Fizzy Fangirling – An Interview with Elise Capron

Hello my fantabulous readers! Today I am treating you all to an interview I did with the unbelievably awesome Elise Capron of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency! I will let you guys in on a little secret I discovered about Elise a while back… *whispers* She’s part unicorn. *drops mic* When she’s not prancing about with adorable woodland creatures, she is a top notch lit agent that makes me smile on the regular. I highly recommend following and enjoying the adorability and talent that is Miss. Capron. But keep that unicorniness on the DL. Our little secret, yeah? Ace. 1. Tell us about you as an agent! What made you become one? What kinds of stories do you rep? I was lucky enough to land a job as the brilliant agent/Unicorn-in-Chief Sandy Dijkstra’s assistant nine years ago, and became a baby agent a year later. These days I still work very closely with Sandy on development and sales of her clients’ projects (she’s the best teammate a girl could have—so amazing to see her Primo Agent Brain in action!), and I also maintain my own active list of authors. I represent a range of fiction and non-fiction. While I started out focused entirely on literary novels and story collections, I’ve found that my interests have expanded widely over the years. I still adore serious, character-driven literary fiction, without a doubt, and would currently LOVE to find a new novel. Tiphanie Yanique’s collection, HOW TO ESCAPE FROMA LEPER COLONY (published by Graywolf–her new novel will be out in another year with Riverhead, title to come!), and Courtney Brkic’s novel, THE FIRST RULE OF SWIMMING (Little Brown), which will be published this May, define my sensibility when it comes to literature. I want unique, captivating narrative voices and compelling, fresh stories....

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Fizzy Fangirling – An Interview with Lizzie Poteet (Bonus: Ask Lizzie!!!)

Hello my loves! Today, as promised, I bring you an interview with the delightful Lizzie Poteet of St. Martin’s Press, PLUS all her answers to your Ask Lizzie questions!! 1. Tell us a little bit about your job as an editorial assistant with St. Martin’s Press? What does your job entail? What genres do you handle? Pretty much any little tidbits you’d like to throw out there! How to explain my job…well, let’s start easy and work our way up to hard. I work with romance, erotica, and YA. But my main passion is romance. No Happily Ever After, No Lizzie. My job at SMP is pretty normal. I work for one awesome editor who is awesome, helping her manage her submissions, rejections, and editing. I read a lot, write a bit, and help out with the thousand random things that go into book publishing that I’m sure none of you really care about. Unless you have an unquenchable thirst to hear about…metadata. In which case, I underestimated the readership of this blog and let’s talk! Plus, right now I’m on the prowl like a wild cougar in the night looking to start building my own list of books. Or in less threatening terms: I’m now “actively acquiring” and am reading a lot more submissions than I used to. 2. What made you get into this goofy business in the first place? I probably should say something like, “Oh, well I’ve always had a lifelong passion for the written word and realized I wanted to help shape and nurture the future voices of our generation … blah blah.” But in real life, my realization was a little less noble: I love fun, sexy, knock-your-socks-off-first-kiss romances and wanted to get paid to read them. For some reason I had it...

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It’s Time to ASK LIZZIE!!

Hello my darlings! The holiday of Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. *cue dramatic music* I used to hate V-Day. Like, LOATHE it. Now I am a fan, but for a very specific reason that I will share with you this week in the form of a gooey blog which I am kind of giddy to share with you all. In the spirit of understanding many people are still in the, “Meh, V-Day.” state of mind, I have joined forces with the insanely awesome Lizzie Poteet of St. Martin’s Press to bring you a little Love Day fun. Lizzie is an Editorial Assistant for St. Martins’s and she is sincerely full to the brim with win. Her Twitter feed is consistently hilarious and I highly recommend you click Follow. Later this week I will be bringing you a special interview with the faboo Miss Poteet, but with a special twist. With the pressure of a romantic holiday looming, there are all sorts of questions that pop up. What should I do with my hubs to make a romantic day? How do I make it through the day without killing all the uber-lurvey people? For those, and any other romantic conundrums you may have, it’s time to ASK LIZZIE!! Lizzie is going to take all your romantic questions and answer them with advice pulled straight from her romance novel expertise. What do I do for date night?  How do I spend this cursed holiday as someone who could give less than two poos about Cupid?  My wife wants me to surprise her with something romantic…WHAT TO DO!?!?! If you have a romantic query or crisis, WE WANT TO HEAR IT!!! Drop all your questions in the comment section below, and tune back in later this week for my interview with...

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Fizzy Fangirling – An Interview with Alison Weiss

Hello my lovelies! Now that I have crawled out of my revision cocoon and rejoined the living, I am thrilled to bring you an interview with the lovely Alison Weiss of Egmont USA!! (Check out her slaving editor pose there…) Egmont USA is a children’s book publisher based in Manhattan and run by wizards. Okay, I can’t back up that wizards thing, but check them out in case you haven’t already caught wind of their awesomeness. I love the Egmont Twitter page which Miss Alison runs. She’s adorable and humble and full of awesome information. Plus, she’s super adorable and chipper, and that’s a big win in the World of Fizz. So kick back and get to know/ love Alison! 1. All right, let’s hit the basics. How long have you been an editor, and what made you choose this faboo business in the first place? I’ve been with Egmont for four-and-a-half years, and in editorial for four. (I started as a sales and marketing assistant when the company was just getting started and hadn’t published a single book. Sales and marketing assistant was code name for jack-of-all-trades.) I’ve always loved reading. (Well, after I had my reading breakthrough on a long car ride when I was 7. Before that, my parents were desperate to make me a reader, and I was desperate to have them just read to me instead.) When I was in college, I was poking around for a summer job and stumbled upon a testimonial from someone who had done a children’s editorial internship at Random House. I could read children’s books for a living! It sounded like heaven. The next summer (I had been a year too young), I applied for that same program and got a spot in Random House’s internship program working...

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Fizzy Fangirling – An Interview with Sarah LaPolla!

Hello my darlings! Oh, oh, oh, I am so excited. Today I am bringing you an interview with, are you ready for this…Are you sitting down!? SARAH LAPOLLA. *drops mic* That’s right, kids.  My super fantabulous agent took some time to answer my very loony questions, and I am bouncing and squeeing with glee to hand them over to you all. Aside from being my most favorite agent in all the land (Totally non biased. Mmhmm.) Sarah has always been an amazing agent to follow on Twitter.  She Tweets all the wicked important things that you absolutely need to know about querying and wooing her as an agent.  These are important details, yo. Read on, my babies, and swoon! 1.  Let’s cover the basics.  How long have you been an agent, and what made you choose this crazy profession in the first place? I’ve been an agent – in the sense that I’ve been taking on clients and trying to sell their books – for two years. I’ve been working at Curtis Brown, Ltd. for almost five years. I started, and still am, in the foreign rights department, which was a great place to begin in publishing. Few agents get to see that side of the business, so I’m happy to have had the chance to learn about it. I chose to be an agent once I figured out what an agent was! I interned at agencies while I was in grad school, but at age 23, I was sure I’d be hand-picked by Random House to be their star editor. That, um, didn’t happen. Instead, I read slush, got good at figuring out which slush was good enough to be published, and learned about a side of the business I didn’t know much about. (As a writing major in undergrad...

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