Interview with Literary Agent Sara Crowe

Today I’m so very thrilled to be hosting an interview with Sara Crowe, literary agent extraordinaire! Okay, so I’m a bit biased because Sara is my agent, but her bio really does speak for itself… Sara represents children’s fiction (and adult fiction and non fiction) at Harvey Klinger, Inc. Her clients include NYT Bestselling author Jonathan Maberry, USA Today Bestselling author Jeff Hirsch, as well as Nina LaCour, Michael Northrop, Lisa Schroeder, Kristen Tracy, and Dan Wells, and she is consistently ranked among the top three YA and MG agents in Publishers Marketplace.

For more on Sara, check out her website and follow her on twitter. You can also keep up with her and her client list on their group blog, the Crowe’s Nest. But first—the interview!

How did you get into agenting? Did you always want to be involved in the publishing industry or was it something you fell into via happy accident?

Before graduating, I was sure I wanted to go to grad school for English, and then I was suddenly not so sure, and when I heard about the Radcliffe Publishing course—now Columbia—I decided to apply. I had a very romantic idea of publishing and what editors do, and I did not know anything about literary agents. At the course, the lecture on agents focused so much on contracts and I was not very interested. Then, a NYT reporter came to speak with us, and told me to apply for the job at The Wylie Agency, that it was the most interesting job posted and that it would be very difficult but never boring, so I did, and there I learned agenting is my dream job.

So amazing! It seems the publishing industry has evolved a lot since you joined the game, mainly with the rise of e-readers and self-publishing in recent years. Authors at houses also seem to be writing more e-novellas and the like. Have any of these things changed the way you agent? How you approach sales/contracts?

My clients still come to me to find traditional publishers, and that is still mainly what I do. But I do love that there are now great e-book options and publishers for books that might not be a fit for traditional houses and I am making those deals, too. I am excited about the creative ways that many publishers are using stories and e-novellas. Changes in e-books have changed the way we do contracts–we are always adapting and revisiting our boilerplates to keep up.

I’ve also found the e-novella route to be an exciting evolution! Now if only you didn’t have to spend so much time revisiting boilerplates. 😉 Speaking of time, you have a fairly large client list. Do you find this makes you pickier than ever when it comes to the slush pile? Similarly, how do you know you want to sign a new writer?

Yes. I am still looking for clients and do take in books that I love, but, oh, my poor slush pile. I have much less time to read my requested manuscripts than I used to! For a new writer I want to love it first, but I also want something new—something that one of my talented super clients is not already doing. I have to work for my clients first, and they give me a lot to read.

That we do. I don’t know how you get through all our mss plus the slush, and still manage to be so cheery and pleasant. 😉 Speaking of slush, you pulled Taken‘s query from the pile and requested a full. Since I’ll be giving away an ARC with this interview, maybe you can speak to what made you offer rep. (You know, so everyone knows why they should enter to win a copy!)

GRAY.  It was all about Gray. His voice pulled me in from the first page. It is so strong. I remember that I had to take a quick look—you had offers. It was a busy time and I planned to dip in and see if it wasn’t for me and… And then I started reading… And Gray was not going to let me stop.

He and Emma got to me right away; I love a great love story. And as you know I often use your query letter as a great example of a hook, and this story has an amazing hook that does not disappoint. The story keeps getting bigger, and the stakes keep growing. As soon as Gray found that letter, I was all in.

And now I’m blushing. *refocuses* So how do you go about deciding which editors (at which houses/imprints) to put a story in front of? Is it something you actively think about during an initial manuscript read?

Yes. When I am reading and falling for a story editors pop into my head. It is one sure way that I know that not only do I love the book, but that I know how to sell the book. Erica Sussman came to mind right away with Taken.

And boy am I glad you put TAKEN in front of her! The story has evolved so much under her patient, editorial guidance. And now, because I can’t let you go without at least one pub-themed question… Mix us a literary cocktail! Specifically one featuring the literary elements you’ve been hoping to find in the slush.

Right now I’d love to find a realistic novel with one part thriller, one part mystery, and a slice of romance.

