Thursday, April 16, 2009

New Agent Trading Card Rachelle Gardner - WordServe Literary Agency

Rachelle has been in the publishing business for thirteen years, working in various positions encompassing marketing, sales, international rights, acquisitions and editorial. Her most recent in-house position was as Senior Developmental and Acquisitions Editor with NavPress, where she originated, developed and launched the NavPress Fiction line, including three Christy Award finalists and an ECPA Award finalist in its first year. She acquired and edited numerous nonfiction books as well, including A Sacred Sorrow by Michael Card, winner in the Christian Living category of the 2006 ECPA Award.

Rachelle's blog, Rants and Ramblings: Life as a Literary Agent is a goldmine of kind-hearted instructions to the aspiring writer. You should check it out.
You can also follow her on Twitter here.
To learn more about Rachelle and the WordServe Literary Agency, go here.
For less bookage and more Rachelle, you can read her personal blog, Seek First His Kingdom, here.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

New Agent Trading Card Jenny Rappaport - The Rappaport Agency

Ms. Jenny Rappaport of the Rappaport Agency may be one of the nicest ladies in the world. Why you ask? Because. She was the first literary agent to allow me to make her trading card. She didn’t have to. She’s just a sweet person. Since I’ve done a few since then, and since Ms. Rappaport updated her blog, Lit Soup, with some beautiful graphics, I remade her card. She deserves a better card, but this is as good as I am at the present time.
So if I’d had them printed, and if you had one, they’d be a collector item. I’ll try to get going on the printing thing soon.She's assisted by Jodi Meadows (the princess of slush) who has her own blog here. You can follow Jenny on twitter, or follow Jodi, or both.

Jenny Rappaport is the owner of The Rappaport Agency, LLC, a boutique literary agency specializing in the genres of science fiction and fantasy, young adult, and romance. She has previously worked at Folio Literary Management and the L. Perkins Agency.
Jenny attended Carnegie Mellon University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing. She is a 2002 graduate of Orson Scott Card's Literary Boot Camp. Her nonfiction has appeared in Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, her poetry in Everyday Weirdness, and her microfiction in Thaumatrope. She is currently working on a novel in her free time.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Deidre Knight - The Knight Agency

From her website
Deidre Knight established The Knight Agency in 1996 after working in the entertainment industry. In the years since that time, she has built a dynamic, bestselling client list, placing nearly eight hundred titles in a broad range of categories, including romance, women's fiction, personal finance, business, popular culture, African American history, self-help, religion, health, and parenting. Her recent sales include books placed with Penguin Putnam, Random House, St. Martin's, Warner, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Harlequin/Silhouette, Doubleday, Tyndale, Zondervan, Bethany House, and WaterBrook. Deidre's clients have appeared on all the major bestseller lists, including the New York Times, USA Today, Publisher's Weekly, CBA, and LA Times Bestseller Lists, as well as's Hot 100 List. Her authors have won countless awards, including the coveted RITA, the Gold Medallion, the Walden Books Award for Best New Author, and many others. She belongs to The Association of Authors' Representatives and Romance Writers of America. A native Atlantan, Deidre is listed in Who's Who in the Southeast and in Who's Who in America.

Deidre is currently seeking Young adult and Middle grade fiction, Inspirational fiction and non fiction, Romance, Womens Fiction, Fantasy, General non fiction, and Thrillers
On a personal note, I find Deidre Knight to be one of the most upbeat, positive people I've ever virtually met. Not only in publishing, but in general. If you're lucky enough to have her for your agent, you will be one happy author. To top it off, she writes amazing books herself.
You can find her on twitter here,
Her website for her books is here
The agency website is here.
Her facebook page is here.
Her author blog is here.
Myspace is here.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

New Literary Agent Trading Cards Michael Stearns and Nadia Cornier of Firebrand

Michael Stearns
michael(at)firebrandliterary (dot)com

Michael Stearns brings nearly twenty years’ publishing experience to Firebrand Literary. Formerly editorial director and foreign acquisitions manager for HarperCollins Children's Books, and Senior Editor, Director of Paperback Publishing for Harcourt Children’s Books, he has worked on hundreds of books for children and adults.

Among the many bestselling and award-winning books he’s published are A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly; Tangerine by Edward Bloor, The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls by Elise Primavera, Whales on Stilts by M.T. Anderson, Fly By Night by Frances Hardinge, the Young Wizards series by Diane Duane, and the Chet Gecko Mysteries by Bruce Hale.

He has taught a dozen classes on writing, edited three anthologies of original stories, and published a half dozen pieces of his own fiction for both adults and children. He received his B.A. from the USC School of Cinema-Television, and his M.A. from Hollins University, where he also won the Andrew James Purdy Short Fiction Prize.
(bio from Firebrand Literary website)

Learn more about Michael Stearns on the Firebrand Blog, HERE

Or, follow him on Twitter, HERE

Nadia Cornier

Nadia Cornier is the founder and co-owner of Firebrand Literary. Firebrand means “instigator” or “bringer of change” – and Nadia thinks that is the perfect word to illustrate this agency and its client list. Firebranders (as they call themselves) aren’t afraid to try things a little differently: Firebrand creates full campaigns for each of their client’s projects in conjunction with the client, partnering from the editorial process to marketing the books after they hit the shelves.

Prior to founding Firebrand, Nadia worked with CMA and before that with authors, marketing and promoting their works. She’s currently looking for really astounding YA fiction, women's fiction, and pop-culture or business non-fiction. (bio from Firebrand website)

Learn more about Nadia on her website, HERE,
or on her blogs, HERE and HERE.

Or, follow her on Twitter, HERE.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Literary Agent Trading Cards - Point System

In case anyone was wondering, this is the system I devised for determining how many points is on the agent card. If anyone has a suggestion, please let me know now before anymore are finished. You can email me- jimsissy at yahoo dot com, or leave a comment. Can anyone think of a way to show some kind of power points for years they spent as an editor?

Top Publishers Marketplace Deal

50 “nice deal” $1 - $49,000
100 “very nice deal” $50,000 - $99,000
150 “good deal” $100,000 - $250,000
200 “significant deal” $251,000 - $499,000
250 “major deal” $500,000 and up

AAR Membership - 200

Years as an Agent - 25 points per year

Publicity Points
Website 50
Blog 50
Facebook 50
Twitter 50

Predators and Editors
$ red 25
$ black 50
Recommended 100
Highly Recommended 150

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

New Trading Cards - Colleen Lindsay

Notice the Super-Nannerpuss power she wields.