Does an online platform matter?

I’m often asked if a social media / online platform matters.  The short answer is. No.  The longer answer is that for fiction, the most important thing that publishers care about is the quality of the writing. If your twitter following / facebook following...

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...

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...

How a book is published

How does a manuscript become a book? How is a book published?  This is how the traditional publishing model works – as a writer, you have the copyright in your work. You license your copyright to a publisher.  In traditional publishing, these are the major...

Gatekeeper or friend?

Literary agents are often perceived as the gatekeepers for the publishing world. There seems to be an image of us at our desks smiling as we gleefully strike down the dreams of aspiring writers. Well, first this image is inaccurate because we rarely have the chance to...