Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 16, 2021

April Agent of the Month – Andrea Walker – Interview Part Two

ANDREA WALKER – AZANTIAN LITERARY is April’s Agent of the Month. Scroll to bottom to read the submission guidelines for chance to win a first page critique with Andrea.

Andrea Walker started her career in publishing through several internships, eventually joining Olswanger Literary as a contracts intern. It was there she first began building her client list. As a writer herself, Andrea isn’t afraid to rework something several times to make it shine and will be your champion along the way. Before publishing, Andrea earned her B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on Creative Writing and Education from UCF and is currently working towards her Masters. When she’s not reading or writing, Andrea is enjoying time with her family and planning their next adventure.

Andrea represents PB, MG, and YA and is especially interested in seeing submissions from underrepresented voices.

HERE IS PART TWO OF MY INTERVIEW WITH ANDREA:

10. Would you have an example of a query letter that got your attention that you could share?

I don’t have one to share right now, however, there are a lot of resources on how to write a great query letter. From a quick google search, I found this one: https://www.janefriedman.com/query-letters/. Also, agents and authors sometimes do query critiques so keep a look out for those on blogs and twitter!

11. Do you feel it is better for an author to focus on one age group and genre?

Not necessarily. I think it’s fine to write across age groups and genres. Write what inspires you. However, when you sell in a certain age group or genre continuing to write in that space helps build your audience and readership.

12. Would you be interested in representing a writer/illustrator?

I am! I keep a small list and I am actively seeking author/illustrators to represent.

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

I read the full query and sample pages and if I’m hung up on a decision, I read the synopsis.

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

Yes, I currently respond to all queries.

15. Lately, there seems to be various age groups for MG and YA novels. Do you think a writer should worry about classifying a middle grade as lower or upper middle grade and same with YA or is it okay to just say MG or YA and let you decide how to classify the book?

I definitely think an author should know where their book fits in the market. Comp titles are a good way to show an agent you understand the age group you’re writing for.

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

A concise query letter, presenting clear stakes, and great sample pages.

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

For requested materials, I try to keep it to 3 months but sadly I do fall behind that. Typically for a query response, two weeks, however certain months are busier than others and it may take closer to a month for a response.

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

Some query letters I receive are just the author talking about how good the book is or what inspired them but this doesn’t help any agent to determine whether or not your book is a good fit for them.

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HERE ARE THE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR APRIL 2021 FIRST PAGE CRITIQUES:

In the subject line, please write “APRIL 2021 FIRST PAGE CRITIQUE” Example: Paste the text in the email, plus attached it as a Word document to the email. Please make sure you put your name, the title of the piece, and genre: a picture book, chapter book, middle grade, or young adult, Non-fiction, contemporary, historical, Sci-fi, fantasy, 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).

PLEASE name the Word document file by putting 2021 April  – Your Name – Title of first page. Thank you.

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. Sending it to my hotmail account will probably keep me from seeing it and including you in the running.

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: April 23rd. – noon EST

RESULTS: April 30th.

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MORE DETAILS OF WHAT ANDREA IS LOOKING FOR:

PICTURE BOOKS

I’m looking for high-concept stories with a great hook. Text that is so well written, I visualize the illustrations as I’m reading. I love to laugh in the PB space and enjoy anything quirky or fun like I Want My Hat Back, lyrical as in Dreamers, or filled with heart like in A Sick Day For Amos McGee. While I love lyrical prose, I am not a good fit for rhyming text or anything that is overly sweet. Overall, I love to be surprised, if you’ve taken a concept and flipped it on its head, I’d love to see it!

MIDDLE GRADE

I am eager to build my middle grade list and on the lookout for lower mg and chapter books too. I’m always interested in high-concept, but I’m really looking for voice and the ability to capture the complex feelings of this age. I would love to visit lush worlds like The Night Gardener with characters you can’t help but root for a la Ghost, anything filled with heart and hope as in Front Desk or that helps kids deal with tough topics like The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise or The Thing About Jellyfish. I’m not a good fit for high fantasy, but I’m open to all else.

YOUNG ADULT

I absolutely love YA, it’s what really drew me to the world of publishing. Again, I’m drawn to high-concept and commercial young adult works. I’m looking for stories that stay with you long after you finish them like Slay and The Wilder Girls. Beautiful prose that sweeps you into the world with no looking back like Caraval or The Hazel Wood. Books that blend prose and epistolary like SADIE or RULES FOR VANISHING. Stories with standout voice like You Should See Me in A Crown and explore tough topics or deeper truths as in The Grace Year. I’m always interested in stories where magic is real and hiding in plain sight, books with speculative elements, and mysteries.

With that, tastes can be hard to pin down, and sometimes I really don’t know what I’m looking for until I see it. If it’s PB, MG, or YA and you think I might be a good fit, I’d love to take a look!

ANDREA’S SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

For submission guidelines please visit: http://www.azantianlitagency.com/submit.html

When you are ready to submit, please use her form here: https://QueryManager.com/AndreaWalker

CHECK BACK NEXT FRIDAY FOR PART THREE OF MY INTERVIEW WITH ANDREA.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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