My friend and fellow writer, Brenda Novak, has a son with diabetes and she’s determined to do what she can to help find a cure. I understand her passion for this; both my parents were diabetics and I have several dear friends who have this challenge.
Every year, Brenda sponsors an auction to raise money to help find a cure. Many writers, agents and editors participate. They auction everything from books to trips, dinners or luncheons with them, reads of your work, critiques and/or career strategy advice.
There are a ton of golden opportunities for writers in this auction, and for that reason, I wanted to share the current information I have on the auction. For the utmost latest, check out the diabetes auction section on Brenda’s website. www.brendanovak.com
I’ll be donating a bunch of books. Here’s the rest of what’s up at this time from Brenda:
Here’s the list (so far) of “agent” items that will be available in my
upcoming on-line auction for diabetes research. Lots of great agents here, eh? (If
anyone has an agent who might be willing to participate, just let me know
and I’ll ask them. :-))
1. Have lunch in New York City with historical romance author Kristina Cook
(author of Unlaced, Undressed, Unveiled, and To Love A Scoundrel) and her
agent, the fabulous Marcy Posner of Sterling Lord Literistic! Dish about
romance, writing, the publishing industry, or anything you like while you enjoy a
delicious lunch at the oh-so-trendy Manhattan hot spot, Five Points
(_http://www.fivepointsrestaurant.com/_ (http://www.fivepointsrestaurant.com/) ). Wine,
lunch, dessert (their sticky toffee pudding cake is to DIE for!), and
scintillating conversation included, along with a goody bag including autographed
novels and other fun stuff. Who knows, you might even spot a celebrity or two.
Date and time to be mutually agreed upon.
2. Coffee or tea with multi-published Cathy McDavid (Harlequin American and
Dorchester author) and her agent, Michelle Grajkowski of Three Seas Literary
Agency at RWA National this summer.
3. Tea with Superromance Author Melinda Curtis and her agent Pam Hopkins at
RWA National this summer.
Award winning author Melinda has a passion for writing romance and
fast-paced action. RT gave her May 2007 Superromance, The Best-Kept Secret, 4.5 stars
and claimed readers “won’t be able to put this one down”. Recently “retired”
from the corporate world, Melinda is a part-time marketing consultant until
her writing career moves into full gear with the help of her agent, Pam
Hopkins. Melinda Curtis has her own hero, a man who makes her tremendously happy
while simultaneously driving her crazy – although he has help from their
three kids, two rambunctous labs and their bevy of relatives. Since 2003,
writing for Harlequin’s Superromance line has been an enjoyable escape – although
you’ll often find a spunky kid, beloved relative or ball-crazy dog in her
novels…she can’t quite get away from her loved ones completely.
4. Nancy Yost with Lowenstein-Yost Associates Inc. – A Read
5. Caren Johnson – A Read
6. Elizabeth Pomada – A read, followed by a half-hour telephone
7. Barbara Collins Rosenberg – A critique of the first three chapters of a
8. Scott Eagan, Greyhaus Literary Agency – A read
9. Eileen Cope – Trident Media Group (Represents a lot of NY Times
bestsellers in multiple genres.) – A Read
10. Randall Klein – Trident Media Group – Randall is an assistant at
Trident, who is also a freelance editor, and he is donating an edit of a partial.
11. Robin Rue, Senior Agent, Writer’s House Literary Agency – Read of a
proposal (around 50 pages).
Robin Rue began her long and illustrious career as an editor at Dell but has
spent the last thirty years as an agent (10 of those years working for Writer
’s House). She represents such big names and Linda Howard, Lisa Jackson,
Mary Jo Putney, Joann Ross, Pat Rice, Laura Lee Gurke, Jacqueline Frank, Holly
Lyle, Lynn Vale, and V.C. and Andrews. She loves almost any kind of fiction
and represents it well: women’s fiction, historicals, young adult, middle-grade
fiction, fantasy, hard-core mystery, thrillers, etc. (As an aside, straight
erotica and chick lit are not among her favorites.)
12. Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency — A read and an in-depth
written critique of the first 30-50 pages
Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency, LLC
Kristin established the Nelson Literary Agency in the chic/hip urban setting
of lower Downtown Denver in 2002. In such a short time, she has sold more
than 50 books to such publishers as Random House, Hyperion, Harlequin, Simon &
Schuster, Hachette/Warner and the Penguin Group. She has landed several film
deals and has contracted foreign rights on behalf of her clients in all the
major territories, including Germany, Spain, Holland, Japan, and even into
Russia and Indonesia. Her authors are RITA-award winners and national
bestsellers. Several NLA titles have appeared on the Barnes & Noble and The Denver Post
She specializes in representing commercial fiction (romance, women’s
fiction, science fiction, fantasy, young adult) and high caliber literary fiction.
