Friday, August 20, 2010

Remembering Kathleen Winters

I am deeply saddened to report the news of the passing of a TZC client, Kathleen Winters, author of ANNE MORROW LINDBERGH, and the forthcoming AMELIA EARHART.



A licensed pilot in airplanes and gliders and a former flight instructor, Kathleen was deeply immersed in the subject of women and flight.  Her first work received a starred review from KIRKUS, an honor not often given, as those who in the business know.  Reeve Lindbergh, daughter of Anne and Charles, praised the work and appreciated Kathleen’s efforts to show her mother not just as the wife of a pilot, but a groundbreaking participant in the early days of flight herself.

Kathleen, like so many authors, seemed to have a bit of a love/hate relationship with research, but she brought a pilot’s exacting level of detail to the process, digging out facts about her subjects that were heretofore unknown.

As her agent, I always appreciated Kathleen’s professionalism and ambition, as well as her loyalty and feistiness.  I remember how riled up she would get when we were negotiating with her publisher, yet how practical she was when needed.  I remember her thoughtfulness when my son was born and her inquiries about our forthcoming child.

I will miss Kathleen, and can but take small comfort that she leaves behind a literary legacy of which she and her family can be proud.  Those of us interested in the history of flight and women in flight will be missing out now that Kathleen will not be writing more.

My deepest sympathies go out to Kathleen’s entire family.

Best wishes,
Andy

Thursday, August 05, 2010

The July Monthly Round Up

It’s time again for another edition of the TZC monthly round up.  During what was most certainly the gloomiest month we have seen this summer in San Diego, TZC continued to field the material from all of you.  Here is the breakdown:

In July we:
  •    Received 57 queries and declined 59
  •    Received 8 sample chapters and declined 12
  •    Received 2 proposals and declined 0
We have on hand to read:
  •    24 sample chapters
  •    6 proposals
  •    5 full manuscripts
We are waiting on material for:
  •    12 sample chapters
  •    1 proposals
  •    6 full manuscripts
Our oldest proposal is dated December 2009 and our oldest sample chapter is dated April 2010 so if you know you submitted before then and you have not received any feedback from us, please let us know!

Caitlin

Monday, August 02, 2010

Fall 2010 Royalty Accounting Internship


The Zack Company, Inc. (TZC), a small, full-service literary agency representing authors of fiction and nonfiction, currently seeks two fall interns.

TZC offers interns a wealth of hands-on experience in the world of publishing. Interns at TZC acquire valuable “real world” experience and publishing skills. Working in an active environment, TZC interns gain insight into the field of publishing and literary representation and learn the many functions of a literary agency. Our program enables students to develop confidence and marketable skills in a real-life business setting.

Interns generally work with numerous current clients and publishers and responsibilities generally include:

• Reviewing author contracts
• Reviewing and auditing author royalty statements
• Corresponding with publishers’ royalty departments regarding errors and clarifications
• Corresponding with authors regarding results

Interns also gain practical experience with many different types of computer software. Interns will also perform various administrative tasks for client-related projects and internal needs.

TZC is looking for outgoing, articulate students who are conscientious, well-organized, detail-oriented, and entrepreneurial, have good number-crunching skills, and are capable of multi-tasking. Majors in accounting, business, and management information systems are welcome.

Interns must be available for 16 hours per week (minimum four-hour blocks). This is an unpaid internship.

It is strongly suggested that you visit the agency’s web site at www.zackcompany.com and review the FAQ lists and the various author biographies and titles, so that you know exactly what kinds of books TZC represents.

Interested candidates should email a resume as an attached file, along with a brief writing sample that discusses why they would like the job to fall2010 (at) zackcompany.com.

Fall 2010 Literary Agency Internship

The Zack Company, Inc. (TZC), a small, full-service literary agency representing authors of fiction and nonfiction, currently seeks two fall interns.

TZC offers interns a wealth of hands-on experience in the world of publishing.  Interns at TZC acquire valuable “real world” experience and publishing skills.  Working in an active environment, TZC interns gain insight into the field of publishing and literary representation and learn the many functions of a literary agency.  Our program enables students to develop confidence and marketable skills in a real-life business setting.

Interns generally work with numerous current clients and potential clients and responsibilities generally include:

  • Reading and reporting on prospective clients’ works
  • Reading and providing editorial feedback on current clients’ projects
  • Reviewing and auditing author royalty statements
  • Maintaining and updating database sources and webpages
  • Writing press releases
  • Drafting pitch or submission letters and following up on active submissions

Interns also gain practical experience with many different types of computer software.  Interns will also perform various administrative tasks for client-related projects and internal needs.

TZC is looking for outgoing, articulate students who are conscientious, well-organized, detail-oriented, and entrepreneurial, have good writing skills and are capable of multi-tasking.  Majors in communications, accounting, business, MIS, journalism, English or marketing are all welcome.

Interns must be available in the office for 16 hours per week (minimum four-hour blocks).  Students must all be prepared to read one manuscript per week on their own time.  This is an unpaid internship.

It is strongly suggested that you visit the agency’s web site at www.zackcompany.com and review the FAQ lists and the various author biographies and titles, so that you know exactly what kinds of books TZC represents.

Interested candidates should email a resume as an attached file, along with a brief writing sample (a recent paper will do), and a cover letter that discusses why they would like the job and what kinds of books they read for fun to fall2010 (at) zackcompany.com.  (If you fail to submit a writing sample, we will be unable to respond.)




Like any job in publishing, most of your reading will be done at home, on your own time.

It should be noted that this internship is not directed at aspiring authors or those who hope to teach creative writing in the future.  This is a hands-on business opportunity.