88 Cups of Tea with Yin Chang
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We release weekly interviews with awesome storytellers ranging from novelists to screenwriters to TV producers. Topics cover how-to's, writing advice, craft tips for writers, career nuggets, and the highs and lows of being a storyteller. We are a safe space for listeners to absorb information and learn in a way that'll shake up their creative routine. Our community welcomes each storyteller and writer and aims to make them feel less alone.
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JENNY BENT: The Path of a Literary Agent and Founder of The Bent Agency
3 days ago
Jenny founded The Bent Agency nearly 10 years ago and it has now grown into having nine agents with a strong focus on international rights and has offices in New York City and London. Her agency works with each author to map the publishing career of their dreams and make it a reality. They pay careful attention to details, from the terms of a first contract, editorial work and cover design, to the publisher’s marketing and publicity plan, royalties and sales figures. The Bent Agency prides themselves on nurturing and discovering authors who they can help propel to the top of their category. They’ve even earned a reputation where they’re known for their work ethic, their responsiveness, the quality of their client list and the results they achieve. In this episode, we discuss the early days of Jenny’s career and the path that unfolded to become a founder of her own company. She walks us through her role as a literary agent and touch briefly on film/tv and foreign rights deals and how understanding your co-agent’s tastes in what they’re seeking plays an important role. Further into the conversation, we have a very inspiring discussion about how Jenny faced moments of paralysis during the lowest points in her life and how she moved past it by gritting her way through. We get into a lot of really insightful and helpful listener questions and you’ll discover what tends to spark Jenny’s interest and what she’d love to see more of from submissions, the voices that are most under-represented in the YA community and the key changes that need to be made. Towards the end of the episode, we flesh out Jenny’s thoughts about authors’ social media presence, and she shares when she will be re-opening to queries and what she is hoping to see more of. Say 'Hi' to Jenny on Twitter! Head over to her shownotes page by clicking here. Happy listening! Xo, Yin PS. Do you know anyone who would love our conversation? Please share this episode to help spread the word! --- If you enjoyed this episode, I’d really love your support in growing our community by subscribing to us on iTunes, and leaving a rating and review. These specific steps help to increase our visibility on iTunes which really helps new listeners discover us. A huge heartfelt thank you for your time and support! You can click here to go directly to our iTunes page! --- Meet fellow members in our community and check in about your work-in-progress, and join in on other bookish talks and 88 Cups of Tea related things, join our private Facebook group! You can really feel the love and support in our community. You also get the opportunity to submit your questions for upcoming guests on the show. Click here to join our private Facebook group! --- Warm welcome to our new listeners, be sure to check out our archive of episodes by clicking here! --- “Sometimes it’s just as important to say no to an opportunity as it is to say yes.” -Jenny Bent (Click to tweet!) --- WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN TODAY'S EPISODE: We discuss the early days of her career and dive into the path that led her to create her own literary agency We go into detail about her role as an agent How understanding your co-agent’s tastes in what they’re seeking plays an important role in film/tv deals and foreign rights deals The pros and cons of working from home as your own boss VS. working for someone else in an office setting Facing moments of paralysis at our lowest points and gritting our way through Discover what tends to spark Jenny’s interest and what she’d like to see more of from submissions We discuss voices that are most under-represented in the YA community and the key changes that need to be made Jenny’s thoughts on an author’s social media presence Jenny shares when she will be re-opening to queries and what she is hoping to see more of