LitChat Interview: Jenny Bent, The Bent Agency

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In a career spanning 15 years, Jenny Bent has made a practice of making bestsellers – either by spotting new talent or developing careers for multi-published authors. Her list is varied and includes commercial fiction and nonfiction, literary fiction and memoir. All the books she represent speak to the heart in some way: they are [….]

LitChat Interview: Emma Patterson, Literary Agent, Brandt & Hochman

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 Emma Patterson, Literary Agent, Brandt & Hochman From Emma Patterson: I grew up in New Jersey as an avid reader and the daughter of a literary agent. My mother had her office in our house, and I loved helping her read manuscripts and organize her bookshelves.  After attending Kenyon College in the Ohio cornfields and graduating [….]

LitChat Interview: Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary

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Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary After teaching high school English for several years, Suzie Townsend started publishing at FinePrint Literary Management in January 2009 and worked her way up from intern to agent. Now an agent at New Leaf Literary, she represents adult and children’s fiction. She is actively looking to build her list. In adult, [….]

LitChat Interview: Laurie Abkemeier

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Laurie Abkemeier, DeFiore and Company This week’s LitChat segment features Laurie Abkemeir of DeFiore and Company. Originally from northern California, Laurie cut her teeth as an editor at Hyperion, where she was responsible for five New York Times best-sellers, including Brain Droppings by George Carlin. In 2003, Laurie became a literary agent, exclusively representing nonfiction. You [….]

LitChat Interview: Betsy Lerner, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency

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Betsy Lerner Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency Betsy Lerner is a legend. We aren’t joking. Her craft book The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice to Writers has aided thousands of writers on the ins and outs of our insane industry and how to best focus on what is most important (to us [….]

LitChat Interview: Amy Boggs, Donald Maass Literary Agency

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Amy Boggs, Donald Maass Literary Agency   This week’s LitChat interview is with  Amy Boggs of  Donald Maass Literary Agency. After a summer internship, Amy joined the Donald Maass Literary Agency in 2009 as the assistant to Donald Maass. She was promoted to Contracts Manager in 2010. Together, agents Donald Maass, Jennifer Jackson, Stacia Decker, Cameron [….]