Ooh, I love a slice of romance in nearly all my reads, and as you know, I’m a huge fan of thrillers and mysteries. If you find that novel, I want to read it! Thanks again for stopping by, Sara!

Since today also marks the day Taken is a mere three months from release, I’ll be giving away an ARC to one lucky winner! (U.S. only) Not sure what TAKEN is about or if you want to read it? Here’s the jacket copy:

There are no men in Claysoot.

There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends…and he’s gone.

They call it the Heist.

Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive.

Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken—or risk everything on the hope of the other side?

To enter to win, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below and let us know in the comments if your current profession is one you sought out or fell into by happy accident. (Or you can choose to tell us what your ideal literary cocktail is as a reader.) We’ll announce the winner a week from today!

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112 Responses to Interview with Literary Agent Sara Crowe

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    Keely Jan 16 2013 at 7:17 am #

    hmmm… My current profession is something I just fell into because it was the only job available to me as a full time student.. It’s not something I plan on continuing if I don’t have to ~ life’s too short to do anything less than what you love…

    Wow ~ her job sounds WONDERFUL… and I can’t wait to read Taken!

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      Erin Bowman Jan 16 2013 at 8:41 am #

      “life’s too short to do anything less than what you love… ” <-- Yes! I so agree. Go chase those dreams 😉

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    Cassie Jan 16 2013 at 7:24 am #

    I sought out and worked toward my current profession as a nurse.

    My literary cocktail? 1/4 laughs and witty dialogue, 1/4 sweet and steamy romance 1/2 flavorful characters, mixed with a twist of tension and dash of adventure.

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    Cassie Jan 16 2013 at 7:25 am #

    I sought out and worked toward my current profession as a nurse.

    My literary cocktail? 1/4 laughs and witty dialogue, 1/4 sweet and steamy romance 1/2 flavorful characters, mixed with a twist of tension and dash of adventure.

    I honestly can’t wait for Taken to release! 😀

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      Erin Bowman Jan 16 2013 at 8:42 am #

      Ooh, that literary drink sounds delicious. And so excited for you to read TAKEN, Cassie!

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    Karis (YA Litwit) Jan 16 2013 at 8:27 am #

    Great interview. My current career is “Mommy”, which took me by surprise when I decided that it was what I wanted to do. I plan to change career paths soon, and become a librarian, which is my dream job.

    Can’t wait to read Taken!

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      Erin Bowman Jan 16 2013 at 8:43 am #

      How awesome. My mother’s two careers are librarian and mommy, too! 🙂

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    L.B.Shire Jan 16 2013 at 8:28 am #

    My literary cocktail would include fantasy/romance/thriller! My profession I fell into by choice. 14 years later still at it! This book sounds great!

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      Erin Bowman Jan 16 2013 at 8:43 am #

      Not everyone still loves their job 14 years in! How amazing (and wonderful) for you!!

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    Naomi Hughes Jan 16 2013 at 8:30 am #

    Very cool interview! Thanks for posting. I’m looking forward to reading TAKEN–Ms. Crowe was right about the great hook!

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    trayche Jan 16 2013 at 8:32 am #

    Dystopia, little bit of sci-fi here and there + some good romance 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway

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      Erin Bowman Jan 16 2013 at 8:44 am #

      Um, I’ll have one of those literary drinks too, please! Sounds right up my alley. 🙂

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    Aliaa El-Nashar Jan 16 2013 at 8:36 am #

    My literary cocktail would be YA dystopian and a bit of chick lit in 🙂

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    Katie French Jan 16 2013 at 8:55 am #

    Nice interview. I love hearing what agents are currently seeking. My current profession as a school counselor is one that I prepared for with three years of grad school, but it definitely wasn’t what I started out wanting to me. Since seventh grade I’ve wanted to be an author, so I am making that happen, too.

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      Erin Bowman Jan 16 2013 at 9:57 am #

      The best thing about writing is it can always be squeezed in the the hours between jobs. (That’s what I did!) Best of luck!

