Saturday, April 20, 2013

CONFERENCE 2013: Editor/Agent/Art Director Panel

Patti Ann Harris, Julie Just, Kendra Levin, Taylor Norman, Ammi-Joan Paquette, Abigail Samoun, Tamra Tuller, Colleen AF Venable, Joanna Volpe, and Stacy Whitman

Q: Name the last thing you've bought or sold: 

Slush pile treasures, fairy prostitutes, halfway houses for broken robots,  Malawian mud balls, a haunted camera, turtle-back islands, and one (ahem) naked tiger.

Q: What you're looking for:

Voice, fluidity, characters that grab you, strong writing, a degree of honesty that allows you to connect to readers and not condescend - treat your readers as smart people!

Voices that don't get heard.

Unreliable narrators, unexpected turns, experimental plots. 

Q: Where do you find authors/illustrators?

Slush piles, agents, conferences, the Internet (Tumblr, Twitter, blogs), fan fiction sites.

Q: For your published clients, what should they be doing with an extra hour in a day? What do you do with your time when you're done writing?

Nothing to do with their process.
Leave your house!
Genre specific, career specific, pub date specific. 
School visits.
Spend time with actual kids!

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