Pitch Madness Draft Picks … the teams.
Mar07

Pitch Madness Draft Picks … the teams.

All the picks for the Pitch Madness draft have been made. Each team has 17 draftees! Please know that we love each entry just as much as the next. When drafting a list we have to take in consideration many factors – how many teams want the pitch – the agents’ wishlists – and the likes of all the readers on the teams. There were SO MANY great pitches and we had to overlook many entries that were amazing. Please don’t give up. I know how upsetting not getting in can be, I’ve been there. Keep going. Perseverance is key to accomplishing your dreams. I am proof of that. If you have followed my blog for longer than this contest, you know my story and know it can happen. There are many contests on the horizon and many query letters to send out. Love you all!!!   Team Moo Moo Meadows: BONY LEGS COSPLAYED A JAR FULL OF BUTTERFLIES THE PARIS TWINS ME VS. THE MULTIVERSE DAMAGED GOODS DAVY JONES, PIRATE LOVE OVER LATTES THE SKY PRISONER THE GLASS SISTERS SUITS FINAL DETENTION CLANDESTINE MENAGERIE CRISIS AGENT TWO LUCY AND THE SUNSHINE GIRL MY PAPER ROUTE AND OTHER DEADLY THINGS Team Rainbow Road THE SILVER WOODS A WORLD AWAY THE COURTSHIP OF MALLORY RICHARDS ROYALLY SCREWED THE UNCANNY REJECTS THINGS BETTER NOT HEARD DAISY KINCAID AND THE TIME TRAVEL SHOPPE THE SUBSTITUTE PRINCESS SUPER JAKE & THE KING OF CHAOS MIDDLE OF NOWHERE SOCIOPOP FINDERS KEEPERS THE END AND EVERYTHING AFTER A RITE OF PASSAGE WILD TYPE ANCHORED AT REDWOOD GROVE SOMEONE ELSE’S SUMMER Team Bowser’s Castles THE ROAD TO DUSTY DEATH MAPMAKER HINTERLAND THE FALCON QUEEN INGRID BAKER’S ALTERNATE ENDING BOTTLED RIVEN STATUS: POSITIVE LOVE AND OTHER ABSTRACTIONS FALLOW REIGN HONEY AND LEMONS THE MEASURE OF SILENCE THE GREEN WELL SHAPES AND FORMALITIES VICES ALL OF US WITH WINGS THE BONES OF PARIS Team Yoshi Falls UNTIL THE END LINNETTE DOUCET AND THE LOUP GAROU FAULT LINES YEAR OF THE LETTERS DIAMONDS ARE A GIRL’S BESTFRIEND DRAGONBIRD IN THE FERN CANARY HILL SCARS WE BARE BIG FAT POND FISH DANDELIONS VITIUM INTO THE SKYE THE DARKNESS RISES AMANDA JONES AND THE QUEST TO SAVE ZEE STAGED DAUGHTER OF FURY PORTSIDE...

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Agent Caitlen Rubino-Bradway: What Am I Looking For In An Author?
Mar07

Agent Caitlen Rubino-Bradway: What Am I Looking For In An Author?

Guest Post by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway One of the least fun calls I’ve had to make as an agent was to an author of mine.  His first project had received a warm response from editors, but no offers.  We were currently six or seven months into his second project.  And now I was calling to tell him that, in my opinion, we should put the second project aside and move onto the next.  There were a couple of reasons for that, but the biggest ones were that the third project, which we’d talked about several times, was something we both felt very strongly about, and it’s the sort of story I really thought would catch editor’s attention. I wasn’t looking forward to essentially telling my author, look, I know you really like this story, I know you’ve put a lot of work into it, but I think you need to put it aside and start all over again with a new project.  To my relief, however, he was on board with it.  At one point, he said (paraphrasing), “I write because I like to write, but I really want to sell a book.”  And I thought – yes.  That is exactly what I want in an author. But counterpoint?  Recently we (at the LKG Agency, Lauren and I both go over every story we’re seriously considering — two agents for the price of one!) were reviewing a wonderful story that was hitting all of our sweet spots.  The concept was fun and fresh, the writing was engaging, we both loved the main character.  However, it was clear the plot needed a lot of work — inconsistencies in the world-building, questions that were asked but not answered, and a climax that felt like it belonged to another story entirely.  When we had a call with the author to talk revisions, they shut us down.  They weren’t interested in revising, they didn’t think the manuscript needed any changes, we simply didn’t understand their story. I’ve heard that more often than you might think.  And I’m not trying to say that I’m completely, 1000% right about every suggestion and revision I give to an author.  It is, after all, entirely possible that I’m not the super-brilliant amazing story-genius I think I am — or, more realistically, that this is a sign I’m just not the right agent for that story and that author.  But I will say that it’s not uncommon for an author become so invested in their story, after the hours and weeks and even years that they put into it, that they are not receptive to any changes. It makes...

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