To help the attendees know who would be best suited for their book, the Emerald City Writers Conference guru's held a Q&A. There were lots of questions, but here are some of the highlights.
What are you acquiring?
- Junessa Vilora, Ballantine - Romance all genres, women’s fiction
- Esi Sogah, Harper Collins - Romance for all Avon imprints
- Leah Hultenschmidt, Sourcebooks - Single title romance of any subgenre and YA
- Tera Kleinfelter, Samhain - All genres or romance, urban fantasy, fantasy, science fiction with romantic elements
- Angela James, Carina– 15K and up in romance and non-romance – everything from sexy to sweet and non-romance in sci fi mystery thriller. No YA, womens fiction or YA
- Suzie Townsend, Nancy Coffey Literary Agency – middle grade YA, all subgenres of romance, fantasy, sci fi,
- Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency - All types of romance, paranormal historical category, nonfiction
- Melissa Jeglinski, The Knight Agency– romance in most genres except scifi fantasy and paranormal
- Leah – I do spend more time and only do Brenda Novak’s. Quality isn’t necessarily better, but I am aware of how much they spent and take my time with it.
- Suzie – I’m shocked by the money people spend. It does get more attention, a deeper critique. They paid for it and I’ll read to the end and put together notes for them.
- Esi – I do spend more time on it because they spend a lot of money and I want to honor it.
- Jill – there are so many submissions usually we don’t have time to write detailed feedback, but we do that on auction submissions.
- Tera – people email me, but never send it in.
What do you think about agencies that offer self-publishing to clients? Is it a positive trend or a conflict of interest?
- MJ – Knight Agency is assisting current clients to release their backlist. We take our usual agency commission, not a publisher commission.
- Suzie – a huge conflict of interest. An agent is an agent that sells books to a publisher. To combine those things doesn’t work for me.
- Jill – we offer authors a choice. For authors that are too busy for formatting, editing, etc. we have a relationship with a company that does that.
- Angela – self-publishing services are different than being a publisher. For agents who have worked with a book and the options have been exhausted, getting an agency cut on self-published books helps recoup some of that time and effort.