Q&A with My Agent and Editor

_Inside DCL (Arielle Datz)

In the past few weeks, as we get closer and closer to a release day for Villains, I’ve shared a number of conversations with my agent and editor about the enthusiasm for publishing online, and the lack of inside information available. And they’ve offered to do something amazing:

They’re going to answer all your questions about writing, editing, agenting, and the process of publishing If We Were Villains

Here’s a little bit more about them:

Arielle Datz is a New York transplant from Los Angeles, who started as an intern at Dunow, Carlson, & Lerner Literary Agency in 2011. She then worked in the foreign rights department at WME, followed by the Elizabeth Kaplan Literary Agency. She returned to DCL full-time in 2015. She is currently obsessed with April the Pregnant Giraffe (aprilthegiraffe.com). Other loves: whales, contemporary chamber music, and noodles in all forms.

Christine Kopprasch is an Executive Editor at Flatiron Books, where she recently published New York Times bestsellers The Dry and Behind Her Eyes. She is publishing the upcoming debuts If We Were Villains and Tornado Weather. Christine previously worked at Crown, where her acquisitions included New York Times bestseller Bittersweet, New York Times bestseller The Little Paris Bookshop, and The Vegetarian, which won the Man Booker International and was a New York Times Top 10 Best Book of 2016.Christine is a terrible but avid gardener and an obsessive reader. She has a baby at home, so she basically hasn’t slept in a year. (Her opinions are her own.)

This is an incredible opportunity to hear from some people (besides me) in the book business firsthand, so please take advantage of it! Here’s how it’s going to work:

  1. You send a question to me here, indicating that it’s for Agent/Editor Q&A. (This is important, so I know it’s not just a question for me.)
  2. You indicate who the question is for: Arielle, Christine, me, or some combination of the three of us.
  3. I will post all of our responses here! So if you want to see everybody’s publishing questions–not just your own–keep an eye on this blogroll.

We’ll be accepting and posting questions up until April 4th, which is one week before the Villains release, so go ahead and start sending them in!

Can’t wait to hear from you.