Tuesday, December 02, 2008

speaking of getting agents (another one for the Mischief!!)

Kate Lord Brown, a faithful reader of many months, has signed with Sheila Crowley of Curtis Brown UK. Congratulations, Kate! (Also, you sneaky thing, tell us more about your book so I can advertise it properly.)

20 comments:

joshua said...

Hey Moonrat!

Congrats to Kate Lord Brown... how fantastic to be picked up by an agent!

Now, i do have question: it's typical to get an agent only after you've finished a manuscript right? I've got a partially completed novel and would love to get professional feedback on it. Would shopping around for an agent be a good idea?

- josh

moonrat said...

You know, Josh, my hunch would be that agents will probably prefer a finished novel, but I'm not actually sure. I'm sure I've heard stories about people landing agents before they were done with their novels (and certainly nonfiction projects sell before they are written all the time).

I'll have to defer to one of my agent colleagues on this, I'm afraid...

Miriam S.Forster said...

Hooray and congratulations to Kate Lord Brown! It's always encouraging to have evidence that agents are still signing people, even with all the publishing economy crumminess.

I've been told repeatedly and often that its best to have a complete (and polished) novel before querying an agent. Especially for a first book.

The reasoning behind this is that finishing a book is hard. (And as someone with several beautifully edited and glowingly polished not-quite-finished-novels, I can second that.) An agent can't sell a partial novel, so they would be reluctant to sign the author.

That's what I've been told. But I'm not an agent, so feel free to correct me....

Maureen McGowan said...

Congrats to Kate!

Pamala Knight said...

Hooray for Kate! Congratulations on landing an agent and good luck with the sale of your book. Have we wheedled the book's plot out of her yet?

cindy said...

congrats!!! josh, you don't want to begin querying until you've got a completed novel and it's as best as you can offer! i revised mine for a year. good luck!

Kim Kasch said...

It's always nice to hear good news in this hard economic times. Way-to-go Kate!!!

Anonymous said...

Joshua,

Not only is it not done (trying to get an agent with a partially-finished non-fiction manuscripts), but you will not be getting free professional feedback that way.

Ways to get professional feedback: go to conferences and workshops, join a writing group (online or in person), pay a freelance editor.

Anonymous said...

Correction - that should have been "fiction," not "non-fiction."

You can sell a NF on a proposal, but you'd better have a platform.

usman said...

Congratulations.
There is so much good news on this site recently; I wonder if the pub industry is as bad as we hear.
What say you, Moonie?

Kate Lord Brown said...

Thank you Moonie, and thanks for everyone's good wishes! Over the moon to be working with Sheila - she's a brilliant agent.

The first book is called 'All the Lovely Ruined Things': Maya Dumas discovers over the course of a summer that 'love and loss come in equal measure' when she returns home to paint her estranged mother's portrait. Secrets about her celebrated American war photographer father emerge, and Maya's life changes forever as she is drawn back into the world of her peripatetic childhood. It's set in New York, London and wild and the beautiful Devon coast of south west England where I grew up.

Congratulations to all the Mischief gang for a great year ... feels like we are bucking the doom and gloom news doesn't it?

Ann Victor said...

Coming in late (blame the the time zones!)but congratulations to Kate Lord Brown - this is more good news in times which are filled with dire predictions. Your story sounds great!

Conduit said...

Congratulations from me too! This blog does seem to be charmed...

Crimogenic said...

Congrats Kate! The premise of your novel sounds wonderful. Best Wishes.

Anya said...

Congratulations, Kate! I love your title and the plot sounds very intriguing.

Josie said...

I love this blog. Thank you for creating it. I found it on Lyda Phillips blog (writerworking). I don't know you Kate, but I will throw in my congrats as well. It's always fun to celebrate anyone's creative accomplishments!
Josie

Christy Raedeke said...

Kate, I'd buy your book based on the amazing title alone!

Congratulations on getting a great agent; I'm sure a wildly successful auction will commence any day now...

Cheers!

http://nancyhightower.com/ said...

It does indeed seem to be the charmed blog. Kate, congrats! Your book sounds fabulous.

Kate Lord Brown said...

Thank you Mischief makers! Will let you know as soon as there's news x

peggy said...

It makes my day coming to you blog and hearing about the success and not the gloom!
Congrats Kate! I hope you sell a zillion of them!