Friday, October 03, 2014

Literary Agents Update

Leon Husock joins L. Perkins Agency as an associate agent specializing in speculative fiction, as well as young adult and middle grade novels. 

At the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Laura Rennert has been promoted to executive agent. Jennifer Laughran has been promoted to senior agent, and Jennifer Mattsonhas been promoted to agent. 

Pam van Hylckama Vlieg has joined the D4EO Literary Agency. She was previously at Foreword Literary Agency.

Lydia Mo√ęd has joined The Rights Factory as foreign rights associate, and will also build her own domestic list. In addition, Cassandra Rodgers has been promoted to associate agent.

Literary agency Alive Communications has hired Lisa Jackson, former associate publisher of Tyndale, and Brian Thomasson (a senior editor at NavPress) to join the Colorado Springs-based firm as agents. 

James Lance formerly publisher at Kumarian Press, has joined WordWise Media Services as literary agent and can be contacted at

William LoTurco has joined Kuhn Projects as an associate agent. Previously, he was at Vigliano Associates and WME.

Noah Ballard has joined Curtis Brown as a literary agent. He had previously been with Emma Sweeney Agency. He will continue to represent literary fiction, thrillers and narrative non-fiction.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Book People

If you live in the Austin area, come over to BookPeople this evening.

I, along with Nan Cuba, Katherine Catmull, and Suzy Spencer make up the panel. We'll be talking and taking questions from 7pm to 9pm.

Our discussion topic is:
How does a writer achieve emotional resonance in his/her narrative?  How can one attain the mindset to accurately convey a tone or a character's depth of feeling?  Authors often mine from their own lives -- tapping into emotions, experiences, or memories in order to recreate the right mood or state of mind on the page.  But how?  And at what cost?
It's free to attend.

BookPeople is located at 603 N. Lamar.

Once you park, head up to the third floor. You can use the elevator in the back of the store.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Looking For An Agent?

Sandy Lu has returned to the L. Perkins Agency as senior agent after a brief departure, and will also oversee the agency's foreign rights.

At Foundry Literary + Media, Matt Wise has been promoted to agent. He is interested narrative nonfiction and commercial fiction.

At Kuhn Projects, Nicole Tourtelot has been promoted to agent.

Rachel Marks has joined Rebecca Friedman Literary, representing young adult, fantasy, science fiction, new adult and romance. She has worked as a publicist for authors for the past three years.

Sergei Tsimberov has joined Ayesha Pande Literary as an associate agent, specializing in literary fiction and nonfiction. He was previously with Anderson Literary Management.

Heather Alexander has joined Pippin Properties as an agent. Previously she was an associate editor at Dial.

Thanks to Publishers Lunch for this information.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Mermaid Helen Ginger

Come over and talk with me today on Jennifer Modette Perry's blog:

I'll keep checking her blog all day. If you have questions, I'll do my best to answer.

In case you're asking if I was really a mermaid, the answer is yes. I really did eat and drink underwater as well as do a mermaid ballet. (I'm the tall girl on the left.)

Just head over to Madame Perry's Salon:

Friday, June 27, 2014

Book Review: Chain Reaction by Diane Fanning

This is not the first book by Diane Fanning that I have read. As a matter of fact, I have quite a few of her books on my book shelf. Chain Reaction is the latest in her Lucinda Pierce series.

I like this series. With each book, it's like getting back together with a friend. I like Lucinda.

When a bomb goes off at a high school, two bodies are found in the aftermath. The FBI move in to investigate, but Lucinda, a homicide investigator, doesn't agree with the FBI's theory of what happened. Lucinda begins to investigate on her own. She's not alone, though. She has the backup of her boyfriend, FBI Agent Jake Lovett.

In addition to the bombing, there's a suspicious teacher who's not above soliciting the male students.

I like books with female protagonists. I especially like ones like Lucinda: smart, determined, concerned, involved. The people in Fanning's books come to life. Some of them you'd like to sit down and have coffee with in the morning. Some you'd like to punch. There are no cartoon characters, only ones that are believable and relatable. Ones that you'd like to meet again in another book.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Publishing News 6-12-14

Simone Garzella Literary Scouting has been appointed US literary scout for the Lira Publishing Group in Hungary.

After 25 years at Ed Victor Ltd., Sophie Hicks has set up her own literary agency. For more information, see the new site for the Sophie Hicks Agency.

Tisse Takagi has teamed up with The Science Factory as an agent, based in New York, focusing on non-fiction in the areas of biography, food, and music as well as science.

At Trident Media Group, Alexander Slater has been promoted to domestic agent, and he will focus on children's, middle grade and YA authors. He was a foreign rights agent for TMG, also focused on children's authors.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Book Review: The Doll

The Doll by Taylor Stevens is a thriller with heart-racing action, unexpected twists and dangerous turns.

The main character, Vanessa Munroe, can change herself and "become" whatever she needs to be to survive.  She's a fighter. More importantly, she is a survivor. In The Doll, she gets kidnapped and taken into an underground world in Dallas where women and girls are sold, used and abused.  This world and the women forced there are controlled by a man known as the Doll Maker. He captures women and young girls and sells them.

Munroe has not only herself to save, but also a young girl, Neeva, who also has escaped. Munroe doesn't want to be saddled with Neeva, but Munroe knows if she doesn't take Neeva with her, Neeva will either be killed or taken back into slavery.

Munroe is used to violence. Most of her life has been marked by violence. She can speak multiple languages and she knows how to fight and how to survive. She could escape and disappear into the shadows, but she'll have to take Neeva back to the Doll Maker, even though she knows what will happen to her.

Munroe will have to decide between Neeva and someone she dearly loves. I give The Doll a rating of Hel-of-a-Ride.
This is a dark book. Women and young girls being kidnapped and used in sex trade. It took me a while to realize the book was set, not in some far away country, but in Dallas. But the story moves at a fast clip and will keep you turning pages.
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