Capron said, “If you are here tonight at this meeting, let me know in your query letter that you heard me speak. Perhaps we had a chat sometime after the conference, so remind me of that fact in your letter to me inasmuch as a personal connection makes the agent feel like the writer has a specific reason for wanting to be represented by the particular agent or agency.”
All three agents agreed that the investment in a writer’s career is a commitment not to be taken lightly and may indeed be the beginning of a lifelong relationship. Therefore, the agent must be very cautious when making a commitment of representation.
“Who is the book-buying audience these days?” asked a participant.
Answers varied, because the fields of expertise between the three differ. Sonnack represents children’s and young adult fiction and nonfiction, which at this time is an extremely lucrative market for booksellers. Some of her recent titles include “Down Sand Mountain” by Steve Watkins and Marrily Kutner’s “Alphabet Magic.” Overall, however, all three agents agreed that the majority demographic of the book buyer is female in an age range of 35 and older.