Amy Brewer

Literary Agent

Metamorphosis Literary Agency

(she/her) Wife, Mom, yoga teacher & Senior literary agent at metamorphosisliteraryagency.com @metamorphlitag #amwriting #WritingCommunity @9princess4life

Amy Brewer
@42amer
Literary Agent
(she/her) Wife, Mom, yoga teacher & Senior literary agent at metamorphosisliteraryagency.com @metamorphlitag #amwriting #WritingCommunity @9princess4life
10 MSWL
23 AskAgent

Stephanie Theban @StephanieTheban

@42amer @JenSneedWrites @litbeing I can understand it must take a lot of time to do the polishing that a writer should do. #okscbwichat
Replying to @StephanieTheban

#okscbwichat I can't tell them how to write, just to explain to them that this is what sell and this is what doesn't. That is the difficult part, 99% of any rejection in this industry isn't personal and has nothing to do with the writer's skills or abilities.

Amy Brewer
@42amer
Literary Agent
(she/her) Wife, Mom, yoga teacher & Senior literary agent at metamorphosisliteraryagency.com @metamorphlitag #amwriting #WritingCommunity @9princess4life
10 MSWL
23 AskAgent

Stephanie Theban @StephanieTheban

@42amer @JenSneedWrites @litbeing I can understand it must take a lot of time to do the polishing that a writer should do. #okscbwichat
Replying to @StephanieTheban

#okscbwichat Sorry, I didn't get to this during the chat. I think it boils down to a misunderstanding of what an agent does. I'm here to sell writers' work and intempret the fluctuation and chaos in the publishing market.

Amy Brewer
@42amer
Literary Agent
(she/her) Wife, Mom, yoga teacher & Senior literary agent at metamorphosisliteraryagency.com @metamorphlitag #amwriting #WritingCommunity @9princess4life
10 MSWL
23 AskAgent

Samantha is feeling grateful @SamanthaGassman

#okscbwichat @42amer
Hi Amy, great to meet you and to see an agent in the Texoma area! (I'm in Wichita Falls). How do you feel about the PB biography space? Is it inundated or is there room to grow still? Thanks!
Replying to @SamanthaGassman

#okscbwichat Hmm, that's a tough one. It 100% depends on who the biography is about. I think there are loads of untold stories of unknown heroes and they need to be told. But if it is a PB of George Washington chopping down a cheery tree, that has been done to death.

Amy Brewer
@42amer
Literary Agent
(she/her) Wife, Mom, yoga teacher & Senior literary agent at metamorphosisliteraryagency.com @metamorphlitag #amwriting #WritingCommunity @9princess4life
10 MSWL
23 AskAgent

Valerie Lawson @litbeing

@42amer What's coming up next for you? What projects are you really excited about that you'd like to share with us? #okscbwichat
Replying to @litbeing

#okscbwichat I have so many talented authors that I work with this could be a long post. Next month Bobby Robot by @5HourNinja will launch with @INtensePub and I'm thrilled with that.

Amy Brewer
@42amer
Literary Agent
(she/her) Wife, Mom, yoga teacher & Senior literary agent at metamorphosisliteraryagency.com @metamorphlitag #amwriting #WritingCommunity @9princess4life
10 MSWL
23 AskAgent

Valerie Lawson @litbeing

@42amer What have you read lately that you absolutely loved/wanted to share with others? #okscbwichat
Replying to @litbeing

#okscbwichat Yes, I made an offer on a manuscript a few hours ago. I can't wait to share t with the world. I've recently started signing and selling for illustrators and I'm thrilled to share their awesome art with the world.

Amy Brewer
@42amer
Literary Agent
(she/her) Wife, Mom, yoga teacher & Senior literary agent at metamorphosisliteraryagency.com @metamorphlitag #amwriting #WritingCommunity @9princess4life
10 MSWL
23 AskAgent
Amy Brewer
@42amer
Literary Agent
(she/her) Wife, Mom, yoga teacher & Senior literary agent at metamorphosisliteraryagency.com @metamorphlitag #amwriting #WritingCommunity @9princess4life
10 MSWL
23 AskAgent

Valerie Lawson @litbeing

@42amer You've mentioned being interested in cozy mysteries, #ownvoices nonfiction, and YA contemporary stories on your #mswl in the past, are you still looking for these stories as well? #okscbwichat
Replying to @litbeing

#okscbwichat Yes, absolutely. I was trying to keep it in the #kidlit in my earlier answer. I would love some cozy mysteries with oddball characters like the show Psych. I am open to anything that piques my interest. But I'm overwhelmed with Fantasy and Sci-Fi at the moment.

Amy Brewer
@42amer
Literary Agent
(she/her) Wife, Mom, yoga teacher & Senior literary agent at metamorphosisliteraryagency.com @metamorphlitag #amwriting #WritingCommunity @9princess4life
10 MSWL
23 AskAgent

Hannah Miller @HRuthMiller

#okscbwichat #okscbwichat In Adult romance what do you define as a "sweet" romance? Is this something you represent? @42amer
Replying to @HRuthMiller

#okscbwichat Hi! If you think of sweet romance, think Hallmark movie. Sincere love with a kiss at the end.
Yes, I do represent sweet romance but my plate is full at the moment. I recommend you query @LaurenMillerMO with @MetamorphLitAg She is actively seeking sweet romance.

