Excellent interview – and wow, do I ever want a copy of TAKEN! I needed a new job, so I applied to where I work, but I stayed where I work because I have a great Job and I am good at it. Your email address will not be published. Definitely fell into by happy accident. Our interview today is being squeezed in between rehearsals for her current touring show, the comedy musical Crush – a nostalgic schooldays mash-up of St Trinian’s meets Mallory Towers – and she rarely seems to stop. I’m currently a student, a publishing intern, and I work part-time at a large technology company. I hope it all goes exactly like that. I remember the film version with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton; it runs the whole gamut of emotions – anger, disappointment, bitterness, giddiness…”. Posted onMarch 14, 2010May 28, 2014Author12 Comments. I love hearing what agents are currently seeking. I gave Green Place such prominence because it’s somewhere I loved to be, metaphorically! … This could be influenced by the fact that I’ve just finished Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan and WHOA, I have heard so many amazing things about UNSPOKEN and I still haven’t read it. Okay, so I’m a bit biased because Sara is my agent, but her bio really does speak for itself… Sara represents children’s fiction (and adult fiction and non fiction) at Harvey Klinger, Inc. I love the characters and don’t feel ready to part with them. I had a very romantic idea of publishing and what editors do, and I did not know anything about literary agents. Wow! Later on, acting seemed to fulfil exactly the same criteria of pretending and make-believe. Best of luck! CategoriesInterviews, Writing LifeTagsagent, interview, Laurie Ann Thompson, Sara Crowe. I’m a speech-language pathologist by day and author by night… Both are chosen fields that I love. I urge you all to pick up a copy – it is so, so good. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. “That’s a very nice comment,” she says. L: Okay, you made that one seem easy, so this one should be a piece of cake… Tell us about your agenting style: Are you very editorial? Welcome. Required fields are marked *. My agent Joanna and I were already friends and she loved Bone Jack so that part was straightforward. What was it about this story that made you want to tell it? Why is he alone? I began my novel, Campari for Breakfast, around 2009, and I just got to the point when I thought, I actually want to see something through to the end. ( Log Out / Dec 28, 2019 . Is it odd that I am not entirely sure if I fell into my profession or sought it out? I’m hoping to become a part of the publishing industry once I get my MBA (big dreams). L: Thank YOU, Sara, for being so open, honest, and approachable! Thanks, Amy! S: I do represent a lot more fiction, though, so when it comes down to it, I am not as familiar with the juvenile nonfiction market, and the chances are slimmer that I will be the right fit for a nonfiction book. ( Log Out / There’s a sequel to Campari for Breakfast coming and in it I’ve got an Indian thread, so I picked up this book for research and couldn’t put it down.”, Meanwhile, Guildford’s literati await Sara’s entrance, and she’s excited at the prospect. I do love assassins. Thank you for the interview. I love a good cold bottle of water or diet pepsi with my read! You can also keep up with her and her client list on their group blog, the Crowe’s Nest. I’ve always loved old buildings, castles and country houses, especially if they are fading a little and you can imagine them in their glory days. (That’s what I did!) A dream house to escape to, a building of great beauty and charm set in glorious gardens where magical things can happen. My favorite literary cocktail is a realistic slice of life story told with humor and honesty. ( Log Out / When I was growing up, we used to go to an Italian called La Scala in Cranleigh quite a lot as a family, which I remember very fondly. The coming-of-age novel is eccentric, funny, and heart-warming, and made me smile throughout. My literary cocktail? I give them a 5 star rating because it said delivery would be six weeks but I got it brand new in 10 days! How you approach sales/contracts? Sara really is an incredible agent. I think I fell into writing, since I started writing original work in college after a brief stint in Harry Potter fanfiction. Interviewing Sara Crowe and it’s competition time! Nice interview. I had big plans for a different path, but life threw me some big curve balls. On the other hand, though, I do payroll and occasional writing for a home care company, which is something I had no idea I would ever do. I’m finishing up my masters in speech-language pathology in May. L: Do you have any clients or titles you’d like to highlight for us? This was such an insightful interview, and I’m so excited to read TAKEN! Was it difficult to create a “good guy-bad guy” image within the same character? Were you fully aware of how the novel would end before you started writing or did this change as you wrote? I fell into my position. Award winning West End star Sara Crowe’s debut novel Campari For Breakfast is published today. On top of that I had a complicated pregnancy and was placed on bed rest for what felt like a billion years. I Went to high school for a proffesion in tourism which was by accident, but now I’m studying to be a Croatian teacher which is a dream come true, I work in book publishing, which is a profession I sought after and LOVE. Thanks for having me! I was a lawyer by training but not in traditional practice, having worked for a lawyers’ trade association and then as a law career counselor. They’re primal, without conscience or pity. Great interview! And (I’m sure I’ve heard someone else say this too) ‘they still bother me’. “Since then, I’ve heard so many writers say ‘and suddenly this character came on to the page’, and that’s exactly what happened with me when Sue Bowl, the young protagonist, arrives within this world – where you’d really want to go too.”, Clearly, Sara’s self-discipline in writing each day from five or six o’clock in the morning has paid off, with Harper’s Bazaar describing her novel as ‘a quirky unexpected delight’ and another reviewer suggesting that she’d penned ‘an upmarket Adrian Mole’. