Sunday, August 2, 2009

I have a new Intern - Please Read her Blog

As if I don't have enough to do - two full time jobs, three junior agents, a teen-aged son and a grown-up relationship - I got an email from a local journalism school graduate inquiring if she could intern with me this summer.

Now those who know me know that I believe in mentoring, because I was so poorly mentored when I was a young woman in my 20's by the icons of feminist journalism - they just made me feel so small and insignificant - and I vowed that when my turn came, I would give back. So I said yes.

But I take interning seriously, and always make sure that I have something to teach.

It turns out that Vanessa is a horror fan - she actually worked for someone I had just met at Necon - so there is much that I can teach her.

And I've asked her to keep a blog, so please visit, and comment, and encourage.

She'll be interning at the agency through the summer, and then begin a six month internship at RR while she goes for her Masters in Publishing.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Agent EK is Avidly Seeking Middle Grade and YA

I'll post about Necon and RWA shortly, but while you're waiting for my reports, I thought you'd be interested to know that one of our junior agents at L. Perkins Agency has declared her love of YA and is aggressively seeking new authors, so tell you friends and family!!

Below is EK's description of what she's looking for:

"I’m tired of getting queries from authors who don’t currently read YA, never read YA, say books published today are terrible, but they heard that Harry Potter lady made more than the Queen, and hey, they can do that! Writing for kids is easy, right?

I love YA books. I loved them when I was a kid and I still love them now. I want to see manuscripts from people who love it as much as I do. I want to find the books that kids are going to remember with fondness. I inhaled Lois Duncan, LJ Smith, Babysitter’s Club, Sweet Valley, etc, etc. These days I’m excited by the writing done by Suzanne Collins, Kristin Cashore, Claudia Gray. I’m also into the teen novels by people like Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, Barry Lyga and others. I’m looking for smart middle grade and teen novels. (No picture books, please.) I like fantasy and paranormal, and other odd things. Zombies are pretty big at the moment, and I’d also like to see witches, psychics, time travel and superheroes. As far as non-genre, I like strong, female heroines and books with fresh voices and a quirky sense of humor. I’m really sick of knock-off “Harry Potters’ and “Twilights.”

Lori told me to list some of my favorite TV shows to give a better sense of my taste. I liked Buffy, Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars, How I Met Your Mother, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Justice League, Firefly, True Blood, Project Runway, Top Chef.... As I kid I loved Jem and the Holograms (magic earrings = always good) and Get Smart."

Send queries directly to EK at