Amy Brewer
@42amer
Literary Agent
(she/her) Wife, Mom, yoga teacher & Senior literary agent at metamorphosisliteraryagency.com @metamorphlitag #amwriting #WritingCommunity @9princess4life
10 MSWL
23 AskAgent

Valerie Lawson @litbeing

@42amer Tell us about your process as an agent. What happens after you sign an author. What happens next? #okscbwichat
Replying to @litbeing

#okscbwichat I then work with the author to get the manuscript ready for submission. Then I send it out on submission and possible make some calls or pitch the work in person.

Amy Brewer
@42amer
Literary Agent
(she/her) Wife, Mom, yoga teacher & Senior literary agent at metamorphosisliteraryagency.com @metamorphlitag #amwriting #WritingCommunity @9princess4life
10 MSWL
23 AskAgent

Valerie Lawson @litbeing

@BrobergMatthew @42amer Amy, what would you suggest to Matthew? Is it okay for him to ask for clarification when he's not sure about a critique/suggestion?
#okscbwichat
Replying to @litbeing

#okscbwichat Yes, he is welcome to ask for clarification. Unfortunately, agents get constantly asked to rethink and explain and give free editorial advice. So many may not respond to unsolicited emails or multiple emails.

Amy Brewer
@42amer
Literary Agent
(she/her) Wife, Mom, yoga teacher & Senior literary agent at metamorphosisliteraryagency.com @metamorphlitag #amwriting #WritingCommunity @9princess4life
10 MSWL
23 AskAgent
Amy Brewer
@42amer
Literary Agent
(she/her) Wife, Mom, yoga teacher & Senior literary agent at metamorphosisliteraryagency.com @metamorphlitag #amwriting #WritingCommunity @9princess4life
10 MSWL
23 AskAgent

Jennifer Sneed @JenSneedWrites

@42amer @litbeing #okscbwichat Sounds amazing. Would you describe yourself as an editorial agent who helps develop a promising work or one who is primarily focused on the business side is things?
Replying to @JenSneedWrites

#okscbwichat I can only invest the time to do small edits these days. I'm looking for work that is at least 90% ready to go. I am looking for work that I think the world needs to see and If it needs extra help I will put in the time, but that isn't my usual.

Amy Brewer
@42amer
Literary Agent
(she/her) Wife, Mom, yoga teacher & Senior literary agent at metamorphosisliteraryagency.com @metamorphlitag #amwriting #WritingCommunity @9princess4life
10 MSWL
23 AskAgent

Valerie Lawson @litbeing

@42amer Conversely, what's likely to make you stop reading? Any read flags that can lead to an automatic pass from you? #okscbwichat
Replying to @litbeing

#okscbwichat I think the biggest issue I have is when I don't have a person to connect with I will stop. I will stop at bad grammar or unpolished work. My biggest pet peeve is the misuse of the word literally. It's fine for a YA character to use it in conversation, otherwise, NO

Amy Brewer
@42amer
Literary Agent
(she/her) Wife, Mom, yoga teacher & Senior literary agent at metamorphosisliteraryagency.com @metamorphlitag #amwriting #WritingCommunity @9princess4life
10 MSWL
23 AskAgent

Valerie Lawson @litbeing

@42amer What really captures your attention when reading a manuscript? What keeps you turning the page and wanting more? #okscbwichat
Replying to @litbeing

#okscbwichat I fall in love with characters, even in kid lit. I have to be rooting for the character to win or learn or whatever. I want that character to feel real.

Amy Brewer
@42amer
Literary Agent
(she/her) Wife, Mom, yoga teacher & Senior literary agent at metamorphosisliteraryagency.com @metamorphlitag #amwriting #WritingCommunity @9princess4life
10 MSWL
23 AskAgent

Valerie Lawson @litbeing

@42amer I love that you talk about assisting your clients with "the stress and anxiety in this highly competitive industry". How else do you help your clients? What else makes you a unique agent? #okscbwichat
Replying to @litbeing

#okscbwichat I'm a cheerleader, I'm a very involved agent who not only wants my clients to succeed but I want them to be happy and fulfilled at the end of the day. Writing is HARD and all the rest of it shouldn't be so hard. I try to take the sting out of the industry.

Amy Brewer
@42amer
Literary Agent
(she/her) Wife, Mom, yoga teacher & Senior literary agent at metamorphosisliteraryagency.com @metamorphlitag #amwriting #WritingCommunity @9princess4life
10 MSWL
23 AskAgent
Amy Brewer
@42amer
Literary Agent
(she/her) Wife, Mom, yoga teacher & Senior literary agent at metamorphosisliteraryagency.com @metamorphlitag #amwriting #WritingCommunity @9princess4life
10 MSWL
23 AskAgent
Replying to @JenSneedWrites

Hi Jennifer, #okscbwichat I do have authors that write in both BUT... It is recommend that you write at least 7 books in one genre before you try to cross over. It also depends on the genre, DON'T write erotica and kid-lit!

Amy Brewer
@42amer
Literary Agent
(she/her) Wife, Mom, yoga teacher & Senior literary agent at metamorphosisliteraryagency.com @metamorphlitag #amwriting #WritingCommunity @9princess4life
10 MSWL
23 AskAgent

Stephanie Theban @StephanieTheban

Hi Amy. I’ve heard some say New Adult was a failed experiment. What are your thoughts. #okscbwichat
Replying to @StephanieTheban

#okscbwichat I'm not sure I would call it a failed experiment. But I think the industry was banking on the success of readers in their 20's and early 30's staying in the market and buying ebooks. The market has changed and moved on to audio books and podcasts