New Client Alert — Leslie Wibberley
- By: Naomi Davis | Date: Jun 20 2022
What you Write:
I write across a variety of genres and story lengths, but I have a passion for lyrical prose and stories with speculative elements. My present novel is women’s fiction story with romantic elements and a splash of magic.
I have been following BookEnds for a few years, and I’ve been very impressed with the agency’s dedication to their authors, the support they give their agents, and how much they value inclusivity. As a mother of a neurodivergent, non-binary child, this is very important to me.
I met Naomi at the Surrey International Writer’s Conference when I was a brand-new baby writer, and they were a brand-new baby agent. I was blown away by their professionalism and compassion for the writers they interacted with. I have enjoyed watching their career blossom over the years and I knew I would keep writing stories until I wrote a book that Naomi could not say no to.
What book do you wish you had written, and why?
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I’m a huge fan of Mr. Gaiman’s beautiful prose, evocative and often creepy settings, and intriguing premises that draw the reader in and hold them fast until the last word. But this book in particular captured my heart and imagination.
If you’re not reading or writing, what would we catch you doing?
Playing pickleball with my friends, walking my overly enthusiastic Cocker Spaniel down by the river near our home, or playing with clay in the pottery studio in my backyard.
Where can readers find you on the web and social media?
What’s the last book you read?
The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk.
If money were no object, what would be your dream writing location?
A villa in a hill town somewhere in Tuscany, Italy, complete with a pool, a wine cellar, and a personal chef, because if money is no object, why not?
What’s your favorite quote about reading or writing?
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” —Maya Angelou, I know Why the Caged Bird Sings
What’s your favorite piece of writing advice you’ve received?
To be bold and own your space and believe that what you write has value. It’s so easy as a querying author to let self-doubt hold you back. But if you don’t believe in yourself, how can you expect others to?
What excites you most about joining the BookEnds family?
It is such a positive and encouraging environment. I’ve already met so many of Bookend’s authors and they are as amazing as their stories.
What advice would you give to other authors in the query trenches?
Read successful queries, including the Query Shark archives, get feedback from other writers, and keep honing your query until it clearly represents the story you are writing. Remember that this business is subjective and although it’s hard not to, don’t take rejections personally. Keep on keeping on.
What was the most important question you asked when interviewing agents?
What is your vision for my career as an author, and are you open to me writing in other genres?