Fall Philly Faculty Spotlight: Agent Charlie Olsen, by Lindsay Bandy

Fall Philly is this weekend! Hooray, hooray! I can’t wait to see you all, and meet our fabulous faculty. Speaking of faculty, today we are shining the spotlight on Mr. Charlie Olsen of InkWell Management…..

Hi Charlie!


What’s on your wish list right now?

A YA novel with a solid hook, a confident voice, and tight prose. A graphic novel with art and storytelling that shows the artist knows how to edit—something that distills the noise and detail of the world down to what’s important—and a viewpoint/insights that makes me feel something. In both, diversity is important. I’ve always enjoyed fantasy but there is so much amazing fantasy on the shelves that the core conceit needs to be really fresh. I’m always looking for compelling non-fiction.

What’s your best tip for creating a strong pitch?

Write your pitch like flap copy. You have two paragraphs – sometimes two sentences – to catch someone’s attention when they’re browsing at the bookstore and pick up your book. Treat your query the same. Don’t reveal everything, don’t over-promise. Reveal what’s important. Entice.

Thanks for stopping by, Charlie! We’ll see you soon 🙂

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