Publishing thoughts turn global as the leaves change color. This month is all about bringing my authors and their books to the world stage, and I'm very excited about the possibilities for:
Veteran environmental journalist Mark Schapiro's highly informed Carbon Shock: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of a Disrupted Global Economy (Chelsea Green)
Loretta Napoleoni's Islamic Phoenix, on the stunning rise of the Islamic State, IS, and why it is unlike any previous terrorist organization (Seven Stories Press, Feltrinelli)
Julia Cooke's fascinating book on young Cubans, The Other Side Of Paradise (Seal Press)
and a memoir I'm representing just for foreign rights, The Bosnia List by Kenan Trebincevic and Susan Shapiro (Penguin)
September brought two new clients to my list, one a novelist, one a nonfiction author - nice to have this balance.
And the event of the month was undoubtedly the People's Climate March in New York City. I marched with my neighborhood community group, and was thrilled to have clients Antonia Juhasz (Black Tide and The Tyranny of Oil) here with Iraq Vets Against the War and Keya Chatterjee (The Zero Footprint Baby) with the World Wildlife Fund - as well as Mark Schapiro's editor, Joni Praded. Certainly there will be much to come from this awesome gathering - including new book projects!
What I'm looking for:
Fiction with strong story-telling, including YA, although I am very selective. I have two novels out on submission now, one dystopian YA.
Nonfiction: narrative, history, science (I love math!), politics - especially the progressive kind, environmental books of all kinds, business, memoir. Most of my clients, writing all of the above, are journalists.
See my post below on what it's like to work with an agent.
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And a tip: What day of the week do I (like most agents) receive the most queries on? Tuesday. Every week, without fail. So you could consider querying me on another day. Thanks!