Episode 19: #AgentSecrets, Finding and Getting an Agent

...in which Jess and KJ have a few tips for finding the right agent and crafting your query; also KJ goes off the grid to get some work done and Jess recommends sleep.

(available on iTunes and AudioBoom)

Our agent, Laurie Abkemeier, of DeFiore & Company, who also has a fun Tumblr page and Agent Obvious: Unsolicited Advice for Authors, Agents, and Editors.

The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman (yes, I understand I can't really say I'm a huge Neil Gaiman fan if I have not read The Sandman, but I do love his novels. So there.)

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

The Hidden Link Between Vision and Learning: Why Millions of Learning-Disabled Children Are Misdiagnosed, by Wendy Beth Rosen (When I said hearing problems, I meant vision problems. Sorry.) 

American Widow, by Alissa Torres, illustrated by Sungyoon Choi
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller

The World Beyond Your Head (not a recommendation yet because KJ has not started it) by Matthew Crawford

The New York Times review of Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Jenny Bent, of the Bent Literary Agency

Tina Bennett of William Morris Endeavor

Marley & Me, by John Grogan

Mignon Fogarty, Grammar Girl

Joelle Delbourgo of Joelle Delbourgo Associates

Reading with Babies, Toddlers and Twos by K.J. Dell'Antonia and Susan Straub

Chuck Sambuchino's "Guide to Literary Agents" at Writer's Digest, which includes his collection of successful query letters and commentary by the agents.

American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA)



You always can find K.J. here and Jess here