Episode 89: First Page Action (vs. Peak Action), Characters, Comps and High Concept Works with Kristy Hunter

The Manuscript Academy Podcast

with Kristy Hunter, The Knight Agency


In this episode, we talk about how two agents can have completely different comps for the same book (and both can be correct), how high concept works have their own stealth press packet (you’ve probably unwittingly taken part in their marketing), and tips for writers pitching in the pandemic (hint: it’s not as bad as you think!).

We also talk about starting in action (versus peak action), how YA needs two layers (your unique concept + typical teen emotional life), and how we can create a strong character from tiny details on your very first page.

Plus, the errors you can come back from when querying—and the ones you likely can’t. And no–you do not have to be perfect to get an agent.

As a graduate of Vanderbilt University and The Columbia Publishing Course, Kristy Hunter began her publishing career in New York City—first as an editorial intern at Bloomsbury Children’s Books and then as a book publicist at Grove/Atlantic and Random House Children’s Books. When she moved to the agenting side of the industry, she was closely mentored by Deidre Knight, president and founder of The Knight Agency, and her first co-agented project sold at auction soon after. As an associate agent, Kristy enjoys being able to bring a unique perspective to her clients thanks to her diverse publishing background. When she’s not curled up with a fantastic book or manuscript, she can be found kickboxing or hiking with her dog and is an active member of SCBWI.

You can find Kristy at https://knightagency.net/about-us/.

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