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At the writers' Coffee House meeting last month, I had the good fortune to sit next to my friend Marie LambaA published author and member the Philly Liars Club, Marie is also a literary agent. She recently joined the New York-based Jennifer De Chiara Agency.

 


In return for my promise to never to sit within twenty-five yards of her again, Marie kindly agreed to answer some questions about the agenting process from her new perspective on the other side of the writerly tracks.

If there's anything you always wanted to know about being a literary agent, but were too afraid to ask, if you have a question about what agents really look for, or you just want to know how weird it is for a published author to see things from the agent's point of view, leave your question(s) in a comment below.

I'll pass them all on to Marie, who promises to answer them as best she can.

In the meantime, if you're wondering whether Marie could be the agent you approach next, why not check out a sample of her writing?

Click on the cover pic below to read a sample from Marie's novel, Drawn, which came out a few short weeks ago.



What would you ask a literary agent if you had the chance?

ETA: Friday, Feb 10th
Some great questions already. Please keep them coming. I'll send them to Marie at the end of next week.



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wendigomountain
Feb. 8th, 2012 07:08 pm (UTC)
"WHY DIDN'T YOU RETURN MY CALLS?! I LEFT YOU 47 MESSAGES!!!!"

Okay, for the serious question: how do queries compare with manuscripts when making a decision as to what you choose to represent? Is a one page pitch usually enough to tell you if a story is something you can work with?
jongibbs
Feb. 8th, 2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
Good questions. Thanks, Clint :)
mutive
Feb. 8th, 2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
I'll try one...

Aside from the really obvious (i.e. obvious repeat of popular material, ghastly mechanics, etc.) what are the main reasons manuscripts are rejected?
darkspires
Feb. 9th, 2012 02:36 am (UTC)
What makes a query stand out from the rest? Is it style, or what is a popular topic with publishers?
bogwitch64
Feb. 9th, 2012 03:18 am (UTC)
How does it feel, really feel, to throw your lot in with the devil??

Ha!

No, really--has becoming an agent changed you at all as a writer?
snapes_angel
Feb. 9th, 2012 04:51 am (UTC)
In the wild and wacky world of literary agencies, how many car chases have you been involved with, to date?

And no, I could not resist the query. ;3
black_faery
Feb. 9th, 2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking about this most of the day. The first one that sprang to mind was "Would you like to represent me?", and I've been trying to move past that... ;-)

"How do you know what the Next Big Thing is, when taking chances on a genre or sub-genre that isn't currently selling lots?"
lavericknine
Feb. 10th, 2012 09:23 am (UTC)
I have a couple questions. I hope I'm not too late to ask. I had them written out earlier, but was in class (it's a computer class) and had to save them for later. I'm sorry if they're kind of awkwardly phrased. -_-;;

-What is the appeal of being an agent verses an author? And what is the appeal of being an author verses an agent?

-Does the publishing industry have a different feel from when you began to current?

bondo_ba
Feb. 13th, 2012 12:10 pm (UTC)
I'd love to know if her writing style changed at all once she started seeing things from an agent's POV...
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