Meet the Agent
Ladderbird has had the extreme good fortune to add several new agents to our team and we are really excited about having everyone get to know them. Every three-four days, we’ll be putting up a new blog post so that we can introduce each on them!
Let’s jump right in and meet Annalise Errico:
What made you decide to join the Ladderbird team?
In 2019 I was lucky enough to be brought onto the Ladderbird team as an editorial intern for Beth, where I stayed attached to the company as a freelance editor, before interning again as an agent apprentice in 2020. Having spent so much time with Beth and the Ladderbird team, I knew it to be a bright, welcoming, persistent, and passionate place. After earning my B.A., this was natural step forward, as well as a cementation of my commitment to the ideologies of uplifting marginalized voices that Ladderbird upholds so consistently and ardently.
Tell us a little about your background.
I am Massachusetts born and raised, having grown up on the North Shore surrounded by ocean and sand in the summer and thick tides of snow in the winter. Growing up in a large Italian/Irish family who vacationed together every summer, I am no stranger to Sunday suppers, chaotic family photos, and covertly competitive games of cribbage.
I earned my B.A. from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA where I studied Creative Writing, Literature, and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. Taking every feminist theory class that I could, my love for women-centric literature ballooned, leading me to my love of queer theory and queer-centric stories.
As a bisexual woman, I am particularly passionate about combatting bi-erasure, as well as any sort of anti-LGBTQIA+ nonsense that appears in even the most deceptively accepting corners of literature and life. The presence of nuanced intersectional identities is not only undeniably necessary for the progress of literature and the publishing industry, but for the progress of society and the sociopolitical sphere we find ourselves in currently. My hope is to find an abundance of queer romance novels to put on shelves. Romance is delightful in that it’s required to have a happy ending, and having those happy endings for queer readers (and characters!) is a necessary feat for all of literature.
What makes you excited about taking on a new author? What kind of stories and writers really capture your attention?
I am a romance reader through-and-through. Stigmas that surround romance are sexist and misogynistic, since romance is a genre written by women, for women; this often deters readers, given the incorrect nomenclature that it’s not “real” literature. The more comfortable readers are expressing their desire for and enjoyment of romance in novels, the sooner these stigmas will dissolve.
Therefore, I want romance in the books I read; romance as the central plot is not required, but I love reading the emotional, mental, and physical connections and delineations that romance requires to be successful and moving.
But don’t be scared away if you don’t write pure romance! Most importantly, I’m looking for passion in writing. It is exceedingly clear when an author isn’t passionate about their own work, and as a voracious reader devoted to fictional characters, I want to talk to authors about their characters as if they’re real people, because to me, they absolutely are.
Talk about your editorial process.
I like to think of my editorial process as a form of translation. The original draft is a completed form of art; every edited draft is one, too. Honoring all of those pieces in order to produce a finished project that is as magical as it is authentic is my editorial hope.
I’m a big believer in communication as a pillar of the editorial process, too. I’m a fresh pair of eyes, not the end-all-be-all. I want to make sure that my authors are just as passionate about the edits I suggest as I am about their writing.
What’s are your top three all time favorite books? Or what are three books that have moved you?
One of the books that I hold most dear to my heart is Anne of Green Gables. There is something especially lovely about reading books that can capture the ineffability of imagination, and few do it better than Montgomery’s classic. The dedication that pervades every page is precisely the kind of literary magic I hope to encounter as an agent at Ladderbird.
A recent favorite that simply took my breath away was The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans. Short stories have never left a lasting impression on me, they are always too short, but Evan’s sophomore collection is an acute, intoxicating, perceptive rollercoaster ride that I’ve thought of every day since reading it.
Finally, is Claire Christian’s It’s Been A Pleasure, Noni Blake. This was one of those books that I read at the exact right time, and it was a pure delight. Not only did it feature a bisexual woman, it featured a bisexual woman who was unabashedly open and honest with both herself and others about sex, love, life, and change. I read it my last week of college and haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since.
And I’m going to cheat a little because of the fabulous trilogy that is The Brown Sisters by Talia Hibbert; they’re just too wonderful for me not to mention! Hibbert is an absolute favorite because she is delightfully audacious in everything she does. She doesn’t shy away from her characters or her concepts and it shows. Her stories are all forever rereads for me.
What do you like to do when you’re not agenting, reading and editing?
You can find me snuggling with my cat, Mittens, and watching reruns of The West Wing. I’m never too far from a cup of coffee or English Breakfast tea, and am constantly reminding myself to water my three plants Ned, Clancy, and Alfred Hitchcact (shockingly, they are all currently thriving). I play guitar and piano with semi-accuracy and have an excessive collection of fancy notebooks that I’m too afraid to use, and therefore just stare at longingly.
Is there anything else writers should know before they query you?
I’m interested in making career-long commitments to my authors based on collaboration and communication. When I find my people, I tend to stick to them and I think that loyalty and passion are some of my best qualities. I’m looking for people who feel the same about both relationships and literature, and who enjoy some good banter alongside business talk.
Thanks so much for letting us get to know you! Writers, remember, Annalise accepts queries through Query Manager at queryme.online/annaliseerrico
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