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


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!

map6Watch the blog next Monday, December 15th

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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Quick Questions: An Interview with Editor Connie Hsu

NG4XkKd7This month’s Quick Questions interview is with Connie Hsu, a senior editor at Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan USA. Connie acquires and edits everything from picture books to YA and nonfiction.  She loves books that give readers a visceral reaction, be it goosebumps, butterflies, or a surprised laugh. Prior to joining Roaring Brook, she was at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, where she worked with award-winning, bestselling authors and illustrators such as Tom Lichtenheld , Dan Santat, Shannon Hale, Pseudonymous Bosch, Eric Litwin, Nina Laden, Renata Liwksa, Salina Yoon, and Diana López.

And now, the questions!

  1. What book have you read in the past year (that you didn’t edit yourself) that you want everyone to read? Why?

This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki is a powerful read, but then you finish and you realize nothing really happens. And yet you’re riveted throughout, because this graphic novel just nails that pivotal turning point in a middle schooler’s life, from the growing humiliation you feel as you emerge from silly kid to awkward teen to the helplessness and empty sadness that you just can’t shake when you realize that your perfect family is far from it, and that everyone, including your own parents, has inner demons. It’s beautifully written and gorgeously illustrated, from the co-creators of the YA graphic novel Skim.

  1. What bit of editorial/writing advice would you like to give to writers?

Whatever you write, whether cute picture book or densely literary YA, read it out loud to yourself. This is one easy way to recognize that elusive “voice.” And if something is or isn’t working, you’ll hear it.

  1. If you could have a cocktail or a cup of tea with one person from history, what would you drink, who would it be, and why do you want to hang out with them?

I’d like to share a gin martini with F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. We’ll get flushed, chat about intellectual and witty things, and then end the evening by screaming, “You don’t know what love is” while glasses smash against the wall.  In all honesty, that sounds pretty sad to me, but it does evoke a nostalgia for the classic writer mystique (if you ignore the cirrhosis), the days of yore when writers were adventurers and characters, folks who lived large in real life, and not just on social media. This could also work with a Negroni with Hemingway or bourbon with Hunter S. Thompson.

  1. If you won 50 million dollars, what would you do? Would you still work in publishing?

I’d buy an apartment in New York and continue to work in publishing, because all my money would be gone.

  1. If you could wave a magic wand and have any kind of manuscript land on your desk what would it be about?

Lovely Bones meets Virgin Suicides. Lush, lyrical, and lasting.

You can find Connie on Twitter @MissConnieH.

Thanks for playing on The Blabbermouth Blog, Connie!



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