Thursday, March 12, 2015

1 Agent Lydia Blyfield of the Carol Mann Agency on What & What Not to Put in a Query

 Lydia Blyfield is originally from England where she studied PR and Communications, before gaining a B.A. in English and American Literature at New York University. Lydia is looking for edgy, modern fiction with a strong hook. She is currently on a  feminist crusade to find great female voices and characters. Email her with an intriguing query letter, short author bio and the first 25 pages of your manuscript. Follow her on Twitter @lydiablyf and take a look at her favorite books on Goodreads. Also visit the Carol Mann Agency website for more information.

1. What is on your wish list?  
Complex female characters, magical realism, something spooky, boarding school novels, stories ripped from the headlines, difficult issues that real young adults are dealing with.
2. What are some things you love to see in a query?  
A strong hook that grabs my attention and a taste of the voice I can expect in the manuscript.
3. What are some of the worst things you've seen in a query?  
Being told the author has written the next HARRY POTTER, THE HUNGER GAMES, DIVERGENT and will make me rich!
4. Are you an editorial agent?  
Yes! One of the benefits of signing with a young agent is the time and energy we have to work with you editorially.
5. Coffee, tea, wine, chocolate, or any other vices?  
I’m English so I have to say tea and chocolate, though NYC has given me a slight coffee addiction.
6. Why did you become an agent?  
Because the high of finding a story I love is like nothing else.

1 comment:

  1. The worst query letter I've ever seen (my day job is book editor) was four pages long and included a recipe for soup...


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