Monday, November 30, 2009

Ready for Some Good News?

It’s the beginning of a new week, so let’s start with good news - and not just good news, but good news about an agent. Writers sometimes think that an agent, to be good, must be based in New York. The truth is that an agent, to be good, must love books and working with writers. According to West Virginia Gazette-Mail writer, Bill Lynch, Christine Witthohn is such an agent.

Witthohn admits that getting published is harder now than it’s ever been, but this has been her best year yet: “I've sold 16 books and three others are on the fence.” How has she accomplished this many sales? By not being in New York, or even in Charleston, her home base, all that much.
"I'm at one to three writers' conferences a month. I also commute to New York. About once a month, I spend a week in the city."
All the traveling doesn’t leave a lot of together time with her husband.
Last month, they made a breakfast date at the airport in Atlanta. Witthohn had a stopover before flying out to another conference.
Witthohn believes that the Internet allows her to do business without having to live in New York. Plus, she spends time on the phone or on email, and she does go into New York, too.

You can find out about Witthohn and her agency, Book Cents Literary Agency, online. Check the Submissions section to see if she represents the kind of books you write.
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31 comments:

  1. Thanks for the link. I'll click on over :)

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  2. It's not the location but the connections that matter!

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  3. She sounds like a wonderful agent - I'll check out her link - thanks :)

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  4. Now that sounds like a grueling job – one would have to love it to be able to keep up that pace! Selling that many books, she's sure to have lots of hopeful writers wanting her representation now.

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  5. Helen, she sounds really dedicated. Boy, I'd hate to travel as much as she is, though...

    Elizabeth
    Mystery Writing is Murder

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  6. It sounds like a hard job! I will check it out:)

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  7. That's some dedication! Grueling job.

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  8. It does give you pause. We think of agents as reading books, lunching with editors, and signing deals. We forget what else they have to do behind the scenes. When I was E.D. of the Writers' League of Texas, I got to talk with and listen to a lot of agents and they are definitely hard working.

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  9. It's great reading background about a different aspect of the writing business. Christine sounds really dedicated to her writers and her agenting. Thanks for the link.

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  10. Thanks for this. I'm always interested in researching agents.

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  11. It's nice to know that someone can be successful outside the norm. Thanks for sharing, as always.
    Karen

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  12. Even if you're not looking for an agent right now, you can add her and the link to your list of agents to consider, if she reps what you write.

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  13. Thsnkd for the link. I can ALWAYS use some good news on a Monday morning.

    Marvin D Wilson

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  14. I'm sending her a query today! Thanks.

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  15. One of these days I might need an agent and I'll think of her. Thanks for the info Helen.

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  16. I keep a folder on my computer called Agents, then within it I have sub-folders for different agents or agencies.

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  17. Checking the link...and if it fits, adding her to my file...

    Thanks, Helen.

    Elspeth

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  18. Grey misty day in DC.

    Lovely post and link to look at...

    Thank you!

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  19. Thanks for link, checking it out now.

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  20. Thanks for the info about this agent, Helen. With the Internet and the ability to travel like she does, she can be as effective as a NY or CA-based agent.

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  21. Hope she's a fit for some of you. If she's not, save her info, she may be some day.

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  22. People don't realize how difficult a job it is being an agent, and how many wonderful agents there are in a great number of towns and cities outside New York! Thanks yet another great agent to our attention.

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  23. Guess she'll be busier after your blog post, Helen!

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