UPDATE: Hi all, I’m no longer an agent, so this post no longer applies. I’m no longer accepting queries.
In the comments section of yesterday’s post, Josephine and I were talking about the types of genres I prefer. Some agents definitely do have very clear genre delineations about what they do and don’t represent and you should be aware of these.
Me? Not so much.
I’m open to pretty much anything. This is in large part because in my spare time I read basically anything and everything. This year alone I’ve read (among other things) WELCOME TO THE WORLD BABY GIRL, THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST, GOSSIP GIRL, THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO, THE NOTEBOOK, and I’m about to start TWILIGHT.
So if you’re wondering about whether or not your project will be “up my alley” — try me. It may not be right for me, but I’d much rather err on the side of seeing everything than possibly miss out on something I might have really liked.
There are some things I pretty much basically definitely don’t represent. I don’t rep picture books, I probably wouldn’t take on a middle grade project unless it blew my mind (or came from an existing client), I don’t rep category romance (but I do rep women’s fiction and memoir), I don’t rep screenplays, poetry and totally true alien encounters (even if they involve monkeys).
But seriously: when in doubt, just query me. I like queries, and I usually respond within 24 hours.
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Mark Anthony Given a/k/a The King of Montana says
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I need an agent please?
Brought together under the Big Sky of Montana by lust, wanderlust and suicide, after a first night out bar hopping DEBBIE tells MARK that she has came to Montana with her 12 year old daughter BRITNI to kill herself and her daughter on her 40th birthday. "Paradise Montana" is “memory play” akin to Tennessee William’s “Glass Menagerie,” and character and dialog of Elmore Leonard loosely described as “Lolita meets On the Road.” You will question whether MARK should be Knighted or jailed at the end of the film.