Literary Agents in ColoradoFrahlingen in Colorado
Frahlingen - Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer
I' ve recently been lucky enough to chat with Margaret Bail (@MKDB) from Inklings Literary. She' gonna be one of the agents of the 2014 Colorado Gold Conference. KD: How and when did you become a frahling? MB: I've been an operative for a few years now.
When it was over, I registered as a trainee at another company and began the training program. KD: Which genre of literature are you looking for this year? MB: I'm always looking for romanticism in all subsets except Christian/inspirational.
Also I like sci-fi, phantasy (although I'm very particular about this genre), historic westerns, mysteries, thrillers. I would like to see a new perspective on a cosy enigma; a timetravel romantic; a good epoxy imagination, not a doze (? or even half a dozen) of points of views or a name I can't say, or any mythic being I've ever envisioned, or sorcery (think of Dark Tower, which has some of these but is so fantastic that it doesn't matter).
KD: Is it more difficult nowadays to place authors/novels with the bigger publishing houses? What effect does the growth of smaller and/or local publishing houses, especially those that also accept unauthorized entries, have on your work? MB: I don't know if it is more difficult per se to place them with bigger publishing houses, but the growth with medium and small publishing houses, especially with pure DTP machines, means that the progress with bigger publishing houses is less and publishing houses often purchase their DTPs before or after printing because there are fewer costs and risks.
And I don't think publishing houses that take unannounced entries influence my work. In general, these publishing houses have more lax policies (than the bigger publishers) about the level of work that they receive and post, so they often end up accepting work that I would have refused, so it spares me the trouble of going through those requests.
but that'?s the true story for most agents.
That concerns our company, because writers do not realize that publication takes time. When you are self-publishing and your disposals are gloomy, or not what awaits you, and then you go back to asking agents in the hopes of still using the conventional editing itinerary, you are maimed with self-publishing. The majority of agents will not handle a self-published product unless it has excellent selling, which is not often the case.
I' m getting many, many, many questions from writers who have posted themselves, but are still asking agents. When you don't adhere to the submissions policy; when you append information instead of inserting it into the e-mail; when the questioning note is long, wide and inconsistent; when you ask for a style that I don't advocate; when you pass passages on to blowing your own bugle and then it' s horrible; an uncompleted script; work that is not fully revised and polish.
Any others you would like to suggest to your writers? MB: "Platform" is more important for non-fiction than fantasy, but a "presence" is always precious. But I don't believe that an energetic web site is an absolute necessity for literature writers. I' ve been selling writers that are hardly present.
I think this whole being there thing is overrated for the fictional. That'?s probably not what other agents will tell you. KD: How close do you work with the writers you work with? AB: I work very close with my writers. Re-reviews of a script you want to present?
Only because an agents asks for an audit, this does not mean that you will receive an absentee bid. KD: What do you think about the present Romantic Fancy and Fraanormal Romanticism? Which areas of this category do you think journalists consider done? MB: Unfortunately, both city imagination and abnormal romanticism are really overcrowded at the moment, and the big house writers no longer buy these styles as angry as they were not so long ago.
Tales in these styles must now be very original and different from everything else in the game. Begun as what Michelle (my co-agent at Inklings) called" collegiate f**k fiction", which means it was just tales of collegiate chicks getting banged up. However, it is evolving into a YA-like gender that is about enabling young adults to find themselves, learn how to lead a life in an grown-up environment, and deal with grown-up topics, and it is expanding into all of them.
I don't like students' tales myself, but I would like to see NA tales in every kind of media that deals with students of this ages. As a matter of fact, not so long ago in St. Martins, I spoke to an editorial journalist who said that although paranormally now somehow dies, she sees NA paranormally as a burgeoning business that connects the two of your question!
KD: What would you like to advise writers who want to present their novel at Colorado Gold? You can be sure it's a kind of thing I do! She is an award-winning writer with 4 books and 2 short stories. The Harlequin Luna Knight2s Curse serie was launched in 2011 and 2012, and her post-apocalyptic novel, Sun Stone, was launched in Luna's'Til The World Ends Anthology' in January 2013.
Her novel, Desert Guardian, was romantically suspenseful and she herself wrote it in June 2013.