#80 When You Want a Literary Agent Who Has Your Back

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Amy Collins


I met Amy Collins at the Writer’s Digest conference last summer in New York City. We were both speakers at the conference and both of us teach for Writer’s Digest.  I was captivated by Amy’s energy, presence, and passion for working with writers and knew I had to have her on the podcast.

I’m so delighted for you to get a sense of what having someone in your corner, like Amy can bring to a writer’s career.

We are both at the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Conference this week, and I plan to do a post about that when I’m back. But you can also follow on social media where I post on instagram.

In This Episode:

• Amy’s genre picks and why they work for her/her clients [3:59]
• The number one tool Estelle recommends her students use to research agents [6:02]
• The genre Amy finds tricky to work in and why [9:37]
• Her most successful books [11:55]
• Red flags that Amy notices before she signs someone [21:05]
• The specific areas Amy can assist when working with contracts and during the negotiation process [24:17]
• The ultimate rule for success in a creative field [30:34]

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About Amy

Amy Collins is an agent with the Talcott Notch Literary Services agency. She has over 30 years in the publishing industry and  is a USA TODAY and WALL STREET JOURNAL bestselling author. She has spent her career working with Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, Target, Costco, Wal-Mart, as well as independent bookstores and libraries. Collins is a trusted speaker, and teacher, featured at conferences and in articles across the globe. In her agent role, Collins focuses on fantasy, horror, sci-fi, & romance. She lives and travels in a 40’ bus and rides her motorcycle to meetings with editors and authors.

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Want to Listen to Another Agent Interview?

For another agent interview on the podcast, check out episode #76 

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