This is one of my most popular posts, so I thought it might be worth re-blogging. Based on my notes from a workshop at the 2011 SCBWI summer conference, it’s a fascinating look at how agenting works.


Next up in my #LA11SCBWI wrap-up is The Art of the Deal, a fascinating workshop about how a book is acquired, presented by Brenda Bowen (agent with Sanford J Greenburger Associates, on the right) and Alessandra Balzer (VP & co-publisher of Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books). (note: Alessandra worked for Brenda at Hyperion).

They opened their talk with a short discussion of how an editor and agent like to work, that it’s both a business and personal relationship. Then they started their “case study” of the acquisition of a fictitious debut literary novel.

First our agent finds the book via query, referral, or blogs. She reads 10 pages and requests the full. The agent likes it and calls the author to offer representation. Of course the author says yes.

As preparation for submission, the agent asks the author which editors he really likes, including who…

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