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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Expert Interview on Literary Agents
Second to almost none, my favorite have been blog posts by authors (that I've only heard of in blog posts) who talk about how to "choose an agent" or how to "hire an agent." Invariably, these include telling little tidbits in them, like, "...my first agent, who was recommended by an author friend of mine...blah, blah, blah, etc, etc, etc."
I thought it would be useful to my own readers to reach out to one of these experts and conduct a more thorough interview.
Expert: Thank you. I know, right?
Me: For my readers, please share with us how you got your start.
Expert: Well, I wrote this awesome manuscript. It was totally awesome, too, because I have a masters in English Literature and I know exactly where to put my commas.
Expert: Well, I had finished my awesome manuscript, and I was talking to my neighbor about it...
Me: Your neighbor?
Expert: Yeah. He's a New York Times best selling author, and he said that I should totally go to this big pitch conference that was coming up in New York. He said that his agent would be there too, so I should totally go and show him my manuscript and he would let him know that I was coming.
Me: So, what happened next?
Me: How was your experience there, at the conference?
Me: Well, that's good. You're very fortunate that you could afford that. Not everyone can.
Me: Wow. That sounds great. How did that go?
Me: So, what sort of things did he want you to change?
Me: That sounds great. So, what made you decide to choose another agent?
Expert: Well, I was talking to some of my other NYT bestselling author neighbors, and they totally said that I shouldn't be paying so much for postage. So, I started shopping around by having them call their agents for me, and then I finally settled on one who didn't charge for postage at all! I totally thought I should blog about it so, you know, others could benefit from all of my knowledge and experience.
Me: We are certainly glad that you did. You're posts have been extremely beneficial, especially the parts about making sure to have NYT bestselling authors live next door.
Expert: No probs. It's my way, you know, of giving something back.
Me: Thank you.
Expert: Don't mention it.
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