Most agents aren’t looking to sign your first book, we’re looking to work with you for your career. We look to your first book (and need to love it) to fall for your writing and take that as a precursor for what’s to come.
What we expect/hope for
We want you to connect with your editor and find a home in your publishing house.
We want you to grow over the course of each book.
We want you to find a core audience.
We want you to find success.
We want you to keep writing.
How the partnership gets started
This is the ideal situation and why we invest our time. We want to be the ones to help you kick-start your career and help you navigate through it while working on some fantastic books! Now, sometimes it gets complicated (the first book doesn’t get picked up, an author takes their career into a new genre, trust starts to erode) and not every client is the success story we both hoped for when we signed on together, but getting an agent is incredibly hard because we’re looking for more than what’s on the page. Continue reading
You might know Paulette Lambert from Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition or heard of the California Health & Longevity Institute from sources like ABC, NBC, MSNBC, the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. The California Health & Longevity Institute has a comprehensive approach to health and well-being in the areas of medicine, nutrition, fitness and life balance. “Only 20% of weight loss comes from fitness,” she says. “The rest is how you eat.”
I am so pleased to welcome her and CHLI on board as a client.
Twitter: @paulettelambert, @chli360health
Website: Paulette Lambert
I’d like to welcome Mary Akers, author of IPPY award-winning Women Up On Blocks and co-author of Radical Gratitude and other life lessons learned in Siberia, to the P.S. Literary Agency as my newest client. Editor-in-chief of the online journal r.kv.r.y., thrice awarded a Bread Loaf work-study scholarship, published in seven countries and translated into four languages, she is an extraordinary talent that is ready to break out with her upcoming women’s commercial literary fiction.
Her fiction, poetry and non-fiction have appeared in a number of international journals and she frequently writes fiction that focuses on the intersections between art and science, including such topics as diverse and timely as the environmental movement and the struggle for human and animal rights. She is a co-founder of the Institute for Tropical Marine Ecology, a study abroad marine ecology program originally located in Roseau, Dominica. In her spare time she enjoys snorkeling, hiking, backpacking, mountaineering, canoeing and snowshoeing. Among other jobs, she has worked as an historical interpreter/bookbinder in Colonial Williamsburg and as a production potter at Historic Jamestown Island. Although raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia–which she will always call home–she currently lives in Western New York. Continue reading
I am beyond pleased and very excited to announce that Colin Mochrie is joining the PSLA team as my newest client.
Colin Mochrie is one of Canada’s most internationally successful comedians. Best known for his work on Whose Line Is It Anyway? he has become known as the quick-witted master of improvisation. He has been seen on Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza, She’s The Mayor, Degrassi: The Next Generation, The Kids in The Hall, Getting Along Famously and Almost Heroes, and is currently filming a new show for ABC. Colin lives in Toronto.
If you didn’t make it to RWA this year and want to know how it went or want to plan for next year I have below observations from one of my clients, Marian Vere, who attended the conference in New York early last month. You can find her blog here.
Marian writes women’s fiction and has currently completed her first novel, Once Upon A Second Chance, a contemporary retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two daughters. Continue reading