Tina Wexler is a literary agent at International Creative Management (ICM).
ICM is one of the largest and oldest agencies in the world. The literary department consists of 11 agents representing everything from kids to adult. In the children's scope, she reps everything from tots to teens.
On Digital publishing:
Independently publishing a book is a vital option for some. It works if you just want something out there, but if your goal is to have a thriving career, it's just as much work, if not more work.
What if you have a client who has had several successful books, but the next one delivered doesn't seem strong enough. What do you do?
Tina has a relationship with her clients and she would have a conversation with that person, letting them know that this might not be the next book. It would be a difficult conversation, but an important one.
What happens if you have a author who's sold several books, but wants to take to the next level and get a better deal?
If you want to get to that next level then you must take your writing there. "We're only as good as the material we're selling." You should ask, What are you doing to get there?
You have a magic wand, and you can fix anything in the publishing business, what would it be?
I want more bookstores to come back.
The lightning round:
What do you not want to see any more of?
What's the next hot genre?
Pet peeve about submissions?
What would you like to land on your desk?
Ditto (to Marcia's, "Something brilliant")