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Kristin Erickson
KE Write, LLC

I may as well start with the full disclosure. I've never sold a book before.

Now that I've got that out of the way, it's not something you should be concerned about. At least not at this juncture. Five years from now? Well, if I'm still listing "literary agent" as a job title and it's still necessary to lead with the same full disclosure? Concern would indeed be warranted. If that happens, you'll be the first to know. But for now? Relax.

Because a number of years ago, I'd never sold a magazine before. Nor had I immersed myself in the word of publishing and almost everything that goes with it - with the exception of referring to myself as a bonafide literary agent – but it didn't take me a whole lot of time to start checking off roles I successfully know how to do well within this world I love, one I believe succeeds as long as one talent is mastered.

In its simplest form, that talent involves choosing the right author (that's you!) to pick the right word to find other words that play nicely together and grow into a story that must be told in a book and then MATCHING that beautiful baby book with the ideal target market – the 20 or 200 or millions of readers who can't wait to read it and tell all their friends.

Once that not-so-simple task is mastered once, then twice and a thousand times more? That's magic time. But it all starts with one individual: reader numero uno. You, the brilliant writer, by the way, has the bigger challenge. You've got to come up with the perfect first word. And that means interviewing 25 candidates who aren't right for the job before lucky letter number 26 can step into lead position.

I feel your pain. Trust me. Because a couple decades ago, I started a publishing company of my own after spending eight years learning what NOT to do if I could help it. I didn't always get it right. But most of the time, there was magic in the air. Thanks to $7,000 in a bank account I emptied and inanimate objects who didn't mind multitasking (the small apartment where I lived by night became my thriving publishing empire at the crack of 7 a.m. each day while the trusty copier which made countless copies of pages that held one piece of what would soon be part of my first magazine did it's best to transform into an end table when the occasional friend stopped by (I say "did its best" because occasionally, despite the fact it was an end table at the time, my copier still leapt into "must copy NOW" mode at inopportune times, which sent countless drinks flying, remotes into places still undiscovered, and once, a Pomeranian into the air - but only after taking a copy of it's tail).

Somehow, it worked. The first magazine (with the first word) came out. Reader numero uno picked it up and liked it. And a hundred thousand readers in the same ideal target market came to the party, one I decided should be bigger! More festive! So I created a complementary weekend event for the SAME target market and eight thousand people showed up the first year. As did the advertisers. Those wonderful, marvelous advertisers. Who then became exhibitors. And sponsors. It was the toughest job in the world and the job that still doesn't feel like work. So I made more magazines and more events, all different; most for different target markets. And somehow, though there were definitely some major challenges, we managed to thrive. Which is how I sold the first magazine and event I ever created to a very large publishing company six years after I went into business for myself. They wrote me a check for $250,000. It was so pretty I almost didn't want to cash it. I cashed it.

Over 17 years, my company grossed about $10 million dollars; when I sold the entire company in 2009, we were grossing $1.1 million dollars per year. And yes, we moved out of my apartment to a real office and I hired 24 really talented people who made me look really good. Because they made the products we produced light years better than I could ever have made them on my own.But the money made was far from what was most important. That honor went to the people whose stories we were fortunate to tell. The stories told about people are always what matter most.

So that's my story. Except after selling the business, I thought I'd want some downtime.

I didn't fully realize I was a serial entrepreneur until I came to the realization that for me, creating and helping others create new ventures is not something I choose to do. It's something I can't help myself from doing because I love it that much.

I can sell your book. If it's a good book for the right target market.

So if you've come up with the ideal first word and you have a manuscript you'd like me to read, send it over and we'll see if I can get rid of my lead.

In the meantime, thanks for your creativity, your imagination and the wonder in your words. You inspire me.

