Meet Eric Myers of Myers Literary Management, who will be at the Pennwriters 30th Annual Conference, in Pittsburgh, May 19 – 21, 2017.
If you had a time machine, where and when would you be right now?
I’ve always had a strong affinity for the 1920s and 30s. That’s my era. People often tell me I look like I walked out of something on Turner Classic Movies. I’ll take it!
What advice would you give your younger self?
“Keep calm and carry on,” something a lot of us are thinking these days.
What is your favorite resource for writers?
The Authors’ Guild. If you are a published author, please join! It’s the closest thing authors have to a union. They fight hard for us.
What has been the most satisfying aspect of your literary career?
Perhaps the most satisfying aspect was having three books of my own published, long before I became a literary agent. Now, as an agent, it’s the thrill of bringing other writers into print, often for their very first time.
What is your favorite tip for writers?
Punctuation is more important than you think. It’s not optional, because it is the very code that unlocks the meaning of a sentence. Don’t trust yourself to think you’re doing it correctly. Before you submit a query, a proposal, or a manuscript to any publishing-industry professional, have it gone over by someone who is capable of doing a great line-edit, punctuation included.
What makes you hit the “delete” key the moment you see it in your inbox?
A very generic query that is being sent simultaneously to fifty other agents. Also, I don’t like seeing a query with incorrect grammar or punctuation; that will bring my reading to a screeching halt.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to have with you?
1) Sunscreen; 2) George Eliot’s MIDDLEMARCH—maybe on a desert island I’d actually have a chance to get through it; 3) one helluva lot of dark chocolate.
If you could ask a sage any question, what would you ask?
“Do you think man will ever learn to live in a state of peace, or are we too imperfect an animal to rise to that?”
Tell us about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
I’m proud of my book “Uncle Mame: The Life of Patrick Dennis,” which allowed me to chronicle the amazing story of a man who was once one of the most popular authors in America but who was forgotten all too quickly. I think the book did a little bit toward restoring him to our collective memory, at least for a while.
To register, click here: 2017 Pennwriters Conference Registration.