Thursday, April 15, 2010

Interview with an Agent: Amy Tipton

Today’s interview is with Amy Tipton of Signature Literary Agency. I actually discovered Ms. Tipton through one of her clients, fellow blogger Tahereh. So check out the interview, then check out Tahereh’s blog.

KV: How did you get into agenting?

AT: I joined Signature Literary Agency in 2009. I became an agent after working as a literary assistant and office manager at several literary agencies including JCA Literary Agency, Diana Finch Literary Agency, Gina Maccoby Literary Agency, and Liza Dawson Associates. I also worked as a book scout for Aram Fox, Inc. dealing with foreign rights. So, I worked hard and paid my dues! But, really, it was working with Peter Rubie that I got to be an agent. One day, he just asked me if I wanted to be an agent and I said yes.

KV: How would you summarize your personal agenting philosophy? What do you expect from an agent-author relationship?

AT: I am a writer so, as an agent, I also edit. I'm very hands-on. I read and revise and read and revise. I enjoy bouncing ideas back and forth. I want the author to be as committed to the work as I am.

KV: What client work do you have coming out soon? What drew you to those writers and/or projects?

AT: I have several projects coming out and I'm excited about them all! Amy Reed and Courtney Summers have new books coming out. Debut author Victoria Schwab's NEAR WITCH is coming out--a paranormal YA (I normally don't do anything in the paranormal/fantasy/Sci Fi genre). And BIKE NYC by Marci Blackman, Ed Glazar, and Mike Green--an Adult nonfiction tour guide by bicycle (but it's so much more than a tour guide). I love all my projects. What drew me to these ones is their voice--each of these books has a distinctive voice.

KV: What genres do you represent? What genres do you definitely NOT represent?

AT: I like YA and MG; I also rep quirky Adult fiction and nonfiction (if you can't classify it, it's probably for me). I don't rep screenplays, poetry, picture books, or Sci Fi/fantasy.

KV: Say a writer has a YA Sci Fi/fantasy, like Victoria Schwab's NEAR WITCH--should they query you or not?

AT: It's hard to say, but probably not. No. Victoria didn't query me either.

KV: What query pet peeves and/or pitfalls should writers avoid when querying you?

AT: Misspelling is a problem for me--you have spell check on the computer. I also dislike when people don't address me properly--that's rude.

KV: What are you looking for in a manuscript right now?

AT: It's hard to pinpoint what I'm looking for; good writing, a good story. I once heard an agent say, "I want to fall in love!" Yeah. I want to fall in love.

KV: What’s the best way to query you?

AT: E-mail.

Thanks, Ms. Tipton, for these answers. Honestly, if you’re looking for an on-the-ball agent who responds promptly--and I mean, promptly--to clients and non-clients alike, look no further. Ms. Tipton wins the prize in that category, hands down.

Good luck, queriers! And everybody else, thanks for stopping by!


Tahereh said...

yayy!! awesome interview Krista! thanks so much for sharing Amy with the blogosphere!! :D :D

Candyland said...

Me wants Amy! (Cookie Monster's voice) (I have no idea why...)

annerallen said...

Great Interview. Many thanks to you (and Amy) for providing this service to the great unpublished hordes out here.

Olleymae said...

I was definitely interested in finding out more about Amy Tipton since she and Tahereh are best buds now. Thanks for the interview!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Wonderful interview - thanks, both of you!

I popped over from Stina's blog to say hello and congratulate you on your award! :-)

Krista V. said...

Tahereh, thank YOU for sharing her.

Candyland, Cookie Monster's is always an appropriate voice.

Annerallen, I'm a part of "the great unpublished hordes," lest you think my motives are purely altruistic:)

Olleymae, you're welcome!

Shannon, welcome! And thanks for the heads-up.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Great interview, Krista. I love Courtney Summers and was thrilled she has another one coming out soon. I was surprised at the part about what YA Amy doesn't rep because I know what Tahereh's book is about. That's all I'm saying.

Krista V. said...

Stina, I've never read anything by Courtney Summers; I'll have to check her stuff out. And sometimes you just hit that sweet spot between what an agent thinks she doesn't want and what she founds out she loves:)

Myrna Foster said...

Thanks for another great interview, Krista. Her BFF letter to Tahereh cracked me up. What a cool agent!

Krista V. said...

As always, you're very welcome, Myrna:)