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

Fun Facts On NLA Clients—Take 5

STATUS: I think my telephone’s handset is permanently glued to my left ear. Way too much phone time over the last few days.

What’s playing on the XM or iPod right now? THE LOVECATS by The Cure

Wrapping up the fun facts tonight!

Mari Mancusi—It took me over two years to convince her publisher to buy the fourth book in the Blood Coven Vampire series. Then they did, repackaged the back list with new covers and now the series is doing great and we are up to having recently sold book eight!

Lisa Shearin—who has well over 100,000 copies in print for her Raine Benares series had a ton of passes while on submission for MAGIC LOST, TROUBLE FOUND because the editors didn’t like the “fun voice.” It wasn’t the “norm” in fantasy.

Shanna Swendson—Gets regular royalty checks for her Enchanted Inc. series even though the first book published more than 5 years ago. Talk about evergreen!

And I have a ton of other facts that will probably never see the light of day but this has been fun to recap.

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10 Responses

  1. Colleen said:

    Kind of off subject, but I just wanted to say thank you. I’ve been following your blog, taking your advice and I was just signed by an agency in New York! I thought maybe you would enjoy reading what it feels like for the other side here. Thank you so much for all your advice, humor and encouragement. It really did make a difference.

  2. Ted Cross said:

    Kind of sad to read about a publisher complaining that a fantasy book wasn’t ‘the norm’, while mostly what we read is that no one wants the norm anymore and we had better be completely unique.

  3. Elizabeth Poole said:

    I’ve really enjoyed these fun facts. As an aspiring writer, I know there’s no “magic” formula to getting published, but I still get a vicarious thrill whenever I hear about how authors signed on with their agent.

    And in your case, Agent Kristin, these stories were particularly fascinating!

  4. Lucy said:

    I think this has been one of my favorite series’ of blog posts lately. Fun reading, thanks, Kristin!

    P.S. My inner English major said to use an apostrophe, so I did. Now somebody tell me, please, was that right or not? *sighs*

  5. Tânia said:

    Fun series! Also this blog is like college, like a degree in publishing. If you want to be an experter in this area, you just have to read it every single day!
    I was rejected twice by your agency kristin, but I cannot thank you enough for this blog and the free advices. I found a publisher in Portugal. Wish me luck! Tânia

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  7. Constance said:

    I read Shanna’s books. A-mazing. No surprise she’s still getting checks. 🙂

    And I admit that I find it hard to believe anyone in their right minds could pass on Raine Benares. O.o

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