Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Faculty Interview: Andrea Somberg

Compiled by Jason Henry

Are you excited? We certainly are! Why shouldn't we be? The 2015 Pikes Peak Writers Conference is just around the corner! It has been an absolute pleasure recruiting the incredible faculty that we have lined up for you this year and the workshops they will be teaching are proving to be just as amazing.

Pikes Peak Writers Conference is known as one of the best and friendliest conferences for many reasons. One of those reasons is that we provide as many opportunities as possible to not only learn from our faculty, but to get to know them. Keeping in the spirit of that very statement, we interviewed all of our faculty members to get inside their heads just a little. Really, we don't see the point in waiting until April. Do you?

Over the weeks to come, we will be posting those interviews along with the responses right here on the PPW Blog. Be sure to check in on Facebook and Twitter as well! We hope you enjoy reading these brief Q&As as much as we have!

Andrea Somberg (Agent at Harvey Klinger Inc.)

1. What are the most compelling elements you feel are necessary for a good read? 
Great narrative voice and compelling protagonist.

2. What do you see as the pleasures and difficulties of being a writer/artist in today's world?
The great thing about being a writer today is that you can reach more readers, in more ways, than ever before. The difficulty is that there are more books being published, and more competition for people's free time. 

3. What is the best career/writing advice someone has given you? 
Anything worth doing takes hard work and persistence.

4. What do you love most about your career?
Working with authors and colleagues who are as passionate about books as I am.

Quick Qs:

Pen or Keyboard? Keyboard.

Plotter or Pantser? Whatever works!

Book or E-Book? Depends on what I'm reading...

Spicy or Mild? Spicy!

Sunrise or Sunset? Sunrise.

Mister Rogers or Sesame Street? I love Sesame Street but I have strong ties to Pittsburgh, so I'd have to say it's a draw.

Facebook or Twitter? Twitter

A literary agent for close to fifteen years, Andrea Somberg represents a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, including projects for adult, young adult and middle grade audiences. Previously an agent at the Donald Maass Agency and Vigliano Associates, she joined Harvey Klinger Inc. in the spring of 2005. Her client list is quite full, however she is always actively looking to take on new authors who write in the following categories: Fiction; literary, commercial, women's fiction, romance, thrillers, mystery, paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, young adult, new adult, middle grade. Nonfiction: memoir, narrative, popular science, pop-culture, humor, how-to, parenting, self-help, lifestyle, travel, interior design, crafts, cookbooks, business, sports, health & fitness. Andrea has also been a MediaBistro instructor, teaching courses on writing nonfiction and memoir book proposals, and a Writers Digest seminar instructor, teaching courses on mysteries and thrillers and fantasy and science fiction.

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