Who is your agent?
I am represented by the amazing Hillary Jacobson at ICM Partners.
What is your book about?
ALL THE STARS AND TEETH is a feminist fantasy in which a fierce princess strikes a deal with a pirate and embarks on a high-seas adventure to master a vicious magic before it destroys her kingdom.
It’s an upper YA Fantasy featuring a morally gray protagonist, bad ass women who get the job done, and fantastical magic and monsters. If you want to keep updates on all the latest information, add it to Goodreads!
Is it a series?
It is currently slated to be a two-book series.
Is ALL THE STARS AND TEETH your first book?
It will be my first one to be published, but it’s the 4th one written, and the 2nd queried.
How do you get an agent?
The traditional way to get an agent is by writing a manuscript, revising it until your eyes bleed, and then creating a query letter. You email that query letter and requested sample pages to an agent, then cross your fingers and hope for the best. A great way to find information out about agents is by visiting agency sites and MSWL to see what books they’re looking for. Also, a great way to start is by looking in the acknowledgments of similar books to yours and seeing who the author’s agent is.
What is a query?
A query is the one page teaser about your book that you send to agents! I’ll write a blog post about this one day. In the meantime, I recommend checking out Susan Dennard’s advice (she gives some of the best and most detailed advice about all parts of the writing process), as well as Query Shark.
The one piece of advice I find myself giving over and over about queries is to make sure the stakes are there. Unlike a synopsis, you’re not telling everything that happens. The info you want is: who is your mc (main character), what do they want, who/what is stopping them from getting it, and what doesn’t happen if they get it?
What is Pitch Wars?
It is an amazing contest created by fairy godmother Brenda Drake. I was selected for in 2016, and though I did not get my agent from that manuscript, that contest changed my life. It’s a competitive contest, but I HIGHLY suggest all querying writers enter it. You can read more about it here and here.
This contest has helped many writers find their agents, and it has also produced millions of dollars in book deals.