An Interview with Christopher Ryan upon receiving an offer of representation.
Christopher Ryan (DudeinHammock on QT) has signed with agent
Melissa Flashman of Janklow & Nesbit Associates.
After receiving six offers from six very prominent agents, Christopher Ryan signed with Melissa Flashman of Trident Media Group.
- How long have you been writing?
- Pretty much all my life. My mother's still got some stories I wrote about a wolf when I was six or seven. My
undergraduate degree is in English.
- Is this your first book?
- Yeah, first full book, though I've had a few chapters included in anthologies (mostly scientific stuff).
- How long have you been working on this book?
- It's based on research I did for my doctoral thesis, so it's been on the back burner quite a while (almost a
decade, all told).
- Do you have any formal writing training?
- Not other than the critical writing I did for school.
- Do you follow a writing "routine" or schedule?
- I try to get in front of the computer every day (or night). If it's flowing, I stay put as long as I can.
- How many times did you re-write/edit your novel?
- It's non-fiction. Language normally comes out pretty clean for me. My wife described my writing style as being
similar to a dog taking a shit: I go around in circles for a while with a concerned expression on my face then I
suddenly squat and out it comes.
- Did you have beta readers for your novel?
- Yes, my father and a couple of friends were kind enough to comment on the manuscript as I was writing.
- How long have you been querying for this book? Other books?
- We were very lucky with this (it's co-authored with my wife). Our first batch of 30 queries got about 20
- On what criteria did you select the agents you queried?
- We chose those rated "very good" or "excellent" on the Predators and Editors site, and who accepted queries by
- Did you tailor each query to the specific agent, and if so, how?
- What advice would you give other writers seeking agents?
- Get your query/proposal into tip-top shape before you send anything out. You've got one shot; don't waste
- Here is your chance to plug your book. Tell us a little about it.
- It's about the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality -- what sexuality was like in the Stone Age.
- Has your book been picked up by a publisher yet? And if so, is
there any news about when we can expect to see it on the shelves?
- Yes, it was sold to Collins (a division of HarperCollins) in an auction. It should be out in late 2009.