Monday, March 14, 2011

Speed Date 2 - Results for Round 2

Deidre and Pamela spent the weekend whittling the names of the speed daters down to 15 contestants. Below are the list of those folks who led the pack and will now be able to send in the first three chapters of their manuscripts for the next round. We've also included more Q&A from Deidre and Pamela.

Don't forget to join us back here on Thursday, March 17th for the announcement of the final three finalists, plus we're going to play a fun game with Deidre and Pamela to see which sister knows the other best! :-)

Bob Martinez
Brandy Shockley
Cathy Pritchard
Christine Gallimore
E.M. Lord
Jenna Jaxon
Kathleen Foucart
Leeann Morgan
Lin Christie
Lisa Wells
Liz Phelps
Lizzie Friend
Michele Shaw
Rhea Ference
Shari Lambert

Instructions: On Monday, March 14th we will email the 15 entrants* advancing to Round 3 and post their names on the blog by 10am ET. They must email us their first three chapters by 9:00pm ET that same day.

*All 15 entrants will receive a confirmation email that their work has been received. If you do not receive a confirmation, please follow up. At this time, we are still advising people to use our Contests@KnightAgency.net addy. If you had trouble with sending to that addy before, you can alternately send it to jia_gayles(AT)yahoo.com. Both inboxes will be checked.

TKA Q&A with Deidre and Pamela -

What has been one of your proudest moments as an agent?
DEIDRE: It is very hard to pinpoint a proudest moment because quite frankly there have been many. Here are a few greatest hits: seeing 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN pass the four year mark on the New York Times bestseller list; Gena Showalter being the first Harlequin Teen author to hit the New York Times; Cara Lockwood’s movie of I DO, BUT I DON’T airing on Lifetime with the hunky Dean Cain in lead role; my recent sale of “pie lady” Beth M. Howard’s memoir, MAKING PIECE in a pre-empt after a great deal of heated interest from publishers; the first time I did a six figure deal (to Doubleday for ACHIEVING YOUR FINANCIAL POTENTIAL by Scott Kays); my very first NYC trip, when I found out what I was truly made of inside—overcoming fear and potential intimidation and instead successfully meeting editors from cold calls.

What is the best part of working with a member of your family?
DEIDRE: I love getting to travel with Pamela to all sorts of fun and exciting destinations, particularly all our trips to NYC. We always inspire each other during these trips and challenge each other to go farther in the business.

Sisters by the Seashore in Newport, R.I.
Left: Deidre; Right: Pamela

Left: Deidre; Right, Pamela

What part of your job gives you the biggest thrill?
PAMELA: It sounds trite, but being able to tell a first-time author that we have an offer is truly the most rewarding aspect of my job. It's an honor to play a part in the realization of someone else's dream.

What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned about how to be successful in the publishing world
PAMELA: In this business, perseverance is the key to success. I have told many people about a nonfiction project that I once sold after showing it to no less than 35 different publishers. It was a project I deeply believed in, and I just couldn’t let it go. It proves the point that it’s all about getting the material in front of the right people.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Kelly Bryson said...

Good luck to those moving on the round 3!

Monday, March 14, 2011 at 10:34:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Bryce Daniels said...

Congrats and best wishes to those who continue to move through the brackets! (Just had to add to the spirit of March Madness)

Monday, March 14, 2011 at 2:48:00 PM EDT  
Blogger tom ... asheville, nc said...

Re: Speed Dating ...
i did a (quick) check of the writers who moved up to Round 3.
of the 15 chosen writers i was able to google 11. (i'm pretty sure i got the correct cathy pritchard, for instance.)
six of the eleven are romance writers ...
two are YA writers
two are film writer
one is ????
i hope the four that i didn't find are un-published literary fiction!
.
we literary writers have much homework to do re: who represents us!
still: it has been a a great experince throwing my hat into this ring.

Monday, March 14, 2011 at 3:38:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Leigh Evans said...

Good luck, guys. Work hard. It'll be worth it. Everyone I've met at TKA has been super.

Monday, March 14, 2011 at 4:52:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Bethany Robison said...

I've read E.M. Lord's work and I'm really excited to see it was chosen for the next round!

Kudos to Tom for all of the Googling, interesting to see the genre stats.

Monday, March 14, 2011 at 6:52:00 PM EDT  

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