Tuesday, April 24, 2007
FEATURED AGENT INTERVIEW: MAYA ROCK - AGENT, WRITER HOUSE LITERARY AGENCY
Maya Rock graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor’s in English. Before working for Writers House she was the assistant to Kathy Anderson and Jill Grinberg Literary Management.
At Writers House she became the assistant to Al Zuckerman the founder of Writer House, a former novelist, TV writer, and a playwright teacher at Yale.
Now, Maya has her own list of clients. She specialized in General fiction, Romance, Fantasy/science fiction, Juvenile fiction, Reference, History, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Travel, Lifestyle, and African-American
The Writers House Literary Agency is one of the largest agencies in the world. Their clients include Nora Roberts, Ken Follett, Michael Lewis, Christopher Paolini, Francine Pascal and Jane Feather.
Writer House provide an extraordinary amount of full service benefits of foreign and sub rights departments and their royalty staff.
E. I. Thank you for dropping by Ms. Rock. Would you please tell the readers as an agent at Writer’s House how do you view the market for first novels in the literary mainstream genre? Does the culture at your agency differ from other agencies with respect to giving a serious look at first-time authors?
Maya Rock: As an agent, I'm very excited to get first novels--something new and fresh and undiscovered. However, to be completely honest, it is extremely rare to find excellent first time novels. It makes sense. A novel is a hard thing to write and they wouldn't be as special if they are if they were common.
I can't speak for other agencies, but I think openness to first-time authors depends on the agent and how much they want/need clients.