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So one of the lit agents I am working for is a superstar and the other one is new but cool, she is just starting to build her client list. She has a lot of industry experience as an editor, but she has only become an agent in the last year. I am unofficially on the lookout for writers of fiction and non-fiction with solid, completed book length manuscripts, and they must be writers of high quality. If you know anyone looking for an agent (and who has the attributes I specified in the previous sentence) please pass them along to me. I can't make any promises but if I think something is really good, I can ask her to take a look. Pass it along. circus at gmail

Date: 2006-08-25 04:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My husband is looking for an agent for the book he wrote last year. It's a turn of the century science fiction Jules Verne-ish type novel. Do you think she'd be interested?

Date: 2006-08-25 04:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am not sure that sci fi would work for her, she is taking very little fiction. It is very hard to get fiction published unless it is outstanding.

Has he ever been published before? What is his background? Tell me a little more about the book.

Date: 2006-08-25 04:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Is it an adult Sci Fi book?

Date: 2006-08-25 04:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm not sure if I would classify it adult or YA. The prose is probably on the reading level of a Jane Austen book....I could zip up a couple of chapters for you to read if you like? I don't really trust myself to give a summary that will live up to the book itself. It's not your run of the mill "this has been done a billion times" story.

Date: 2006-08-25 04:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hmmm. I really don't think Sci Fi will fit--but I could take a look. If you want to email me the first chapter or two at circus @ gmail I will look at it.

Date: 2006-08-26 02:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ok I was offered a placement by an agency but it turned out they were con artists.
This sounds interesting though.

Date: 2006-08-26 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That is horrible. I know the people I work for are legit, but I am not using their names, or names of their authors on my blog.

Date: 2006-08-27 12:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes it was so dissapointing.
It's bad enough finding a place when you're starting out in the industry let alone having your hopes crushed like that.

Date: 2006-08-27 04:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, it is a tough and weird industry. If you are planning to ever make a cent writing I think you have to be prepared for weirdness and rejection. The publishing industry is very strange, capricious, and opaque. I've been quickly learning that almost everything is about who you know.

Date: 2006-09-30 06:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You don't know me.

I found a comment by you on a post on JournalFen, and from there, went to your LJ. I have a friend, [ profile] jadarene, who has several such manuscripts. She has lamented to me about how she often spends a couple of weeks trying to find a publisher, fails in finding a decent one, and says to hell with it and starts doing "what she enjoys: writing more stories."

She does not know I am posting this, but I figure anything I can do to help, I'll do, and this seems like a decently sufficient way to help =D

Let me or her know?

Date: 2006-09-30 12:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I can't promise anything--but ask her to email me the first ten pages of an original novel. If I like it I will ask her to send the agency a manuscript and I'll pass it on to one of the agents.

Short story collections are very hard to sell unless the writer is established, so we aren't interested in taking those from new writers.



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