Where’d You Go, Whitley? + Top Ten Book Covers I’d Frame As Pieces of Art

Yes, you read that right. I’m crawling out of the woodwork after months of silence. Between starting a couple new jobs, moving, and being generally tired all the time, I just got burnt out. Big time. So I stepped back from all web presence to adapt and recoup. And now, dear readers,

I’ll be getting to the topic of this post (Top Ten Tuesday) in just a moment, but first, I thought I’d update you all on what I’ve been up to.

As you may know, back in 2012, I decided that I wanted to be a literary agent. I’d long dreamt of the idea–pretty much ever since I found out there was such a thing from Mandy Hubbard–but being unpublished and having no experience or connections, I wasn’t sure how to go about making that happen. I pretty much lucked into a trial run remote internship with Carol Mann Agency, which turned out the be an amazing learning experience. After a year or so, however, I started to feel a little cramped–all those in-house interns were getting their dream jobs, but here in St. Louis, I was still interning at night with no advancement opportunities in sight–so I began reaching out to other agencies that had a presence outside of New York.

Not everything was a great fit.  I overcommitted myself to two great agencies and I truly believe that my months of flailing there almost cost me everything. Lesson Learned: it’s great to be ambitious, but it’s much more important to be realistic about what you can accomplish.

Thankfully, things worked out in the end. For the last several months, I’ve been working with Michelle Johnson and Jamie Bodnar Drowley of Inklings Literary Agency. I started out as an intern, building a MASSIVE database of editors for the agents to use while building their pitch lists. From there, I began to assist Michelle  and Jamie in preparing manuscripts for pitching. I currently am an assistant agent (YAY!) with Inklings, and while I am still working closely with Michelle and Jamie, I am slowly starting to build my client list. I’m not accepting uninvited queries quite yet, but you’ll probably see me poking around pitch sessions on Twitter. I know some authors worry about fledgling agents, and I completely understand, but rest assured: I have my act together, I’m good at what I do, and I am under the wings of some AWESOME agents!

I’m still learning and growing as a publishing professional, both as an agent and in my “day job”, so it’s busy, busy, busy. But…

If you have any questions, feel free to ask away in the comments (-:

Well, now that that’s out of the way, on to

toptentuesdayI’ve been looking for quirky ideas for decorating my tiny apartment, so this Top Ten couldn’t have come at a better time.

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Are you noticing a trend here? I love the look of silhouettes against bright colors and patterns. Plus, what girl doesn’t love a little romance?

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These actually remind me a little of some posters I had up in my college dorms. Whenever I was bored with a paper I was writing, I would look up and imagine the story behind the moment the photos were taken. Mental storytelling at its finest!

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Bring in the quirky here. I love these covers because I feel like they’d make great conversation starters… and isn’t that the point of wall art?

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And last but not least…


I mean, did you really expect me to get through this entire post without Harry Potter? Even with all the new covers coming out and the awesome international covers out there, the original Scholastic cover of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone will always hold a special place in my heart.

Now it’s your turn. What book covers do you love so much, you’d frame them and hang them on your wall?

2 thoughts on “Where’d You Go, Whitley? + Top Ten Book Covers I’d Frame As Pieces of Art

  1. sarahappifanie says:

    Hi 🙂 Congrats on the new title – I’m clearly excited over this recent development! I hope everything goes really well for you.

    Of those books you listed, I’ve only read Going Vintage (liked a ton!), Katherines (my least fav John Green), and Harry Potter. I’d frame These Broken Stars (but I have a signed poster, so I will frame it!), This Is What Happy Looks Like, maybe. And Crash Into You by Katie McGarry, because pretty boy.

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