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It’s 1996. Tina Bennett is a junior literary agent at Janklow & Nesbit Associates, an Aston-Martin level New York literary agency. She’s finished her after-work beer with her colleague Eric Simonoff and heads home energized. She now has a step-by-step mission. Per Simonoff’s generous counsel, here is what she’ll need to do to best represent […]

So a good agent understands how editors think…specifically, how they sort submissions. Let’s take a look at Editorial Principle Number One from the last post, “Don’t Even Think About Reading Unsolicited Submissions.” How does this knowledge translate into an effective sales approach? To avoid being thrown into the slush pile and/or being immediately handed off […]

Here is how editors think about and sort projects: Principle Number One Don’t Even Think About Reading Unsolicited Submissions. This means if you get something from an agent (or God forbid an un-agented writer) that you did not ask to see, or don’t know, it’s Slush. Slush is the stuff assistants have to reject with […]

We’re deconstructing the invisible work behind media headlines like UNKNOWN WRITER GETS A MILLION DOLLARS. Specifically the work that Tina Bennett, as just a new pup in the book world trying to earn her keep as an agent at the Janklow & Nesbit Literary Agency in 1996, did before she negotiated a seven-figure guaranteed advance […]

This is the kind of industry news headline that makes book-publishing people extremely uncomfortable. Bi-polar even. Because while perhaps factually accurate, the “Book Sells for Big Money” report is all sizzle. There is a certain exultation for writers and agents and editors and publishers that comes with high profile recognition. But with no acknowledgement of […]