Being an agent is really all I can imagine doing. Books, and the amazing people who write them, have been the focus of my life for more than two decades. I remember packing to move my house and needing a separate small truck just for all the books, and I had given away countless volumes to the libraries for fundraisers already! But so many of them were treasured friends I couldn't bear to part with, no matter the effort required to maintain the relationship.
And this specific role I play, being given the chance to find and nurture new books, to work with some of the most creative and talented writers, scientists and psychologists, cooks and criminologists, experts from every field of study, makes what I do feel so different from work that my inbox feels like Santa's magical Christmas bag. It's always full, always overflowing, but brimming with the potential of something spectacular. All I've got to do is pull the little ribbon...
Perhaps that's why I have such trouble limiting myself to just a few genres. I find it all fascinating! History, business, self-help, science, gardening, cookbooks, crafts, parenting, memoir, true crime and travel. Teach me something new, something I couldn't find somewhere else, something based on original research and that's the hook I'm looking for. With fiction, I love quirky, edgy characters. Send me women's fiction, paranormal, urban fantasy, horror, science fiction, historical, mystery, thrillers and suspense.
Those rare moments I'm not reading or editing or talking about reading or editing or arguing about contracts, sleeping on the train, or tweeting about industry news, I adore classic films and old-time radio shows.
Client Scott Craven's Middle-Grade zombie comedy series, Dead Jed has been optioned to Nickelodeon for a 'backdoor pilot' (a feature which can be used as a stand-alone or a series pilot), with the skillful help of Executive Producer Jim Head and subrights agent Susan Schulman. Yay, Scott!
June 9, 2014 - Between Shadows and Darkness by Brian Taylor
Brian Taylor's Between Shadows and Darkness, Heaven's last seer must uncover her true power to prevent an unholy alliance of fallen angels and vampires from initiating Armageddon and enslaving the human race, to Michael Wilson at Permuted Press, in a nice deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in 2015, by Gina Panettieri at Talcott Notch Literary Services (World).
October 24, 2013 - Brainscripts by Drew Eric Whitman
Author of Ca$hvertising and former Madison Avenue advertising professional Drew Eric Whitman's Brainscripts, teaches the reader cutting-edge psychology to develop 'scripts' that are personalized for any sales situation and that tap into primal responses that give an overwhelmingly effective competitive edge, to Casie Vogel at McGraw-Hill, at auction, for publication in Fall 2014, by Gina Panettieri at Talcott Notch Literary Services (World).
September 23, 2013 - Broken by A.E. Rought
A.E. Rought's Broken, pitched as a reimagining of the Frankenstein story in which a grieving girl falls in love with a boy not wholly himself, optioned for adaptation as an hour-long dramatic television series, for ABC Family by Junction Entertainment, by Nate Matteson at Gotham Group, on behalf of Gina Panettieri at Talcott Notch Literary Services
June 27, 2013 - Plastic Jesus by Wayne Simmons
International rights: UK Fiction
Wayne Simmons's Plastic Jesus, in hedonistic Lark City off the coast of the future Total America, a code writer is tasked with creating a virtual reality 'Jesus' program to be released through social network channels, meant to rebrand religion after a devastating holy war, but darker human desires infect and corrupt the program and are reinforced in its users, to Steve Haynes at Salt, in a nice deal, for publication in December 2013, by Gina Panettieri at Talcott Notch Literary Services (World English).
June 27, 2013 - Big Fat Disaster by Beth Fehlbaum
Children's: Young Adult
Beth Fehlbaum's Big Fat Disaster, In which a very overweight teen girl moves with her too-perfect mother and sisters to a small, and small-minded, East Texas town after her father's disgrace and arrest, and must struggle to find self-acceptance, strength and forgiveness following a family tragedy she realizes she caused by her own suicidal ideations, to Jacquelyn Mitchard at Merit Press, in a nice deal, for publication in March 2014, by Gina Panettieri at Talcott Notch Literary Services (World).