Jordy Albert Of The Booker Albert Agency
Today I am very pleased to introduce Jordy Albert from The Booker Albert Literary Agency. Below is a short bio and the ten questions I set. I hope you enjoy this insight.
Jordy Albert is a Literary Agent and co-founder of The Booker Albert Literary Agency. She holds a B.A. in English from Pennsylvania State University, and a M.A. from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. She has worked with Marisa Corvisiero during her time at the L. Perkins Agency and the Corvisiero Literary Agency. Jordy also works as a freelance editor/PR Director. She enjoys studying languages (French/Japanese), spends time teaching herself how to knit, is a HUGE fan of Doctor Who, and loves dogs.
She is looking for stories that capture her attention and keep her turning the page. She is looking for a strong voice, and stories that have the ability to surprise her. She loves intelligent characters with a great sense of humor. She would love to see fresh, well-developed plots featuring travel, competitions/tournaments, or time travel. Jordy is specifically looking for:
* Middle Grade: contemporary, fantasy, action/adventure, or historical.
* YA: sci-fi, dystopian/post-apocalyptic, contemporary, historical (Though I am open to looking at other sub-genres, I’m looking for YA that has a very strong romantic element).
* NEW ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE.
* Romance (contemporary and historical).
Now down to the questions:
1. Why did you become a literary agent? Because I LOVE to read and I’ve always been interested in the publishing industry.
2. What do you not like to see in a query? Queries that talk more about the authors’ reasons for writing the novel, or “bragging.” Also, a query that just has a link to the author’s web site/more information about the book.
3. Do you always read the attached material? Yes, I always read the query and requested pages.
4. How many queries do you receive in a week and of those how many, would you say, result in a request for material? It varies from week to week, but typically 25-30. I would say I possibly request to see more of one to three out of those submissions, but sometimes more or less.
5. How hands on, editorially, are you with your clients? It’s really rare that you find a manuscript that is polished, so it all depends on the project. If I really love a story, I’m willing to work with the author until the manuscript is ready for submission.
6. What is on your wish list at the moment? I’m mostly looking for romance and sci-fi/fantasy.
7. What qualities would your perfect client possess? A sense of humor and patience.
8. If you could interview a favorite character from a novel, who would it be and why? Harry Potter. He had such a difficult life with losing his parent and the way the Dursley’s treated him, I would ask how he was able to remain positive.
9. Favorite food or drink while reading queries and manuscripts? Soda and chips.
10. Favorite book and/or movie? This is a tough question! Right now I would say Poison Princess by Kresley Cole.