Charles Kiernan spoke with Megan Close Zavala, literary agent at Keller Media. Megan will be at the the Write Stuff Conference™ on Saturday, March 25, to take pitches from conference attendees (advance registration is required). Her passion lies not only in getting great books published, but in working closely with the authors who write them. Nothing is more exciting than a great new idea or story!
Megan is interested in working with both debut and previously published authors and enjoys forming long-lasting collaborations with them.
She looks forward to meeting talented writers who are offering something new and exciting and/or fresh takes on pre-existing subject matter. While she represents books in all genres, she is currently most interested in the following genres: Self-Help, Relationships, Pop Culture, Pop Psychology, Parenting, Management, Career, Entrepreneurship, Business, Personal Finance, and Fiction (especially Crime, Mystery/Suspense, and Literary).
CK: As an agent, you work with writers, hopefully long-term, but who are strangers to you at first. Do you look at more than the work submitted to determine that relationship?
MCZ: Yes. Obviously a great book projects gets us the most excited, but we want to be able to have positive working relationships with our authors as well. Hopefully we will have gotten to know them a little via their query letters or book proposals, but it’s important that we work with people who are ready to do as much work for their book as we are. If it seems that an author is not ready to go the extra mile with their book (be open to revisions, continue to grow their platform, etc.), that may make us reconsider whether or not we take them on as clients. I think authors forget sometimes (or perhaps are not aware) that when we sell their books we are also selling them. Just as agents want to have successful long-term relationships with the authors they represent, so do editors.