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. S: I probably should take that off my site and the agency’s site. Right now I’m in my last semester of college, so I’m guessing I’ll probably “fall in” to my first job, since I don’t have a definitive dream career right now. Not surprisingly then, any opportunity to work within an easy commute of the Surrey village of Wonersh, home to both her father and two older sisters, and the area where she herself has recently moved back to with husband, comedy writer Sean Carson, and their dog, Nelly, is grabbed with both hands. My clients still come to me to find traditional publishers, and that is still mainly what I do. What is next for you? It’s true. Its the kind of job that doesn’t end at the end of a day or week, though, and agents are always working, even when they are trying to read for pleasure. “Not being dressed up in a costume and pretending to be someone else; it’s the first time I’ve done that for a while.”. I’m working as a teacher’s aide with an elementary school, which is a blast! Can’t wait for you to read! One thing led to another and in that way, Sue led to Aunt Coral. How did you get into agenting? it means that they are enjoying it. Give us some insight on the juvenile nonfiction market from an agent’s perspective. I wish I had had a master plan, but it is something that kept changing and developing – and in many ways I wrote all round the houses and back again, sometimes going down wrong roads, but I learnt a great deal by making mistakes, and as my agent Charlotte told me, nothing is wasted. Reading Ms. Crowe’s insight into the publishing industry is great! I have emailed you asking for you address – please let me know and your prize can be sent to you as quickly as possible. If not, what do you suppose are the reasons? I love the Gunpowder Mills at Chilworth near Albury; you just can’t believe you’ve got all this wonderful scenery on your doorstep. Thrilled to be celebrating the release of The Friendship Fails of Emma Nash , by Chloe Seager, today, hosting a post by Chloe about her idea... First blog post for some time, and there's a fair chance this will get super-rambly. , Another great interview. We’ll announce the winner a week from today! But I do love the comedy- it’s in my bones! I was lucky enough to be able to hang out with Sara last January prior to the 11th Annual SCBWI International Winter Conference. , I just realized that this giveaway is open to US only and I’m from Canada, so scratch my name from the list of contenders. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. It was a busy time and I planned to dip in and see if it wasn’t for me and… And then I started reading… And Gray was not going to let me stop. Turns out all those things were exactly what I needed to do for my kind of writing.”, Current job… Not something I want to be stuck with for life but it was available when I needed something. Lucky, lucky lady! I definitely sought out my soon-to-be profession – secondary English teacher, currently student teaching – though it has taken a long time to get to this point! It depends what you mean by in the trenches! I’m looking forward to seeing you again, too. I also like paranormal romance/dystopian/angels, which kind of rarely happens….but I like anything with angels…or bird kids like Maximum Ride. . I have to work for my clients first, and they give me a lot to read. I am excited about the creative ways that many publishers are using stories and e-novellas. But first—the interview! Looking forward to hearing from Sara re: my own query. Her clients include NYT Bestselling author Jonathan Maberry, USA Today Bestselling author Jeff Hirsch, as well as Nina LaCour, Michael Northrop, Lisa Schroeder, Kristen Tracy, and Dan Wells, and she is consistently ranked among the top three YA and MG agents in Publishers Marketplace. Best decision ever! Spend the most time on your book description as its the most important thing. Haha, my career at the moment : student. Q5: Weaving hard life realities with the story of the ghostly hound boys from long ago Stag Chases was genius. S: I have too much reading to do to come up with another question—but I loved answering all of yours. I didn’t know what a satire was when I was 17! Would you also like to be entered into the competition to win a signed copy and limited edition print? Adventure/sci-fi/romance (either dystopian or present day) * Please Note: I will be closed to queries for fiction as of August 7th, 2020, until further notice, so that I can catch up on reading all of the novels in my requested manuscripts folder!. I have much less time to read my requested manuscripts than I used to! You are known predominantly as being a comedy actress and with this background did you find the humour throughout the book easy to write? Taken sounds incredible! Because Campari For Breakfast began life written in the first person, as Sue’s voice was so strong, I thought it might get a bit intense and I didn’t want to get trapped in one rhythm. I love her and appreciate her A LOT. View: I like the view from the top of Smithwood Common. Very cool interview! And each day I love them. Was there anything particular that inspired the characterizations of the ghosts?
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