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    Corrie Jan 16 2013 at 9:06 am #

    I quit both my jobs and moved back in with my parents so I could work full-time on my book. But I guess I sort of fell into writing. So I’m seeking! 🙂 Cocktail? 1/4 human nature study 1/4 unique and lyrical prose 1/2 characters whose voices and choices dig deep and ring true 🙂

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      Erin Bowman Jan 16 2013 at 9:59 am #

      Ooh, that cocktail sounds scrumptious! And good look with your writing.

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    Stormy Jan 16 2013 at 9:08 am #

    Right now I’m in my last semester of college, so I’m guessing I’ll probably “fall in” to my first job, since I don’t have a definitive dream career right now. I have a couple of options that all sound equally appealing with my major, so we’ll see where I am come May!

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      Erin Bowman Jan 16 2013 at 10:00 am #

      Good luck with the job hunt! My biggest advice is to check out any postings that sound intriguing. You never know where they might take you 🙂

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    Peggy Eddleman Jan 16 2013 at 9:15 am #

    My current profession is definitely one I sought out! It just took me a long time to start seeking it. 🙂

    Great interview, ladies! Sara really is an incredible agent. I love her and appreciate her A LOT.

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      Erin Bowman Jan 16 2013 at 10:00 am #

      Same here, Peggy! Glad we’ve both finally arrived. And yes, Sara. I’d be lost without her. 🙂

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    Anna J. Boll Jan 16 2013 at 9:20 am #

    Another great interview. Looking forward to hearing from Sara re: my own query. Good luck wading through the slush. Hope to be part of the Crowe’s Nest too. 🙂

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      Erin Bowman Jan 16 2013 at 10:01 am #

      Good luck querying, Anna! Fingers crossed for you.

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    Kirsten W Jan 16 2013 at 9:27 am #

    I’m almost done with college, but don’t really have a plan for what to do afterwards. I’m guessing I’ll end up falling in to something, and end up loving it, just like you 😀

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      Erin Bowman Jan 16 2013 at 10:02 am #

      I hope it all goes exactly like that. 😉 Good luck with the last few months of college!

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    ellie M Jan 16 2013 at 9:35 am #

    As a graduated Art student and a now accounting person… it was definetely a happy accident. 😛
    My ideal cocktail would be a YA fantastical adventure with magic and just a hint of sparkling romance

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      Erin Bowman Jan 16 2013 at 10:02 am #

      Wow, talk about industry changes. Glad you’re in the right place now!

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    Yuanting Jan 16 2013 at 9:44 am #

    My ideal literary cocktail: Something that is suspenseful, romantic with a smidge of fantasy.

    … This could be influenced by the fact that I’ve just finished Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan and WHOA

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      Erin Bowman Jan 16 2013 at 10:03 am #

      I have heard so many amazing things about UNSPOKEN and I still haven’t read it. *bumps it up the TRB pile*

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    Meredith Anderson Jan 16 2013 at 9:51 am #

    My current profession is not exactly right where I want to be. I’m working as a teacher’s aide with an elementary school, which is a blast! But of course I want to write. Like REALLY want to write. I love working with kids but I’d like to write them stories even more. So the elementary school is my temporary job that I do really like (and that I did kind of fall into because my mom is a speech language pathologist for special education preschool and she kind of sucked me in) but I rush home to get my fingers on the keyboard and get to work. 🙂

    Thanks for the interview and the raffle! Taken sounds amazing and even if I don’t win the ARC, I’ll be rushing to the store to get a copy ASAP!

    Mer
    <3

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      Erin Bowman Jan 16 2013 at 10:04 am #

      I was working in advertising, not education, but otherwise, your situation sounds a lot like mine. I enjoyed my day job and it paid the bills, but every day I raced home to pull out my lap top and get lost in the world of my characters. Best of luck with your writing, Mer! And thank you for the kind words re: TAKEN. Can’t wait for you to read!

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    Michelle Schusterman Jan 16 2013 at 9:55 am #

    Excellent interview – and wow, do I ever want a copy of TAKEN! Sounds fabulous.

