What I Learned about the Adams Literary Agency


I really enjoyed going to the SCBWI Schmooze at the Fort Mill Library on Saturday, March 19, 2011 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Thank you very much Roxanne Hanna, with Savvy Wordsmiths and Brad Davidson with the Charlotte SCBWI group for organizing the great opportunity to meet Tracey Adams, her husband, Josh and Quinlan Lee of the Tracey Adams Literary Agency.

Thanks to the people who brought ice, drinks, cookies, chips, and brownies, too. It was fun hearing how their agency began and how they do things. Having the opportunity to hear what is going through their heads when they read first pages was an awesome experience.

It was fun meeting people I’d met at the SCBWI fall conferences. Having a chance to talk in person with people I’d only had email communication with was an invigorating experience.  Meeting new people was fascinating. I had to leave half-way through. What a bummer!

Four things I learned from the Adams Literary Agency:

1.    A wowser Fact – An editor has to read your manuscript 500 times from the first read to when the book is in print – This fact explains why editors must fall in love with your manuscript  before they sign you on.

2.    It’s important to let them know you are a member of SCBWI because it means you take your writing career seriously.

3.    It’s important for them to know that you’re in a writing group because it means you’re serious about your writing career.

4.    It’s important for children’s illustrators to have a website portfolio of children and animal illustrations that agents/editors can look at after you send a query.

5.   They have signed someone on even after they have rejected a story once.  If you submit a different story or a newly revised story, they’ll read it with sincerity.

6.   All members of Adams Literary Agency seem to have the same basic philosophy: they love good writing.

7.  Their on-the-spot critique of First Pages presented at the schmooze were sincere, honest, thoughtful, and professional. I feel like they will give any writer who queries them this same professional attention. I decided I might query them about one of my manuscripts written for children. It filled me with more confidence to query an agent about my work because I saw how friendly and accessible they were.

If you write for children, you might want to seriously consider Adams Literary Agency http://www.adamsliterary.com/.

1. Submission Guidelines http://www.adamsliterary.com/resources/Submit/adamsLiterary-Submissions.pdf

2. Submit your work now http://www.adamsliterary.com/submitnow/submitnow.php

It’s not too late to submit your work to a publisher or agent this month! Go for it. If you submit your query to them, leave me a comment on the Pub Sub Page for March blog post.

To read Carol Baldwin’s blog to read more about the Charlotte/Rock Hill Schmooze and Adams Literary Agency go to http://carolbaldwinblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/if-you-give-writer-cookie.html.

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Enjoy the Journey- Never Give Up

Joan Y. Edwards www.joanyedwards.com

How to win a free book or free critique:

1. Win a free paperback copy of Flip Flap Floodle or a 1001 Ways to Market Your Books by John Kremer by being the 50th person to sign up for an email subscription from the “Sign me up” block at the top of the left hand column. When you click on the email subscription link, if you have a WordPress blog, it lists your blog. If not, it lists your email address.   I have 35 people signed up now as of today.

2. For a chance to win a free critique,  submit your work in March, then leave a comment on the Pub Sub Page for March post with title of project, name of contest, publisher, editor, or agent; date you submitted, sent by email or snail mail, your name, and your personal blog/website. I’ll add your name to the Pub Subbers 2011 page, if you like. It’s just a way to reward yourself for submitting. I thought it would be cool to advertise your courage. We can also tell how many people are Pub Subbing.  We can see our group grow. I’ll choose a random winner and announce it at noon EST on April 1, 2011.

3. Want to win a free critique, tell me you submitted work to a publisher, editor, or agent during 2010. I’ll put you on the Pub Subbers 2010 page and enter your name for a chance to win. Email me at the address listed in the left-hand column before April 1, 2011.  I’ll choose a random winner and announce it at noon EST on April 1, 2011.

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6 Responses

  1. Hi Joan,

    It’s refreshing to hear that an agent will give a revised manuscript another look even after an earlier rejection.

    This was very helpful. Thanks!
    Linda A.

    • Dear Linda. Thanks for being a loyal reader of my blog. I appreciate it very much. I’m glad it was helpful to know they will consider another look at an earlier rejected manuscript. Do something good for you.

      Never Give Up Joan Y. Edwards, Author/Illustrator

  2. Joan.
    It was interesting to read your blog and to see what stood out for you. Goes to show you how 2 people can go to the same event and learn & see different things! thanks for linking to my blog too.

    • Dear Carol, You’re welcome for my putting a link to your blog. Thanks for leaving a comment. It is funny, isn’t it? That we all look through different windows and notice different things. It’s intriguing to see other points of view. Each person gives you a reflection to make a better picture in your mind of what happened there. Like different characters in a novel. Good luck with your writing and the courses and workshops you’ve been teaching. Go, Carol, go. Do something good for you!

      Never Give Up Joan Y. Edwards, Author/Illustrator Website http://www.joanyedwards.com

  3. Good morning, Joan. Your comments on the gathering of writers, with agents giving advice, is both thoughtful and revealing. And the comments from Linda and Carol, both of whom I know well, add even more insight to your review.
    I’m putting together a SCBWI event for Wilmington on Sunday, May 15, from 3:00 – 5:00. Linda will travel down from Fayetteville to speak on work-for-hire. David Gill will be a featured speaker to give information on his YA writing. Other things are still in the works. We have so few opportunities in Wilmington for this kind of gathering I’m really hoping for a good turnout of folks.
    Keep the information coming. While I seldom answer, I do read your posts and look forward to your comments.
    Have a happy day.
    Blonnie Bunn Wyche

    • Dear Blonnie,
      I am honored that you stopped by. It’s fun to hear about people you know. What an exciting Schmooze SCBWI event you’re having in Wilmington on Sunday, May 15th from 3:00-5:00. Linda Andersen is revved up about talking about work-for-hire there. David Gill is a great speaker, too. Fun Fun Fun awaits everyone who goes as well as learning a bunch, too. Thanks for reading my blog. I’m glad you enjoy it.

      Do something good for yourself.
      Joan Y. Edwards

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