Are you ready for representation? Do you have a fully (professionally!) edited and complete manuscript, an audience lined up to buy your book, a marketing plan – along with a unique voice and a cutting-edge concept? I know… It’s daunting. If you think you might be close to any of these things. Let’s talk.
As a Literary Agent, this is the area where I provide the most ‘tough love’ for authors. It is a jungle out there – and at the same time there IS always room for the next GREAT book!
Utilizing over ten years behind the scenes of the book world, beginning as an acquisitions editor at Morgan James Publishing and later becoming the executive publisher for Persona Publishing, a boutique self-publishing imprint, I am intimately acquainted with the challenges of being an author.
I love the relationship building aspect of being a literary agent and have an ever-expanding list of top editors in both the New York publishing world as well as the most innovative of independents. I also love listening to pitches and if you have a distinctive voice, I will hear it.
For as long as I can remember, escaping into the wonders of a great novel has been a favorite way to unwind.
I’m currently looking for gritty YA and not seen before or brand new takes in Self-Help/How To.
- Please do not send unsolicited manuscripts.
- To send a query letter for project consideration, put “Query” in the subject heading.
- Please expect up to 10 weeks for a response to queries.
Ok, now some tips from my experience in coaching authors – and in being an author myself:
- Be ready (IF asked!) to send your first 30 pages and make sure they shine!
- Research (and research, research, research!) query letters and write a strong one. First impressions (in this business), are all you have, so start strong!
- Write a captivating pitch that you can back up with your writing and who you are.
- Don’t hurry to submit. Take your time and make sure your query is ready to send.
- Sadly, part of the job of being an agent is the necessity of clearing out our inboxes – so make me want to stop and read your query.
- Tell me who referred you to me if anyone did.
For more information about Waterside Productions, where I hang my literary agent hat, please visit – www.watersideproductions.com