My Twitterville Agents-to-Follow Cheat-Sheet

Hello my darling readers!

It was asked of me that I write out a list of awesome literary agents that I follow on Twitter, and you know me, I’m a giver.

There are TONS of agents frolicking in Twitterville, and I am certainly not claiming to list all of the Follow-worthy ones on my list.  The ones I am tagging here are the ones that I have learned the most from, or that I find to be the most approachable.  These are the peeps that taught me all the fabulous industry things over the last year.

And, can I just take a moment to say how much fun it has been to find a GIF to sum up each agent?  Yeah?  Good times, kids.

Sarah LaPolla of Curtis Brown, Ltd.

*ahem* In a totally non-biased way, I shall say that Sarah is the dog’s pajamas.  Aside from being adorable and having fabulous taste in clients *cough* Sarah knows her shiz.  She is one of the earliest agents that I followed on Twitter and she posts all kinds of delicious industry tidbits that are completely legit.  She is one to watch for honest, straight to the point info.

Brooks Sherman of Fine Print Literary

Brooks makes my list because he is an excellent example of a new agent who is in it to win it.  He is very involved and easy to approach with questions on his posts.  I loved following him from the start because of how passionately he speaks about his clients.  The guy LOVES what he does.  It’s nice to see that when you are feeling jaded that all agents are meany heads who reject poor writers for sport.

Plus, if you ever meet him in person, he says “Query” in a unique way.  It entertains me.

Janet Reid of Fine Print Literary

Now, there are lots of reasons I could tell you to Follow Janet Reid.  She is sharp as hell.  She runs Query Shark which trust me peeps, if you are querying, you want to bookmark that site.  She tells it like it is.  She answers questions, and she knows what is what.  She might even be an actual shark…

But really, the main reason you should follow her?  She’s Janet fucking Reid.  *drops mic and walks away*

Sara Megibow of The Nelson Agency

Sara is the first agent I ever followed on Twitter.  She is also one of the first agents I ever queried.  Sara runs a “10 Queries in 10 Tweets” session every week that is worth it’s weight in Twitter gold.  Giving a run down of a random selection of queries she receives, she explains why she accepts or passes.  There is a lot to be learned from these, so I highly recommend checking in each week and watching.

Side note: I was once one of the REJECTED queries in her 10 Queries.  It stung, but I rewrote the hell out of that query, and for the better. After I finished ugly crying, of course.

Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary

Terrie is very seriously one of the most approachable agents on Twitter.  She has this epic mother hen quality and you know she is in the game for all the right reasons.  She is a great person to watch to see that agents are indeed not scary monsters set on eating writer’s hopes and dreams for brunch.

And she has a pet scorpion.  Top that.  I dare you.

Michelle Wolfson of Wolfson Literary Agency

Michelle is a swell agent.  I like following her because she is a grand example of agents as people.  She talks about her family, her career, the industry, all the things.  She is funny and smart and a good one to just sit back and take notes as her feed passes by.  The more agents present themselves as real live humans, the better the feels as a writer.  Michelle pulls this off brilliantly.

Pam van Hylckama of Larsen Pomada Literary Agents

Bookalicious Pam is a Twitter favorite.  She is opinionated and wise, but also super approachable online.  What I like about her is that she has that blunt honesty that is super important, but she is also nice people.  It’s key to not have everything sugar coated for you in a way that gives you a false impression of the industry, but it’s ace to not have it done in punch you in the throat kind of way.  Pam is your gal for this.

And if you can pronounce her last name, you get a cookie.

Jennifer Laughran of Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc.

Jennifer, better known on Twitter as Literaticat, is like, mandatory to Follow if you write YA or MG.  She is full of all kinds of pointers and tips, and she flat out gets what is going on.  What makes her a time-tested Twitter darling is that she is also sweet as all get out.  She is patient and dedicated, which is a true Twitter gift, yo.

Plus, she was very forgiving of a query faux-pas I committed when I was trying to place my YA earlier this year.  She gets a gold star from me.

