Monday, 2 December 2013

A Follow-up With Booker Albert

Last year I interviewed a brand new Agency: Booker Albert who opened their doors a year ago yesterday (December 1st). They have returned to the Writer of Wrongs to check in and let us know how their first year has been going.

Brittany Booker and Jordy Albert

Brittany Booker

    Thank you for following up with us! We’ve had such an amazing year! I’m not even sure where to begin. Jordy and I started The Booker Albert Literary Agency a year ago. I have no idea where this year has gone. This first year has been amazing for both Jordy and myself. Starting your own business is always a big step. I don’t think I could have asked for a better experience with this. I love my job, and I’m thankful to be able to do this for a living. There are so many people that don’t get to do what they love every single day.  I thank God for giving me this opportunity.

   So, I guess I’ll go ahead and say that I’m up to seventeen clients. I love each and every one of them. It’s so amazing to find authors that have such great talent. And I feel every single one of mine has something to bring to the table. I’ve been blessed to sell some of those clients’ books this year. I’m so proud of my deals. It’s an honor to work with the editors that I have so far. I’ve sold to Random House (Flirt), Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star), Month9Books (Swoon Romance), Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing and Penguin (Berkley).

   This first year has been stressful, I won’t lie, but it’s the large to-do lists that keep me going. It’s all about prioritizing your time. On the other hand, it’s about giving yourself time to relax and not let the work consume you. It’s so easy to get sucked in and several hours pass by without you realizing it.
   My genres have definitely changed now that I’m interacting with editors and keeping up with what’s in and what’s out. I’m looking for any genre New Adult (especially contemporary ones with hot heroes. Wink. Wink). I’m looking for clever, witty and fun MG novels. I love any book set in the south with a romantic plot. In fact, most of the novels I represent have romantic elements. I’m a happy-ever-after kind of agent. You can find out more about us, our deals and our wonderful clients on our website!

Jordy Albert
Thanks so much for following up with us at the Booker Albert Agency. It has been a really exciting year for both Brittany and I, and our wonderful interns. Our client list has grown and we are definitely looking forward to 2014. We are very happy and thrilled for our clients; we’ve had a number of recent deals and hope the good news keeps coming! My client, Jayne Denker’s third book Down on Love (eKensington) was just released on the twenty-first of November and she has a follow-up that will be released next year. And we’ve recently sold my client, Suzanne van Rooyen’s I Heart Robot to Georgia McBride at Month9Books. Also, some exciting news coming soon from two of my other clients!

I am actively seeking clients. Please check our website for details. I’m pretty much open to all genres, but I am especially looking for YA with a strong romantic element, or New Adult and Adult romance. I hope to hear from you!

Thank you ladies for stopping by!
Be sure to check out their website for submission guidelines and agent information. READ SUBMISSION GUIDLINES if you are going to query any agency and good luck in the coming year.