An Interview With Me

June 10th, 2009 • Kate

questionsandanswersWant more info about me than you can get from daily blog posts, Facebook status updates, and tweets? Well, you’re in luck! Megan of Literary Life just posted an interview with yours truly. Got more questions that Megan and I didn’t cover? Put them in the comments, and I’ll answer them. If they’re REALLY good, they may be the subject of my next blog post.

What kind of questions? Whatever! Personal stuff, work stuff, questions about what I’m looking for, how I work, my favorite tv shows/shoe store/shampoo… I’ll answer just about anything you can dream up. Go wild!

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17 Responses to “An Interview With Me”

  1. Leslie Ann Says:

    How long should a query be? Who you reject it if it was over 400 words?

  2. Kate Says:

    A query should be approximately one page, if you printed it out and were to send it the old fashioned way. But I don't sit and count words. Just hook me with a interesting concept or plot, tell me a little bit more about the story, and add something about yourself. Take a look at some of the examples posted in the "About My Query" series for more ideas of what a query should look like.

  3. jimnduncan Says:

    Any thoughts on young readers and the ever-emerging mobile reader market? I'm imagining every smartphone out there will have an ebook app on it in the near future, and I'm curious what you think about how young readers would want to access this. Shorter fiction? Serialized stuff? Whole books? Comics? All kinds of possibilities I think or so it seems.

  4. Karen Says:

    A few weeks ago Rachelle Gardner had a wonderful post about making THE CALL to offer representation to an author. The post was very up lifting and had me filled with smiley-goodness, even though I haven't received THE CALL myself. I was just happy to hear about all the other authors who had. So I wanted to ask, how do you make "THE CALL" or do you email initially? And have you ever called an author to offer representation and something they said on the phone made you go…"um…so yeah, it was nice talking to you, bu-bye", changing your mind about the offer? (This is for all of us to make note of not to say it when/if we receive THE CALL-lol)

  5. Leslie Ann Says:

    Would you ever rejected a finnished novel that had typos in it.

  6. Kate Says:

    Jim –

    I think mobile devices are great for short fiction. I can totally imagine a complete re-emergence of short story collections on eBooks just for that reason.

    I have a friend with an iPhone, and I'm totally jealous that he can sync his reading on it with his reading on his Kindle — that, to me, is the best way for reading longer fiction.

    But when we talk about "young" readers, keep in mind when most kids get cell phones nowadays, and when they get cell phones with all the bells and whistles. I think those mobile aps, at least for now, need to be targeted towards teens and older.

  7. Kate Says:

    Karen –

    Usually, so as not to encounter an author in a state of shock or unbelief, I email first. I mention that I like their book (duh!) and want to talk with them about it a little further. Then I set up a time for a phone call.

    So far, none of the conversations I've had with an author about a book have changed my mind. You have to realize, by the time we're talking, I've already read the query, sample chapters, and the full manuscript. I've probably already considered editors I want to send the book to. At this time, I want to just chat with the author, learn more about them, hear what else they're working on, etc.

    In all honesty, the call is gravy. The book is the meat, and though it hasn't happened yet, if I LOVE the meat, I can find away to eat around the gravy, if need be. (Which may have taken the metaphor a leetle too far.)

  8. jimnduncan Says:

    Oops. My bad. I meant 'teens' when I said younger readers.

  9. Kate Says:

    Leslie Ann –

    It depends. If we're talking about a few typos over the course of a couple of hundred pages, yeah, sure. I'm not a copyeditor, and I know how easy it is to miss something.

    If I can't get through a sentence without noting one or two or more typos, I think that's beyond "typo" and into a serious concern about the author's grasp of the English language. That would make me leery.

    But that's also something most likely to be caught on a query, before I get to reading the manuscript.

  10. NinjaFanpire Says:

    If we want to send you a query and make sure you get it, what E-Mail should we send it to?

  11. Kate Says:

    Ninja –

    ALL queries should be sent to Full, detailed instructions on what to send are on the Submissions page of this website.

  12. Jamie Harrington Says:

    Will you do one of those "What I wish was in my inbox right now" posts? I love to see what all the agents want and what they wished they could see themselves repping in the future!

  13. Megan Says:

    Thanks for the shout out!

    Hope everyone liked the interview:)

    Here here Jamie! I love those inbox posts!

    It's always interesting to read what people are sending you, and why you like it or not

  14. Kiersten White Says:

    Just what kind of shampoo DO you use? Because your hair looks great in your photo. Also, how is the purple streak treating you?

  15. Kate Says:

    Jamie and Megan, check out the next post for a little more detail on what I wish were in my inbox.

    And Kiersten, I'm a fan of Herbal Essences' Color Me Happy shampoo and conditioner.

    And the purple streak is fading a little bit, even though I dyed it again before BEA, but I'm heading back to my hairdresser in a week or so for another boost of color!

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