Fizzy Fangirling – An Interview with Bridget Smith

Hello my darlings! Today, I bring you an interview with the incredibly wonderful Bridget Smith, literary agent with Dunham Literary, Inc. Bridget is an absolute delight. She’s also so classy I thought about doctoring up my blog with lace doilies or something to add a dash of sophistication to the joint. In lieu of doilies, I’ll just try to keep the swearing to a minimum. Let’s get to know Bridget, 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? I’ve been working at Dunham Literary for almost three years, and I opened to queries about a year after that. It’s a small company, so I do a little (well, really, a lot) of everything here, building my own list of clients in addition to my other responsibilities. I started working in publishing after I abruptly decided not to go to grad school in my senior year of college. I had no idea what I could do with an anthropology degree, but I’d always been one of those kids who had to have books banned from the dinner table and to be kept OUT of my book-filled bedroom as a punishment, so publishing seemed like a natural choice! I got an internship at an agency and a part-time job at a used bookstore, and after nearly a year of working and reading and applying to jobs, Jennie Dunham hired me as her assistant. It was a great fit right from the start, and I’ve been here ever since! 2. What genres do you rep? I rep middle grade, YA, and adult in a variety of genres. I’ll do pretty much anything in children’s – there’s a lot more genre overlap and flexibility...

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Fizzy Fangirling – An Interview with Corey Ann Haydu

Hello my loves! Today I bring you an interview with the lovely Corey Ann Haydu: Author, rad person, lover of cheese. Corey is one of those people I was destined to frolic with. I first came across her book deal announcement from her agent, the incomparably badass Victoria Marini. Then I learned it was a book about OCD. Then I learned she too used to be an actress. These are all marks in the WIN column. It’s like the universe was saying, “LOOK AN AWESOME PERSON!” Imagine my utter delight when her book turned out to be fabulous, and she turned out to be one of the nicest people I have ever encountered throughout the entire Twitterverse. Grab a snack, kick up your feet, and let’s get to know this amazing gal. 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!?” OH MY GOSH WHO AM I?? Let’s see. I was a childhood and early adulthood actress. You know those kids in your math textbooks who look really lame and are pretending to do math problems and making funny faces? Yeah. I was one of those people. I was a foreign exchange student. I was a New England prep school girl who didn’t quite fit in. Now I’ve been in New York for 13 years, making me an official New Yorker I think. I’m a lover of The Gilmore Girls. I’m a feminist. I’m a cheese and podcast enthusiast. I wear a lot of leggings. I’m the author of OCD LOVE STORY, the upcoming YA novel LIFE BY COMMITTEE, and the also upcoming, MG novel RULES FOR STEALING STARS. I eavesdrop on people at cafes while I try to write books. 2.You’re...

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Fizzy Fangirling – An Interview with Jessica Sinsheimer

Hello my darlings! Today I bring you an interview with the impossibly adorable Jessica Sinsheimer. Jessica is an agent with the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, a Twitter darling, and all around bucket of fabulous. I mean, come on. How precious is she!? Without any ado whatsoever, let’s get to know her better! 1. Let’s start with basics: How long have you been a literary agent, and what made you dive into this wacky business in the first place? It was a wonderful accident. I was in college, and my roommate had just finished an internship with a Very Important Agency. They needed someone else, and I had an interview that was pretty much, “Do you like books? You’re hired!” Anyway, the Very Important Agency was terrifying. Everyone yelled. People bounded into the hallways with “I just scored a million dollar deal! UHHHH!” and then punched the air for a while and jumped back out again. All of the women were very pretty and probably had feet permanently molded into “I’m wearing heels” position. It was like working in the Mad Men office, without the cool retro clothes. However, given how insanely uncomfortable I was there, one thing stood out: I loved the work. Then I went to a publishing house and a magazine, and neither was quite right–but I loved the work each time. That kept me coming back. Now I have the best possible situation: Sarah Jane is one of the kindest, warmest, smartest, funniest, wittiest, savviest, most supportive people on the planet. Our clients are amazing. And our office is small, so I can show up in flats and glasses and with my hair all puffy. It’s great. 2. For those unfamiliar, what genres do you rep? Is there any type of story that you are praying to the...

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Fizzy Fangirling – An Interview with Becky Albertalli

Hello my darling sweets! Do you remember when you were really little and you’d meet a new kid and two seconds later be like, “YOU ARE MY NEW BEST FRIEND, I LOVE YOU, LET’S GO RIDE THE SWINGS!” Those are my feelings for Becky Albertalli. I’m going to go out on a limb and assume most of you might not know who this glorious gal is yet. I say yet because lordy, she’s going to be a huge deal, kids. The story of her signing to book deal for SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA which was just announced is seriously the craziest thing I have ever heard, ever, in the history of things. I was shrieking and flailing about as the details unfolded. It’s unreal. Like, it’s one of those where you’d think you’d have some kind of WHAT!? thought, but she is so genuinely likable and delightful you just want to give her cookies and go on pony rides with her. See? Adorable. Read on to learn what I’m talking about, and if you’re eyes don’t bug out at least once, I will be hella impressed. 1. First, hit us with a little bio. Tell us about your lovely self? I’m going to admit straight out the gate that this is my very first interview, which is so nerve-wracking and so exciting.  I’m very new to this world of blogs and twitter and agents and book deals, though I’ve been writing stories and keeping diaries since I was a kid.  I grew up outside Atlanta in a suburb called Sandy Springs, went to college in Connecticut, and attended grad school in D.C.  I recently moved back to the Atlanta area with my husband, son, dog, and cat, and I generally spend my days doing toddler stuff.  But...

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Fizzy Fangirling – An Interview with John Cusick

Hello my sweets! Today I bring you an interview with the freaking amazing literary agent John Cusick of Greenhouse Literary!! He’s also the author of the upcoming CHERRY MONEY BABY, which I am sort of obsessed with. That’s right. HE’S A DOUBLE THREAT, KIDS. John is one of my very favorite lit agents on Twitter, and has been ever since he forgave a burst of my verbal incontinence last year during a Twitter pitch party. Aside from being witty and a fount of information, he’s an all around good dude, and let’s be blunt here: A snappy dresser. Seriously. The lad is dapper. ALSO! Mr. Cusick here will be joining all the fun at this year’s Midwest Writer’s Workshop where I will likely fangirl with fervor. He’s been warned. Read on and see why he is, in fact, the cat’s pajamas. 1. Let’s hit the basics. How long have you been a literary agent, and what dragged you into this crazy business in the first place? Also, what kinds of stories do you rep? I started as an agent’s assistant in 2007 and began rep’ing clients soon after that. I came to NYC wanting to be a writer and looking for a job to feed my habit. I sort of fell into children’s agenting, but immediately fell in love and now I’ll never leave. I represent everything from picture books through y.a. (And, I donno, maybe New Adult. Maybe. Someday.) I like all kinds of stories and my list is eclectic. I have contemporary realism, sci-fi, historicals, mysteries, horror, action/adventure. I love stories that get at some deep emotional truth, flawed protagonists, and villains with vulnerability. And I love a good page-turner. When all these things combine…magic. 2. When you are diving through the slush, what it is you are looking for?...

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