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Friday, May 1, 2009

Publishing Pulse: Week of 4/27/09

QT's Second Agent-Judged Contest Begins May 11

The QueryTracker Blog is pleased to announce its second agent-judged contest. Literary agent Brendan Deneen with FinePrint Literary Management has graciously agreed to judge one-sentence pitches. (Yes, the very thing Joanna Stampfel-Volpe guest-blogged about yesterday.) You can only enter if your manuscript falls in the following genres: YA thriller, YA horror, YA fantasy, YA sci-fi, or adult thriller. The contest will open May 11th at 9 a.m. Eastern time, and the submission window will remain open for 24 hours. Be sure to keep an eye on this blog! As the contest nears, we will be posting full instructions on how to enter. (The submission process will be different for this contest.) We are very excited to work with Mr. Deneen, and we wish you all the best of luck!

Agents of Interest

You can find Joe Monti at Barry Goldblatt Literary after a diverse career in the publishing industry that started when he became a part-time bookseller. As an agent, Mr. Monti will be focusing on childrens and young adult, as well as some adult genre fiction. He is interested in working with writer-artists of graphic work, from graphic novels to picture books.

Beth Fleisher, also with Barry Goldblatt Literary, had an early inkling of her career path when she read Isaac Asimov's work at age eleven. Ms. Fleisher is looking for fresh voices in young adult and middle grade fantasy, science fiction, mystery, historicals, and action adventures. She also has her eye out for select childrens and adult non-fiction.

Congratulations to agent Kirstin Neuhaus. After working with several agencies, she has opened the Kirsten Neuhaus Literary Agency, a full-service boutique agency. Ms. Neuhaus specializes in non-fiction, particularly current events, international affairs, pop cultural studies, and narratives with strong female voices, as well as up-market, commercial fiction.

Dystel & Goderich Literary Management has made some exciting changes. Jim McCarthy has been promoted to senior agent. Chasya Milgrom, who has been with the agency for over three years, has been promoted to royalties manager and agent.

Industry News

Several authors, including J.K. Rowling, are choosing not to allow their books to be released in electronic format for devices such as Kindle. Check out the full story here.

Cool Blog Stuff

Want to read an agent's take on The Call? Rachelle Gardner's blog tells all. Be sure to check out the comments for lots of fun stories from authors!

For a humorous take on social interactions with agents, take a peek at Janet Reid's blog.

Have a great weekend!

Mary Lindsey writes paranormal fiction for children and adults. Prior to attending University of Houston Law School, she received a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Drama.

Mary can also be found on her website.


PurpleClover said...

Dangit! My Sci Fi is a thriller but more Sci Fi than thriller. :( I don't think it falls in the genre. Plus it is unfinished. Is this for finished works only?

Tess said...

I also won't qualify -- but good luck to those who enter :)

Mary Lindsey / Marissa Clarke said...

Yes, PurpleClover. It is for finished works.

Andrew Rosenberg said...

Considering that the 29th word of my ms is "Shit", I probably don't fall into YA :(
Is there an OA category? (Old Adult...for us geezers)

Mary Lindsey / Marissa Clarke said...

LOL, lapetus999! I bet there is more swearing in YA than in adult books. Category is determined by the age of the protagonists.

OA. Hmmm. I guess I fall in there too.