Agent Friday: Kae Tienstra

Take a public relations professional who loves books. Blend with an English Literature major with a masters in Library Science. Throw in a desire to assist writers on the road to publication, and what do you have? KT Public Relations and Literary Services.

Kae Tienstra and her partner Jon, have been agenting since 2006, and have run the public relations arm since 1993. They represent a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction at their Pennsylvania-based agency. They've been blogging for several years. Here are some highlights you won't want to miss.

Have you been tempted to try one of those querying services? You pay a company to write, send, and keep track of your query letters. Bowker's Manuscript Submissions is one such group. Tienstra gives her take on Bowker, and other query services from an agent's point of view.

One of the big questions writers have is whether they can be successful if they choose to self-publish. Tienstra has an interesting answer, having been involved in publicity for independent authors for years.

Tienstra shares opinions on several different genres, like science fiction, cozy mystery, and romance. Believe it or not, writers can learn a lot from Nora Roberts' work ethic.

You might wonder about what else literary agents do, besides selling your book. Tienstra also answers the question of how an agent/publicist keeps track of which hat they wear.

And finally, Tienstra asks the question, "For whom do you write?" Is it really just for you? Or are you ready to share it with the world?

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