Sunday, February 13, 2011

2011 Conference Series-Agent Faculty: Joe Monti

Looking for that perfect Valentines Day present for a children's writer, or illustrator you know and love? Or maybe just a gift for yourself? We've got the perfect one! A weekend at our 20th Annual Writing and Illustrating for Children Conference!! There's still spots available, and to help you convince yourself how beneficial this conference is for you as a writer/illustrator, it's time to highlight another one of our incredible agent faculty; Joe Monti, who is an agent with Goldblatt Literary LLC.

Joe's worked as a book seller, a book buyer for B. Dalton, and Barnes and Noble, and for both Houghton Mifflin, and Little Brown Books for Young Readers before becoming an agent with Barry Goldblatt Literary LLC. He's an unabashed lover of genre fiction, particularly fantasy and science fiction. You can find out more about Joe on the Goldblatt Literary website.

I also found an interview. with Joe on Literary Rambles, and this quote from an interview on the Guide to Literary Agents (Editor's Blog).
Don’t hold back from your passion. Too many folks get caught up in what the marketplace is supposedly looking for, and they lose sight of what they’re trying to write. That and read your drafts (Note the plural usage!) aloud for imperfections of language and cadence. It’s an old horse, but not done enough because it may take you days to finish—but the results are astounding.
For more information about the conference, and to register visit the event website.

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