I’m excited to be working with a new agent–Jenn Starkman of Transatlantic Literary Agency. TLA is the only agency I’ve been with–first with the terrific?Karen Klockner,?and then with incredibly knowledgeable agency co-founder Lynn Bennett?when Karen returned to editing.
Over the past year, Lynn has mentioned Jenn’s name several times as a bright young associate who was helping Lynn with submissions. So I wasn’t completely surprised when Lynn asked if I would like to?work directly with Jenn as one ?of her first official clients.
The really exciting thing is that Jenn is a picture book fanatic! She runs the review website Noodlenuts?(excuse her current tech issue with images–they will return soon!), which focuses solely on picture books. So many agents (even those who love the form) are reluctant to take on picture book writers because the market is so dismal for them. But Jenn is leaping into the fray with excitement and determination. She seems efficient and enthusiastic, and she says she’s awkward on the phone, just like me:>) So we have a lot in common.?I’m excited to be partnering with her.
Her feedback on the first two of my manuscripts she’s seen has been mixed. One she loves and has quickly put together a submissions list for.?The other she says probably?isn’t unique enough to be salable in this market. And she’s likely right. As a picture book fanatic, she knows the market inside out. I think Jenn’ll help me raise my game, and I hope?to celebrate many sales with her in the future.
P.S. Jenn only works wtih a few clients and is not seeking new clients at the moment.?Some of TLA’s other agents might be, so you could check out TLA’s website if you’re on an agent hunt.