Full disclosure: Literary agent Lucy Childs Baker and I don’t just share the same first name. We also share . . . a family! Lucy, an agent at the Aaron M. Priest Agency, is my cousin. She’s actually the person for whom I was named! Since I started working in publishing, I’ve relied on her analysis, her advice, and her good taste in books. Lucy is looking for new writers to represent in several literary categories workshopped here on Book Country. Read on to find out more about Lucy’s literary tastes and how to query her with your manuscript.
LS: Tell us how you got into the business of agenting.
LC: I was an actress in a previous life (for 25 years). I wanted to change careers for a variety of reasons and my cousin suggested agenting since I’ve always been a voracious reader with eclectic taste. I had to start somewhere, so I began managing the office at the Aaron Priest Agency. After learning everything I could about publishing – a completely different world from the theater! – I became an agent after four years.
LS: What kind of books do you really connect with as a reader?
LC: Mostly literary fiction, and although it’s a cliché, really anything that’s well written with a juicy story. Just finished THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt which I loved. Ruth Ozeki’s novel, A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING is also a recent favorite.