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1) You can only enter one query so pick your best one.
2) You must be a follower of my blog to enter
3) Follow Bree's blog. Bonus! (FYI you can also follow Bree on Twitter)
4) Leave your query pitch in the comments. It can be no more than 3 sentences and one sentence pitches are fine! Sometimes they are more effective than 3 sentences.
5) You have until June 8th, Tues 9 PST/12 EST PM to enter. I will go by the time stamps in the blog comments so check your clock!
- Go to my announcement for an example of a query pitch.
- Nathan Bransford had a great posting on pitches.
- Information on a one-sentence pitch
- Writing a logline.
- 1st place winner can submit the entire manuscript
- 2nd place winner can submit a partial (first 3 chapters)
- 3rd place winner will get a query critique
Now, here is Bree Ogden!
Hi Bree! Thanks for having fun with us this week! Tell us about yourself and how you got into agenting?
Hi Shelli, thanks for having me. I'm excited about the contest. Well let’s see…I’m a girl who loves books and everything about them. That is the number one most important thing about me (how is that for melodrama?) I have my masters in journalism and I left Northeastern University thinking, “Wonderful! Every newspaper in America is dying a slow painful death, and here I am with a shiny new certificate to work for these sinking ships.” For some reason (that I like to call kismet) I moved to the Seattle area, where I interviewed for an executive assistant position at Martin Literary Management. I fell in love with the business. I mean, head over heels, Prince Charming love. So here I am today!
What do you feel sets you apart from other agents?
I’m probably not all that different from other agents. We all love books, we all want to see this industry grow and improve, and we most definitely always have our clients’ best interest at heart. I’m a very hands on agent. If a book is great, with the exception of one little part, I’m not going to turn it down. I’m going to work with my client to better their book.
Tell us, so far in your submissions, what is your biggest pet peeve when receiving submissions?
I talked about this in another interview but I relish the opportunity to elaborate on it: I hate when I get a query letter that tells me everything BUT the plot of the book. And it happens more than you would think. The author will tell me about a character in the book, or tell me why this is a book I should represent. But there will be no plot line in sight. And I simply cannot ask for a manuscript if I have no idea of the plot. Which is unfortunate for both the author and myself…because it might be an amazing bestseller book. Your query letter is your KEY to opening up that magical door called ‘getting published.’ Put as much thought into the query letter as you put into the book. You won’t regret it.
What are your top 3 books of all time? And why?
Ahhh! I can’t answer this question! It’s so hard. I can tell you that Wuthering Heights is one of the greatest pieces of literature this world has ever seen. Heathcliff is the most profound character I’ve ever come across. He is complex and passionate, and not necessarily in a good way. Sometimes it is hard to breathe while reading Wuthering Heights. I love Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman. It’s a graphic novel about the Holocaust. The dichotomy of the comic book structure and the seriousness of the Holocaust is simply stunning. I love every Chuck Klosterman book and every Nick Hornby book. Okay, I know that’s more than 3 books. I cheated.
If you could have a special power, what would it be?
Awesome question. The little kid in me really wants to say, “fly!” Because, well, how amazing would that be?! But the 26-year-old me wants a special power to…yea, fly. I’m sticking with that.
Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us.
I’m not really full of surprises. I wear everything on my sleeve. But I can tell you something that I am getting into that is surprising me. Recently I started taking Beekeeping classes. I have been deathly terrified of bees and wasps since I was a little girl. But I made a Bucket List, and darn it, I’m going to fulfill it! (Being a Cheese Connoisseur is also on that Bucket List.)
What are you looking for and how can authors submit to you?
I rep Young Adult, Graphic Novels, and Children’s books. So obviously, I am looking for books in those genres. I’m not looking for anything specific, per se, but I know that I am not looking for vampires or werewolves. It’s hard right now for YA writers to pull themselves away from the paranormal. But there are so many untapped territories. Also, it doesn’t hurt to utilize real life people with real life problems in real life situations. I have to believe that there are still teens out there that want to read about what can actually happen to them or what their life might actually be like.
Any writer in these genres should query me by sending a well thought out and creative query to Bree@MartinLiteraryManagement.com.
GOOD LUCK everyone!