How did you become a literary agent?
A few years ago, my agent (Fuse co-founder Laurie McLean) approached me about this career path. I was intrigued by the business side of publishing, but there was so much I didn’t know because I only saw it from the author’s side. Laurie trained me and the Fuse team made it possible for me to learn in a welcoming and supportive environment.
What does your manuscript wishlist look like?
I’m crazy about most subgenres of science fiction, fantasy, and romance. I say “most” because there are a handful of subgenres in the Adult, Young Adult, and Middle Grade categories that don’t hold my interest. Or, more likely, I’m burned out on a particular theme or setting or creature. If I see something I don’t like, I simply let the author know it’s not for me. For more on my list and how to query me, click here.
You’re pretty accessible on Twitter. Why do you like that platform?
It’s an easy place for potential clients, current clients, and other publishing professionals to see a bit of my personality. I really am a nerdy agent. Someone checking out my Twitter feed would have a good sense of the kind of person I am, what my tastes are like, how I interact with my clients and other clients of Fuse, etc. Plus, who doesn’t love animated gifs?
What’s the most important tip writers should know?
I recently made a post on Twitter that told people to only query their completed, polished manuscripts to agents. I made that Tweet because I’d just rejected four queries for being incomplete or unedited drafts.
Finally, you say you “like” the hero but “LOVE” the villain. What’s that about?
I’m one of those people who loves a good villain. All the best villains make you remember them because they’re complex. Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs. Darth Vader in the Star Wars trilogy. Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They don’t see themselves as evil or wrong. If a story’s villain is fleshed out, then they’re just as fascinating to me as the hero.