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YA Book Give-Away! Tell Me What You’re Thankful For

You’re still welcome to tell me what you’re thankful for, but the contest is now closed.

I’m very thankful I get to work with such talented authors. I feel so lucky to be able to do what I do as an agent. I spent many years looking for the thing that would give me fulfillment, make some difference in the world, and earn me some money. Being an agent does that for me. I’m very proud of the manuscripts that I help become books.

In the comments below, tell me something about your reading or writing life that you’re thankful for. One commenter will receive a copy of Natasha Sinel’s debut YA novel THE FIX, which came out this fall. Here’s what it’s about:

One conversation is all it takes to break a world wide open.Fix-cover-final

Seventeen-year-old Macy Lyons has been through something no one should ever have to experience. And she’s dealt with it entirely alone. On the outside, she’s got it pretty good. Her family’s well-off, she’s dating the cute boy next door, she has plenty of friends, and although she long ago wrote her mother off as a superficial gym rat, she’s thankful to have allies in her loving, laid-back dad and her younger brother. But a conversation with a boy at a party one night shakes Macy out of the carefully maintained complacency that has defined her life so far. The boy is Sebastian Ruiz, a recovering addict who recognizes that Macy is hardened by dark secrets. And as Macy falls for Sebastian, she realizes that, while revealing her secret could ruin her seemingly perfect family, keeping silent might just destroy her.

“The Fix” follows two good-hearted teenagers coming to terms with the cards they were dealt. It’s also about the fixes we rely on to cope with our most shameful secrets and the hope and fear that come with meeting someone who challenges us to come clean.

You’re still welcome to tell me what you’re thankful for, but the contest is now closed.

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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 the Literary Agent Intern

Kickin’ Things Off with a Contest!

8025427_1In my first few weeks interning for Linda, I’ve noticed a recurring theme among some of the query letters: they lack effective loglines (or one is not present). For those of you unfamiliar with this term—or who simply need to brush up on your writing terminology—a logline is a brief statement, usually only a sentence or two, that describes the plot of the story without giving away the ending, and is meant to hook the reader so they want to read more. This is also sometimes referred to as an elevator pitch—it should be short enough to deliver to an agent or editor on an elevator ride, should you ever find yourself in that situation.

A logline is important to include in a query letter as it can start off the letter with a bang. Rather than jumping right into a more detailed synopsis, the logline quickly snags the reader’s attention at the beginning of the query and convinces them that they need to know what this story is all about. Though crafting a strong and enticing logline can be tricky, especially for those of us who are not the most concise in our writing (guilty!), it can really strengthen your query.

So, to start things off, I’m going to hold a logline contest! As my preferred reading material happens to be YA, this contest is only open to loglines for Young Adult novels. (Sorry to those of you who don’t write YA; I had to draw the line somewhere so as not to get overwhelmed early in the game). Linda and I will judge your loglines and the lucky winner will get a copy of Veronica Roth’s DIVERGENT!* Though Linda doesn’t represent Ms. Roth, we are both very excited for the movie to hit theaters in March, and we thought this would be a great prize for all you writers of YA. (Please note that this contest is only open to residents of the United States. Sorry, but international shipping is quite pricey these days.)

Before you all set pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, think about how to best represent your novel in a compelling but concise manner. Even if you don’t win, think of this as a way to get your logline in shape for your next submission. Once you have perfected your logline, post it in the comment box. Only one entry per person (and Linda’s clients can’t enter). The deadline for entering is February 27th at 6:00am EST and the winner will be announced Monday, March 3rd.

Now, get ready…get set…write!

*Here are links to more information about Veronica Roth and Katherine Tegen Books.

Tara Slagle is Linda Epstein‘s current intern. Tara is working toward her M.S. in Publishing at Pace University. After completing her degree she plans to work in the publishing world as either an acquisitions editor or literary agent, focusing on YA and (the emerging) New Adult titles. 

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