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Offline Kimmy

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Kathleen Ortiz on trends...short
« on: March 11, 2011, 11:35:44 AM »
She posted this on the blog Neverending Page Turner

Lots of ghosts, witches and Greek-related mythology. Lots of chicks named "Ash." Not enough cyberpunk.
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Re: Kathleen Ortiz on trends...short
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2011, 02:28:09 PM »
I think paranormal will ALWAYS be popular. Kids eat that stuff up. Even before the YA genre became more popular, the occult books where often checked out in the libraries because there just wasn't enough paranormal fiction available. Mythology is more of a trend and I don't think Steampunk will ever catch on as much as the publishers and agents think. My 2 cents.

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Re: Kathleen Ortiz on trends...short
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2011, 02:42:25 PM »
thx. just submitted to her with my paranomal/historical selkie romance.  May be too tame for her tastes.  Who knows?  I've been surprised by those who have requested material so far.

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Re: Kathleen Ortiz on trends...short
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2011, 04:19:38 PM »
thx. just submitted to her with my paranomal/historical selkie romance.  May be too tame for her tastes.  Who knows?  I've been surprised by those who have requested material so far.

I can never figure who will request either.  I seem to find three types of agents.  Type A agents seem like a perfect fit.  Type B agents are very active in my genre but they don't seem to have anyone who writes in my style.  Type C agents want a genre but don't have many titles.  I almost never get requests from Type As, most of my requests come from Type Bs, and I rarely even hear from the Type Cs, although I've got a few requests from them too.  This has led me to believe 1) I should never gamble, 2) all that agent research and reading in my genre has not enlightened me one bit about agents, and 3) when and if I do pick up an agent, it will be a complete and utter surprise.    :eek:

I made it a rule (I know, Rivergirl, yet another rule!  :wink:) not to try to guess anymore.  I don't seem to listen to myself, though.  I still seem to be making odds with each query I send out.

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Re: Kathleen Ortiz on trends...short
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2011, 08:18:06 PM »
Did she say cyberpunk or steampunk? I don't see a lot of new cyberpunk. I think VCanfield is right, there may be limits to how much Steampunk the market can take.
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Re: Kathleen Ortiz on trends...short
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2011, 11:55:20 PM »
Jim, sounds like you've put a lot of thought into agent types.  I think I get my requests from B type agents too and never from the A perfect fits.  Hmmmmmmm.  So when I hesitated about whether to send or not, I of course send.