Stacey Kendall Glick is no stranger to the entertainment world. Before she joined literary agency DGLM, she had been working in film and television development for years. The former child actress took the time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions for aspiring writers looking for representation.
Stacy, what's your official title and why are you the best agent in the universe?
I'm a Vice President and have been with DGLM for 11 years. Hard to say why I'm the best in the universe, or if in fact I am (!), but I know my authors trust me, are easily able to reach me, appreciate my dedication to their work, and ongoing persistence in trying to make things happen during a difficult time in our industry.
So much is changing in the industry today, what are you and your agency doing to brace for impact?
We have always worked as hard on our small books as our big ones, and for better or worse, that means a lot of authors need to do other types of work to make a living. Most of them understand this, and are willing to let us do our jobs and knock on doors until we find the right place for them. It also means that we've been able to survive an thrive despite the economy and downturn in book publishing.
How do the new eReading technologies come into play?
I think the changes are like a moving target and it's hard to say in a concise way because the conversation is so big, and it just keeps changing so rapidly. Ultimately, I feel that the more opportunities there are for publishers to find new readers in any and all formats, the better off the industry, and our culture at large, will be.
What's hot now, what are editors looking for? And what type of manuscripts and proposals are you currently looking for that you never seem to get?
We've had great success lately in YA and some middle grade. The younger markets seem to be vibrant right now. I can't say what I'm looking for that I never seem to get, but I will say I am being very selective these days, more than ever.
What's the best way for writers to approach you? And what's one of your pet peeves when writers query you?
E-mail is probably best, but regular mail still works too. I like query letters to be personal, and reference projects I've worked on or something I've said on our website. A well-written query that shows an attention to detail is going to get a lot more attention than a "To Whom It May Concern".
And finally, what is something about you that very few people know?
I'm a lot busier than I used to be because I have 4 little girls, the oldest just turned 5, and the youngest are 14 month old identical twins!