Looking for an agent? For Inside the Publishing World Wednesday I am looking at Danielle Smith, agent and creator of Lupine Grove Creative. I was blessed to listen to her three times at the Spring SCBWI WWA conference and have some great things to share.
In regards to taking on clients, she says she wants not just one project, she wants an author with a career. She only has so much time and doesn't want to spread herself too thin, so she's looking for passion. So, when you pitch make sure there's something special. Like the personal touch that you've researched her and paid attention to things she's said. Once she takes you on she'll be over committed to you, Skyping, connecting, and having some face to faces.
Her advice to writers?
1. Don't go on Goodreads :)
2. Have passion and understand what you're doing. You're going to inform children, enlighten and shape their future. It is a big responsibility. Be serious about it. Kids count on the things we're creating.
3. Read current books.
4. Write what you like.
5. Put your favorite elements in your books.
6. Make her cry. "I'm a sucker for books that make me cry."
1. Don't do your query in your character's voice.
2. Don't include questions about your book in the query. For example, "Will she survive the quest?"
3. No Bodily function books, they aren't for her.
4. Don't address her as sir.
5. Don't say your book is going to be the next best seller.
6. Don't write to trends.
7. Don't say your agent works for you. It is a collaboration!
For more information and submissions guidelines check out Lupine Grove Creative.