Jessica Sinsheimer of Sarah Jane Freyman Literary Agency

I love Jessica.  She has one of the best and spunkiest attitudes of the agents on Twitter.  Her enthusiasm is palpable and she is quite talented.  I Followed her for her wit and knowledge, I stayed for her skills and pumpkin recipes…  The more Tweets of hers I read, the hungrier I get.  But on the lit agent side, be prepared for query advice and general awesomeness.

Elise Capron of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

Elise is one of my all time faves.  She has that approachability that I think I keep bringing up.  I seriously believe it is key to find good agents to watch and learn that while they are indeed brilliant professionals to be respected, they are people and don’t have to scare the bejeebus out of you on sight.  Elise is a perfect agent to counteract that scary stereotype literary agents can have.  Elise is sparkly, skilled and possibly part unicorn.  I am still waiting on proof to the contrary…

So that is my little list.  There are plenty more people that I could suggest you follow because they are badass to their cores, and it is possible I will do just that someday.

In the meantime, I hope this was a helpful jumping off point, and that if you do choose to follow these ace specimens that they prove to be as helpful to you as they have been to me.

I hope you all are having a top notch week!

Until next time,

Peace, Love, and GIF-y Goodness…

 

43 Comments

  1. Love the dancing Brooks… Love all of this, in fact. 😀 *I approve this blog post*

  2. A brilliant post, as always, my friend. 🙂

  3. There’s actually a third part to my name that Twitter doesn’t have room for. van Hylckama Vlieg. If you can say it I’ll give you a cookie that doesn’t fart. I follow most of these ladies (and Brooks) as well!

  4. Love it. #ToasterVag loves it too.

  5. Thank you, thank you, thank you! 🙂

  6. Do your followers know how lucky they are? Either that, or you’re totally awesome, like totally (yes, read that with an 80’s valley girl voice). I’m going with a little bit of both. I see you saved the best gif for last. Unicorns farting rainbows, good times man…good times. Hope her name isn’t Toot. Never trust anyone named Toot. 😉

    Very kind of you. Thanks so much.

  7. Eric Steinberg (@ericgsteinberg) |

    I’m mostly proud to say that I was only missing two…now I have the entire set. Why do I feel like I’m collecting trading cards, stamps or something?

  8. This was a fantastic post and has helped me narrow my twitter stalking to a fine and dangerous point. Thank you!

  9. I’m following all but one of these agents, and I agree with your assessments of them all 🙂

  10. Great post! I was already following many of them, but I’ve added a few to my twitter list of agents. Thanks! I think Rachelle Gardner should be added to this list. And Mary Kole. And Sarah Greenhouse. And Kate McKean. So many wonderful agents on twitter!

  11. This is absolutely brilliant. Three thumbs way, WAY up. Bra-VO. *starts slow clap in reverent awe*

    (Seriously, I laughed my arse off!)

  12. You are the SWEETEST, my dear.

  13. Amazing literary agent Erin Harris of Folio Literary Management just joined Twitter! Follow her @ErinHarrisFolio, she loves debut authors and has worked with some really cool people.

  14. Bahaha! Fantastic. And I think you’ve been stalking Brooks–that GIF looks a little too close, if you know what I mean.

  15. Fizz,
    You rock, everyone you mentioned rocks, and I’m in this surreal state of wow to think I made the list. Honored, so honored. Many thanks.
    – Terrie
    (and Stormo, the Scorpion)

  16. Michelle Wolfson |

    I love this. Of course 7yo was standing there and he was like why does she keep sticking her thumb up? Me: What are you talking about?? That’s totally me. Don’t you recognize me?!?

    Thanks, Fizzy!!

  17. LOVE your post, as always. Glad to know I was fairly up to date, had all but one – but now she’s officially being twitter-stalked (by thousands, I’m sure). I also had the others listed by Annie, so I’m feelin’ all in-the-know (in-the-loop?? Heck, now I’m not sure how I’m feelin’- but it feels good!).
    Thanks for makin’ me smile, as always.

  18. I agree with the list and with the adds…and a few more: Jessica Alvarez, Jessica Faust, and Kim Lionetti–all three are from BookEnds. And, yes, I’m biased. 🙂

  19. I just found this. Awesome job. *fist bump*

  20. Thanks! This is really helpful. : )

  21. Thanks!

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