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Thursday, June 4, 2009

QT King and Queen Crowned

Welcome to the ceremony crowning our readers' most beloved agents! The votes are in, so let's roll out the red carpet.

I give you the QueryTracker Queen:

Joanna Stampfel-Volpe
Nancy Coffey Literary

"I want to nominate Joanna Stampfel-Volpe for queen. In the small dealings I’ve had with her she’s been really personable and she just comes across as a super easy-going person. Nuff said ;)"

"I nominate Joanna Stampfel-Volpe of the Nancy Coffey Literary Management Agency. She has a keen knack for knowing what works and doesn't work. She's in tune with the publishing world and what readers want. Her nurturing way helps guide her clients to success while making good choices for editors and publishers. She is definitely an asset to the publishing world."

"Joanna Stampfel-Volpe. Joanna is amazing. She takes the time to give loads of feedback and encouragement to aspiring authors even when she's going to ultimately reject the MS. She's smart, young and hungry - everything you'd want in an agent."

"Joanna, of course."

"I spoke with Joanna on the phone for a long time, and I'm tellin' ya, she's a class act."

"You will not meet a more upbeat person than Joanna Stampfel-Volpe. We're all scared of emailing agents, afraid we'll do or say the wrong thing and forever end up in their bad graces. It's even worse when you think of actually having to talk to an agent on the phone! With Joanna there is nothing to worry about. It's like she sees every correspondence in the best possible light. It's almost like you can't say anything wrong to her. She's not my agent, but I guarantee, anyone who is lucky enough to be repped by her has won the agent lottery!"

And the QueryTracker King:

Nathan Bransford
Curtis Brown Ltd.
"Nathan's blog is like the Softer Side of Sears. He is one of the most informative and frequent agent bloggers, and I've learned a ton from his posts, and also his weekly updates on what's going on in the publishing world. Pair that with the QT blog, and I'm set for life!"

"What Nathan brings to the table is he respects how hard it is to deal with the "no response means no," and he promises to answer every query. This is becoming more and more rare, and I really appreciate the extra time he takes to help potential writers."

"His blog is absolutely awesome and offers all kinds of advice from querying to just random interviews! It's very helpful and I love the humor!"

"I would like to nominate Nathan Bransford for Query Tracker King because I love to follow his blog and he seems to be very concerned with giving writers a chance. I got to meet him in person at the last conference I went to, and he was so nice about answering all the writers' questions (even the crazy ones). :)"

"King- Nathan Branford: because he has the most informative website, contests that are fun and always a learning experience, and a wit that is unbeatable."

"My pick for favorite agent is Nathan Bransford. He doesn't represent my genre and therefore won't be on my query list, but he is STILL my favorite agent so that says a lot! His blog is inspiring and informative, and he seems genuinely interested in helping out new writers."

The royalty weigh in!

Thanks for this honor! I really appreciate everyone's kind words. As King, my first order of business is more beef jerky for all.


Queen? Me? Well, I never!

I have so many people to thank...but first order of business:
Beef jerky? Nathan, I say...let them eat cake.

Congratulations to our winners, and many thanks to all who voted!

Keep your eye on the blog tomorrow. The winner of the Grand Prize of a website from Purple Squirrel Web Design will be announced!

Suzette Saxton's idea of a perfect day includes a picnic lunch, laughing children, and her laptop. When she's not writing books for kids, Suzette can be found gardening, doing finish carpentry in her home, or walking in the canyon in which she lives.

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11 comments:

Lisa and Laura said...

Congratulations to the King and Queen! I feel especially proud because these are the two agents I voted for. You guys are amazing!

Sara Tribble said...

WOOHOO! Let's hear it for the Kings and Queens! I am happy my King got it! But the Queen is just as worthy!

Congrats both of you go have a night on the town!

Nathan Bransford said...

Thanks for this honor! I really appreciate everyone's kind words. As King, my first order of business is more beef jerky for all.

Joanna said...

Queen? Me? Well, I never! I have so many people to thank...but first order of business:

Beef jerky?
Nathan, I say...let them eat cake.

Suzette Saxton said...

Thanks for weighing in, everyone. This contest was so much fun!

Michelle McLean said...

Congrats to the King and Queen!

ElanaJ said...

Oooh, Nathan, you had me at beef jerky. Love that stuff! And Joanna, you are da queen! And I'll take some cake, too. ;)

Realm Lovejoy said...

Congratulations, Joanna and Nathan! I'm so proud.

The First Carol said...

Can the cake be chocolate? Just asking...

Patrick said...

I'm just glad no one tried to combine the beef jerky and cake to make beef cake.

Tonya Keller-Kappes said...

Whoop Whoop!! All hail the King and Queen!!