- PW’s Most-Read Comics Stories of 2018
Comics Industry Asks ‘NYT’ to Restore Graphic Bestseller ListsA little more than a year since the New York Times eliminated a number of bestseller lists—including the graphic novel and manga lists—literary agent Charlie Olsen has collected more than 900 signatures on a letter appealing to the paper to restore
- Esmé Weijun Wang Writes Through the Story
The gift of supremely talented friends comes with strings, though: some of the above met early success with big-name agents and “six-figure book deals, like, right away,” and Wang says this made it “doubly upsetting” when she received 41 rejections on her first book.
- A Dream Team Publishes a Great American Novel
“Still,” she says, “I was unprepared for the genius and range of this new book—the scope of it and how it combines everything she does.”Luiselli’s U.K. agent, Laurence Laluyaux at Rogers, Coleridge & White in London, has represented her for 10 years.
- Religion Book Deals January 9, 2019
The book, which is scheduled to be published in the fall, takes a critical look at modern branding tactics as being narcissistic, and calls on businesses and nonprofits to better reach and serve customers, according to the publisher.Harvest House Takes Agent’s DebutLiterary agent and former pu
- Rights Report: Week of January 7, 2019
Publication is tentatively slated for late 2020; Jason Anthony and Rob McQuilkin at Massie & McQuilkin handled the deal, in coordination with Madeleine Morel at 2M Communications, co-agenting for Laura Sullivan.
- Wondering Where Publishing Is Headed? Ask Its Future Leaders.
“You can see on the agenting side that they’ve started to have more of an emphasis on L.A. now,” she says.
- The Biggest Publishing News Stories of 2018
Before the close of the year, author Stephen Elliott, who was featured on the Shitty Media Men list, filed a defamation lawsuit against the crowdsourced document’s creator, Moira Donegan.The Agenting Profession Takes a HitWhile literary agents usually remain behind-the-scenes in the publishing bus
- Four Questions with Karen M. McManus
I had all these new voices in my head, not only my agent and my editor’s voices, which are helpful, but also you have reader reactions in mind.
- Fall 2018 Flying Starts: Damien Love
By the time he began querying American agents, he’d received 99 rejections.
- Fall 2018 Flying Starts: Adib Khorram
While withdrawing it from the other agents he had queried, he got two more requests for the manuscript.
- Fall 2018 Flying Starts: Jessica Hische
She signed with literary agent Seth Fishman at the Gernert Company in 2017, who gave her the encouragement she felt she needed.There was a learning curve for Hische in writing Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave.
- Fall 2018 Flying Starts: Molly Brooks
Heather Alexander, then an agent at Pippin Properties, saw a mention of the book in Publishers Weekly, noticed that Brooks was unagented, and reached out to her.
- Fall 2018 Flying Starts: Laura Weymouth
“There’re constant emails back and forth with your editors and agents and publicists.
- Fall 2018 Flying Starts: Oge Mora
Mora wound up selling her final project (she got an A) to editor Andrea Spooner and also a second book, Saturday, scheduled for release in fall 2019.Only later did Mora get an agent, after displaying her work at an SCBWI conference.
- Children's Publishers Choose Their Favorite Reads of 2018
I really look forward to seeing what the author writes next.Andrea Spooner, v-p and editorial director, Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersStumpkin by Lucy Ruth Cummins was mailed to me by the author-artist’s agent in a promotional mailing.