Welcome to Inside the Publishing World Wednesday. Today I'm sharing info about a wonderful lit agent that I met at the Seattle Writers Workshop, Adria Goetz from Martin Literary Management.
Who is Adria?
What is she looking for?
She primarily represents picture books, middle grade, young adult, and is open to submissions for quirky gift/coffee table books, graphic novels, Christian devotionals, and adult nonfiction for the general market.
Check out her WISHLIST here.
What does her client load look like?
She has 35 clients right now and doesn't feel like she's reached her limit, so she is actively acquiring. She receives almost 5,000 submissions a year, and reads as many as she can each day.
Why should you have an agent?
She is the go between with the publisher. She helps you polish your work, gets you more money, and negotiates your contract.
Her advice to authors?
If you're a Children's writer join the SCBWI
Her advice about Social Media?
Don't talk bad about other writers. Don't be smug or negative about other's successes. Do not send her PM's about your manuscript.
You can find her on Twitter at @AdriaMGoetz. She has found 25% of her clients on twitter. So don't be afraid to use twitter hashtags and pitch parties such as #MSWL and #PITMAD.
But, be careful what you tweet. She says she, "Twitter stalks y'all to make sure you're not nuts."
Advice for Query Letters?
Have a completed manuscript.
Personalize the query, but don't be creepy.
She wants comp titles from within the last 5 years.
Don't skip the author bio part.
Read her agency submission guidelines.
Spell her name right.
Don't use silly fonts.
Don't be over confident and tell her you're confident you'll be working together soon.