My uber-agent, Sara Crowe, was in town for our annual SCBWI conference this year. Here’s what I found out about her:
1) She’s tall. Really tall. And when she wears boots, she’s really, really, really tall.
2) When she laughs, she reminds me of Alyson Hannigan (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and American Pie fame).
3) She strongly suggests stainless-steel cookware over non-stick.
4) She has freckles on her arms.
5) She prefers margaritas over wine.
6) She likes Coke (This coke, not that coke.)
7) She’s a NY Mets fan.
8) A car once drove into her apartment, while she was in the apartment.
9) She has a bad habit of mistaking non-pregnant woman as actually being pregnant.
10) She loves all types of chocolate, although bribing her with chocolate when sending her a query letter won’t increase your chances of her taking you on as a client. (She would still probably eat the chocolate, however.)
Sara is a great agent, but more importantly, she’s the right agent for me. I think the whole “author-agent vibe” sometimes gets overlooked when authors start looking for representation, but it’s a really important part of the whole relationship. I would imagine, just as I wouldn’t be comfortable working with a lot of other agents, a lot of other agents wouldn’t be comfortable working with me. You have to get your agent, and she has to get you.
Sara gets me. She gets my work. (Of course, it doesn’t hurt that she also did a good job of selling my work, but that’s beside the point.) I’m glad that I got the chance to meet her face-to-face this weekend. I would say that Brian Yansky could give a more in-depth version of the weekend events, but HE DOESN’T HAVE A WEBSITE YET. (Is that a subtle enough hint?)
After my first conversation with Sara, I hung up the phone and thought, “I bet she prefers stainless steel cookware to the freaky non-stick stuff.” I was right!
Thanks for passing on the info! You covered all the important issues.
Hooray for the agent who gets our writing!
Thanks, Varian. Now my picture is complete.
When I envision Sara I will see a laughing, towering, freckled woman in a Mets cap, holding a stainless steel pot in one hand and a tray of cokes, margaritas and chocolate in the other (my kind of gal). She wears a permanent look of surprise, most likely due either to the false pregnancy assumption or the car in her living room.
Good work. 🙂
I’m glad the conference went so well.
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