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An Interview with Amy Wolf upon receiving an offer of representation.


Amy Wolf (amywolfie on QT) has signed with agent Claire Gerus of Claire Gerus Literary Agency.

Can you tell us a little bit about the book for which you've found representation? What inspired you to write it?
It's a memoir called Don't Let Me Die In A Motel 6: Or How I Beat The Great Recession. It charts my life over the past two years, when I went from making $80k/year to applying for food stamps.
How long have you been writing?
My whole life.
How long have you been working on this book?
Three months.
Was there ever a time you felt like giving up, and what helped you to stay on course?
Yes, in fact I did give up, for 15 years. It was having something compelling to say that brought me back.
Is this your first book?
Do you have any formal writing training?
Yes, I was part of the Clarion West Writer's Workshop program in Seattle.
Do you follow a writing 'routine' or schedule?
Yes. I did the NaNoWriMo, and wrote 1600 words a day for a month.
How many times did you re-write/edit your book?
Many, over a two-month period.
Did you have beta readers for your book?
Did you outline your book, or do you write from the hip?
I followed the trajectory of my life.
How long have you been querying for this book? Other books?
One week.
About how many query letters did you send out for this book?
About 20.
On what criteria did you select the agents you queried?
I looked for those who represented similar writers, or who expressed interest in seeing memoirs.
Did you tailor each query to the specific agent, and if so, how?
Sometimes. I would add a few lines addressing that specific agent's needs/interests.
What advice would you give other writers seeking agents?