May is agents and publishers month at The Big Thrill! This week we ask Janet Reid, Josh Getzler, Victoria Skurnick and Sandy Lu if there’s a common myth about being an agent that they’d like to debunk. This is a can’t-miss Roundtable discussion!
Janet Reid is a literary agent at FinePrint Literary Management specializing in compelling fiction, particularly crime fiction, and narrative non-fiction. She’s always on the lookout for fabulous projects. Her publishing background includes fifteen years in book publicity with clients both famous and infamous. In her spare hours she drinks scotch and stalks Jack Reacher.
Josh Getzler is a literary agent at Russell and Volkening specializing in mysteries, thrillers, literary and commercial fiction, young adult and middle grade (particularly adventures and mysteries for boys).
Prior to becoming a literary agent at Levine Greenberg, Victoria Skurnick was Editor-in-Chief at The Book-of-the Month Club for almost twenty years where she relished the opportunity to devour every kind of book, from the finest literary fiction to Yiddish for Dogs. Anne Tyler, John LeCarre, Amy Tan, Tom Wolfe, Stephen King, Michael Lewis, Lee Child, Roddy Doyle, Alice Sebold, Tracy Kidder, Julia Child and Susan Elizabeth Phillips are just a few of the authors that make her deaf and blind to anyone around her when she’s reading.
Sandy Lu is a literary agent at the L. Perkins Agency and is seeking submissions that draw her in with a unique voice and a good yarn that will make her miss her subway stop and keep her up at night. In fiction, she is looking for dark literary and commercial fiction, mystery, thriller, psychological horror, paranormal/urban fantasy, historical fiction, and YA. In particular, she is looking for historical thrillers or mysteries set in Victorian times and has recently fallen in love with steampunk.