My agent is Blair Hewes at Dunham Literary in NYC. She was given me from a query I sent to her boss (who I had met at a conference) – so essentially I was from the slush pile. We have been together since May 2008. She sold my (our) book on FIRST SUBMISSION! She is beyond awesome.
I know I have a wonderful agent, because I have had a bad one. Agent X was looking for the fast sale. At the time, I didn’t know I needed an editorial agent and that the manuscript wasn’t in its best form.
Blair became the person I didn’t even know I was hoping for. She has an eye for detail and writes amazing critiques that allow you to think, expand, and target the areas for improvement.
There is no limit to her professionalism, and I know that she will be in the business for a long time. Blair is an old soul and a pure book person. She loves words and thoughts. She cares about the book world and where it is going.
Although she is ten years younger than me, she nurtures as if she were a caring mother. She listens when I am crazy. She advises me on the best professional move for my entire career (not just the cash today). She puts me back in line when I am headed in the wrong direction. All with a caring hand.
But beyond being my strongest advocate, she has a great business sense and negotiates a mean contract. I mean, she got things I didn’t even know EXISTED. I just imagine her manhandling the contract departments and making lawyers cry. She is a tiger.
And she is my friend. We met face-to-face this year at BEA 2009. We laughed and gossiped over burgers and beer. We talked about her skirt which belonged to her grandmother. I’m hoping that her boyfriend of a bazillion years gets smart and puts a giant ring on her finger this holiday season. We exchange pictures. I have met her roommate (The FAB Melissa at Tor) and the other girls at the agency. We got up at 4 o’clock in the morning to stand in line for “Catching Fire” tickets – and giggled again at the crazy cat lady who was in line before us.
You see, the perfect formula for an agent is Professionalism + Strong Advocate + Trust = Super Agent. It’s just a bonus that she is a friend. I am blessed to have Blair representing me.
Many Thanks to Lisa and Laura for linkages to all the other Agents Appreciation entries http://www.lisa-laura.blogspot.com/
The picture is Blair and Future Mr. Lucky in the Tzora Vineyards in Israel.