Posted by: Kathy Temean | June 22, 2018

Agent of the Month: Linda Camacho – Interview Part Two

LINDA CAMACHO IS JUNE’S AGENT OF THE MONTH

FIRST PAGE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES AT BOTTOM OF POST

Before Linda Camacho moved to Gallt & Zacker Literary, she was with Prospect Agency and held various roles on the publishing side. After She graduated from Cornell with a B.S. in Communication. She’s held various positions at Penguin Random House, Dorchester, Simon and Schuster, and Writers House literary agency. She’s done everything from foreign rights to editorial to marketing to operations, so it was amazing to see how all the departments worked together to bring books to life. Somewhere in between all that (and little sleep), Linda received her MFA in creative writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Now at Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency, Linda continues to work with colleagues and clients who inspire her every day in both the children’s and adult categories.

Besides books, she loves chocolate, travel, and far too much TV. In terms of submissions, She’s pretty omnivorous and indulges in a variety of categories and genres, ranging from picture book to adult, from clean and lighthearted contemporary to edgy and dark fantasy.

Seeking:

• MG and YA, both commercial and literary
• Graphic novels (writer-illustrators only)
• Select Picture Books (writer-illustrators only)
• Adult fiction across all genres (particularly romance/women’s fiction, upmarket/book club fiction, and literary horror)
• Diversity of all types (ethnicity, disability, sexuality, etc.)


 
HERE IS PART TWO OF MY INTERVIEW WITH LINDA:

What is your typical response time to email/phone calls with your clients?

I’m very responsive and email back the same day (I don’t let more than 24 hours pass). And if we need to set up a call, we figure on the best time to do it through email.

Have you noticed any common mistakes that writers make?

A lot of writers focus on polishing the first few pages to get agents to request the full and don’t revise the rest as much. I recommend not rushing and getting the whole manuscript in as best shape as possible.

Do you have a place where writers can visit to stay up-to-date on what you would like to see? Blog?

I sometimes tweet about my interests (@LindaRandom), but I don’t like to pigeonhole myself. Send me all the things (within the categories I rep)!

Do you give editorial feedback to your clients?

I’m very editorial, given my MFA and publishing background.

Have you ever represented a children’s book illustrator?

I do! I represent picture book writer-illustrators Ale Barba, Brenna Burns Yu, and Sarah Dvojack. I also represent graphic novelists Wendy Xu, Stephanie Rodriguez, and Kat Fajardo.

Do you see any new trends building in the industry?

I’m seeing more of a call for middle grade and graphic novel projects, which is very exciting. I’m also seeing more marginalized voices getting published, though we still have a long way to go.

How often do you communicate during the submission process?

During the submission process, I nudge the editors every 4-6 weeks, so that’s generally when I check in with my client, to let them know what the responses have been so far.

What happens if you don’t sell a book? Would you drop the writer if he or she wanted to self-publish that one book?

If we don’t sell a book, we move onto the next project. Even during the submissions process, I encourage my clients to move onto the next one in the event that the one on sub doesn’t sell. And if my client wanted to self-publish it, that’d be fine with me, though we’d discuss it first to ensure it makes sense for the category in which they write. Self-publishing can work really well in certain genres (i.e., romance).

How many editors do you go to before giving up?

Ooh, that’s tricky. Again, it depends on the genre/category, since in some, the editors might be more limited than others. Overall, though, we keep on until we hopefully sell. For one project, for instance, I sent it out to more than 35 before I got an offer.

What do you think of digital books?

I think they can work really well in certain categories (i.e., romance, which is so digital these days), so I think they can be great.

Do you handle your own foreign/film rights contracts or does your firm have someone else who handles those contracts?

Each agent at Gallt & Zacker handles her own domestic contracts. We have boilerplates and consult with each other on those terms. For foreign rights, we have a dedicated person who handles them.

Any words of wisdom on how a writer can improve their writing, secure an agent, and get published?

Keep on writing! The more you write, the better you’ll get. Honestly, it’s the ones who keep on writing that eventually get published.

Would you like to attend writer’s retreats, workshops, and conferences?

I attend many of them, so I’m always open to attending new ones.

CHECK BACK NEXT FRIDAY FOR THE FIRST PAGES REVIEWED BY LINDA.

HERE ARE THE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR JUNE FIRST PAGE CRITIQUES:

In the subject line, please write “JUNE 2018 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).

REMEMBER: ATTACH THE WORD DOCUMENT AND NOT GET ELIMINATED!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 passed 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: June 22nd.
RESULTS: June 29th.

Please only submit one first page a month, but do try again if your first page wasn’t one of the pages randomly picked. Thanks!

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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  1. Is there or will there be a next submission?

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