Four Agents’ Views on the Current Market-SCBWI panel


At the Winter SCBWI Conference in New York, I attended a panel where four agents (Ginger Knowlton, Regina Brooks, Chris Richman, and Ken Wright) shared their views on the current market.

Here are some of the main points I took away from that panel:

  • Agents want bestselling material. Editors looking for bestsellers. Which means the market has more of a bestseller mentality.
  • The storytelling is key. Books must engage the reader from the start.
  • Agents want books that can have a global reach, traveling well outside the U.S.
  • Middle Grade is the new YA.
  • It’s important to keep up with the industry by checking out such places as Media Bistro and PW Daily.
  • Editors still publishing debut novelists. New voices are wanted.
  • Authors need to promote their books.But choose what suits your personality.
  • The agent-author relationship is similar to finding your soulmate. There is one person out there meant to represent your book, but it may take a while to find him/her.

Thanks again to all the agents, editors, writers, and volunteers who made this Winter SCBWI Conference an event to remember!

This entry was posted in Conferences, Querying, Uncategorized, Writing and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

22 Responses to Four Agents’ Views on the Current Market-SCBWI panel

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.