This month’s Agent Spotlight is shining on Mollie Glick, a member of the Foundry Literary + Media team! Mollie tells Writer’s Relief a little about what she’s currently looking for in a book and in an author, and her major pet peeves.
Tell us about the kind of projects you’re looking for right now.
I’m always on the hunt for high concept literary fiction along the lines of The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Sparrow, The Magicians, and The Story of Edgar Sawtelle as well as narrative nonfiction and YA. Some of my favorite books I’ve worked on recently include West Of Here by Jonathan Evison, Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rivka Brunt, and Crewel by Gennifer Albin. Basically any book that I pick up and can’t go to sleep until I’ve finished is a book I’m going to take on!
Foundry is not only a literary agency, but a media development agency, helping authors with movie and television rights, merchandizing, etc. What elements do you look for in a book that will succeed across mediums?
Great storytelling combined with a great premise, a richly imagined world, and characters you can’t forget are the signs of a concept that will work across the film/book as well as international divide.
Do you or your fellow agents ever check into an author’s online presence (including social networks and websites) prior to making a decision about representation?
Yes, definitely. For nonfiction, platform is essential. For fiction, it’s a nice bonus.
What do you most hope to see in the bio of an author who has not yet been published in book-length fiction?
I’d love to see a few awards won or articles published in national magazines. An MFA doesn’t hurt. Or an interesting story of how they came to write the book. But, honestly, the main thing I look for in fiction is just a great story!
What’s your biggest submission pet peeve?
Authors who haven’t done their research about what I represent or “writers” who don’t read.
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