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 [….]

Pen Names and Query Letters

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From the Writer’s Relief staff: There are a lot of reasons for a writer to have a pen name—from a difficult-to-pronounce (and therefore difficult-to-remember) last name, to switching genres, to privacy needs, and others. But you might be confused about just how far you should take it. Do you really commit to it and make [….]

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 [….]