Jordy Albert, Literary Agent and cofounder of The Booker Albert Literary Agency, will be attending the GLVWG Write Stuff Writers Conference™ , March 25, 2017. Jordy will be taking pitches for fun, witty Middle Grade, and contemporary or action/adventure (think awesome 80s movies). She’s also interested in YA contemporary romance, sci-fi, fantasy (MUST have romance), smart, sexy contemporary romance with fantastic chemistry between the characters that sparks off the pages. She is also looking for Historical Romance (she definitely has a soft spot for a fantastic Regency).
GLVWG member, Suzanne Mattaboni, had a chance to interview Jordy for what’s hot in the market these days.
Q: As an agent, you provide hands-on, editorial guidance that your clients value. What is it about a manuscript—especially an imperfect one—that motivates you to invest your editorial vision, long-term? And what is it about a borderline manuscript that tips the scales against you taking it on?
A: I look for a balance between plot/narrative and character. For instance, if I love the characters but the story needs a little attention, I’d be more motivated to work on edits. If I just can’t get past a character’s attitude and/or there is unrealistic dialogue (or dialogue that just doesn’t fit)—that would really tip the scales against me deciding to work on a project.
Q: A frequent writing prompt at the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group is, “Why Do You Write?” Therefore I ask you: Why did you become an agent?
A: I’ve always loved to read, and I wanted to help authors get their stories out to an audience.
Q: Both you and Ms. Booker gravitate towards works with a Happily-Ever-After, and you’ve said you shy away from “trigger” topics such as abuse and suicide. Is that purely a personal preference, or are you actively looking to present the marketplace with more books that revel in positive experiences?
A: It’s really just a personal preference.
Q: What trends are you seeing now, considering that electronic publishing has become more prevalent in the marketplace?
A: I would say fantasy seems to be pretty strong right now. Contemporary as well. However, it’s hard to pinpoint because it changes frequently.
Q: We’ve been asked to include one “fun” question. So, as an avid Doctor Who fan, which Doctor do you prefer? What engages you about the time travel milieu?
A: The 10th Doctor! (Played by David Tennant, 2005 – 2010.) Regarding time travel, I’m engaged by the chance to read about different time periods.
Jordy Albert is a literary agent and the co-founder of The Booker Albert Literary Agency in New York City. She holds a B.A. in English from Pennsylvania State University and a M.A. from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. She worked with Marisa Corvisiero during her tenure at both the L. Perkins Agency and the Corvisiero Literary Agency, and has also worked as a freelance editor and public relations director.
Jordy’s a big fan of networks such as the SyFy, History and Discovery channels, and is looking for novels that keep her up at night and transport her into the pages. In YA and new adult she is looking for well-written contemporary romances, fantasy romances and sci-fi romances. As for adult works, she’s looking for contemporary romances and romantic thrillers. She’s always on the hunt for rich characters and unique plots. Brittany is especially interested in new adult that has lots of sexual tension, sexual chemistry or has a demanding hero that’ll make the reader swoon. She is a big sucker for happy endings. (She doesn’t represent books without a HEA, they make her sad. She believes every person deserves a Happily-Ever-After. Maybe it’s just the Disney Princess inside?) She also has a passion for books set in the south. She has working knowledge of Japanese and Spanish.Brittany is not looking for memoirs or paranormal works at the moment.