Monday, August 11, 2014

Agent Interview: Jordy Albert of The Booker Albert Literary Agency

With us today on Monday Meet and Greet is literary agent and co-founder of The Booker Albert Literary Agency, Jordy Albert .  She was gracious enough to answer some questions for us on writing and the type of books that hook her. 

My followers would like to get to know you better for stalking purposes. Tell us a little about yourself and what made you want to be an agent.

I’ve always loved to read, and I was interested in the publishing industry from an early age. 

What advice would you give aspiring authors?

Keep writing! It might not happen with your first dozen projects, but I think practice does make perfect and eventually it will happen. Also, READ. A LOT. Especially in the genre you write. Join writing groups, get a Beta reader/critique partner (group), enter pitch contests, and attend conferences. 

What elements are MUST HAVES in a story you’d ask to see more of?

Characters that draw me in right away. 

Besides basic grammatical errors and writers sending stories in genres you don’t represent, what are most common problems with the submissions you receive?

Many submissions just don’t follow guidelines. For instance, we ask that you don’t send attachments unless requested, or the author will just send sample pages with no query. I also receive submissions that have no name or contact information, and sometimes the author will just send a link to a website. 

What’s on your wish list?  

I am such a sucker for historical romance (especially Regency). I’d also like to see more realistic MG/YA…Oh! And contemporary, and sci-fi YA. 

Okay, now for some fun questions to get to know you.

All time favorite villain – Voldemort. 

Last book that made you cry – The Fault in Our Stars. 

Guilty pleasure – French fries and chocolate shake, and binge watching Doctor Who/Sherlock when I have time. 

Book you feel everyone must read that’s not from one of your clients? To Kill A Mockingbird. 

Hobbies – Reading lol …knitting, trying to learn more French and Japanese. 

Favorite place you’ve ever visited – Japan.

Thanks, Jordy, for being with us today.

To learn more about Jordy Albert, follow her on Twitter or visit The Booker Albert Agency

-- Cherie Colyer, author of  the Embrace Series and Challenging Destiny



  1. I cried when I read Fault in our Stars, too. It's a great book. Thanks for being here today and the great tipes.

  2. I've met many writers who have forgotten about the READING a lot in their genre part in addition to all the other skills. Great to meet you, Jordy! (And cool name, btw!)

  3. I loved The Fault in our Stars - although it should come with an emotional warning label! Thanks for sharing with us today!

  4. Great Interview! I named my new Kitten Harper Lee for -To Kill a Mocking Bird if that tells you anything. Lol.