Agent Savant

The musings of literary agent Laurie McLean

Archive for May, 2012

New York Publishing

I’m in New York talking with editors and then participating in the annual party that is Book Expo America. I’ll be moderating a panel on Sunday at BEA’s UPublishU called The X Factor: Agents in the Digital Publishing Paradigm. We will explore the changing and expanding role of agents in today’s publishing world and I’ll […]

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Booksmith, ah, Booksmith

A local bookstore in San Francisco’s famous (or infamous) Haight Ashbury district was honored by The City yesterday. There is much more to read here in this Shelf Awareness article. The City  honored the store for “its commitment to the Haight-Ashbury community for almost 40 years. The Booksmith is a literary haven for artists and […]

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Yee Haw, DFW Conference!

I just returned from an action-packed weekend at the DFW Writers’ Conference in Dallas and boy-howdy did I have a great time. The writers were friendly and excited. The agent guests were a perfect blend of pros and newbies from big and boutique agencies (something for everyone!) and the weather was absolutely perfect (even though […]

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Congratulations, Pam vHv!

I am very happy to report the first sale of my assistant-turned-agent Pam van Hylckama Vlieg (who you may know as the powerhouse behind…the premier YA book review blogsite)! In a three-book deal to Entangled Publishing, Pam sold Cecily White’s Prophecy Girl series starting with the first book: Angel Academy. Angel Academy has already […]

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Children’s Choice Book Awards video

This is simply scrumptious! Two children’s book stars square off in a battle to the…well…to the delight of all of us! The Battle of the ZKA-named authors  

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New Pocket Star is eBook only

Okay now do you believe me? eBooks are not fading. They’re gaining momentum. Today Simon & Schuster announced that it is retooling its mass market paperback line to be eBook only. Called Pocket Star, it will feature women’s fiction, mystery, romance, thrillers and urban fantasy. According to Executive VP at S&S, Louise Burke: “Similar to […]

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More on the Microsoft/Barnes & Noble Deal

Shelf Awareness has a solid article on their website today sharing more details about the implications of the Microsoft investment of $300 million in a new joint venture formed with Barnes & Noble. Read about it here.

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