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.