    I’m a freelance writer/editor and author, and it was definitely a happy accident that started out unhappily. I was teaching in Korea, contracted a severe case of pneumonia and tuberculosis, lost my job because I was on quarantine, and started writing because working online was the only way I could make money while stuck in bed.

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      Erin Bowman Jan 16 2013 at 10:05 am #

      Wow! What a way to discover a new job. Amazing how certain threads–sometimes very odd or seemingly negative threads–align to bring us to new places. 🙂

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    Megan Duff Jan 16 2013 at 9:56 am #

    I love books that feel different from what they are. Like fantasy that feels like sci-fi, sci-fi that feels like history, realistic that feels like fantasy, etc. Plus some romance! Plus some laughs! Plus lots of emotional turmoil! Plus EPICNESS!

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      Erin Bowman Jan 16 2013 at 10:06 am #

      Oh, I’m a huge fan of genre-benders too! Maggie Stiefvater’s recent books (THE SCORPIO RACES and THE RAVEN BOYS) had be swooning for that exact reason.

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    Alex Ray Jan 16 2013 at 10:01 am #

    My current profession… I’m going with full-time writer, though I don’t write full time, unfortunately. But the job market here in Dallas doesn’t take well to someone with a degree in history who is way more interested in getting published. I think I fell into writing, since I started writing original work in college after a brief stint in Harry Potter fanfiction.

    Awesome interview. Cannot WAIT for Taken!

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      Erin Bowman Jan 16 2013 at 10:08 am #

      Good luck with your writing, Alex. And hooray for Harry! I never dabbled in HP fanfiction, but I do live and breath that series. <3

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    Kimberly c Jan 16 2013 at 10:19 am #

    I fell into my position. I went to college for songwriting but knew I wanted a full time job in the music industry. When I was working at a publishing company I found the film and tv department. I became interested in that and got a job as an assistant and worked my way up! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Heather Marsten Jan 16 2013 at 10:28 am #

    My profession is stay-at-home mom – even though my kids are in college, they still need Mom – it is a lifetime career and I’m proud to say my kids have grown up happy and loved. I had to work at that because I grew up in a dysfunctional home. Mostly my philosophy for childrearing was to think of what my parents did and do the opposite.

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    Vivien Jan 16 2013 at 10:28 am #

    My job isn’t my chosen profession. But I do enjoy it. I get to listen to audiobooks all day long. For the win!

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    Rachel Jan 16 2013 at 10:33 am #

    What an awesome interview!

    I’m stalking your book, Erin… the premise reminds me of one of my favorite movies, The Island. I can hardly wait for it to come out!!!

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    Steph Jan 16 2013 at 10:42 am #

    Great interview, and I can’t wait for TAKEN either. 🙂

    Is it odd that I am not entirely sure if I fell into my profession or sought it out? It’s a more or less complicated story, but at the end of the day, it’s not what I’d love to be doing…so I’m writing or re-writing every day, and at the same time trying to find time to acquire some new skills to do something else until I can write full time.

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    Gwen Cole Jan 16 2013 at 10:46 am #

    Great voice pulls me in from the start. If the character doesn’t have their own voice, I won’t like it.

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      Gwen Cole Jan 16 2013 at 10:47 am #

      Btw, I am SOOOO excited for Taken to come out. I’ve been excited the first time I read the pitch. Which was months ago. XD

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    Rachel Jan 16 2013 at 10:53 am #

    And I forgot to include my favorite literary cocktail! T’would be a historical thriller with sci-fi and romance elements. Would that even be possible? I hope so…

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    Katelyn Jan 16 2013 at 10:55 am #

    I’m still a college student (but junior year is slipping away way too fast), and for a long time intended to be a conservation biologist upon graduating. That dream has fallen by the wayside, in large part due to a crappy summer internship. Instead, I’ve added an English double major to my now useless Biology major and have hopes to go into publishing, maybe as agent 🙂

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    Alexa Y. Jan 16 2013 at 11:10 am #

    My current profession (a production assistant at a children’s accessories company) is one I fell into by accident. While I appreciate the regularity of the paycheck and the pretty casual environment, I do know that it’s not for me – at least not in a “forever” sense. I’m currently seeking out a job related to publishing/books/writing, and hopefully that happens soon!

