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Posts Tagged ‘Joanna Stampfel-Volpe’

Is Dystopian Lit Still Going Strong?

The New York Times recently profiled three young-adult dystopian titles: Bumped by Megan McCafferty, Crossed by Ally Condie, and Delirium by Lauren Oliver. All of these authors have published in the past, but fans of dystopian fiction can also expect some new novels from debut authors.

The video embedded above features the book trailer for Divergent, the first book in Veronica Roth‘s dystopian trilogy. Roth describes the book as being a story about “choice and identity.” According to Publishers Weekly, Roth’s agent Joanna Stampfel-Volpe pitched it as “The Hunger Games meets The Matrix.”

Lauren DeStefano‘s Wither kicks off The Chemical Garden trilogy; it features a world where people are bound to a limited lifespan and strict marriage guidelines. In June, Elana Johnson will publish Possession. The story stars Vi, a rebellious heroine hellbent on thinking for herself. Will dystopian lit continue to rule or will Greek myths dominate?

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How to Find a Literary Agent, in Photographs

010.JPGFinding a literary agent is never easy, but it always helps to see the whole process. Literally.

First-time novelist Lynne Kelly Hoenig (pictured, via) recently signed with a literary agent, and created a helpful and funny photographic guide to her long journey.

Hoenig is now represented by Joanna Stampfel-Volpe (of the agency, Nancy Coffey Literary and Media Representation) and is shopping her manuscript, Chained. The post includes photos of the whole process, including this interesting tidbit: “Joanna requires all clients to wear Snuggies after signing with her.”

Check it out: “After working on my first novel for about three years, writing and revising and attending workshops and conferences and going to some awesome critique groups, I felt ready to start querying agents last year. It was exciting when someone wanted to read more…”

Happy Unofficial Agent Appreciation Day

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Eighteen-year-old novelist Kody Keplinger declared today Unofficial Agent Appreciation Day, and GalleyCat thought her loving tribute to her agent–along with the online mobilization of other authors–deserved a Friday afternoon post.

Here’s an excerpt from her tribute to her agent, Joanna Stampfel-Volpe at Nancy Coffey Literary & Media Representation: “Like all writers, I often find myself stumbling into the ocean of overwhelming self-doubt. This is normal, I believe. But Joanna never lets me swim out in that ocean too far. One of the amazing things about my agent is that she truly, honestly believes in my work, even when I might not.”

Above, the author and agent are pictured together. Feel free to leave a tribute to the agent in your life in your life in the comments section. Look for more about the life of a 21st Century agent during our eBook Summit coverage next week.

Pitch Contest Counts 300 Submissions in Four Hours

contest.jpgAs Twitter whittles down the length of the average idea to 140-characters, QueryTracker sponsored a one-line literary pitch contest yesterday. The contest was only open for the 24 hours, but the submission limit of 300 pitches was reached in four short hours.

The one-sentence submissions will be judged by Joanna Stampfel-Volpe of Nancy Coffey Literary. The winners will be announced on Monday, April 20. The grand prize winner can submit their whole manuscript to Stampfel-Volpe, and three other winners can submit partials.

Despite reaching the original limit, the organizers decided to keep the contest open for a full 24 hours: “Because of the overwhelming interest we have received, it has been decided to continue accepting entries for the entire 24 hour period as originally stated. And everyone should thank [Elana Johnson] for her efforts and time she spent collecting and responding to the deluge of emails she has already received.” (Via Colleen Lindsay)