If you have Twitter, which, sadly I don't (do you think I need one?) then you can get on the board the ink train at #agentink. I think that's just fabulous that someone *Ellie Heller Writes 2* started the hashtag #agentink. So cool!
Ready for an awesome piece of agent(editor) inside news? It came straight from Jessa Russo, one of our amazing editors you will have an opportunity to pitch your novel to in February!
Iasked her about Urban Fantasy. I read on #askanagent on a quiet Saturday evening that Urban Fantasy was a hard sell and it better be unique is you wanted to catch an agent or editor's eye. So I asked Jessa, since this is listed on her WISH LIST, what she considered unique. Her response was such an eye opener I can't wait for you to read it!
Here is what she said:
Well, in my opinion (though this will differ from each person asked), any of the books I mentioned could be considered Urban Fantasy because all UF really is, is taking supernatural characters/elements, and throwing them into a modern, urban setting. However, like I said, each person's definition - writer, lit agent or otherwise - will vary greatly when you ask them their definition of UF.
Now, regarding what you learned during #askanagent: what may be a hard sell for a literary agent may be exactly what I'm looking for. For instance, pretty much every literary agent says paranormal romance is a dead genre. Well, its my favorite genre, and one of the main things I'm looking to read in both submissions and personal reading. With smaller pub houses, you get different wish lists. I don't have to "sell" your book to anyone the way an agent will have to turn around and query the big six, so what may be difficult for them could be perfect for me. You have to sell me on your manuscript, and if you can do that, my publishing house will support my choice to bring you on.
Now, remember you heard it first, here on OPERATION AGENT INK AGENT(EDITOR) INSIDE!