    As for a literary cocktail, I want a base of fantasy, with a hint of romance, sprinkled with a mystery 😉

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    Jaime Morrow Jan 16 2013 at 11:14 am #

    TAKEN is right near the top of my list for debuts in 2013. The story sounds great and that cover art is amazing! I’m so looking forward to this one. 🙂

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      Jaime Morrow Jan 16 2013 at 11:17 am #

      I just realized that this giveaway is open to US only and I’m from Canada, so scratch my name from the list of contenders. I’ll be rushing down to my local bookstore to purchase this one the day it comes out! 🙂

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    Audrey Jan 16 2013 at 11:23 am #

    Literary cocktail…hmmm…

    A well written character surrounded by a healthy dose of conflict, relationships, and drama. May or may not be served with a knife. Because knives are awesome.

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    EM Castellan Jan 16 2013 at 11:28 am #

    As a reader, my favourite literary cocktail is fantasy+mystery+romance…

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    Dreams Jan 16 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    My literary cocktail would have to be great characters + fascinating plot + humor (in any form because life’s too short without it) = hours of entertainment. Or fantasy/paranormal + some mystery + some romance = a happy fangirl.

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    Jasmine Stairs Jan 16 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    My answer is two-pronged, because I have two careers right now. 😀 I am a student, and that is a career that I definitely sought out, worked hard to get the money for, and am currently going into debt because of. Hahahah such a good fiscal choice BUT I DON”T CARE I get to study history. On the other hand, though, I do payroll and occasional writing for a home care company, which is something I had no idea I would ever do. To my great surprise, I enjoy it a lot, and may even keep the job after I move out of this town.

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    Ashley Jan 16 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    My current job is a bit of both. I’m a librarian (in training.) It came about for many reasons. I love books and it’s a perfect fit for me, but at the same time my undergrad was in history and I never wanted to teach. Of course a lot of work goes into library school and I wouldn’t mind a nap.

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    Sondra Johnson Jan 16 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    While lurking around as a closet writer, Life’s twists and turns led me to be part of a caretaker couple at a private ranch in the mountains of Montana. I went from busy 24/7 work as a realtor in a big town to watching wild elk in my backyard.

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    Katy Upperman Jan 16 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    I’m a stay-at-home mama with the goal of becoming a published (paid!) author. This began as a happy accident (sure, why NOT try to write a book?) and became something I’ve worked very, very hard for.

    Thanks for the great interview and this fantastic giveaway… I’m crossing my fingers!

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    Heather Jan 16 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    I completely fell into my current profession. I had big plans for a different path, but life threw me some big curve balls. As a result, I have followed where life leads me and have had some wonderful adventures.

    My perfect literary cocktail is definitely a character driven novel with healthy doses of the paranormal and/or fantasy elements and a generous splash of romance.

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    Krispy Jan 16 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    My current profession is mostly a profession of necessity. I sort of fell into it while job searching after graduation, and you know, it pays the bills. But my co-workers are great and there’s always snacks (I’m in the food business)! Before that, I was in Taiwan doing an archaeology internship – which mostly meant I tried to glue pieces of ancient pottery back together and napped in a warehouse filled with thousands-years-old bones. It was kind of awesome.

    I’m not too picky since I’ll read practically anything, but for the best literary cocktail, it is essential to have a endearing characters. Give me that and I’ll follow them anywhere. 🙂

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    Tiffany Jan 16 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    I actually just left my “fell into” profession to write full-time, so now I’ve chosen my profession!

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    Ellen Jan 16 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    This book is on my TBR pile and has been for quite a while. I can’t wait until it comes out!

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    Alyssa Jan 16 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    I currently work as a Volunteer Coordinator for a nonprofit organization, and I kind of fell into it. I’d always loved the idea of working for a nonprofit, but I was working toward something else at the time and applied for the job completely on a whim based on the fact that there was an opening and I knew someone who worked there. I’m SO glad I did because I love my job, and I know I can be happy here for a while.

    This was such an insightful interview, and I’m so excited to read TAKEN! I can’t believe it’s only 3 months away!

