Agent Interview-Joanna Volpe
I’m so grateful to have the fantabulous Joanna Volpe of New Leaf Literary on the blog today to answer a few questions for us. Please note, if you plan on querying Joanna, please read her submission guidelines carefully.
1.) What are you tired of seeing in your slush pile, and what would you like to see more of?
Dystopians. I already have a few on my list, and I’m definitely not looking to acquire any more for a very long time. I’d love to see more horror though!
2.) What is your pet peeve in a query, besides getting a query for something you don’t represent?
It’s an immediate turn-off when an author talks more about themselves than their book project. The focus should be the project, whatever it is. No matter who you are, the project needs to be good.
3.) What makes a manuscript/query stand out to you?
A manuscript stands out to me when the writing style or voice are unique and well-crafted. For a query, if it’s engaging and gets to the heart of the conflict, I’ll definitely be intrigued!
4.) Do you have any advice for aspiring writers who are trying to hook an agent?
Write for you, not for an agent. This business is hard, and you want to be in it for yourself first and always. Once you’re sure of that, you’ll be able to withstand the rough times, which includes (sometimes) the long time it takes to get an agent. The other bit of advice I have on this: when you go the traditional route, remember that your agent is your partner and that you should feel good about working with them. Don’t just sign with any agent because they offer. Seek out one who shares your interests and goals.
5.) One word that describes you the most: Eclectic.
6.) One word you hope your authors describe you as: BAMF.
7.) One word that describes how you feel about Sasquatch: Coooooooooooool.
8.) One word that describes how you feel about fan-girling: Fun.
Thanks, Joanna, for taking the time to give us a glimpse inside your head! 🙂