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About Adriann Ranta

Adriann Ranta has represented New York Times bestselling, award-winning authors, journalists, illustrators and graphic novelists, as well as actors, stuntwomen, makeup artists, and many other pioneering creative thinkers and leaders in their fields.

A Writer’s Motivation: Who Are You Writing For? Literary agent Adriann Ranta explores tough questions every writer should consider before attempting to publish

I’ve had some really interesting and unique life experiences, and my friends keep encouraging me to write about them. From a market standpoint, is it a better idea to write a memoir, or to use those experiences as inspiration for a novel/work of fiction?

I wish I could answer this question with a bullhorn at every conference I attend. At its heart, this is a question about audience, concept, market, skill, and ego all wrapped up into one tricky little knot.

Everyone has […]

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Query Questions

I’ve heard it’s pointless to query between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Are there other times of year that are better or worse for agent responses?

It’s true that publishing slows way down over the holidays (we’re people with families too!) and during the summer doldrums (we love the beach too!), but anything sent during these slow times will still be waiting for us when we get back. I read chronologically, as I assume most slush readers do, and we don’t hold it […]

By |2018-05-03T21:02:30+00:00|Ask an Agent|Comments Off on Query Questions

Mainstream Publishers and the Acquisition of Successful Self-Published Titles

How interested are mainstream publishers in buying successful self-published books? I don’t mean hugely successful titles (Hugh Howey’s stuff, say), but books that have racked up impressive sales. And how many sales does it take to get a traditional publisher’s attention?

This is a hard question to answer because I truly think it’s different for every scenario. But when I see that a book has already been self-published, I assume that the author has already attempted to get it traditionally published and […]

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Which Publishing Path is Better for Debut Authors?

These days, it seems harder and harder to land an agent and a traditional publisher, while on the other hand, many of the growing number of self-published books on sites like Amazon have difficulty finding an audience.  What is your advice for unpublished novelists who are faced with this dilemma?

As an agent, I read an unbelievable amount of crappy books. I obviously read a lot of great ones too, but a majority of the projects that come across my desk are […]

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Titles and Synopses

Here are a couple of procedural questions, both on things that are terrible and hard: titles and synopses.

Q Can you tell me a little about book titles and how often an author’s own title survives the publication process? If a title changes, is it the agent, editor, or someone in house who suggests the new one?

A A book’s title is a huge part of the book’s package (by which I mean its general presentation: cover design, interior […]

By |2018-05-03T21:03:14+00:00|Ask an Agent|Comments Off on Titles and Synopses

What Agents Want. (To Be Surprised, impressed, and Moved.)

Hello!

It’s a huge pleasure to be blogging for The Editorial Department, my first introduction to the publishing industry back when I was but a tiny U of A graduate. Since TED, I’ve moved to New York and landed at Wolf Literary Services, a literary agency that has me reading thousands of manuscripts, interacting with countless authors, and shepherding writers through all stages of their writing careers. It’s a job I adore and one that has given me a lot of insight […]

By |2018-05-03T21:03:28+00:00|Ask an Agent, Q&A, Traditional Publishing|Comments Off on What Agents Want. (To Be Surprised, impressed, and Moved.)