Tuesday, January 20, 2015

SCBWI Team Blog Exclusive: Barry Goldblatt!!!

There's never a dull moment when Barry Goldblatt is on the scene. He's been agenting for 14 years and besides being übertalented (check out his amazing client list!), he is a real kick in the pants. Barry was kind enough to answer some questions for SCBWI Team Blog:

Jaime: Hi BarBar! Do you mind if I call you BarBar?

BarBar: ...

Jaime: BarBar, I'm all about the visuals and interested to hear what catches your eye in a bookstore—do you have any favorite covers (not from your client list) for 2014/January 2015?

BarBar: I love the cover for Nova Ren Suma's THE WALLS AROUND US, 

and Kat Yeh's THE TRUTH ABOUT TWINKIE PIE is also adorable and eyecatching. 
Oh, and Adam Silvera's MORE HAPPY THAN NOT is definitely a cover that demands attention!

Jaime: Those are all so striking! Speaking of striking... Kill, kiss or marry: Beatrix Potter, Randolph Caldecott, Margaret Wise Brown?

BarBar: Kill Margaret Wise Brown, kiss Randolph Caldecott, marry Beatrix Potter. 

Jaime: I appreciate that you don't feel the need to expand upon your reasoning behind these choices, I will assume it's for reasons related to these issues, and that you're not universally anti-Margaret. Here's a question I know all New Yorkers wax eloquent about: Favorite Pizza?

BarBar: Ooh, this is a question that can cause fisticuffs!! I love Franny's and Keste, and Marta is a fantastic new option, but I probably have to go with a Brooklyn classic, Lucali. 

Jaime: Holy hell, we have got a lock on Lucali as top spot! I smell a Brooklyn pilgrimage for a few of our conference goers.  How about non-pizza meals. What does a Goldblatter such as yourself snack on during the day? Does Talde deliver or have you moved on to a new Top Chef? When you do venture into Manhattan, are there any not-to-be-missed snacks there you recommend our conference goers seek out?

The Bluebarry Goldblatt
BarBar: I actually try really hard not to snack throughout the day; working from home can lead to temptation and bad habits. If I need a quick fix, I'll grab a handful of roasted almonds. If there's chocolate nearby, though, I'm doomed.

Talde does now deliver, though I haven't tried doing it yet. I'm in my house enough, and would much rather go out if I can! They won't deliver all the way to Manhattan though, so hop on that train to Park Slope!

As many know, I am a doughnut freak, and there are some amazing doughnut places in Manhattan these days. My favorite is Dough, but Doughnut Plant is a close second! 

Jaime: Doh! Will definitely check out Dough! #NY15SCBWI conference pals, DOUGH has a Flat Iron location that opens at 7 am on the weekends. BarBar, what are you working on this week?

BarBar: I'm doing the final prep work on a couple of submissions for two new clients, Theodora Goss and Myke Bartlett, but those are both adult novels. I do have a few children's projects in negotiation, and am patiently awaiting new manuscripts from a few folks.
Holly Black's latest, THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST, just went on sale this week; Jo Knowle's READ BETWEEN THE LINES is due out in March, as is Ellen Oh's KING, and a wonderful first picture book, SUCH A LITTLE MOUSE, illustrated by Stephanie Yue, also out in March.

Jaime: Awesome! BarBar, you're almost done, how about a snapshot of your office?

BarBar: Let's see if I can get this to work right. It's my very messy desk.

Jaime: WünderBarBar! Thank you so much! Folks, you can catch Barry on the Agent Panel Sunday midmorning. If all 1200 attendees feel the need to bring Barry a donut that day, as Barry's agent, I get 15% of said donuts.

1 comment:

Kirby Larson said...

Love this conversation between two of my favorite folks in the world! Hope our paths cross in NYC, Barry.