Agent" - ANOTHER ONE

Post by Jaime » February 19th, 2010, 9:04 am

Hey! These are awesome, Krista! Keep 'em coming! =D

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Re: New Blog Series: "Interview with an Agent" - NEW INTERVIEW

Post by Krista G. » February 25th, 2010, 5:14 pm

And here's another one. Today's installment features Marissa Walsh of Shelf Life Literary. You can check it out at this address:

http://motherwrite.blogspot.com/2010/02 ... walsh.html
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Re: New Blog Series: "Interview with an Agent" - NEW INTERVIEW

Post by kristi » March 1st, 2010, 9:16 am

Krista - I just found your blog. Amazing interviews!

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Re: New Blog Series: "Interview with an Agent" - NEW INTERVIEW

Post by Krista G. » March 4th, 2010, 11:17 am

Just posted my latest interview, this one with Andrea Somberg of Harvey Klinger, today. Check it out here, if you like:

http://motherwrite.blogspot.com/2010/03 ... mberg.html
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Re: New Blog Series: "Interview with an Agent" - NEW INTERVIEW

Post by zoecourtmansmith » March 5th, 2010, 5:58 pm

This is a fantastic series! Thanks for the insights :D
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