Fizzy Fangirling – An Interview with Molly Ker Hawn

Hello my darlings! Today I bring you an interview with the incredibly lovely Molly Ker Hawn of the The Bent Agency.  In case you aren’t following Molly on Twitter, I suggest you do so with a quickness.  She’s faboo.  FABOO, I say! Aside from her general awesomeness, Molly reps Kat Ellis, one of my partners in crime from the Hook, Line, and Sinker contest we put on with Dee Romito.  So clearly, Molly has all the taste.  ALL OF IT. Molly is one of my favorites on Twitter to follow and has been for a long time.  While she is a fairly new agent, she has been in the biz for a hot minute and knows all the things that you would love to know, but she is also a super sweet person and I like to trade Mommy-tales with her.  Any agent that can give you publishing tidbits *and* advice on why not to get a toddler bed is a rockstar in my book. 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? I’ve been an agent for almost a year. And it’s not what got me mixed up this crazy world, it’s who — I’ve known Jenny Bent for longer than either of us cares to admit. The chance to work with a massively successful and respected agent like Jenny was not one I felt I could pass up, so I became the Bent Agency’s first UK-based agent in early 2012. I have a pretty deep background in children’s books and media, but sitting on this side of the table was a big change for me, and having Jenny as a mentor is a pleasure and a privilege. 2.  For those unfamiliar, what genres...

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Fizzy Fangirling – An Interview with Juliet Mushens

Hello my darlings! Today I bring to you a flailing Fangirl session with the perpetually fabulous Juliet Mushens of The Agency Group, Ltd. I am a huge fan of Juliet’s over in Twitterville, and you should be too.  Aside from her awesomely awesome agenting advice (alliteration FTW!) she is a saucy, hilarious little thing.  Her unstoppable fashion genius causes me to equally stare in awe and weep at the fact that I am usually wearing jammie pants while checking out her pictures of leopard printed badassness. ALSO!  The lovely Juliet was ace enough to answer a fistful of questions that some of you faboo peeps passed along through me from Twitter. So, without absolutely any further ado… 1. Okay, let’s hit the basics. How long have you ben an agent and what made you choose this crazy profession in the first place? I’ve been an agent for a year and a half now. I started out at HarperCollins in marketing but soon realised I’d like to be an agent and joined PFD as an assistant in 2010. I was made an agent in 2011 and have just left PFD to join The Agency Group. I always loved books, I also love people, negotiating and coming up with ideas. My skillset and passions matched what an agent needs – luckily! 2. What genres do you rep? How important is the genre tag to you? Will you jump outside that usual zone for something that gives you the feelings? I started out thinking I was going to do literary fiction and non-fiction… But the bulk of my list is YA and commercial non-fiction! I represent anything really except diet books and picture books, and I’m not overly fond of political thrillers. But genre in general isn’t a turn off for me...

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Fizzy Fangirling – An Interview with Sarah “JJ” Jae-Jones

Hello my loved readers! Today I bring you a fangirl session with the brilliant Sarah “Call her JJ” Jae-Jones. JJ is one of my favorite peoples. Possibly ever. There is literally nothing this gal can’t do. While this started out as a standard Fizzy interview, it morphed into tales of skydiving and sound-bites of fabulous German compound nouns that I am delighted to now know. Aside from being a fabulous industry source for all your literary needs on Twitter (I’ll wait while you click over to follow her…) she also has a geek that runs so blissfully deep, it’s unfathomably adorable. 1. As an Editorial Assistant, tell me, what is it that you do for St. Martin’s, and how long have you been doing it? Bonus points for sharing what made you wander into this festive business in the first place. An editorial assistant sounds exactly like what it is: someone who assists other editors. Editorial assistant responsibilities vary from person to person, and editor to editor. When I first started working at SMP a little over 3 years ago, I assisted Dan Weiss, which included a lot of editorial work: reading submissions, rejecting them, writing editorial letters, etc. Earlier this year, I began assisting three other editors here, but I only handle their administrative tasks for their titles; they edit their own books. Assisting three editors might sound like a lot (and it is), but it also frees up a lot of time to focus on building my own list. I wandered into this “festive business” almost entirely by accident. In my previous employment lives, I was a legal assistant at a corporate law firm, and then I worked at a boutique private wealth management firm. Oh yes; I was power-suiting all the way to the bank–that is,...

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Fizzy Fangirling – An Interview with Janet Reid

Hiddy ho, lovely readers! I am not a person who generally gets starstruck.  For the most part, people are people, and I embrace the friendliness. Except…  About ten years ago, I was trying to get an autograph from Bobby Knight for my dad who is a huge fan.  If you don’t know who Bobby Knight is, well, he’s coaching legend, and probably waiting outside your door waiting to make you do sit-ups right now. Anyway, I had also been a fan since I was a kid, so I was excited to meet him.  My hubs and I waited in line all day for it.  Finally it’s our turn, I get up to the table and hand him my book to sign, and was COMPLETELY TERRIFIED.  I couldn’t say a word.  I just stared.  It’s like I thought he would suddenly whip up and beat me to death with his folding chair or something. It’s possible this is the first time in my life I was speechless. I bring this up because as comfortable as I am chatting away with all the agents on Twitterville, there is one agent that brings that Bobby Knight feeling rushing back.  Even on Twitter I am starstruck by the mighty Janet Reid. If her name doesn’t inspire immense respect and a hint of, “OMG A SHARK IS ABOUT TO EAT ME!” in you, well, you may be doing it wrong. Janet is an agent at FinePrint Literary Management, and is the founding shark over at Query Shark, which if you aren’t that stalking that blog, you should totally start. Shaking in my owl jammies, I asked if she would be up for an interview, and I damn near fell over dead when she agreed.  This is the hilarity that followed… DISCLAIMER:  Empty thine bladders before...

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Fizzy Fangirling – An Interview with Brooks Sherman

Hello my super awesome reader peeps! I have to say, I caught a little bit of a bug when I interviewed Vicki Lame last week.  It was too much fun.  And plus, I like to be nosy and ask people questions, so this has given me an inkling to INTERVIEW ALL THE PEOPLES!!! Today I am privileged to offer up a chat with Mr. Brooks Sherman of FinePrint Literary Management. Brooks is very good people and is one of my favorite agent-y type persons.  He’s an excellent one to watch on Twitter to learn from, and in fact made my list of Awesome Agents You Should TOTALLY Be Following.  I met him in person at the Midwest Writer’s Workshop this last year and had the honor of witnessing him blush all the reds while reading my query, and the even more spectacular moment where I watched my very own top notch agent, Sarah LaPolla, damn near knock him over while racing to get to a seat.  Good times. 1. Tell us, good sir, how long have you been an agent?  What made you decide to take on this crazy job in the first place? I’ve been working at FinePrint Literary for about a year and a half now, and I’ve been open to queries (i.e., looking for clients) for just over a year. My road to the agenting life has been a long and winding one. I have been an actor and a writer, a minion to Barbara Walters, and a cog in the Hollywood machine. I also spent a couple years with the Peace Corps in West Africa. I finally came to agenting through participating in writing workshops. I found I was enjoying working with other writers–helping them hone and strengthen their manuscripts–more than I was enjoying working on my own material. And...

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