Interview with Stacey Glick, Vice President of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC
Kate: Welcome, Stacey! I’m so happy you could join me today, and I’m so excited to talk about how we met.
Stacey: Me too, thanks for having me!
Kate: To start off, could you tell everyone a little bit about yourself and how you became an agent at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC?
Stacey: Sure. I was a child actress and worked in film and tv development after college, looking for books to be adapted into movies. I got to know and love the publishing business and decided instead of moving to LA for a career in film to segue into agenting.
Kate: Thanks so much for sharing that information about yourself. One of the qualities I admire about you, is your generosity. The kidlit community is full of people who help others, and you are someone who gives an incredible amount of time to help aspiring authors and illustrators through your involvement with the Rutgers One-On-One Plus Conference. For those who are listening and are unfamiliar with this amazing opportunity, could you explain what the Rutgers One-On-One Plus Conference is and the role you play in it each year?
Stacey: It’s such an amazing conference, and I am so happy to be a part of it! We work all year round to bring aspiring children’s authors together with industry mentors, including published authors, editors and agents from all walks of the industry. The conference offers an opportunity to these aspiring authors to have a private one-on-one 45 minute long meeting with an industry mentor. It’s the only conference I’m aware of that offers this. As a member of the council, I meet with other members of the council several times a year to help plan the conference and our most important role is to actually facilitate the pairing of conference attendees with industry mentors. It takes a full day in August to do this and we do our best to pair everyone for the best benefit of mentee and mentor.
Kate: Wow! Now I have an even bigger appreciation for what you and the Rutgers board do to facilitate The One-On-One Plus Conference every year. As some viewers may have guessed by now, I found out about you at Rutgers One-On-One Plus Conference. In addition to the incredible opportunity to have a forty-five minute critique with an industry professional as well as a forty-five minute round table discussion with your mentor and four other mentor/mentee pairs, there’s also a useful panel discussion for attendees. In 2015, I attended Rutgers for the fifth time, and you and an editor were talking about what you look for in a manuscript while the author and the illustrator on the panel talked about their creative process. When you told the attendees how you would do whatever it took to sell your clients’ manuscript, including submit one manuscript up to fifty times, the room was spellbound. Could you share that story here?
Stacey: Well, I can’t promise that I will send every book to 50 editors! But what I was trying to illustrate is that for the right project, agents sometimes have to fight hard to make them work and find them a good home. Rejection is a big part of what we face, just like aspiring authors. No sometimes just means not yet.
Kate: Just love that story! In addition to the above story, you also brought a copy of TAP THE MAGIC TREE by Christie Matheson. For those viewers unfamiliar with this magical book, I’ve included a link to the book trailer https://goo.gl/765gQk Not only did you bring the book, but you passed TAP THE MAGIC TREE around the audience. When I began to read the book, I became excited because I realized that counting played a role in Christie’s book. That made me wonder if perhaps you’d be interested in 100 BUGS! A COUNTING BOOK and after the conference I sent BUGS your way. Could you talk about what happened when you received the manuscript?
Stacey: I recall thinking that this project had a unique angle that would be not only appealing to readers but educational as well. Like with Christie’s books, I’m a big fan of nature and books that explore the natural world. It seemed to me a good fit for the market and for my list.
Kate: Then, we talked and it felt like we would enjoy working with one another. The rest is history in the making. Is there anything else you want to add that you think would be useful for authors and illustrators to know who are currently looking for representation, or anything else you’d like to share with the viewers about yourself and/or Dystel, Goderich and Bourret LLC?
Stacey: I’d just say to keep working, keep trying, keep writing, and keep an optimistic outlook on the entire process, which can be very long and laborious and sometimes discouraging. Always remember your end goal and don’t let the rejection get you down. Instead, use it to learn and grow and help give you energy to take your work to the next level.
Kate: Thanks again for joining me. It’s been a pleasure hanging out with you.
Stacey: Lovely to talk with you too. Thanks so much for the opportunity.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read the interview. If you’d like to learn more about Rutgers, here’s the link: http://ruccl.org/
100 BUGS! A COUNTING BOOK by Kate Narita illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman
Farrar Straus Giroux June 12, 2018
Available for Pre-order Now