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Title: Back from the Philly SCBWI conference
Post by: justwrite on September 29, 2007, 10:18:03 PM
Hi...I'm back and I'm pooped! It was fun. The highlight was the author Laurie Halse Anderson. Funny and lovely woman. What a great speaker. It took her four years to get her first picture book published and quite a few years after that to get her groundbreaking YA novel Speak published. It was picked from a publisher's slush pile. I met my friend's agent, Stephen Barbara, who is a heck of a nice guy. Nothing groundbreaking occurred, but it was fun to meet him and discuss the business. He critiqued my WIP and was very encouraging (no offers were made!). He did say that the agent who has my full is a great agent and I should be pleased about that.

 I just wanted to say, Patrick, that during Stephen's presentation, he listed ways writers can research whom to query, I raised my hand, (and he called on me, cause we were, like already buds) and I mentioned querytracker to a roomful of about 150 people. I talked it up good and I saw pens scribbling! So free plug! (SB has me saying dude, now).

So it was fun. You really learn so much about the biz at these functions. I recommend attending one if you aare serious about breaking in.

JW
Title: Re: Back from the Philly SCBWI conference
Post by: Patrick on September 29, 2007, 11:51:40 PM
Great plug, JW, thanks.

Any indication what Stephen thought about it?
Title: Re: Back from the Philly SCBWI conference
Post by: joanjunkmail on September 30, 2007, 08:13:48 AM
it would be so great if stephen had a daughter named hannah...

anyway, glad you got some positive reinforcement about your WIP and your agent-to-be-maybe-dude.



Title: Re: Back from the Philly SCBWI conference
Post by: Legionsynch on September 30, 2007, 08:24:35 AM
it would be so great if stephen had a daughter named hannah...

anyway, glad you got some positive reinforcement about your WIP and your agent-to-be-maybe-dude.





Glad you had a good time and got some contacts going, JW.  Good for you! :)
Title: Re: Back from the Philly SCBWI conference
Post by: justwrite on September 30, 2007, 10:32:03 AM
Yeah..he's cool, but if he really wanted to be my agent I think he would have made that clear. I figure he's a good resource for advice in the future. He was very, very encouraging. I have no idea what he thought about querytracker, P. I didn't really ask him. I'm not sure he'd heard of it, but then he'd never heard about verlakay either.
Title: Re: Back from the Philly SCBWI conference
Post by: Patrick on September 30, 2007, 01:07:18 PM
Really, he never even heard of verlakay?  He must not be into the children's market.
Title: Re: Back from the Philly SCBWI conference
Post by: Chelc on September 30, 2007, 01:19:41 PM
I don't know what that is...
Title: Re: Back from the Philly SCBWI conference
Post by: joanjunkmail on September 30, 2007, 01:35:45 PM
I don't know what that is...

i think it's pig latin
Title: Re: Back from the Philly SCBWI conference
Post by: elknutswife on September 30, 2007, 02:50:37 PM
verlakay is an awesome site for children's writers.  I have a children's book from years ago and hung out on that site for quite awhile...I think it is just children's but not positive, it has been awhile  :)
Title: Re: Back from the Philly SCBWI conference
Post by: justwrite on September 30, 2007, 03:15:32 PM
It is just for children's authors and I was surprised he'd never heard of it. Maybe I misunderstood him.
Title: Re: Back from the Philly SCBWI conference
Post by: coll on October 25, 2007, 05:14:06 PM
He must not remember this post. Maybe he calls it the blue boards?
    
Guest Post from Stephen Barbara of the Donald Maass Literary Agency
« on: July 24, 2006, 03:23 PM »
   
Hello everyone -

I just wanted to pop in to say hi. I took some time over the weekend to read through some of
the boards after learning about the site through a client who posts here, and was really impressed
with how dedicated and knowledgeable everyone here seems. So, rock on!

As there appear to be a lot of excellent writers on Verla Kay who are looking for up-to-date information
on literary agents, I thought it might be useful if I post my bio. and contact info. Here it is:

Stephen Barbara is a recent hire to the Donald Maass Literary Agency. He has worked previously at the
Fifi Oscard Agency, the Kaplan Agency, and HarperCollins.  He is interested in YA and middle-grade novels,
literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, and commercial fiction. Queries can be sent to him via e-mail at
sbarbara@maassagency.com

I'll also try to check in occasionally to answer questions should anyone have them for me. I'll just say briefly
that I'm building a list of YA, middle-grade, and literary writers and am also the contracts manager at the
Donald Maass Literary Agency. Meantime, happy writing!   Smiley
 

I just happened to have queried him about fifteen minutes ago. Fingers crossed.

Coll :)
Title: Re: Back from the Philly SCBWI conference
Post by: justwrite on October 25, 2007, 06:32:45 PM
Good luck. Knowing him you'll be hearing back within three days, possibly even within hours. He's nearly OCD about how he answers those emails. I think it's because he ignored the query for Wicked Lovely. He doesn't want to miss anything. Yeah, maybe he was just nervous at the podium and didn't understand what I was referring to.
Title: Re: Back from the Philly SCBWI conference
Post by: coll on October 26, 2007, 07:06:37 AM
 
    Passed in under an hour.
    Boo.

    Coll :(
Title: Re: Back from the Philly SCBWI conference
Post by: joanjunkmail on October 26, 2007, 10:39:47 AM
sorry coll - i am sure your day is coming soon though
Title: Re: Back from the Philly SCBWI conference
Post by: Abigail on October 26, 2007, 11:29:35 AM
sorry coll. :'(  You'll get someone to bite...Soul Jar sounds great.

Abi
Title: Re: Back from the Philly SCBWI conference
Post by: Legionsynch on October 26, 2007, 01:31:50 PM
I'm sorry to hear that too, coll.  Good luck from here on in. :)
Title: Re: Back from the Philly SCBWI conference
Post by: coll on October 26, 2007, 06:25:19 PM
Thanks all. At least he was nice in his rejection.

Coll
Title: Re: Back from the Philly SCBWI conference
Post by: justwrite on October 26, 2007, 08:39:54 PM
Quote
Passed in under an hour.
    Boo.

    Coll

Sorry, Coll. Join the Stephen B rejection crew. It's numbers are vast and growing. But the guy is darn nice. It's impossible not to like him. He's magic.
Title: Re: Back from the Philly SCBWI conference
Post by: yarnsome on February 21, 2008, 07:19:56 AM
So sorry, coll. He's certainly fast with responses, eh?