She was asked what would make her look at a query and what would make her pass. Her response, if something is pitched in an unconventional way for a certain genre, we'll take a look at it. However, if it would compete with something already on their list, they'd pass.
In regards to agent/author dealings, Jessica likes to establish a relationship of trust. Before taking on a client she will contact them to see what they can bring to the table, how they will respond to issues, and make sure that together they can have a fruitful collaboration. "We will be the in-house advocate for your book. We want to have a deep personal connection."
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