Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Regina Brooks- Agent

Today I'm taking a look at Regina Brooks, founder of Serendipity Literary Agency, LLC. Her agency represents a diverse base of adult, YA, non fiction and children's authors. At the PNWA 2011 conference she announced the addition of three new agents to her staff, one is a social media strategist and another an international sales director.

Before opening her own agency, Regina worked as a senior editor at John Wiley and Sons and McGraw Hill. She is also a talented writer with several books under her belt: Writing Great Books for Young Adults from Sourcebooks and You (Really)  Should Write a Book: Writing, Selling and Marketing Your Memoir, forthcoming from St. Martin's Press.

What she doesn't want to see- Sci -Fi and Horror.  They are currently not accepting children's picture books.
Are multiple submissions ok? Yes, if she likes something she'll ask for an exclusive.
What she looks for in a submission- A great hook, how exceptional your writing is, your credentials and your platform.
To submit you need to fill out the form on their website. Snail mail is NOT accepted and is tossed. Responds times should run between 2 -3 weeks.

Her advice on where to find an agent or editor.- 5 places; The Guide to Literary Agents, SCBWI, Publisher's Lunch, Preditors and Editors and

Her advice about agents, "You don't hire us, you build a relationship with us. We don't get paid till the book sells."

Her advice for YA authors-  "Plug into young people to sell to them, understand them or get their voice. Be actively involved with the youth of today."

In November Regina sponsors the "No Query, No Pitch, No Problem" contest. The contest runs from Nov.1 - Nov. 30. Entries can only be 250 words. The top 20 will get personal feedback. For more info check out her website .

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