Welcome to the first edition of Agent Spotlight! To start the ball rolling, I've intereviewed Sha-Shana Crichton of Crichton & Associates.
Can you give a little background on yourself and your agency?
Sha-Shana N.L. Crichton, president of Crichton & Associates, Inc. literary agency. Sha-Shana is a certified mediator and an attorney licensed to practice in New York, New Jersey and the District of Columbia.
For submission and queries, please send to:
Crichton & Associates, Inc.
6940 Carroll Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912
What are you currently acquiring? Are you looking for inspirational fiction and genre romance?can you elaborate on these? Sub-genres?
Mysteries, great women?s fiction, inspirational women?s fiction, Chick-lit, all types of romance - historical, contemporary, romantic suspense, paranormal,.
Realistically, what is your average response time, right now? We hear so much that the longer it takes, the better the odds of acceptance?any truth to that in regards to your agency?
We try to aim for 4 weeks for query letters, 6-8 weeks on partial manuscripts. In my case, I must say yes.
Pet peeves of submissions?
(1) SASEs sent with metered postage or in Priority envelopes. The post office often rejects the metered postage. With the priority envelopes, if the postage is not correct, one has to add postage or the manuscript is not returned. Use plain envelopes?. If you want it sent priority, include a priority sticker.
(2) Bounded manuscripts
What would be your dream submission?
A manuscript where the characters are properly developed, the character traits are consistent, the writing is consistent and the plot and grammar are excellent. Oh, I also love a strong, unique voice.
Do contest finals/placements/wins have any influence in whether you?ll read a certain ms?
What makes your agency stand out? Personal attention? Career development?
May I defer to my clients?
Best/worst part of being an agent?
Best part: I love watching my clients grow as writers. Making the first sale and not only working on making the second or third sale, but working to improve the craft. That makes me really happy.
Worst part: It is amazing the way some people think they should talk to you.
Walk us through what happens from the time you decide to accept an author?s piece until the ms is sent out for submissions to publishers.
Manuscript is accepted
I work with the client on making changes if necessary
I find out from the client, what publishing house or houses he or she would love to see the manuscript published by or what house he or she does not want the manuscript to go to. I take this into consideration when sending the manuscript out.
A synopsis seems to be the bane of the writer?s existence?are they REALLY that important in landing an agent?
I cannot speak for all agents. I tend to look more at the first three chapters.
Thanks again to Sha-Shana for this interview!