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Literary Agent at @RossYoon. @smithcollege, @UCL, & @FulbrightPrgrm alum. Mom to a two-year-old chaos muppet.
Jun 3 4 tweets 1 min read
So...this bill means that if my kid is on a FL sports team and someone thinks she looks too much like a boy, they can demand an adult strip her and examine her genitals to check

How is every parent in Florida not screaming at the top of their lungs about this? Like even if I did not know any trans people and was totally oblivious to the desirability of a culture that values human dignity, it is GLARINGLY OBVIOUS that this bill will *affect cis kids too*
Feb 2 5 tweets 2 min read
I know literally zero Jews or Jewish orgs who asked for Whoopi to be suspended, but I'll give you three guesses who's going to be accused of exerting their disproportionate invisible power to punish her we are very tired
Sep 22, 2021 28 tweets 5 min read
OK it's time for a little how-the-sausage gets made venting session on foreign rights in book publishing.

Today I got an email about a topic that strikes UGH into the hearts of everyone who deals with foreign rights: Form 6166 First, a brief explainer on what Form 6166 does and why it is (UGH) necessary.

Let's say you write a book and sell it to a Big American Publisher.

BAP buys "North American English" rights to your book for $100k.

(Big advance! Congrats!)
Apr 12, 2021 10 tweets 2 min read
Been seeing a lot of nonfic book proposals lately that brag social media stats

...without any concept of what numbers make stats worth mentioning.

First, a note--PLENTY of successful authors don't have a ton of followers.

Big social media following ≠ book deal prerequisite Publishers love seeing there's a built-in audience eager for your work.

A substantial social media presence can be part of that, evidence people are already interested in what you have to say.

If you have 100k+ twitter or Insta followers, sure. Put that in.

But, uh, otherwise?
Sep 12, 2018 14 tweets 5 min read
Strap in, #amquerying and #amwriting Twitter! Time for some primo, uncut #writingtips from an agent.

Something I've been thinking about this week wrt a particular type of #nonfiction book proposal:

The one structured around Examples Of A Phenomenon.

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For these, first proposal draft submitted to me is usually structrd such that 1 chapter = 1 example.

E.g.,
Intro: This book seeks to answer the eternal question "what is a sandwich"
Ch 1: Hot dogs
Ch 2: Burritos
Ch 3: Falafel pita
Ch 4. Choco taco
...
Conclusion

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