Thursday, March 18, 2010

Five Questions with Marietta Zacker

Last month I won a fabulous prize over at Market My Words: a 30 minute conversation with literary agent, Marietta Zacker. Marietta is an agent at Nancy Gallt Literary Agency, and she owns a book store called SOMe Book Nook. I chatted with Marietta on Monday afternoon. I had a long list of questions plus my manuscript ready. Marietta was so friendly, honest, and helpful with my manuscript and incredibly informative about publishing in general. She even said she watched my "Won't You Be My Agent?" singing post, and it made her laugh! Our thirty minutes turned into almost an hour, and I thank her for spending the time to help me with my manuscript. Marietta is not only passionate about books, but about helping writers reach their potential.

FIVE QUESTIONS WITH MARIETTA ZACKER


1. What piqued your interest in the last few queries you asked for a full on?

MZ: Originality in both topic and voice. Characters that more accurately resemble the world we live in.

2. What kind of books are getting contracts in the last few months?

MZ: We continue to work hard on behalf of our clients and I think we are still seeing results. Editors are being much more selective though. Looking at the industry holistically, I would rank the types of books editors are acquiring (from most to least): MG, YA, and then PB.

3. How important is web presence of a potential client to you?

MZ: I always encourage clients to have a presence somewhere on the web, but to do what feels right for them. I think it's difficult to do it all well, so if branding yourself on the internet is new to you, I think it's best to take one social networking avenue at a time. I also feel it's important to remember that there are plenty of people who have mastered different aspects of the internet, so you should reach out to those who know more - again, especially when getting started. And although I feel it's extremely important to have a web presence, my decision to represent a client is not based on whether they do or do not have that presence.

4. Do you think magazine submissions/acceptances are important?

MZ: Everyone has different criteria, but I do think that if it is pertinent to your career as a writer or illustrator, then you should briefly list the places where your work has been published. Don't shortchange yourself; your accomplishments are important. Having said that though, at the end of the day, voice and the whole of the manuscript matter most.

5. What is your favorite musician/band?

MZ: I listen to it all. If I had to choose one, I'd choose the Afro-Cuban All Stars. Music that reaches my soul and makes me dance out of my seat is always a good thing!
Of course this music lover had to check out Afro-Cuban All Stars. Here they are. Just try to listen to them and not shake your hips!

20 comments:

Tina Laurel Lee said...

She was really helpful. And you are too, passing this along. Good questions! You have really been rolling with all these experiences lately! Thank you.

Bish Denham said...

Nice interview Kelly. How thrilling to have spent an hour with Marietta!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Thanks for sharing your questions and her answers with us. It must have been wonderful visiting with her. :-)

Danyelle said...

Congrats for winning--she sounds like an awesome agent. Thank you for sharing some of the things you learned from her. :) And thanks for stopping my blog. :D

Heather Kelly said...

Kelly--that's awesome. How cool are you?! Thanks for sharing these answers. It's nice to hear what a great conversation you had with her.

Kimberly Franklin said...

She sounds like such a cool lady! And how lucky are you that you got to talk to her??? So lucky!!! Thanks for sharing. : )

Crystal said...

Great interview, Kelly! Thanks for asking such thoughtful questions and sharing Marietta's answers with us. She sounds like a wonderful agent! :)

Elana Johnson said...

Awesomeness! Thanks for sharing this experience with us! :)

Kelly said...

Thanks for the comments, ladies. Marietta is such an asset to the writing and publishing community.

Serenissima said...

Thanks for sharing these. I love that one of your questions was about her favorite musician/band! ;->

Denise said...

Good interview!

Kelly H-Y said...

Thank you so much for sharing such wonderful information from your time with her! She sounds wonderful!

Vonna said...

It's really nice of you to share your special time with Marietta. Thanks!

Laura Pauling said...

Thanks for sharing! That's so cool, she saw your singing post. It was quite hilarious!

Anita said...

I'm completely jealous!

Suzanne Casamento said...

My hips are shakin'!

Great interview with MZ. Thanks for the insight.

Solvang Sherrie said...

I met Marietta last summer and she is one of the nicest people. Congrats on getting to spend time with her one on one like that!

Sharon Mayhew said...

Nice job...You've had an exciting month, Kelly! Thanks for sharing with us. :)

Christina Farley said...

Other than being completely jealous (giggle), I loved this interview. You asked some great questions and it's fun to get a feel of what music taste they like too. Thanks for sharing!

SAMUEL PARK said...

Fantastic interview. It's funny how someone's personality comes across even in a few words--she seems like a warm person, and you two seemed to have a connection. Thanks for posting!