Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 26, 2021

November Agent of the Month – Claire Anderson Wheeler – Interview Part Three

November’s Agent of the Month

Claire Anderson-Wheeler at Regal Hoffmann & Associates

Claire Anderson-Wheeler started her career at the Christine Green Authors’ Agency in London in 2008, before crossing the pond to New York. She has been at Regal Hoffmann & Associates (RHA) since 2013. Claire has a Law degree from Trinity College, Dublin, and a Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, UK. Claire is Irish, was born in DC, and grew up in Dublin, Geneva, and Brussels.

She’s currently seeking MG and YA fiction, be it fantasy, historical, contemporary, or a mash-up – so long as it is challenging, emotionally sophisticated, and sincere. #OwnVoices manuscripts by BIPOC writers are particularly welcome.

Claire loves a story arc, no matter the genre. In terms of the fiction side, there is little she would reject out of hand, but there are certainly some genres she is less likely to go for. Example: Horror has never been her thing; nor has romance. 

She likes some fantasy, and some sci-fi. As with any other genre, though, the story has to feel original.  She, also likes books where there’s a little bit of fatalism, and some really interesting characters. 

She is seeking: YA or MG with a strong voice (realistic or high-concept).

FICTION GENRES

Middle Grade
Young Adult

SPECIAL INTERESTS

  • Enjoys historical and crime elements in YA
  • Likes alt-historical fantasy and smart mash-ups

HERE IS PART THREE OF MY INTERVIEW WITH CLAIRE:

Do you have any plans to represent a children’s book illustrator? Would an illustrator have to write before you would represent them?

I don’t do a ton in the picture book market, so I don’t tend to get queried a lot for a picture books. An author illustrator, I would definitely look at, but an illustrator only, there are illustrator agencies that would be a better fit.

How do you like to communicate (email vs. phone)? And how often do you communicate during the submission process?

I typically prefer to communicate via email; phones are great but I think things can get forgotten or misremembered when they’re not written down, and having a written record to go back to is handy. Also it helps keep me organized to have something in my inbox. As regards submission process, I think every author is different and it usually depends on the individual dynamics

What happens if you don’t sell a book and the author wants to self-publish a book? Would you be okay with that?

Absolutely

Do you seek help from othe agents at your agency to get suggestions on editors and/or publishers to submit to for the clients you sign up to represent?

Yes, my colleagues and I often share thoughts and ideas with each other. That said I do more on the children’s side than my colleagues do, so I don’t look to them all that often for this particular advice

Would you ever send a manuscript to another agent if it was good, but not your style?

I would share a manuscript with another agent at my agency if I genuinely thought they would be a fan of it.

What do you think of digital and audio books? Are they part of every sale these days?

Digital and audiobooks are great, they’re huge markets and just another way for people to find the content they want. It’s pretty much impossible to do a book deal without including digital rights these days, and increasingly that’s the case for audio too.

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

We handle foreign rights, but have co-agents in almost all territories, which is the norm for most US agencies. Film rights we do on a case by case basis. My colleagues and I have different contacts in the film world and might co-agent with different individuals depending on the project.

Do you see any new trends building in the industry?

I am probably not a huge trend follower and honestly I find them hard to spot unless it’s in retrospect. And often, by the time you can see the bandwagon it’s a bit late to be jumping on it.

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

I guess it’s the age old wisdom, but read! Reading is just the best training you can get. Being part of a writers group or even just having one writing partner can also be a wonderful tool. And patience and persistence are key of course.

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

I’ve gone off conferences a bit recently, obviously with Covid and also because I’m generally trying to be conscious of my carbon footprint and most of what I can impart by showing up at conference centers, I can probably do as effectively in a virtual way. But as you can see I’m still available for interviews in online and virtual modes!

Claire, thank you  for taking the time to answer all the interview questions. They really helped us get to know you better. 

NOTE: Remember to check back next on December 3rd for the First Page Results!

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Categories

%d bloggers like this: