Inside Scoop: Dish from a Literary Agent Intern… And The Chosen Are!

Thank you to everyone who sent in their book spine poetry for the contest. Your creativity and participation were really wonderful and made it that much more difficult for me to choose just 5 of you! But, it had to be done and I am happy to announce the winners of our  holiday contest.  (To see an enlarged picture of each poem, just click on the thumbnail)

Danielle DaviesFor first place, and winner of the ARC of Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konisburg, we have Danielle Davies. Her creativity and choice of titles helped the poem flow perfectly. It brought to mind beauty and love. I hope she had as much fun making this as I had reading it!

Elizabeth BradleyIn second place, and winner of a 10 minute Skype session with Linda, is Elizabeth Bradley. Her use of more somber titles made this poem really stand out to me. I felt the reflective aspect, like she was looking at days past, and I thought this really translated well in the poem.

For our runners up, and winners of  The Hunger Games Trilogy book set; an audio of If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth; and an ARC of The Best Friend Battle by Lindsay Eyre (with illustrations by Charles Santoso) we have:

Karen TomasKaren Tomas, who used great word play to come up with something solid. She kept it simple, and it worked.

Linda C.Linda C. used a bit of whimsy in her poem, which flowed well and made me think of a dark fairytale (and not just because it had the word in it). She followed the theme all the way to the end, which gave the poem a nice rounded feel.

Sally SteinmillerSally Steinmiller stuck with (almost) one author and built a darker, more mysterious poem that reflected well the titles she chose. I’m a fan of the dark and somber and she really captured that, with a little help from Agatha Christie.

Winners, please send Linda an email with your home address so she can mail you your prize.

So that ends our holiday contest! I hope you all had fun, because that’s what it’s all about. Again, I want to thank everyone who participated and I wish you a Happy New Year. See you in 2015!

Kim Photo BioKimberly Richardson is currently interning for Linda Epstein at The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency, while pursuing her Masters degree in Pace University’s Publishing Program. She also interns at the National Association of Professional Women. You can follow Kimberly on Twitter @kimberly_ann688.

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Inside Scoop: Dish From a Literary Agent Intern – Contest Time!

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This week I present to you a contest of epic proportion… or rather marginally small proportion, with a few exciting giveaways. ‘Tis the season for blaring Holiday music, over packed stores and chaotic family get togethers that leave you drained and deflated. Well, I don’t think I can help with any of that, but I do know that a way to unwind in times like these is to be creative. At least for me, I know taking time to myself to do something fun, which gets my mind working in a carefree way, always brings me joy. Which is what this season is all about.

So I would like to throw down a book spine poetry contest. The rules are simple, using only book spines, create a poem, take a picture, post it, and the five I like most will win! You can see in the photo above what I am talking about (I wrote that from the inspiration of a special someone). FYI – THE PICTURES AREN’T POSTING IN THE COMMENTS, so after posting your entry in the comments, also email the picture to linda (dot) p (dot) epstein (at) gmail (dot) com.

A few other things:

  • Submissions are being accepted from 6 A.M. Monday, December, 15th to Thursday, December 18th at 8 P.M./EST
  • Post your submission in the comments section of the blog
  • Only 1 entry per person
  • Clients are exempt (sorry guys!)
  • Only for the continental US
  • Winners will be announced Friday, December 19th

imgresIf you follow these guidelines, the best five I find will win some pretty stellar giveaways for their reading (and listening) pleasure. First place will receive an ARC of The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konisberg; second place will receive a 10 minute Skype session with Linda; and runners up will receive The Hunger Games Trilogy book set; an audio of If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth; and an ARC of The Best Friend Battle by Lindsay Eyre (with illustrations by Charles Santoso).

I wish you all the best of luck! Use your originality and talent and send me some authentic pieces of literary masterpieces using… well, literary masterpieces (if you so choose). I look forward to seeing what you all come up with and wish you all very Happy Holidays!!

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Kimberly Richardson is currently interning for Linda Epstein at The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency, while pursuing her Masters degree in Pace University’s Publishing Program. She also interns at the National Association of Professional Women. You can follow Kimberly on Twitter @kimberly_ann688.

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Holiday Presents for Writers and Readers: Book Give-away! Skype With an Agent!

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In the spirit of the holiday season,

we will be giving away gifts!

imgresFirst of all, we have an ARC of client Bill Konigsberg’s THE PORCUPINE OF TRUTH, (Arthur A. Levine Books, May 2015). Did you love OPENLY STRAIGHT?! How about OUT OF THE POCKET? Well, THE PORCUPINE OF TRUTH is the next gem from Bill. The prolific and talented Andrew Smith (WINGER, GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE, 100 SIDEWAYS MILES, etc…) said that THE PORCUPINE OF TRUTH is “undeniably human and unforgettably wise,” and my very own husband said, “Great characters, great mix of sweet, serious, funny and important.” So there you have it. If you win this little gifty, you’ll get to read Bill’s next book months before anyone else!

imgres-1We also have a galley of Lindsay Eyre’s THE BEST FRIEND BATTLE (Scholastic, March 2015). This is a chapter book for kids aged 7-10, and is illustrated by Charles Santoso. (Charles is also the illustrator of client Joe McGee‘s zombie picture book PEANUT BUTTER AND BRAINS, coming from Abrams in Fall 2015.) If you have a friend who’s in 2nd through 5th grade, this would be a nice present for them!

071913gansworth-ifieverWe’re also giving away a 9 disc audio book of IF I EVER GET OUT OF HERE by Eric Gansworth, read by the author. I don’t know about you but I adore hearing books read by the people who wrote them. “Acclaimed adult author Eric Gansworth makes his YA debut with this wry and powerful novel about friendship, memory, and the joy of rock ‘n roll.”

9780545374095But wait! That’s not all! Because we’re also giving away a boxed set of THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay) in case there’s anyone left on the planet who hasn’t read these books.

Skype Latest Full Version Download Free For 2014 AugustLastly, we’re giving away a 10 minute Skype call with…Me! The winner of this gift will have 10 minutes of my undivided (ADD) attention, to ask questions about publishing, talk about books, ask for advice, etc…(but please don’t pitch me a project please).

So, check back here on Monday morning,

to see how to win one of these cool gifts!

Thank you to Cheryl Klein, Arthur A. Levine Books, and Scholastic, for their generosity in supplying ARCs, galleys, books and audio books, which has allowed me to give away these gifts. Their generosity is appreciated.

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