Literary agent #5 – Baking A Potato Peel Pie

Agent #5 on my list represents the author who wrote “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” which has sold over three million copies. Not bad for a debut novel. It’s also the stuff of dreams for aspiring writers such as myself. Most of the representative titles this agent lists on her website aren’t anything like what I’ve written, but she does include ‘historicals’ as an area of interest AND she’s in New York so she goes in my A List. This agency also represents Jesse Kellerman who writes thrillers and crime novels. Books like that aren’t usually my kind of thing, but on Kellerman’s website, he does offer his advice to aspiring writers and he had this to say:

Never give up. This sounds elementary, but a lot of times it’s easy to forget just how many agents there are out there. It’s quite possible that one will reject your book for a number of reasons while another loves it for those very same reasons. The trick is to find somebody whose interests align with yours.

It’s advice like that which helps someone like me push ever forward until I secure that elusive “Yes!”

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyJe


About Martin Turnbull

The Hollywood's Garden of Allah novels blog is by Martin Turnbull, a Los Angeles based historical fiction author writing about the golden era of Hollywood in his series of novels set at the Garden of Allah Hotel, which stood on Sunset Blvd from 1927 to 1959. Check him out at and Facebook: "gardenofallahnovels"
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4 Responses to Literary agent #5 – Baking A Potato Peel Pie

  1. Chezzie says:

    Marty you have spent so many years on your novels under NO circumstances can you ever give up on this dream. Dont forget, the world is full of agents, they don’t just live in the US………………

  2. Philosophy Club Co-Pres says:

    Just think what would have happened (or not happened) if Disney had given up…. 🙂

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