Kristin Erickson


years experience: 25
GENRES & SPECIALTIES
General fiction, Mystery, Romance, Suspense/thriller, Fantasy/science fiction, Juvenile fiction, Reference, Biography, Computers/technology, Business/investing/finance, History, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Travel, Lifestyle, Cookbooks, Children's books, Books for niche markets, Memoirs, Entertainment and celebrity bios & stories, With an emphasis on old-time radio & classic TV
TRADE REFERENCES
Kindly access https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristinericksonagency/
LEADING CLIENTS
Lee Enterprises
BEST-KNOWN PROJECTS
From current to past:
* The books (and newly-found television episodes) associated with Peg Lynch, the first woman to create, write, star in and own her own sitcom (Ethel & Albert, which co-starred Peg, Alan Bunce & Margaret Hamilton). Extraordinarily famous for more than four decades, the reason Peg Lynch is not currently a household name (though she will be soon!) can be attributed to one detail: Ethel & Albert went off the air in 1956 - Peg's choice as she didn't want to raise her daughter in Hollywood, where the studio was moving production - after 168 TV and 1500 radio episodes and the reruns weren't syndicated (or thought to exist). The world, however, is about to discover Peg’s story and fall in love with the woman who announced at age 5 she would grow up to “talk her words through the air" on the radio and never wavered until she achieved that goal and simply set her sites higher. After Peg died in 2015 at 98, her daughter Astrid King found a museum’s worth of artifacts associated with Peg’s career from old-time radio to the dawn of television and beyond stored in her parents’ former home. Peg kept everything - from letters sent and received to rare photos and contracts to the 11,000 scripts she wrote. That's right. 11,000 scripts. Most significantly, however, she catalogued the stories of her life. Through recorded interviews and written accounts, Peg saved an "as it happened” account of every step she traveled from the tiny midwestern radio station where Ethel & Albert first premiered to New York City, where CBS broadcast the sitcom to millions and Ethel & Albert became an overnight success. All of these items, thousands strong, would have been enough but then Astrid opened a closet and found a miracle. Inside were nearly 100 kinescopes containing 30-minute episodes of ETHEL AND ALBERT last seen on network television in the fifties, when the show appeared immediately before “I Love Lucy” and was an extraordinary success. They are ALL in fine condition and simply need to be modernized. People familiar with the few shows available have described it most often to “Seinfeld”. Peg wrote scripts about life's everyday annoyances and a nation of fans not only laughed but related entirely. And now, we have the honor of not just telling Peg Lynch's unbelievable story but of showing the world the depth of her comedic genius by reintroducing ETHEL AND ALBERT to a new generation. If a hit television show has ever reemerged after waiting in a closet for nearly 70 years, we have yet to hear about it. (Learn more about Peg Lynch at peglynch.com and peglynchrelaunched.com; visit her You Tube channel and follow her on Facebook (Peg Lynch), on Twitter (@peglynchfans) and on Instagram (@peglynchrelaunched).

A series of five thrillers written by author Lee Atterbury featuring a Wisconsin lawyer named Jim Taylor who moves to Wyoming to retire and escape into the wilderness with his horse, Buck, and finds a number of terrifying people – all with murder on their mind – had the same idea.

Edited and designed a series of award-winning books which are half-cookbook/half-memoir and bring back to life the ethnically-diverse neighborhood of GREENBUSH, which thrived in Madison, Wisconsin from the turn of the century to 1962, when it was razed by the city. Through hundreds of beloved family recipes, rare family photos and memories shared by the people who lived there, author Catherine Tripalin Murray does the impossible: she resurrects a magical place that no longer exists and makes each reader feel as if they, too, know what it was like to call the “Bush” home.

MOST RECENT SALES/ FORTHCOMING BOOKS
*A series of books by Astrid Ronning King.

*Extraordinary books written by some of the most talented, undiscovered authors in the world.

MOST RECENT RIGHTS SALES
Dane County Kids and the Madison Kids Expo to Lee Enterprises for $250,000 in 1998.
OTHER LEADING RIGHTS OFFERINGS
The books written by Astrid King, for which I am selling all rights, total six. The first two available are:

• Leftovers: The 100 most astonishing treasures saved from the dumpster

• Final Fling: One day she was a dutiful daughter, the next she was buying her 84-year-old mother a G-String. A true story of what happens when a daughter gets a shocking phone call from her mother, who wishes to rekindle an affair 35 years in the past. Except she needs an accomplice; the man lives in Norway. And daddy mustn't find out. The call shocks the daughter to the core but what surprises her even more is that she says yes.

Dear Mom: “I'm gonna talk my words through the air”
By Astrid Ronning King

Peg Lynch was just five years old in 1921 when she listened to voices coming out of a radio and announced she wanted to grow up to “talk my words through the air”. She never wavered from her goal and ended up doing much more. In fact, Peg became the first woman to create, write, star in and own her own sitcom. Women simply didn't do things like that in those days but Peg was never typical. She was extraordinary. Through letters written to her mother and the stories of her incredible life experiences she left behind when she died in 2015 at age 98, Peg takes us with her as she gets her first job in radio at age 14, invents a married couple named Ethel and Albert Arbuckle to comment on her radio sponsors' products and finds listeners so enthusiastic about the characters they shower the station with requests that they appear more often. Before long, “Ethel and Albert” have their own radio show, which becomes hugely successful in the Midwest until 1944, when Peg moves to New York to introduce the show to networks who can broadcast it from coast to coast. Within days, she manages to rewrite the rules for women working in entertainment forever by refusing a network's offer to buy the show and ends up taking it straight to the top on her own, first on radio, then on TV. Stardom follows and Peg becomes friends with some of the most famous people in the world including Margaret Hamilton, Basil Rathbone, Helen Hays, Jack Benny, Marlene Dietrich and Tyrone Power. John F. Kennedy asks her to dinner and Eleanor Roosevelt becomes a fan. It's a roller-coaster ride of dizzying firsts told by Peg herself who, no matter what the circumstance, always had a sense of humor about life.

SPECIALIZED TRAINING, WORK EXPERIENCE, HONORS
Owner of my own publishing company, Erickson Publishing, from 1992-2009.

Numerous awards for excellence and contributions to charitable organizations. See LinkedIn (access above).

SUB-AGENTS/ RIGHTS CONTACTS
Kristin Erickson
THE KE AGENCY
kerickson@ericksonpublishing.com
(608) 444-0654
Fax: (608) 838-2097
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Kindly email a query and your manuscript to kerickson@ericksonpublishing.com.
I prefer to look at entire manuscripts rather than just three chapters.