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    Alexa Jan 16 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    My cocktail would be one part thriller, another part sci fi, with a dash of magical realism, if that makes any kind of sense 😉

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    Lexie B. Jan 16 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    Strong characters, interesting plot, and exciting romance with a healthy splash of humor and poignance.

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    Amy Jan 16 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    My current profession is one that I sought out – lab technician at a beer factory! (no I don’t get to taste the beer)

    Since I’m bound by rules all day long, I love to read at night. My favorite literary cocktail is a realistic slice of life story told with humor and honesty. A little romance sprinkled in there never hurts, too!

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    alicia marie Jan 16 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    My current job is one I sought out while still in college and somehow just ended up sticking with. For now anyway! My literary cocktail would have some historical fiction, some humor and maybe a little bit of fantasy : )

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    S.P.Bowers Jan 16 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    I sought out both my current jobs, a stay at home mother and a writer. And each day I choose it again. And each day I love them. Well, most days.

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    Cheryl Martin Jan 16 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    My perfect mix is fantasy/adventure/romance.

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    Rachel Lavi Jan 16 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    My day work is a happy accident!
    Found it only after i got fired from the most boring job ever.

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    Angelica R. Jackson Jan 16 2013 at 5:10 pm #

    Somebody asked me recently if I’ve always been a writer or did I try other things first. I said, “I started out as a forestry major, then a music major, then just took classes that interested me and ended up with an AA in languages and literature. Turns out all those things were exactly what I needed to do for my kind of writing.”

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    Tiff- Escaping... On Jan 16 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    Current job… Not something I want to be stuck with for life but it was available when I needed something. A job is a job when you need it but I would love to go back to school and do something that I would enjoy for the rest of my working life 🙂

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    Aly Jan 16 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    My literary cocktail is adventure/dystopian/romance

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    Abigail Jan 16 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    I love a slice of romance in whatever I read, but I also want a dash of danger and above all authentic characters.

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    Steph @ the Caffeina Jan 16 2013 at 7:13 pm #

    I’m finishing up my masters in speech-language pathology in May. I’ve known I wanted to be a speech therapist since high school. There’s nothing better than helping a person develop or regain functional communication.

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    Haley Gottardo Jan 16 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    Fav literary cocktail:
    Adventure/sci-fi/romance (either dystopian or present day)
    I also like paranormal romance/dystopian/angels, which kind of rarely happens….but I like anything with angels…or bird kids like Maximum Ride.

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    Katie Jan 16 2013 at 7:52 pm #

    I can’t wait to read this book. It sounds amazing.

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    Beverly Jan 16 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    Definitely fell into by happy accident. I started working as a barista for Starbucks in high school when I was 16. I transferred when I started going to college. Not knowing what I wanted to do when I graduated, but still loving my day job, I began to climb the ladder. Now, 2 1/2 years out of school, I am a store manager and have been with the company for 7 1/2 years. Where did the time go?! My philosophy is if you wake up every day doing what you love, then you are doing something right.

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    Randi M Jan 16 2013 at 9:13 pm #

    I definitely sought out my soon-to-be profession – secondary English teacher, currently student teaching – though it has taken a long time to get to this point!

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    Ali B. Jan 16 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    My job is something that I fell into and we towards. I needed a new job, so I applied to where I work, but I stayed where I work because I have a great Job and I am good at it. I do hope to work in the literary world one of these days.

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    JQ Trotter Jan 16 2013 at 10:37 pm #

    It depends on which of my jobs is considered a career… my day job/paying job is not a source of happiness but my night job as an intern for Gennifer Albin is an amazing opportunity that I happened on by mistake. I’m so looking forward to TAKEN!

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      hollyb Jan 21 2013 at 11:43 pm #

      Lucky, lucky lady! Crewel was absolutely one of my favorite reads of 2012! Good luck!

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    Natasha Jan 17 2013 at 12:57 am #

    I’m currently fortunate enough to stay at home to work on my writing. It is something I’ve hoped to do for a long time and I have a wonderful husband who stands by my side. This current situation is something we sought together since we wanted to move from the Midwest to California.

