Sally’s Big Adventure ~ Can You Spell Children’s Literary Agent?
You may have noticed the links to the book reviews have gone missing from my header.
Why, you may ask?
Because I don’t think literary agents should do a lot of book reviews.
It’s finally official, and I can make my big announcement.
I’m a children’s literary agent.
For a long, long time—from way back into the misty years of childhood—I’ve wanted three things. I’ve wanted to write children’s books (and win Newbery Awards), I’ve wanted to own a bookstore, and I’ve wanted to be a literary agent.
Well, I didn’t win any Newberies. And I didn’t open a bookstore. But this year the wonderful and kind-hearted shepherd of newbie authors, Les Stobbe, expanded his role to become a shepherd of new literary agents. I am officially an associate agent at the Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency. I’m thrilled.
And I’m really tickled, besides.
I love reading children’s books. I love critiquing and doing big-picture edits. I love the publishing industry. I love writers’ conferences. What could be more perfect for me than to be an agent?
I’m hoping to accomplish a few things as an agent:
- I hope I’ll add to the agency by bringing in some expertise in the children’s publishing world.
- I hope to help authors by serving a segment that is presently underserved. I want blockbuster YA’s, sure, and like everyone else, I’m hoping for some funny, rich middle-grade boy books, but I’m also hoping to take on some PB authors and writers with books that have spiritual elements.
- I hope to help editors by sending them stellar proposals for manuscripts they can snap up, publish, and sell by the truckload.
- And most of all, I hope to serve readers by championing books that are worth the reader’s time and that enrich the reader’s life.
What does this mean for you dear blog reader? Well, probably not too much change. I haven’t been posting over here much lately and I won’t be picking up the pace anytime soon. (I’ve been busy, busy, even if it’s been a fun busy.) I hope to get over here a couple of times a month.
I will also be blogging over at my children’s literary agent site, sally-apokedak.com, and I do hope some of you will come visit me over there once in a while so I don’t get too lonely.
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