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Ask The Agent

Here’s Ask The Agent for this week. With Fab agent Elaine Spencer from The Knight Agency. Take it away Elaine…

“Can you discuss the genres you represent? (Feel free to talk about your current clients and/or fave reads if applicable) Are you looking for anything in particular and/or what’s on your wish list?”

As most readers of this blog are probably aware, the Knight Agency is largely for its representation in the women’s fiction and romance genre. Consequently a strong percentage of my current client list falls under this umbrella. Romance is such a fun genre, and there are so many different sub-categories its hard to easily describe my tastes. I would say that the voice and the writing are far more important elements to me than the actual “theme” or sub-genre. I don’t typically do anything that is extremely erotic and I don’t go too far into the sci-fi/fantasy realm. Those are my basic limitations, there are other things I won’t be as eager to look at, such as a Western, but I have to be honest, crazier things have happened. I have a client who is working on the most amazing biblical fiction novel right now, I could not have imagined how much I would enjoy it. Its been amazing to be a part of and I’m so excited about getting to shop it soon.

In general TKA doesn’t do any screenplays, poetry, short stories or children’s books. I myself am not looking for any real dark horror.

I would love to find a great sweeping historical, an amazingly character driven women’s fiction, a brilliant original contemporary, a charming and fresh “chick-lit” type story (key word, FRESH!!). Characters are big to me, big, big, big! I love those characters that you just feel like you know right from the get-go. I have seen some really compelling inspirational titles and some brilliant multi-cultural work. I’m game for any of these.

I also am open to paranormals, typically I’m more drawn to the lighter side of things, such as my client Candace Havens who writes really quirky heroines that just happen to be touched by the paranormal. Or Melissa Mayhue, who has the most charming “Daughters of the Glen” series, the covers alone speak volumes about my kind of taste. I’m not however saying I wouldn’t be open to something darker, I think the *right* dark paranormal just hasn’t hit my desk.

I also represent some really exciting young adult titles. I would love to find some more high concept stories in this realm. I love reading stories aimed at the teen audience, the emotions are just so raw and point on, and the cross-over appeal is just huge right now. I’m totally open to that. Another of my clients, Linda Gerber, has a great new thriller-mystery series out for teens, that is the epitome of fun, DEATH BY BIKINI; check it out its a great example of why I love young adult novels. For YA I’m wide open, there is so much potential in this market, I want to see it all.

You know, like I said, keep in mind the rules of writing. Tell me a great story with great characters, a great voice, a great plot, and you’ll be on your way. Fingers crossed for finding some great stuff in SF!

Thanks so much. As always please post your questions in the comment section. Ask the Agent will be on break next week as Elaine and I will be be in San Francisco for the RWA National Conference. We hope to come back with all sorts of fun things to share.