Saturday, January 15, 2011

7 Questions For: Literary Agent Natalie Fischer

Natalie M. Fischer is a Literary Agent and Assistant at the Dijkstra Agency. She is in charge of managing permission requests and foreign tax, among other things. An honors graduate of the University of San Diego, California, Natalie holds a BA in Literature/Writing. She started as an intern at the Agency in 2007, after which time she left to write author profiles and book reviews for the San Diego Union Tribune. Finding that journalism was not for her, she returned to work full-time at the Dijkstra Agency in April 2009.

As always, for more information about Natalie Fischer and other agents, I recommend checking out my friend Casey McCormick's wonderful blog, Literary Rambles.

And now Natalie Fischer faces the 7 Questions:

Question Seven: What are your top three favorite books?

No way could I have an answer to this! Top three elements: romance, fantastical, wit/snark in heroine

Question Six: What are your top three favorite movies and television shows?

Again, impossible; depends on the day! Go-to for pure enjoyment: Futurama and South Park. Series I follow religiously: Supernatural. Will watch if on: House, Eureka, CSI, Bones, House Hunters, history channel ancient stuff, Glee, design shows, Holmes on Homes, Hoarders

Favorite movie type: Romantic comedy (preferably with Hugh Grant)

Question Five: What are the qualities of your ideal client?

Patient, approachable, collaborative, has a sense of humor, strong backbone, drive to succeed, perseverant, has many fantastic ideas

Question Four: What sort of project(s) would you most like to receive a query for?

Historical romance (adult)

Question Three: What is your favorite thing about being an agent? What is your least favorite thing?

Helping to develop a project and seeing it find the perfect editor who is just as crazy about it as I am. And negotiating.

Helping to develop a project and NOT finding the perfect editor.

Question Two: What one bit of wisdom would you impart to an aspiring writer? (feel free to include as many other bits of wisdom as you like)

Don't worry about the paths of others; focus on yours, and where it's leading you. You'll get there a lot faster if you stop detouring to gawk at World's Richest Author and fitting in that side-trip to Aunt Milly's because she'll just be SO upset if you don't. It's your journey. Be proud of that.

Question One: If you could have lunch with any writer, living or dead, who would it be? Why?

First instinct is Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) because he's been my inspiration for so long. But beyond confirming the amazing story that's fueled hope in me, I don't quite know what I'd ask or say. So, for the sake of conversation, I'll go with Sigmund Freud.


  1. I really like your 7 Questions interviews--thanks!

  2. Great interview. I love Natalie's advice to not worry about the paths of others. Sometimes it's hard to do, but so important to just enjoy your own journey like she says.


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