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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Fizzy Fangirling – An Interview with Uwe Stender

Hello my loves! Today I bring you an interview with lit agent and swell guy, Dr. Uwe Stender, founder of TriadaUS Literary Agency! Here’s my story about Uwe: I sort of gate-crashed the hotel lobby of a SCBWI conference in Pennsylvania last November to surprise my wonderful friend Dee Romito. (Her husband Rob set that all up, I take no credit.) Uwe is Dee’s agent, and he was around hanging out with his client, so I got to meet him. During dinner one night, I was seated at the opposite end of a long table, and decided I absolutely needed to try duck for the first time in my life. The idea of ordering a whole thing all for myself was too much pressure, and it was then I realized I was amongst an almost entirely vegetarian population. Uwe was the only one willing to split the duck pizza with me. I’m pretty sure this is how I will determine all friendships in the future. If you’re willing to help me dive into new culinary grounds, we are BFFs. That day, I learned I big fat don’t like duck. But I super like Uwe. Let’s get to know him so you can join me in that field! 1. Let’s start with the basics: How long have you been an agent, and what made you dive into this wacky business in the first place and compelled you to found TriadaUS? It will be my tenth year as an agent. I wanted to discover and mentor new talent and help bring some great books into the world. And I have always liked challenges. 2. Because inquiring minds always want to know, what genres do you rep? I rep pretty much anything in non-fiction. In fiction, I have been focusing on YA and...

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Fizzy Fangirling – An Interview with Alec Shane

Hello my darlings! Today I bring you an chat with Alec Shane, awesome person and literary agent with Writer’s House. 1. Let’s start with the basics: How long have you been an agent, and what made you dive into this wacky business in the first place? I originally moved to New York to get into finance, actually; I was familiar with that world and didn’t have any other bright ideas at the moment, so I figured I’d give it a shot. But I arrived at my apartment in Brooklyn in June of 2008, which is – almost to the exact month – when the economy collapsed and a lot of the big hedge funds went under. Knowing that what few financial institutions left weren’t hiring (and probably wouldn’t see “former stuntman with very little experience” as a huge selling point if they were), I decided to see if I could get a job doing something I loved instead. And two of the things I love most are sports and books. Since NYC has a big presence in both arenas, I started applying for both sports and book jobs. I didn’t really even know what agenting was, and I had never even heard of Writers House; I just called them because I stumbled onto the website and thought it was a pretty building. Luckily for me, Writers House was in the process of hiring interns right around the time I first reached out, and the rest is history. I started as Jodi Reamer’s assistant in 2009, and have been building my own list since 2012. 2. Because inquiring minds always want to know, what genres do you rep? Mystery, thriller, horror, historical fiction, literary fiction, biography, military history, humor, sports, “guy” reads, and any type of nonfiction about an event/person...

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Fizzy Fangirling – An Interview with Jenny Bent

Hello my loves! Today, it is my genuine pleasure to bring you a chat with the incomparable Jenny Bent of…wait for it…The Bent Agency! Jenny Bent is one of those agents that everyone knows and when she’s discussed it’s with the awed tones of, “It’s Jenny freaking BENT.” The honor is well earned. Aside from being a brilliant literary agent, she runs an agency full of other brilliant literary agents. All the while being known for her friendliness and knowledge on social media. Dude. The skills. I mean, damn. Let’s get to know her better, shall we? 1. Let’s start with the basics: How long have you been an agent, and what made you dive into this wacky business in the first place, and compelled you to start your own agency? Well, I knew even before college that I wanted to work in publishing because I was always such a reader, to the exclusion of almost anything else, really. I started working as an assistant to a literary agent in 1992 and then started repping my own titles in about 1996. The goal was always to one day have my name on the door, so in 2009, when I felt that I had established myself enough, I left my position at Trident Media to found TBA. 2. What genres do you rep? I rep women’s fiction, crime/suspense, romance, YA, a tiny bit of literary fiction, memoir, very occasionally lifestyle if it has a fun or girly twist to it. 3. What sort of story do you pray to the literary gods will land on your desk? Oh gosh, so many different kinds of stories make me happy. Right now I would love some really compelling suspense with an amazing hook, like the book THINK OF A NUMBER by John Verdon....

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Fizzy Fangirling – An Interview with Peter Knapp

Hello, my dears! Today I am delighted to bring you an interview with the wondrous literary agent Peter Knapp of The Park Literary Group. I’m a huge fan of Peter for a variety of reasons. He’s a genuinely nice guy, sharp as all get-out, and one heck of an agent. Plus, like recent interviewee Bridget Smith, Peter is one of the fabulous agents attending this year’s Midwest Writer’s Workshop, and you don’t want to miss that for anything. For extra incentive, I’ll be doing a session with him at MWW, but I’ll let him fill you in on that below. *flails excitedly* And to solidify him as one of absolute favorites, when I asked him, as I do all people I interview, if he had any preferences against profanity in the potential GIFs for this post, his response was, “No limitations. Shock the world.” Seriously. New favorite. Kick back, grab a snack, and get to know Mr. Knapp! 1. Let’s start with the basics: How long have you been an agent, and what made you dive into this wacky business in the first place? I started at The Park Literary Group about three years ago as an assistant and began taking on clients a little over a year ago. Growing up, novels were just a part of my life—my mom is an English professor, and my two older brothers were always fighting over copies of books. You had to read fast at our house or else the younger of those two brothers would swoop in while you were sleeping, read a book overnight, and then accidentally (or not) spoil the whole thing. (“Did you get to the part where he dies?”) So I began my career working, actually, in a book scouting agency, where we looked for manuscripts that our...

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