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    Erica Jan 17 2013 at 1:45 am #

    My ideal literary cocktail is basically just anything with a good story and well written with rounded out characters. Characters are one of my biggest motivators to keep reading.

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    Hong Jan 17 2013 at 7:28 am #

    I fell by happy accident in becoming an author. I never wanted to become an author until I worked for an author a few years ago.

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    Kaye M. Jan 17 2013 at 8:42 am #

    I’m still a student right now, but apparently, my entire life has led up to becoming something within the literary world – a writer, a student in library sciences, and possibly somewhere in publishing if I ever find an internship that works for me. ><

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    Loie Jan 17 2013 at 9:34 am #

    Haha, my career at the moment : student. But hopefully after I will be working as an editor in the publishing industry 😀 And then a few years down the road….a published author? Can’t wait to read Taken!

    <3 Loie

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    Lea Krnjeta Jan 17 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    I Went to high school for a proffesion in tourism which was by accident, but now I’m studying to be a Croatian teacher which is a dream come true

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    Ghenet Myrthil Jan 17 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    I work in book publishing, which is a profession I sought after and LOVE. 🙂

    Awesome interview and I’m so excited to read TAKEN!

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    Andrea Jan 17 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    I also was sure I wanted to get an English Degree (except for my undergrad) but after I changed my major several times, I’m finally going to go to grad school for nutrition (so excited!). Quite the switch, though, haha. The only thing that hasn’t changed is that I still want to be an author.

    TAKEN sounds amazing. I love seeing Sara Crowe’s perspective as to why she chose it, and her insight into the industry. Great interview!

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    Desiree Jan 17 2013 at 6:17 pm #

    My current employment… hmm, I guess it’s a little bit of both. I am currently staying at home with my daughter and going to school. I always knew that I wanted to stay home for a couple years when I had kids, but I didn’t plan on getting pregnant while in college. On top of that I had a complicated pregnancy and was placed on bed rest for what felt like a billion years. I had my daughter prematurely and decided to stop school for the time being in order to be home with her. Now, almost four years later, I’m in school again to finish my degree but am still staying home too.

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    Sara (Page Sage) Jan 17 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    My literary cocktail would be a mix of old school fantasy, a conspiracy theory, strong characters, and high stakes, all with a touch of romanticism.

    Reading Ms. Crowe’s insight into the publishing industry is great! Thank you for the interview. Taken sounds incredible!

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    Carolee Dean Jan 17 2013 at 10:25 pm #

    I’m a speech-language pathologist by day and author by night… Both are chosen fields that I love. I’m also repped by Sara Crowe so it was great fun reading her interview. Good luck with TAKEN!

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    Paige Jan 18 2013 at 1:14 am #

    Hmm. Right now, winter blah setting in and too much snow on the ground, I just love the escape I get from a good book.

    Can’t wait to read Taken!

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    Alicia Jan 18 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    My ideal literary cocktail is a mix of romance, gorgeous prose, and characters you root for.

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    Andrea Jan 18 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    I started out as a lawyer and when I got pregnant, turned into a full time stay at home mommy which completely took me by surprise- but I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I’m trying my hand at writing now- but with two little ones it’s pretty challenging. Even having to get up super early to write, I’m so much happier now than I was when I was litigating! Thanks for the interview, it was really interesting and I’ll be adding Taken to my goodreads list 🙂

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    Jessie Humphries Jan 19 2013 at 2:24 am #

    I love Sara Crowe. Such a dream agent! I want this ARC now!!! Pretty please 🙂

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    Caitlyn Jan 19 2013 at 3:10 am #

    My ideal literary cocktail would include romance, fantasy, and action.

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    Kate Jan 19 2013 at 10:22 am #

    Ohhhh…. My ideal literary cocktail includes a unique subject, strong characters and (of course) romance! 🙂

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    Lori T Jan 19 2013 at 10:43 am #

    My job as a high school librarian is one I absolutely love and fell into happily, and wouldn’t trade it for anything!

