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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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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