Posted by: Kathy Temean | June 21, 2019

June Agent of the Month – Connor Eck – Part Two Interview

I’m delighted to introduce Connor Eck, an agent with Lucinda Literary who is actively building an eclectic list in the children’s genre. He is June’s AGENT OF THE MONTH.

CONNOR ECK – AGENT AT LUCINDA LITERARY:

Connor Eck represents adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction, picture books, memoir, business, sports, and narrative nonfiction. Connor looks for fresh voices, unforgettable characters, tightly constructed plot, and thematic storytelling. In nonfiction, he is drawn to powerful narratives that challenge the status quo or ask big questions, original thinkers, and authors with strong platforms.

A sample of books Connor has represented include: YOU BE MOMMY, a picture book in which a tuckered out mother asks her child to “be mommy” at bedtime, and the sequel YOU BE DADDY (Macmillan); BE STRAIGHT WITH ME, a young adult book-in-verse exploring how the author and her male gay best friend unexpectedly fell in love in college (Andrews McMeel); LIFE IS SHORT & SO AM I, the memoir of a little person’s improbable journey to, through, and beyond WWE (ECW Press).

Connor has a passion for writing, nurturing literary talent, and for bolstering the careers of his fellow writers. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Union College. To query Connor directly, email connor@lucindaliterary.com

Here is more about Lucinda Literary:

Lucinda Literary is one of very few hybrid literary, marketing, and lecture agencies for authors. We represent books across categories, but specialize in “ideas” or “big think” books that look to change the way people work, behave, and live. Most often, our clients come to us already well-known in their fields as original thinkers or voices—they are business leaders, scientists, or bring a strong media or online profile.

But sometimes, there is just a great title concept. Or a great story that requires a professional writer. We help develop books from the ground up.

Lucinda Literary selectively represents fiction. We primarily look for voice-driven, emotionally raw, and often unconventionally told novels for adults and young adults. In children’s books, we look for stories that transport us and break new ground, much in the way our adult books do.

Bringing a background in marketing, and publicity relationships to every project we represent, we are strategists and advocates not just for the books, but for the entire careers, of our authors. We do not take on a high volume of clients by design, which allows us to be hands-on, attentive, and editorially invested.

Lucinda Literary has worked with all of the major publishers and more, including:

  • PenguinRandomHouse
  • HarperCollins
  • Simon & Schuster
  • Hachette Book Group
  • Macmillan
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Hay House
  • McGraw-Hill
  • Scholastic
  • Amazon

HERE IS PART TWO OF MY INTERVIEW WITH CONNOR:

14. Is it acceptable for a writer to refer to their manuscript as upper middle grade or lower YA?

I don’t see why not.

15. Any tips on how an author can get you to ask to see more?

A stellar partial. (We ask for 25 pages). A good query letter can only go so far.

16.  How far do you normally read before you reject a submission?

There are so many submissions that come in. The reality is most are rejected at the query letter phase or after page one of the manuscript. Tragic, I know! The best ones standout. Those are the ones you invest more time in. If you’re not compelled to finish the entire manuscript, it’s probably not for you.

17. Are you open to representing a writer who has written various genres. Example: MG, YA, PB, etc. Or do you prefer to only develop one genre?

So open. That’s always a lot of fun.

18.  Any pet peeves?

Rejecting submissions. I don’t enjoy disappointing people. It’s sad not to be the one to make a writer’s dream come true.

19.  Do you let people know if you are not interested?

As often as I can. The job of a literary agent pulls you in all different directions at once!

20.  How long does it usually take to respond to requested material? And query letters?

It depends. During times of intense editing or selling, it can regrettably take longer than intended. But in slower times, it can be quick.

21. Have you noticed any common mistakes that writers make?

Poor grammar and long-winded synopses. These can be easily addressed. Just study a few writing manuals and get some fresh eyes on your query letter.

22. Do you give editorial feedback to your clients?

Absolutely. I fancy myself an editorial agent. I get a lot of joy out of the collaboration. Call me crazy, but I live for those 3am editing nights before a submission.

23. How many editors do you go to before giving up on a manuscript?

As many as possible until it’s sold. I go to war for my authors.

24. Now-a-days, when a publisher decides to buy a book for print, do they automatically do an ebook, too?

Yep!

25. Have you noticed any new trends building in the industry?

Audiobooks are thriving. So are diverse books and own voice authors. There are lots of empowering titles being sold. In this time of political and cultural unrest, books that bring hope are certainly in demand. I’m a big champion of all of the above.

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

Keys to improve your writing… Read grammar manuals. Good writing starts at grammar. Read on-writing books. This will give you a broad view of storytelling. Listen to on-editing books. The best writers are great editors. Rewrite passages from your favorite authors. Let good writing flow through you—you might catch some. Write. But don’t just write. Seek feedback. Get out there and fail. Get your heart broken. Make friends with rejection. How do you get an agent? Improve your writing. How do you get published? Improve your writing. Grab an agent’s attention with a crisp query letter and tightly constructed manuscript. Make sure it’s a good agent. Follow their lead. Be a team player. And hope for the best.

27. Would you like to be invited to writer’s retreats, workshops, and conferences?

Yes, though I’ll be discerning about the one’s I attend.

PLEASE CHECK BACK NEXT FRIDAY FOR THE FIRST PAGE RESULTS.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Great interview! Thanks to both of you!

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  2. Thanks for sharing all this information, Kathy and Connor.

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