Happy Agent Appreciation Day!

December 11, 2009

Happy Agent Appreciation Day!

I definitely could not let this day go by without blogging about my fab agent, Alyssa Eisner Henkin of Trident Media Group.

Here are the reasons I love Alyssa:

1. She is so on top of things, it’s almost scary. Seriously. I will send her a project, and it comes back to me almost immediately with notes. I ask her a question, and she sends me a thoughtful reply with tons of helpful information. She follows up with editors, she keeps track of checks, she pays attention to what’s going on in publishing, and she makes it all seem easy.

2. Alyssa never freaks out. Even when I say things like, “So I’m thinking I want to write a chapter book series, and a middle grade, and two YAs, oh, and I have a great idea for an adult romance..” She just talks me through it and finds a way to make it work.

3. One time, after a particularly hard rejection, one where the book had gotten so so SO close to being bought, she sent me an email that said, “Don’t worry, we WILL find X a home soon.” For some reason, I believed her. And you know what? We had two offers on that book within a month.

4. She gives me great feedback. She’s extremely smart and she pushes me to make any new submission the best it can be before it goes out. She wants my books to have the very best chance, and I love her for that.

5. She’s always looking out for me. She will think of things I never even thought to ask about, and make sure they’re all taken care of.

6. She answers my emails usually within, like, an hour. Seriously. An hour! One time she took five hours to email and apologized for the long response time because her email was down. Ha!

7. I trust her. Completely, totally, one hundred percent.

8. She’s sold eight books for me in the two years that we’ve been together. But it’s not about the sales, since I know a lot of that is out of our control. What I love is that I know some of those books wouldn’t have sold if not for her editorial advice, and her willingness to keep at it.

Even reading this list back, I realize I haven’t really done her justice. She believes in me, she believes in my work, and I am just so lucky to have her on my side.

Happy Agent Appreciation Day, Alyssa! I hope you have a great one!

P.S. The idea of Agent Appreciation Day came from Kody Keplinger – check out her blog here . And if you want to read more agent appreciation stories, go here.

Posted by Lauren @ 9:21 am  

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  1. nova says:

    What a wonderful tribute, Lauren! I love reading all the agent appreciation posts today!

  2. Christina says:

    oh and, Lauren, can you tell us who wone the Weekend Contest? i’m really anxious. haha 😀

  3. Megan says:

    hey lauren,
    I just got done with Two Way Street! It was an amazing book(honestly) Its one of those books where you never want to stop reading it! I just gave it to one of my really good freinds and she loves it just as much as I do. I have to be honest and say that this is my first book of yours that I have read but the reason that brought me to comment was I was googleing you to see what kind of other books you write are about, so thats a good thing? Yes, so I was wondering any other books that you no of like Two Way Street?? Any suggestions? Well thanks for your time!

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