HOW AGENTS ARE ADJUSTING TO THE NEW WORLD
We spent the morning with the Mystery Writers of America at their annual symposium. The fantastic agents panel was monitored by Daniel J. Hale MWA Executive Vice President and consisted of, Dan Conaway, Writers House, Barbara Poelle, Irene Goodman Literary Agency, Victoria Skurnick, Levine Greenberg Agency, Paige Wheeler, Folio Literary Management and InkWell Management’s own, David Hale Smith. Here’s a quick round-up of some of the best feedback, one-liners and zingers!
Some interesting views on self-publishing:
Self publishing requires a certain alertness and flexibility!
The burden is back on the author to be their own editor, marketer, publicist etc…so what about the writing?
70% of books are still sold in bookstores. Traditional publishers still bring the credibility and the right relationships.
How does one do a book signing for an e-pub only book? Now there’s some food for thought!
Back in the day, writers wanted to write books - their best book possible and not just ‘market their product.’
Best/worst query letters:
“This is the most important work that’s been written in the last 2,000 years” David Hale Smith
“Someone once pitched a story to me during an emergency c-section. Of course I said send it…she had a knife!” Paige Wheeler
“A lady sat down across from me at a conference and said, ‘Jesus told me that you would be my agent so I’m not worried.’ So I retorted, ‘Well, when we were having coffee last week he didn’t mention you!’ …she didn’t laugh.” Barbara Poelle
“Don’t summarize your entire book in the subject line. That shows that you’re lacking…a certain something. The point is there’s no trick. Be brief, don’t explain the market…just write a well written letter.” Dan Conaway
A little social media etiquette:
It’s death to get on social media and self promote incessantly. And you have to promote yourself but be graceful about it…You’re a professional communicator, really think about what you want to say.
Participate in larger conversations and make friends. People will become invested in you.
To do social media well you have to do it all the time it has to be a part of the fabric of what you do.
If you do it artfully it gives your fans a chance to look behind the curtain. Be interesting and engaging . Funny also helps!
Some final thoughts…
Trends come and go…you have to write what you write. People who think more about trends rather than what’s organic to them are missing the point.
You, writers, are the biggest gamblers. You invest your time and a lot of hard work into what you do and there is something powerful in that.
This is just the tip of the iceberg! To get the full scoop from a full day of engaging sessions, check out the Mystery Writers of America.
Did you know that THE ROSIE PROJECT will be the First World Book Night Book Club Title and that a a major Hollywood Film Deal has been announced Get the full scoop here.
THE ROSIE PROJECT comes out October 1st in the US and will be published by the lovely people at Simon & Schuster.
In celebration of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, the film’s production designer Catherine Martin collaborated with Tiffany & Co. on the Fifth Avenue flagship store’s windows
Top - Tiered champagne glasses allude to the overflowing decadence of the Jazz Age.
Bottom -An effervescent toast to Jazz Age glamour.
If you’re in New York, please tell us you’ve seen these amazing windows! They’re pretty maj. Are you as excited as we are about The Great Gatsby? Only 10 days left!
“You might remember Chef Edward Lee from his stint on Top Chef Texas, but that’s hardly the most interesting thing about him. The Brooklyn-born chef actually honed his skills in some tough New York kitchens before a road trip to the Kentucky Derby in 2001 ultimately led Lee to find his culinary home in Louisville and move there a year later.
Combining his Korean roots with fresh Southern ingredients and modern preparations has become Lee’s signature. His Louisville restaurant, 610 Magnolia, is described on the menu as “a modern approach to the Southern Table,” highlighting fresh produce and historically-inspired dishes. We spoke with Lee about his approach to cooking and his forthcoming cookbook “Smoke & Pickles.”
What we’ve been up to this week: Edition 3
It’s been a super busy week here at InkWell. Besides, making deals, having meetings and coping with extreme weather (what the heck Tuesday?) we also had three of our clients in the May Issue of ELLE, enjoyed some delicious cake for our office birthday girls, Alexis and Lauren, went to The Campbell Apartment in Grand Central for a little cake and coffee and gave away two copies of HOMEWARD BOUND by Emily Matchar. All in all, a pretty fabulous week.
Enjoy the weekend friends and see you on Monday.
The school offers an excellent and free education to kids in a pretty tough neighborhood of the Bronx. I went up there at the beginning of the school year and was blown away by how cool and happy and motivated the students were.
Tony Bourdain will host. All kinds of awesome food people are contributing their time and food: Roberta’s, Prune, Babycakes, Chez Sardine, Mission Chinese Food, Ludobites, Del Posto, Briskettown, Momofuku, Toloache. My brother will be there to make cocktails, Sixpoint will send over a couple kegs, and I hope to have some more cool stuff lined up for the party to announce next week.
Only 5 days left until The Bronx Academy of Letters throws their annual benefit. Support this amazing cause! Buy tickets HERE.
What do the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Adam Grant have in common? They’re Givers.
Check out this fantastic piece from Wired that draws the principles from Adam Grant’s GIVE AND TAKE to the band the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Seven Days in Syria by Janine di Giovanni has been shortlisted for the prestigious Amnesty Media Awards. This engaging piece which appeared in Granta, captures the authors time in the war-torn country with grace and heartbreak.
Janine di Giovanni is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, a contributing writer to the New York Times, Granta, Newsweek and many others; and now a weekly columnist for international affairs for Newsweek. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, she frequently lectures on human rights abuse around the world.
One of a Kindt!
As I have been at this collecting thing a while, I have a ton of signed stuff from various creators. None of which stick out more than the individual pieces of art produced my Matt Kindt (@mattkindt).
Matt doesn’t just autograph your copy of his book - he will set it on fire - right in front of you.
(see the second image above of the “Red Handed” HC)
He will also decorate a recycled paper bag from a local grocery to create something amazing (see the first and bottom five images above of the “Mind MGMT” HC).
Does it stop there? Absolutely not. Check out what he did to my copy of “The Tooth”. He cuts a piece out of one of the back pages, uses a glue stick to adhere it to the inside cover page and sets up a fantastic place for autographs (see the third and fourth images above of “The Tooth” HC).
Even simple hardcovers are unique…The “3 Story” HC ships with its very own working window! (see the fifth image above)
And it goes on…and on…
His convention setup is like no other. The table is covered with an old army blanket, every square inch is covered in tchotchkes, original art, water color paints, inks, markers, and of course copies of his various works.
So, this is why he is one of the coolest people I have ever met. Comic industry or otherwise.
Truly, one of a Kindt.
If you are interested in the interview I did with him during Wizard World STL 2013, check it out here!
Support the future of Comics. Support Creator Owned Work.
Everything about this post is awesome! We love Matt Kindt and MIND MGMT #10 was just released yesterday! Get on it folks!