Three more meetings

November 12th, 2008 • Kate

Getting down to the end of my trip to the New York office (which has mostly been, at least this time, a Cosi on Broadway at 51st Street, just up from Times Square. Free wifi for the win!). Fellow Denver agent Kristin Nelson is also in town (no, we did not plan it that way), and is hearing many of the same things from editors that I am — everyone’s looking for middle grade fiction, particularly boy-oriented, and paranormal is still big, especially for foreign publishers. At the same time, I have heard some editors looking for reality-based teen fiction, which makes me very happy, since I have some exciting stuff I’ve been reading that totally would seem to be perfect for a number of the folks I’ve been seeing.
Have I ever discussed the weird “feeling” I get about a manuscript? Roughly, I sort of know I want to take on a manuscript I’ve been reading when I start talking about it to editors, even if I’m only halfway through. So far on this trip, I’ve done that to two partials. We’ll have to wait and see if the full manuscripts live up to that early promise. If so, I look forward to adding to the kt literary roster of clients!

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3 Responses to “Three more meetings”

  1. lotusloquax Says:

    Thanks for the input! It’s so nice to know what editors are looking for. Since mine is YA paranormal, I’m glad that is still big. I hope you’re having tons of fun!

  2. Kiersten Says:

    And somewhere, hopeful authors with partials out to you pee their pants…
    Glad things are going well ; )

  3. anonymous Says:

    See below for an interesting comment posted on PubRants (after Kristin Nelson's NY visit.) I have to say I agree (as did many other commenters!) I regularly check the aisles at my local Borders and B&N stores and – maybe I'm not delving deep enough – but there seem to be an inordinate number of Twilight and Gossip Girl knock-offs. Is anyone else just sick of vampires????
    Vacuum Queen wrote:
    I have to say, that as a mom and teacher…I'm dying to see some YA books that are NOT fantasy or thrillers. I've got many many many 5th graders who read at a 9th grade level and do NOT love fantasy and are not ready to read high school material. They need CLEAN and complex stories, but are not mentally ready for thrillers, nor are they all interested in sci-fi and fantasy. I have students begging for more "Henry Huggins turned teenager" or sports series beyond Matt Christopher. Or mysteries that make them think, not kiss girls or cheat in school or mention drugs. You get the idea. CLEAN but challenging and fun. 250 pages. Preferably a series. (oh…and throw in some humor) It's a constant search for that at library time. Just my piece…