Natalie Lakosil, Agent
Natalie is an agent at the Bradford Literary Agency. An honors graduate of the University of San Diego, California, Natalie holds a B.A. in Literature/Writing. After nearly four years at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency and a brief dabble in writing author profiles and book reviews for the San Diego Union Tribune, Natalie joined the Bradford Agency in February of 2011.
Natalie is drawn to talented, hard-working new authors with a fresh, unique voice and hook. Her specialties are children’s literature (from picture book through teen and New Adult), romance (contemporary and historical), cozy mystery/crime, upmarket women’s/general fiction and select children’s nonfiction. Her interests include historical, multi-cultural, magical realism, sci-fi/fantasy, gritty, thrilling and darker contemporary novels, middle grade with heart, and short, quirky or character-driven picture books. She is always drawn to an open and positive attitude in an author, professionalism, good grammar, and fantastical, beautifully written, engaging and sexy plots.
Below is Natalie Lakosil’s Interview – Part Two
What is your typical response time to email/phone calls with your clients?
Within a day! Excluding weekends, of course.
How do you like to communicate (email vs. phone)? And how often do you communicate during the submission process?
Email is my preferred method; during submission, I communicate as often as I have news. I tell my clients they’re always welcome to check in, but I send news as I have it.
What happens if you don’t sell this book?
We turn to the next one!
How many editors do you go to before giving up?
I don’t think I ever give up. I may strategically decide to hold on sending out a project further, and turn to a new project – but I have totally pulled things out of my back pocket that the timing was better for and/or I met with/spoke with the perfect editor for it and sold it later. So there’s no magic number here.
How long is your average client relationship?
LIFE. Ha; I’ve been an agent for six years now so I couldn’t say any longer than that, but when I sign a client it’s with the intention of it being a lasting relationship.
Do you handle your own foreign/film rights contracts or does your firm have someone else who handles those contracts?
We have a foreign rights agent, film agents we work with, and I handle audio.
Are you open to authors who work in multiple genres?
Yes – as long as they understand the groundwork and stamina needed in all genres!
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES For FIRST PAGE CRITIQUES:
In the subject line, please write “July First Page Critique” and paste the text in the email, plus attached it as a Word document to the email. Please make sure you include your name, the title of the piece, and whether it’s a picture book, middle grade, or young adult, etc. at the top on both the email and the Word document (Make sure you include your name with the title of your book, when you save the first page).
Your First Page Word document should be formatted using one inch margins and 12 point New Times Roman font – double space – no more than 23 lines – only one page. Send to: kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail(dot)com.
PLEASE FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES: Your submission will be skipped over if you do not follow the directions for both the pasted email and the attached Word doc. This is where most people mess up.
DEADLINE: July 21st.
RESULTS: July 29th.
Please only submit one first page a month. Thanks!