With former literary agent Elizabeth Little
Representing authors is a tough business that requires a variety of skills and personality traits. This week’s guest, who used to be an agent, reveals what the job is really like and why she left.
Elizabeth Little is a writer and editor living in New York City. She has worked as a literary agent and as a writer and editor for the travel guide Let's Go: China. She writes regularly for the travel section of The New York Times. She talked about her book Biting the Wax Tadpole, Confessions of a Language Fanatic, on The Writing Show in March.
Please join Elizabeth and host Paula B. as they lay bare:
- Why she got into publishing in the first place
- Why she left agenting
- How agents select publishers for their clients
- Why deals fall apart
- What some of the mysterious things publishers and agents say in rejection letters really mean
- What she thinks agents and publishers look for in a work and an author
- Why people want to be agents
- How to write a query letter to an agent
- How not to approach an agent.
Interviewee: Elizabeth Little
Host: Paula B.
Date: April 13, 2008
Running time: 38:54
File size: 19 megabytes
Elizabeth Little's Web site: BitingtheWaxTadpole.com
Purchase Elizabeth's book at Amazon.com: