Week 14

I’ve been doing research on the publishing industry for my capstone paper coming up. I read industry publications like Publisher’s Weekly among others. I was happy to learn the young adult publishing market is doing well, especially since that is my favorite genre to read, and what Emily likes to sign as clients. 

In agency news, Fuse recently promoted two junior agents to senior agents. What the title means varies from agency to agency, but at Fuse, this means they can sign their own clients and don’t need a senior agent to sign off on their deals. 

I am also working on a new marketing plan for the Hot Holiday Reads anthology, particularly on social media promotion. I hope to raise as much money for charity as possible.

I’m looking forward to this Thanksgiving break to catch up on the query inbox, and also on some new reads I haven’t had the chance to review yet. 

Until next time!

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Week 13

I learned about live pitch competitions this week. At book conventions, authors can sign up to pitch their novel or series in front of agents. A good example is the BookExpo Challenge, which takes place during BEA Week (Book Expo America). During these pitch competitions, authors basically give an in-person query letter, and if an agent likes the idea, agents can request more material and begin the representation process. It is also a good way to tell if an agent and a potential client would be a good personality fit.

Another thing Fuse is doing is the Hot Holiday Reads anthology, which will donate 100% of the profits to refugee relief. They called for submissions ending October 31, and now agents are hard at work editing the submissions and deciding which ones will fit in the romance anthology. All the while continuing their regular agenting work, and keeping on top of the ever expanding query box. Good thing Emily has my help!

Until next time,

Week 12

This week I learned about comp titles. ┬áThis is during the query process, when authors “name drop” other books that are comparable to their novel. For example, a dystopian novel might compare to Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games” series or Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” series. This allows an agent to get a better feel for the query to see if it is in the style of something they would like to publish.

It’s coming down to the final weeks of the semester. Some things I want to learn more about are negotiations (how to actually negotiate a better book deal), what to do when a client is no longer compliant (they don’t agree with your suggested edits, for example), and the process of getting a book that was previously self-published a new publishing deal.

Until next time!