Fizzy Fangirling – An Interview with Brent Taylor

Hello my darlings! Today I bring you an interview I’ve been dying to post for ages with one of my very most favorite people in the world, literary agent, (one of mine, to be specific!) Brent Taylor of TriadaUS Literary Agency! The first time I worked with Brent, he was a wee intern and was a huge help during the Hook, Line, and Sinker contest back in 2012. When I signed with Uwe Stender and Brent, at the time, Brent was brand new to agenting. I remember saying to friends, “With Brent, it’s not ever a question of if he will sell. It’s when.” and he certainly didn’t disappoint. He’s been kicking ass for his clients and it’s been a pleasure to watch, and be among them. Let me step aside and let the sir speak for his own awesome self.  1. First off, how long have you been an agent? What made you want to dive into this wacky business in the first place? I’ve been an agent since September 2014. I’m terrible at all math that isn’t “how much money does this publisher owe me,” so I think that’s roughly a year and a half. I’ve known that I wanted to be an agent since my first internship in 2011. There’s something so magical about shepherding books into the world that would’ve changed your life as a reader. 2. What genres do you represent? How important is the genre, or will you take on something different just because it gives you the feelings? My taste is eclectic, but I tell people that I represent upmarket fiction across all age categories: middle grade, young adult, and adult. I’m also very interested in illustrated fiction and other unique formats (like novels-in-verse). Even if something doesn’t feel like an obvious fit,...

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Fizzy Fangirling – An Interview with Jim McCarthy

Hello, my darlings! Today, I am very excited to bring you a chat with literary agent, and all around badass, Jim McCarthy of Dystel and Goderich Literary Agency. Jim is a faboo agent who has had a hand in escorting some genuinely amazing books down the publishing path. Let’s dive right in, shall we? 1. First off, how long have you been an agent? What made you want to dive into this wacky business in the first place? I landed at Dystel & Goderich as an intern 17 years ago, the summer after my first year of college. When I graduated, a full time job had just opened up. And I signed my first client way back in 2003. I’d love to say that I chose to work in publishing for noble reasons, but when I started part time, the main reason was that of the 50 resumes I had sent out, the first call, interview, and offer was here. I fell in love with the job, but those early days, I did wonder if I should have held out longer because other people started calling. “I could have been a ticket taker at Radio City,” I complained. But let’s just say it all worked out. And I’m here 17 years later for a host of reasons. 2. What genres do you represent? How important is the genre, or will you take on something different just because it gives you the feelings? I’m willing to represent just about anything (other than poetry where I’m at a loss. That said, I’m best known for doing YA, fantasy, romance, and mystery. Because those have been my most successful areas, they’re where I’m most comfortable and where I see the most submissions. But I’m always looking to push myself. 3. Tell us...

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Fizzy Fangirling – An Interview with Heidi Schulz

Hello my loves! Today I bring you an interview with amazing Middle Grade author and MWW faculty Heidi Schulz! 1. First up, tell us a little bit about yourself. Yes, I am asking for those bios that make us all go, “BUT WHO AM I!?” WHO AM I? I’M JEAN VAL JEAAAAAAAAN! I often, quite randomly, burst into song because I like to pretend I am living in a musical. The only problem is I dance worse than I sing—and I don’t sing well. At all. I live in Oregon with my best friend/husband of nearly twenty years and our fourteen-year-old daughter. They are my two favorite people on earth. We share our home with a dog, named Pepper Pots, and our yard with four chickens: Black Apple, Matilda, Fat Amy, and Liza Minnelli. (More about them later.) I write books for children, or as my twitter bio and business cards state, “I lie to children for fun and profit.” I think you’re cool. Yes you, reading this interview. I like pie. 2. Your first book, HOOK’S REVENGE, is one of my most favorite Middle Grade books of all time. The sequel, HOOK’S REVENGE: THE PIRATE CODE, is coming out this Fall! What sort of adventures can we expect from Jocelyn Hook this time around? You are so kind to say so. Thank you! There are quite a few things in store for Jocelyn. She explores a lot more of the Neverland—places both wondrous and deadly. There is more of Mr. Smee and the Hook’s Revenge crew, more Peter Pan, and a lot more Roger. We also get to see how Jocelyn deals with a new character, Evie. She came to the Neverland as Peter Pan’s new mother only to be promptly kidnapped by pirates! (But don’t be too hard...

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Fizzy Fangirling: An Interview with Nicole Sohl

Hello my sweets! Today I bring you an interview with the lovely Nicole Sohl, Associate Editor at Thomas Dunne Books and Macmillan Films, faculty member at this year’s Midwest Writers Workshop, and all-around fantastic person! 1. First off, how long have you been an editor? What made you want to dive into this wacky business in the first place? It’s a wacky world, indeed! And I’ve had the pleasure of being an editor in it for about four years now. It was something I ended up exploring in college. I was an English major –shocking, I know– and when sophomore year came around I figured I better start interning somewhere in some industry to build up my resume for when graduation sneaks up. So I took a look at my English dept’s website and lo and behold they listed publishing internships on top of publishing internships. Before seeing that I honestly had never considered the “business” of getting books out into the world; I had only considered the authors themselves, I guess. Once I saw the descriptions of those internships, it all kind of clicked. Never having writing ambitions myself, I was pretty uncertain about what I wanted to do with this English degree I’d gone and saddled myself with and, well, there was the answer! I spent the rest of my college years interning mostly at agencies and was more than settled on the publishing track when graduation at last came. 2. What genres do you acquire? How important is the genre, or will you take on something different just because it gives you the feelings? I read across a lot of genres, actually. Because I’m in this wonderful odd duck of a department, I have a lot of flexibility and just need to make sure anything I’m...

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Fizzy Fangirling – An Interview with Annie Berger

Hello my darlings! Today I bring you an interview with the magnificent Annie Berger, Associate Editor with HarperCollins! 1. First off, how long have you been an editor? What made you want to dive into this wacky business in the first place? Well, let’s see, I’ve been an editor for a little over four years now. I spent the first three of my career at Simon & Schuster at the Aladdin imprint, and moved over to HarperCollins Children’s Books and HarperTeen about a year and a half ago. I actually decided to pursue publishing when I went on a terrible job interview, for a job I did not want, and they asked what I would do if I had a week to do whatever I wanted…and of course I said reading! They informed me I should work in publishing, and I agreed. So, I did the Columbia Publishing course the summer after I graduated, and tried for almost two years (and three internships) to land a job in children’s editorial. I tell this story a lot, but when I found out I had been hired as an editorial assistant at Simon & Schuster, I cranked up The Dog Days are Over by Florence and the Machine and danced around my living room. 2. What genres do you acquire? How important is the genre, or will you take on something different just because it gives you the feelings? I’m pretty open to most genres. At the moment I’m looking for MG/YA fantasy, magical realism, literary realistic, and mysteries. If I really, really love something though, I’ll try my hardest to make it work despite everything else. 3. Tell us a little bit about how snagging a brilliant editor such as yourself works. Do you only work with agented authors? For...

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