Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Nature of the Beast

Hey guys, thanks for your comments. I'm sure that none of you are on the boat alone. The waiting time in this industry is a killer. I get it, but its the nature of the beast and its inevitable. There is just so much reading to be done. It really does take a lot of time and work for all involved. Its funny that authors think, 'cool I'm done writing my book' and they think that the hard part is over. When in fact the writing is the fun part. After that finding the right agent can be grueling and disappointing. Many authors take years to find the right agent and some end up giving up. The good part is that after you find an agent, the agent then takes all the rejection for you. :) But the fun soon returns when you get a publisher and you start selling books. Granted it takes a while for your book to be available to the public, but getting there is gratifying and when the sales start racking up there is no feeling to match it!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Call for Submissions in YA

Quick note to tell everyone out there that I am seeking YA Vampire and Angels submissions. An Editor friend at a reputable NYC Publishing house has specifically asked me to find them a great Young Adult Vampire or Fallen Angel novel. So if you have one, send it in now!

There are several things to be reported on the home front. First and foremost, I would like to thank all of those wonderful writers out there that have queried me thus far. There are so many of you talented authors that I can barely keep up. If you have not heard back from me, please be patient. I will get to your query and I will respond one way or another. It takes a while but I carefully review each and everyone of them. If I requested your manuscript, you will get a confirmation letter of receipt within a week or so and again, please give me plenty of time to read it. I will write to you, or call you and tell you exactly what I think...good or bad. Just hang in there.

If you have not sent me your query yet, please feel free to send it. Sooner or later I will get to everyone's and if you're the next best seller, I want to represent you! All agents are busy. Some of us have more experience than others, but there are benefits and drawbacks to both. I'm not going to spell those out here...perhaps in another post. But don't dismiss anyone who you think may be a good fit for you in personality and interest. If they like and get your work give them a shot.

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Publishing Cocktail Party Event May 4rth at 6:60

#NXNY presents ... The 2nd official PCP in NYC, A Publishing Cocktail Party on Tuesday May 4th, 2010, 6:30pm @The Village Pourhouse UWS
Yes, my friends, it is happening again. This time, as the hosts for the month of May, we (Louise Fury and Lori Perkins of the L. Perkins Literary Agency) are moving the party north…all the way up to W108th Street. But don’t fret; we will make your trip to the nosebleed section of Manhattan worth your while.
We have used our negotiating skills to score a cab tab. Yep, that’s right! If you take a cab to this event (the proof is in the receipt), the bartender will match your proven cab fare in the form of a bar tab. No more excuses not to travel uptown.
But that’s not all… (An agent’s job is never done). If you get there on time, that’s 6:30 p.m., happy hour will be in full swing until 7 p.m. That means 30 minutes of 2 for 1 margaritas, Absolut cocktails, Pyrat Rum and cokes or Cruzan Mojitos.
But what happens at 7 p.m.? Well, there’s a Facebook special with half- price appetizers from 7 p.m. onward. $3 Bud light drafts and $3 Bud Light Draft + shot. You can become a Facebook Fan at the venue that evening. And finally, for those that want some cheese factor—I know of at least one of you—I hear there is even karaoke.
Now, email this invitation to everyone (only the fun ones) in the publishing industry in NYC and tell them why they have to be there.
Go to to register for the event and then spread the word by sharing clicking the social networking buttons.
What is #NXNY? A group of dynamic publishing professionals living and/or working in New York City and surrounding areas, who get together to share war stories and drink cocktails (preferably with umbrellas in them.) (The cocktails, not the publishing people.)