She also considers a few nonfiction projects that tend to be story-based, such
as memoir and narrative nonfiction. Kristin is a hands-on agent and strongly
believes in taking on clients for their whole career. She provides editorial
and marketing guidance as well as aggressive expertise in contract
negotiation. Member: AAR, RWA, SFWA. Please visit our website _www.nelsonagency.com_
(http://www.nelsonagency.com/) before submitting
13. Nadia Cornier – Critique of a proposal, and a second Short Critique
followed by breakfast at RWA National this summer
14. Christina Hogrebe, Jane Rotrosen Agency – A read
Christina Hogrebe is a literary agent with the Jane Rotrosen Agency in New
York City. She is actively seeking commercial fiction–with a particular
interest in Southern settings, Latina lit, generational stories, suburban lit,
coming-of-middle-age stories, cozy mysteries, and legal thrillers—and food
memoirs and travelogues
15. Annelise Robey, Jane Rotrosen Agency—A read
Annelise Robey is a Literary Agent with the Jane Rotrosen Literary Agency in
New York City. She is actively looking for writers of all genres – both
published and unpublished authors.
16. Daniel Bial, Daniel Bial Agency –A read
Daniel Bial has been a literary agent, book packager and book doctor for 14
years. Among his clients is Yossef Bodansky, author of OSAMA BIN LADIN: THE
MAN WHO DECLARED WAR ON AMERICA, a number 1 New York Times bestseller. Dan
was also an editor for 14 years. Besides two years each at Holt and Longmeadow
Press, he spent 10 years at HarperCollins, where he acquired several
bestsellers just as Hank Aaron’s I HAD A HAMMER and Ralph David Abernathy’s AND THE
WALLS CAME TUMBLING DOWN. In addition, he is the author of four books of his
own, and translated another.
As a literary agent, Dan is primarily interested in biography, business,
cooking, entertainment, history, humor, Judaica, language, popular reference,
popular science, psychology, sports and travel.
17. From award-winning author and Ashley Grayson Literary Agency agent, Lois
Winston, a read and critique of the synopsis and first 50 pages of a
manuscript, plus signed copies of TALK GERTIE TO ME and LOVE, LIES AND A DOUBLE SHOT
18. Steven Axelrod, The Axelrod Agency – A Read
19. Deidre Knight, The Knight Agency – Breakfast with Deidre Knight and a
thirty minute career consultation at RWA National.
20. Lucienne Diver, Spectrum Agency – A Read followed by a 45-minute coffee
or tea with the winner at RWA National.
Lucienne Diver is a long time book addict who went to work for Spectrum
Literary Agency fourteen years ago to feed her habit. She now represents over
forty authors of commercial fiction, primarily in the areas of romance, fantasy,
mystery/suspense and erotica. Clients include Marjorie M. Liu, Susan
Krinard, Roberta Gellis, Rachel Caine and Claudia Bishop. Her alphabet soup of
memberships includes AAR, RWA, MWA and SFWA. Further information is available
on the website: _www.spectrumliteraryagency.com_
21. Mary Sue Seymour, The Seymour Agency—The read of a proposal of women’s
fiction, along with a follow-up tea at RWA National in Dallas.
Mary Sue represents all types of romance, mysteries, inspirational books and
also nonfiction written by credentialed authors. Some publishers in which
she has sold books are: Warner Books, Harlequin, NAL, Berkley/Jove and Bantam.
She is a member of the AAR, WGA, RWA and The Author’s Guild and has movie
industry contacts and aspires to sell her clients work for film. She enjoys
traveling to conferences and meeting with authors. Recent conferences include
Prepare to Pitch in Silicon Valley, Spring Into Romance in San Diego and the
Romantic Times Book Lovers Convention in Daytona Beach. For current sales and
upcoming conferences, consult Mary Sue’s web site at _www.theseymouragency.com_
22. Elaine P. English—The read of a proposal of women’s fiction, including
all types of romance and mysteries.
23. Amy Moore Benson, AMB Literary Management – A read
24. Meredith Bernstein, Meredith Bernstein Literary Agency – A read
25. Kimberly Whalen, Trident Media Group (my agent) – A read followed by
Lunch at RWA National
26. Donald Maass – Maass Agency – A read
27. Michelle Grajkowski – A read followed by a lunch at RWA National
From the moment Michelle Grajkowski first opened her doors to the 3 Seas
Literary Agency in August of 2000, she has been living her dream. (What could be
better than surrounding yourself with great authors and their exciting and
Since then, she’s successfully sold more than 200 titles to major publishing
houses including Harlequin, NAL, Berkley, Dorchester, Kensington, Avon,
Pocket, Random House (both here and in the UK), Knopf, Andrews McMeel, Warner and
Currently, she is looking for fantastic authors with a voice of their own.
Michelle focuses on romance, women’s fiction, Chick-Lit young adult and
middle grade fiction.
Michelle is listed in the Diamond Edition of Who’s Who in America
publication for 2006
28. Kelly Harms, Jane Rotrosen Agency – A Read
Here’s to making a difference!
May this be the year a cure is found!