CEO-Partner Caren Bohrman sees economic challenge as an opportunity instead of a problem. She advises writers in this interview to write constantly, and to look for ways to multi-platform their work.
What is your official title? And why are you the best agent you know?
My official title is CEO-Partner. I never give up [on my clients]. Every great project deserves a home and I will keep looking until I find the perfect place.
What are you hearing editors say that they're looking for? And what kinds of submissions make you really happy to see?
Editors are always looking for that fresh voice and for things that can be multi-platformed. I get most everything but would like to find those classics that will stay around forever.
How should a writer try to get in touch with you?
By query letter with a short concise telling of the idea and genre. I have a tough time with long queries that ramble on. I also do not accept full manuscripts without requesting the material.
The publishing industry is facing some economic challenges. What are you doing to get ready? And how should authors weather the storm?
I have found that we must grow with the new economic changes within the industry. This means everything from attaching key elements to forging real and strong relationships with financiers as well as other agents and managers . . . It's that "it takes a village" mentality I believe in. In order to avoid the Ramen noodles, authors need to continually write. Authors must also be willing to retool their material as many times as needed in order to make their work the very best it can be to feed the marketplace.
How do you feel about digital technology like ebook readers?
I personally don't use any of these things but I have seen how helpful they can be with potential buyers to get material read, sometimes faster and easier. Greater access is always a good thing.
Lastly, can you tell us something about yourself that most people don't know?
I am terminally honest. It's something i can't help . . . but most people know that about me, I think. I am allergic to peanuts so please don't send me gifts which contain peanuts or peanut oil. If we're on the same plane, expect to go the pretzel route . . .
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