Jenn Reese Writer, Artist, Geek

Agent Appreciation Day


Joe Monti of Barry Goldblatt Literary (@joemts on Twitter) has been my agent for just over two months now.


  • He found me via Twitter. (Yes, really!)
  • He seems to know everyone. (Yes, everyone!)
  • He seems to know about every book ever written. (It’s like talking to a very opinionated encyclopedia of publishing.)
  • He talks about my book in D&D terms sometimes, to help me understand. (“He’s like an air elemental, right?”)
  • He finds all the places where I have unintentionally referenced Star Wars in my book. (“This is the end of The Empire Strikes Back, yes?”)
  • His wife and I went to the same college at the same time. (So Joe and I probably met back in 1990!)
  • He loves martial arts movies. (And suggested I rewatch HERO for inspiration on a particular fight scene!)
  • He wanted me to add more fight scenes to my book. (More fight scenes! Maybe this should have been the only item on the list…)
  • His revision notes and suggestions made my book better. (And I love that we can talk theme and worldbuilding and heroic journeys!)

There’s so much more I could say, but let me end with this:

  • He’s a super nice, smart, funny guy, and I trust him with my book and my career.

Thanks, Joe!

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Jenn Reese


  • Thanks, Elana!

    Julia — Yes, I'm very lucky I found someone who gets *me*, not just my book! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Am I allowed to respond? Ha! Jenn, I totally forgot about that Air Elemental comment! Ha!

    And there is nothing finer than a great fight scene in a middle grade novel. Bring it on girl!

    Thanks again

    • Joe, of course you can reply! (But only if you've given me good news earlier in the day.)

      Regarding the Air Elemental, you may have been going more "Elemental" than D&D. We were talking about the role of elements in the novel at that point, if I recall correctly. So you can keep your d20s in your closet… for now.

    • Suzette — Yes, Twitter is kind of amazing, and I'm glad so many agencies are using it. VERY glad!!!

      Thanks for stopping by!

By Jenn Reese
Jenn Reese Writer, Artist, Geek

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