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    Shelver506 Jan 20 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    At the moment, I’d like a nice fantasy. It needs a non-European tang, a lemony, unpredictable twist, and maybe an assassin garnish. I do love assassins.

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    Brianna Jan 21 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    My favorite mix would be Dystopian thriller with a romance (especially if forbidden) and a strong female character. I’m also a fan of cliffhangers when they’re part of a series, no matter how much they make me want to scream. ;D

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    Emily Jan 21 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    I’m actually in school right now working towards a degree, so I don’t have a real profession. I’m hoping to become a part of the publishing industry once I get my MBA (big dreams). I have a part-time job waitressing, buuuut hopefully, I won’t be there the rest of my life!

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    Laura Wardle Jan 21 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    I kind of fell into the library service accidentally. I needed a few more hours a week — and there was a Saturday assistant post open in my next town. I didn’t get the actual post, but was taken on as relief. A couple of months later I got a temporary Saturday post at another branch, and then in December I landed at a permanent part-time post at my current branch. I am so happy I applied on the whim of wanting share my love books for a few hours a week to earn a bit of pocket money. Best decision ever!

    Wonderful interview! You’re super lucky to have Sara as your agent, Erin! She sounds like a dream agent. Best of luck with TAKEN! I’m so pumped for it!

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    Claire Jan 21 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    My current job sucks, but it’s a means to an end. I currently intern for an awesome literary agent, maybe one day I’ll rep some awesome authors too.

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    Kendra Jan 21 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    my cocktail would have to be…. 1/4 laughs, 1/4 badass-ness, 1/2 wonderful characters! I am big on every serious book that you can laugh at characters and want to hold onto for the rest of your life because you love them that much. 🙂

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    Jessica Capelle Jan 21 2013 at 7:04 pm #

    My current full-time profession (law) is one I sought out. I was always fascinated by the law and was driven to go to law school from a very young age. However, I never wanted to practice law- I wanted to teach it and write about it- so actually working as a lawyer cemented my decision to pursue what I truly want to do. Accordingly, I’ve been shifting into tutoring and writing part-time so I can eventually do that full-time and only do legal work I’m passionate about.

    My literary cocktail is 1/4 a world I can lose myself in, 1/4 characters that tear my heart to shreds, 1/4 gorgeous writing, and 1/4 pacing that won’t let me put the book down!

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    hollyb Jan 22 2013 at 12:01 am #

    My current profession is one that for most of my thirty-something years I never thought I wanted to do … be a stay-at-home mommy! I never wanted kids, then that changed and we now have a 4-1/2 year old boy, but even then I always wanted to continue working. I was a lawyer by training but not in traditional practice, having worked for a lawyers’ trade association and then as a law career counselor. However, I have a chronic illness and am blessed to have a husband who cares very much about my health and to even be able to entertain the idea of quitting my job to stay home with our son! So I fell into this “profession” as a SAHM, but now I wouldn’t change it for the world!! Except, perhaps, if I could be a freelance copy-editor, but…we’ll just have to see 🙂 Congratulations on the upcoming release, and thanks to you both for such an insightful interview! I am very much looking forward to reading your book, Erin! I wish you all the best.

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    kaye Jan 22 2013 at 12:22 am #

    I’m currently a student, a publishing intern, and I work part-time at a large technology company. My goal, though is to be writer that also edits, or perhaps an editor that writes. I think in the end, whatever I do, I just want my job to be something I love. That’s what makes it all worth it.

    And I’m very excited for TAKEN and love reading these stories where two great things collide to make something even more wonderful. 🙂

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    Hayley G Jan 22 2013 at 7:10 pm #

    I sought out for my job as a Children’s bookseller! I love a good cold bottle of water or diet pepsi with my read! 🙂

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    Lori M. Lee Jan 22 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    I sought out my day job in IT, and I also sought out my dream job as a writer 🙂 Hopefully one day, I can exchange the former for the latter!

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      Lori M. Lee Jan 22 2013 at 9:42 pm #

      I also wanted to say Sara is phenomenal. She was always communicative and kind in our correspondence back when I was still querying. And I can’t wait to read Taken!

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