Name: Rebecca J. Sanford
What you Write: Upmarket/Women’s Fiction (inspired by historical events)
Agent: Jessica Faust
Why BookEnds? I love the agency’s values and can easily envision working with Jessica for many years (and books) to come.
What book do you wish you had written, and why?
There are so many writers I admire – Julia Alvarez, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Ann Patchett, Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sue Monk Kidd, Sandra Cisneros, Sloane Crosley – but I wish I’d written anything by Lorrie Moore. The way she arranges words on a page just stuns me.
If you’re not reading or writing, what would we catch you doing?
I’m a corporate executive focused on organizational culture and a big advocate of women in leadership, so you’ll often find me networking with interesting and influential women across a variety of professions. I’m also a native New Yorker living in Florida, so I spend a lot of time at the beach with my family.
Where can readers find you on the web and social media?
What’s the last book you read?
The Mothers by Brit Bennett.
If money were no object, what would be your dream writing location?
I’m most productive at the Rockvale Writers’ Colony in Tennessee, but my dream location is a two-top bistro table at an outdoor café in southern France, writing by hand in an exquisitely beautiful journal with a weighty pen.
What’s your favorite quote about reading or writing?
“Everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
– Sylvia Plath
What’s your favorite piece of writing advice you’ve received?
I love Isabel Allende’s advice to “write what should not be forgotten.”
What excites you most about joining the BookEnds family?
I’m excited to work with Jessica. Right away, she seemed to understand where my story belonged and how to create the path to get it there.
What advice would you give to other authors in the query trenches?
Start the next project.
What was the most important question you asked when interviewing agents?
“What is your vision for this book?”
How did you know your book was ready to submit?
I have a wonderful circle of critique partners, beta readers and trusted writer friends who told me it was time for the bird to leave the nest. Hitting ‘send’ on those queries was anxiety-inducing, though. I could’ve remained in the comfortable stage of revising the manuscript ad infinitum. Needless to say, I’m thrilled to get back to the writing.