1. Why the move to Foundry? Why now?
“Peter McGuigan (one of the two founding partners) first approached me about Foundry a year and a half ago, as he was formulating his business proposal, and I was blown away by how detailed and ambitious his plans were. Over the past year, I kept my eye on Foundry, and watched Peter start meeting the goals he’d articulated to me one by one. I think Foundry is poised to be the next big agency. All the pieces are there. They’ve got great agents, great backup support, and most important of all, really great authors. I’m thrilled to be joining such a smart, talented team. I was also impressed by how upfront Foundry was about their policies – both for their agents and their authors.”
2. Are you still looking for the same subjects?
Yes, definitely. One of the major things I stressed in my first meeting with Foundry was that I’m very attached to my authors and my list, and my favorite thing about agenting is getting to take on any kind of book that I fall in love with. Mostly, I represent literary fiction, commercial fiction, and narrative nonfiction, but I also represent the occasional YA or practical nonfiction project that catches my fancy!
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3. You’ve been an agent for around five years now. What big things are you noticing in publishing that you can pass along?
It’s been really fun to watch the growth of the YA market, and big narrative nonfiction continues to sell well. And it saddens me that it’s become nearly impossible to sell chick lit. But I don’t care how hard it is to sell a first novel – I still love fiction and always will. If it’s a project that I can’t stop thinking about, I’m going to take it on.
4. What are you looking for right now and not getting?
I would love to see more fiction along the lines of The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Sparrow and What I Loved. I love memoirs. And I’m always excited to see a great narrative nonfiction proposal – especially something with a cultural history or popular science bent.
5. Where will you be in the future where writers can meet and pitch you?
The best way to pitch to me is via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. A well thought out, well-written e-mail query is always appreciated! And I respond very quickly to e-mail queries if I’m interested in requesting sample material.
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