Thursday, January 3, 2013

A New Year Announcement

Hello Dear Reader!

I do hope everyone's holidays were wonderful and the new year has brought you all sorts of book and writing related resolutions!

As the new year dawns, I have my own announcement to make. I am retiring from agenting. I have loved working closely with writers, watching them grow and their careers bloom, but I will no longer be representing writers or their fabulous projects.

What will I be doing? I'm staying in the writing community as a freelance editor and remaining a close associate at Andrea Hurst Literary Management on the editorial side. (Yes, we have a department especially for the cultivation of padawans needing that extra push towards whatever their goals may be.) We have great things planned for the new year so please stop by the website and see what we're doing!

What does this mean for you? My blog will be getting a makeover (stay tuned for that), and new features that might include awesome benefits for you (interviews, insights, more Wednesday Reads, oh my!). You may have noticed from my blog, appearances at conferences, spending way too much time on blogs and contests, that I love immersing myself with writers. Most importantly, I love teaching minds that are eager to learn (that would be you). And that, ultimately, is my goal, to teach and spread cheer and wisdom.

What about the inbox? The inbox is empty. If for some reason I have missed your query or ms, I apologize for the oversight (or for my inbox eating your submission). Please consider another agent at the agency. Andrea Hurst Literary Management will no longer be representing YA, but we still have a talented pool of Adult and Non-Fiction agents. Visit the agency website for bios and more info.

Very happy new year to each one of you. This is not goodbye. This is...

Happy Making!
(because, in the writing business, that's what we do... happy writing, happy reading, happy making)


Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to hear that you are retiring as an agent but very excited to hear that you're staying within the writing community!

You're right though, I had no idea there was an editorial department (I assumed most agencies have at least one editor prowling about somewhere). And now I'm wondering. I'm going back to school for my BA in Creative Writing and I really want to get into the editorial field, specifically for an agency or publishing house. Agencies often have calls for agent internships, do you know of any internships that are specifically geared toward editorial services within agencies? Or will any internship within the general literary/agent field do?

I would appreciate any information you can pass my way and I look forward to seeing you around the community!
Happy New Year!

Angelica R. Jackson said...

All the best in your next endeavors!

Kristine Carlson Asselin said...

Happy New Year, dear Vickie! I have loved getting to know you these last couple of years and having you as my agent. You will be a fabulous editor--and if anyone needs a recommendation about your incredible skill as an editor, let me know! <3 All my best wishes to you as you move forward in your career! Kris

Charlie N. Holmberg said...

Oh wow... what a shock! You were always in my top 5, Vickie. I'm sad to see you leave the agenting ring, but I hope you have much success in this new direction!

Trisha said...

Sounds like you have great plans for your professional future anyway, that will benefit writers all over the blogosphere!

AlishaKlapheke said...

I wish you the best and look forward to reading your new blog!

Dr. Cheryl Carvajal said...

So glad you are off in a new direction! Making is a good word for this, too... in the editorial department you'll get to help make what is made as good as it can be.

All the best to you!

Mart Ramirez said...

Don't know how I totally missed this post. Sorry to hear you are no longer agenting. Will miss the opportunity to query you.
I know whatever you choose to do you'll be spectacular at it! Here's to a new, beautiful beginning!