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A Very Nice Literary Agent Indulges in Polite Rants About Queries, Writers, and the Publishing Industry

All By Myself….

STATUS: Beside myself with all the good news. Seriously, how can next January compete? I just found out today that my debut author Sherry Thomas is going to have a starred Publishers Weekly review for Private Arrangements in the January 14th issue. That’s almost unheard of for a debut. Congrats Sherry!

What’s playing on the iPod right now? MAGIC MAN by Heart

But not anymore. I’ve got really fun news to share. Denver, Colorado is going to get another terrific literary agent and no, this agent isn’t coming aboard here at Nelson Agency (although I wouldn’t have minded that!). It’s Kate Schafer—formerly of the Janklow & Nesbit Agency of New York.

She’s opening up her own show as KT Literary in South Denver.

Together, we are going to put Denver on the map for literary agents! No more “and where are you located” by the publishing world.

Okay, so we might have a few more years until that happens but welcome Kate.


13 Responses

  1. bev said:

    Yay Sherry and Kristen for the article in Publishers Weekly. I’m waiting for the ‘real’ book to come out in March but I still have my signed ARC from Nationals. All the success Sherry!!

  2. Music Critic said:

    To me reputation is more important than location. And I think yours speaks for itself.

    Back to the music. Another song by Heart (if you have it on your iPod) would have received a #2, possibly a number 1.

    However, Magic Man is still a great tune. It gets tops out at #3

  3. Eric Riback said:

    Welcome, Kate, to the flyover zone.

    In my disk jockey days I loved Magic Man because of its cold ending that made for great segues. Barracuda was great for that reason as well.

  4. Anonymous said:

    How cool for you and Kate!

    Okay, I have a question. You mentioned Ally’s books in your last post and the NYT bestseller list. So, what kind of numbers are we talking to be on that list, like per week? Does anyone have an idea, or not? Is it another mysterious part of the pub. world?

    ~Curious in CA

  5. Brandi Ballard said:

    Fantastic! I’d love to see more literary agents in Denver. Now if you could get down to Colorado Springs and set up shop…but I think we are a little small town for that. Oh well, all in due time.

  6. bran fan said:

    Oh, man, the new agent is going to get slammed with queries, since your blog is well-read, Kristin.

    Prepare for the onslaught, Kate!

  7. Ryan Field said:

    I used to be such a snob about agents (or anyone in publishing for that matter) who are not located in NY, London or LA. I wasn’t knocking them; I just didn’t take them seriously. But I have to say it’s nice to see all that changing. Even one editor I work with, who is based with a NY publisher, lives in Spain now. All submissions are electronic; even the contracts. So even though you are somewhat of a pioneer I think all that will change within a relatively short amount of time.

  8. Heidi the Hick said:

    I love the idea that you can set up anywhere and make a go of it. I’d like to be able to set up anywhere and not be dependent on one geographical area.

    And NYC kind of scares me, I must confess…

  9. Lisa said:

    I really feel fortunate to live in Denver. I never would have guessed that I would find be able to connect with so many writers. Kristin, you’ve already put us on the map. Another agent in town? It just keeps getting better!

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