Agent Interview with Brandi Bowles: A Comprehensive Look at What Makes Her Accept or Reject a Manuscript

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I’m so excited to welcome my agent, Brandi Bowles of Foundry Literary + Media, to The Ball today. Brandi and I met nearly four years ago at the Writers’ League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference in Austin, Texas, when I pitched her my book during a one-on-session. In those short ten minutes (and in the time we’ve been working together since), I learned that Brandi’s an incredibly sharp and…


Waiting to Exhale: How I Got an Agent & a Book Deal

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Here’s what I’ve learned about The Call: it never happens when you think it will. Sure, we dream about it. When I started querying agents I’d fantasize about it happening every. single. time my phone rang. Every single time my phone notified me of an incoming email. Life became a constant game of “Is this it?” followed by a let down. Oh, it’s just my sister calling to ask how…


Deb Dana Hates the “Hurry Up and Wait”

I wouldn’t say I’m an impatient person. I also wouldn’t say I’m a patient person. I’m the kind of person who can be patient when the circumstances demand it, especially when I know waiting will make the outcome better. Example: By the time you read this, my little family will likely have grown from two people to three. Nine months was a perfectly appropriate amount of time for me to…

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Deb Susan and the Query That Wasn’t

I’m sensing a pattern at the Ball this week and, as it turns out, I won’t be the one to break it. I, too, obtained my agent without a query – though I have several years (and four trunk manuscripts) worth of queries in my past, so I can speak to the topic from experience. Like Deb Kelly, I found the query an excellent vehicle for distilling my novel’s essence….

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Agents? Deb Linda Likes Hers Secret and Special!

I have a wonderful agent. You may have met her, actually. If not, click here to read the Deb Ball guest post from Michelle Wolfson. Go ahead. Read it. I’ll wait.   *fixes cup of tea, twiddles thumbs, waits for readers to come back*   There. You see? She’s hard-working, smart,  and funny — an all around entertaining person. She gets the job done. Which are very good qualities in…

Friday, June 1, 2012

A Partial List of the Things Deb Molly’s Agent Has Done

At a writing conference a few years ago, I found myself in a panel with a group of writers who seemed to collectively decide that literary agents are a total scam, and that everyone should just avoid the agent thing altogether and go at the publishing business themselves. And while the road less agented is a fine way to travel for some (particularly folks writing picture books), in my experience,…

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Deb Joanne Talks about the Writer’s Marriage

I’m talking marriages today. Not literal ones, but the kind of marriage a writer has with her agent. “Don’t be silly,” you might be thinking. “It’s a business relationship where the agent works for the writer; nothing like a marriage!” And you’d be right in some ways, (I’ve never shared a bed with an agent, nor taken him/her home for Rosh Hashannah dinner) but in others, well, just bear with…

Monday, May 28, 2012

Deb Joanne Finds Love in an Elevator

Thanks to everyone who entered our Query Critique Contest! The contest is now over, but stay tuned each day this week to see who our winners are (remember-we said we were giving away 5 critiques!). Today`s winner is Kerry Ann! Congratulations, Kerry Ann! We`ll get in touch with you soon, but in the interim, get polishing that query! ### Ever since I thought of the name for this post (which…

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Debutante Ball Welcomes Literary Agent Michelle Wolfson!

To top off this week of of posts on the submission process (with Query Critique Contest–more on that later!), the Debs have invited the Fabulous Michelle Wolfson to tell us about a day in the life of an agent. But first, a little background: Michelle Wolfson formed Wolfson Literary Agency in 2007. She holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from New York University. Prior to forming her…

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Deb Molly’s Quick Query Quest

Confession: I find the idea of posting my agent query letter to be completely mortifying. I wrote it more than four years ago, and I basically had no idea what I was doing. While you’re at it, would you like to see the cover letter I wrote to get my first job? (Don’t get your hopes up!) But I’m gritting my teeth and posting it anyway, because I remember scouring…

Wednesday, November 30, 2011