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Q&A with Stephen Barbara - CALL FOR QUESTIONS

I'm happy to announce we're doing a quick Q&A with Stephen Barbara of InkWell Management.

Starting now, I will take questions in the comments and by e-mail for approximately 30 hours. Only FIVE questions will make it into the final Q&A. Yes, five! So make sure your question is a great one.

To get you started, here's Mr. Barbara's bio:

"Stephen Barbara has been a literary agent since 2006, representing authors of books for young readers as well as select adult fiction and nonfiction. His list of critically acclaimed and bestselling authors includes Lauren Oliver, Laura Amy Schlitz, Lisa Graff, Leila Sales, Sam Munson, Paul Tremblay, Lynne Jonell, Todd Strasser, and Jack D. Ferraiolo, as well as the companies Paper Lantern Lit and The Story Pirates. Prior to joining InkWell in 2015, Stephen spent six years as an agent with Foundry Literary + Media, and before that was Contracts Director of the Donald Maass Agency for three years, both in New York City. He is originally from New Haven, CT, graduated from the University of Chicago in 2002, and now lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with his wife and son."

To further your research, please check out the Inkwell Management website, Mr. Barbara's Agent Spotlight profile, and his Twitter @Stephen_Barbara.

Ready to submit a question? Please leave it in the comments or e-mail it to me at agentspotlight(at)gmail(dot)com by Wednesday, 6/10 at 12 noon PST. I will be returning from a field trip about this time and will start the difficult task of choosing the best five questions to send on. The final Q&A will go up after Mr. Barbara has had a chance to pen his answers.

Good luck, everyone. I look forward to hearing from you!


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    1. Hi Johnell,

      I'm PST. Any entries that come in a little late will still be considered, but I do intend to send the questions by the end of the day. I'll add the timezone to my post.

      Thank you!

  2. Hope you're getting some good questions. Can't wait to read the interview.

  3. I've heard a variety of options on how long to wait before you follow up with an agent after they've requested a full submission. What are your thoughts on the matter? How long should we wait before we nudge them? When we do, what is the best way to nudge?

  4. What are you looking for in MG these days?

  5. Does getting a novella published with a small press hurt your chances for an agent on another project? Say, before the novella has launched?
    Thank you, Mr. Barbara.

  6. With an increasing number of authors turning to indie publishing, do you see agents approaching self-published authors if they like the author's work? Does it sway an agent's decision when they see an author has taken on the commitment to craft, professionally edit, design, and publish their own work?

  7. If an agent has requested material in the past, is it helpful to mention that if we query them later with a new project?

  8. Looking forward to reading the interview.

  9. No questions here, but it was nice learning a bit about Mr. Barbara.

  10. I have the same question as Heather. :)