Notes from "Ask the Agents: 3 Agents Analyze the Market"
1. George Nicholson, Sterling & Lord Literistic
2. Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio
3. Tina Wexler, Director at ICM
Question 1: How do you describe the current climate in publishing?
R: It’s challenging, but exciting. To survive in these unclear times, just write a “kick-ass” story. Also, know your competition and know what’s being published.
Question 2: What are your beliefs in genre/topic trends?
R: She likes to set trends. It’s always great to break new grounds.
G: You have to read adult books, especially adult fiction since publishers think about how to write these books into Juvenile fiction.
Question 3 was about submission pre-requisites
T: She said being a published author isn’t a pre-requisite. Rosemary likes to find a new voice. When she thinks about taking on a new client, she always thinks about whether she can invest time in the author/client. If she cannot, and if the writer is great, but not a great fit for her, she can refer the writer to another agent.
G: Likes to see the entire manuscript/work when he signs on a client.
Question 4: Most efficient way to submit to these panel members
R: Takes e-queries. She gets about 25 to 50 queries a day! She wants a query first and she’ll contact you for a manuscript if she’s interested.
G: He does very few picture books. He says quality non-fiction is hard to sell.
T: E-query is easiest for her. She wants the first 5 pages of the manuscript posted in the body of the email, not attached. For paper queries, she wants the first 5 pages of the manuscript as well.