New Client Alert — Page Getz
- By: Jenissa Graham | Date: Jun 30 2023
What you Write:
I really appreciate how much BookEnds is tuned into helping new writers. Agencies can feel intimidating and unapproachable, but there is a warmth about BookEnds that feels like an open hand.
What book do you wish you had written, and why?
Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” still has such a mystique for me even though it doesn’t exactly hold up in terms of how it portrays women, but it’s the first book that comes to mind. I love reading books that capture the era and specificity of a subculture so thoroughly you feel like you’re riding in the backseat of a 1949 Hudson Commodore listening to Charlie Parker with a bunch of mad Beatniks.
If you’re not reading or writing, what would we catch you doing?
Between kids and dogs, I don’t have much downtime, but I always make time for vinyasa yoga, meditation, and obsessive genealogy research.
Where can readers find you on the web and social media?
What’s the last book you read?
“Rebel Cinderella: From Rags to Riches to Radical, the Epic Journey of Rose Pastor Stokes,” a biography by Adam Hochschild. I’m fascinated by the feminist and socialist scene around the turn of the 20th Century between New York’s Greenwich Village and the Russian Revolution. Rose Pastor Stokes is an overlooked lost heroine of American history. I’m dying to write the movie!
If money were no object, what would be your dream writing location?
A kitchen full of dogs is my ideal writing situation, so I could write anywhere. I tend to write from setting, so I’m always hungry to get lost in some new town that may become a book. I’ve got diaspora deep in my bones, so I’ll keep wandering.
What’s your favorite quote about reading or writing?
One of a million favorites is, “The purpose of literature is to turn blood into ink.” T.S. Eliot
What’s your favorite piece of writing advice you’ve received?
“Go in late and leave early,” is a mantra that helps me focus the scene, to find the heart of the scene. I’m not sure who said it first, but I picked it up when I first started studying screenwriting.
What excites you most about joining the BookEnds family?
Writing can be a lonely road, so I’m grateful to share it with people who love books as much as I do.
What advice would you give to other authors in the query trenches?
Over the years I had many jobs that seemed like wrong turns because I knew writing was my ultimate path, but looking back I wish I hadn’t gotten so down on myself for it because I absorbed so many characters and insights through these detours. They gave me cultural context and perspective that deepens my storytelling.
How did you know your book was ready to submit?
My mother told me it was ready!