What a Literary Agent Wants! With Rachelle Gardner

And it’s time for my final superstar…!

Rachelle Gardner

Rachelle Gardner is a literary agent with Books and Such Literary Agency, representing a broad spectrum of fiction and nonfiction and more than 100 contracted books since 2008. Rachelle has made a name from both her agenting skills, as well as her generosity to the writer community.

Rachelle offers readers of her blog, www.RachelleGardner.com, excellent insight into both writing and publishing, including how to approach and succeed the much-feared query. A Cali native, she now lives in Colorado. I was super excited to get Rachelle on Skype and ask her some very important questions on behalf of all of us querying / wanting to query in the near future. I’m also delighted that we could finish up the 7 Writing and Publishing Superstar interviews with a bang!

In this 20 minute interview, we talk about:

– The fact that agents are not gatekeepers; they’re real people on the look out for the next great book!

– A great book is obviously subjective, but are there certain things Rachelle and other agents look out for? Should it be completely finished? Edited and proofread?

– Dos and Don’ts when writing the query

– Recommendations for how writers should connect with agents at conferences

– Meeting agents online and how to interact w/o being pushy

– How long should one query for before embarking on a plan B.

Watch the video (or bookmark it for your lunch break!) here:

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Rachelle Gardner on Twitter

Rachelle shares information with writers, both at conferences and through her popular blog rachellegardner.com. You can also find her tweeting tons of useful info @RachelleGardner, and interacting on Facebook.


Tweet: On the query letter: “Keep it simple, good grammar, makes us want to read the book.” @RachelleGardner http://ctt.ec/079A2+

Tweet: “Make friends with your fellow writers. These are your people and your support system.” Lit Agent @RachelleGardner http://ctt.ec/c59yB+

Tweet: “Specify if your books are self-published in your query. Not “published on http://ctt.ec/IOn95+ via Agent @RachelleGardner http://ctt.ec/wQ6Ke+

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