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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Fizzy Fangirling – An Interview with Vicki Lame

Hello my lovelies!! I’m not sure how I stumbled into this, but I am wicked excited to share an interview I did with Vicki Lame!  I talk about agents so much I thought it might be time to work in a little editor love, yeah? In case you are unfamiliar with her particular brand of badass, Vicki Lame is an editor for St. Martin’s Press, and publicist for the magazine Armchair Shotgun.  She is also a bonafide Twitter darling and someone you should be following. AND! Because she is super fantabulous, she has graciously offered up an AUTOGRAPHED ARC (Advance Reading Copy) of the brilliant Suzanne Palmieri’s upcoming THE WITCH OF LITTLE ITALY. (St. Martin’s Press March 2013)  Details on how to enter to win this prime treat are down below! 1. First off, how long have you been an editor?  How did you get into this wacky business, and what made you want to dive in to begin with? Oh my gosh, how long *have* I been an editor?? That requires MATH. I’ve been in the industry proper about 8 or so years now, editorial going on seven. Like any editor, at the age of nine I wanted to write The Great American Novel (what does that even mean these days?!), and my parents told me to pick a career that would make me more money. So clearly I picked the billion dollar a paycheck job of being an editor. Truthfully, in college “book editor” never seemed like a real job to me. One day I was sitting with a friend, sighed heavily, and said, “I just want to be a book editor.” And she said, “Well, why don’t you?” And for some reason that is when it clicked that yes, I *could* be a book editor. I...

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