How did I start working at a literary agency?

I always loved reading, and I was obsessed with books when I was growing up. I was never aware of the publishing industry, I assumed books just “existed”. I was an English major in college, much to the apprehension of my parents (both are researchers in...

Pixar’s Rules for Storytelling

Incredible rules for storytelling from a Pixar story artist. #1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes. #2: You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be v. different. #3:...

Writing Instruments

Writing is a physical act:  Toni Morrison – pencil on yellow paper.  Maya Angelou – longhand on yellow legal pad (with glass of sherry).  Edna O’Brien – violet ink longhand. Stephen King – fountain pen longhand.  Jilly Cooper – a...

A day in the life

A ‘typical’ day in the life of a literary agent.  Before office opens at 9:30 – read submissions. I try to give the best energy each morning and read submissions. This means trying not to open my email inbox until 9:30.  Have a massive cup of coffee...

What does a literary agent do?

When I’m asked “what I do”, I find it difficult to explain. My husband often helpfully chimes in, literary agents are like Jerry Maguire, but for books. (Although, this is quickly becoming a dated reference).  And I think that’s probably one of...