Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 23, 2021

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

ANDREA WALKER – AZANTIAN LITERARY

April’s Agent of the Month.

Andrea Walker is an Associate Literary Agent at Azantian Literary Agency, actively building her client list representing authors/illustrators of picture book, middle grade, and young adult works.

She 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 THREE OF MY INTERVIEW WITH ANDREA:

19. Any pet peeves?

Not really.

20. Do you give editorial feedback to your clients?

Yes, almost always.

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

This really depends on the book. Some books can see a few rounds of sub, others far less. We might shelve a book and focus on a new project for the time being with the idea of picking it up again.

22. What happens if you don’t sell a book?

I work very closely with my authors and there are usually always more books in the pipeline.

23. What do you think of digital books? Are they always included in the contract, now-a-days?

Personally, I love ebooks. They are always included in the contracts these days.

24. What about audio books? Are you seeing an increase of interest with publishers?

Yes, more and more publishers are trying to hold onto more rights including audio so that would have to be negotiated.

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

Other than just really great books?! There are so many wonderful deal announcements these days it’s hard to keep up, but I think there are ebbs and flows to trends. Right now, it seems to me as if there is still a big desire for escapism in fiction.

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

Do the work and write. Sometimes the hardest part of writing is writing but it’s what you’ve got to do if you intend to get published. As a writer myself, I despise that advice but it is true. Also reach out and try to build a community, offer to read other writer’s work and find critique partners. Finding your community helps with the ups and downs of publishing. Finally, have patience. It can be really, really difficult to wait but it’s part of the process.

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

Sure, I’d be happy to be considered.

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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 FIRST PAGE RESULTS WITH ANDREA.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Great interview! We write YA so we’re interested in learning more about Andrea Walker.

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