This week's Agent Spotlight features Charlie Olsen of InkWell Management.
Status: Accepting submissions.
About: “Charlie Olsen started his publishing career at InkWell in 2007 and has been building his client list as an agent while working as an associate in the Foreign Rights department. He is interested in young adult and middle-grade, graphic novels and illustrated works, and compelling narrative non-fiction. Prior to Inkwell, Charlie studied print journalism at Rider University, covered a beat at a newswire in the District of Columbia, and wrote for two newspapers in New Jersey.” (Link)
About the Agency:
"InkWell is one of the world’s leading literary agencies, proudly representing major literary prize winners as well as many of the world's bestselling and best-loved authors. We enjoy a considerable international reputation as a significant and innovative player in the industry.
“In addition to its full-time agents and their assistants, the InkWell team includes a tireless foreign rights department, a dedicated social media, marketing and publicity expert, and a meticulous contracts manager. We also join forces with leading literary agencies in every foreign market and have agents based in Australia, Boston, and Dallas. We continue to be excited by—and on the lookout for—original ideas, riveting stories and great writing….” (Link)
What He's Looking For:
Picture books, chapter books, middle grade, young adult, graphic novels, illustrated works, narrative nonfiction, commercial fiction. (via e-mail 11/12)
From Twitter (2011):
“Want The Fifth Element in my query pile. Or Dune. Or something about space colonies. Violent, fast, plotty. Prty pls?” (Link)
What He Isn't Looking For:
“Yes. Nothing gets to the submission stage untouched.” (via e-mail 11/12)
A list of InkWell Management clients is available on the website.
As of this posting, Mr. Olsen is listed on Publisher's Marketplace as having made 4 deals in the last 12 months, 1 six-figure+ deal, and 9 overall. Recent deals include 1 women’s/erotica, 1 debut, 1 young adult, 1 YA graphic novel.
NOTE: PM is usually not a complete representation of sales.
E-mail: Yes (only).
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
In the body of an e-mail include a query letter and short writing sample of one to two chapters.
Please see the Inkwell Management website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines and terms of agreement.
The agency has a stated response time of up to two months (link) and Mr. Olsen usually responds within this timeframe. Stats on requested material are limited but show a range of 1-4 months.
“If you don’t hear from me in 8-10 weeks, ping me. This is a good practice for all agents you query.” (via e-mail 11/12)
What's the Buzz?
Charlie Olsen has been with InkWell since 2007. He is actively making sales for his select client list and his authors seem very happy with his representation. He represents picture books, chapter books, middle grade and young adult on the children's side and has a keen interest in graphic novels. I recommend following him on Twitter @ComicsisPeople.
Worth Your Time:
Around the We
An Interview with Sarah Schauerte (A QueryTracker Success Story) (08/2012).
Please see the InkWell Management website for contact and query information.
Last updated: 11/15/12.
Agent Contacted For Review? Yes.
Last Reviewed By Agent? 11/15/12.
Have any experience with this agent? See something that needs updating? Please leave a comment or e-mail me at agentspotlight(at)gmail(dot)com
Note: These agent profiles presently focus on agents who accept children's and/or teen fiction. They are not interviews. Please take the time to verify anything you might use here before querying an agent. The information found herein is subject to change.