Quill Shift Literary Agency: Where Harry Potter Magic Meets American Idol Power

Created by a librarian, Quill Shift Literary Agency empowers readers to join in on the publishing process, providing further foundation for an author's success.
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Ayanna Coleman
Small Business
New York, New York
United States
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There are many, but here's just a few:

 After hits like The Hunger Games and Twilight, publishers scramble to produce more of the same and a slew of mostly mediocre novels follow because the industry is busy chasing trends instead of taking chances and creating the next big thing.

 Well-known, popular authors receive huge marketing budgets while debut authors that actually need those budgets receive little support and must hustle to market their own book alone.

There's a pervasive myth in the industry that diverse children's and YA books don't sell. (Strange when you look at the population numbers.) How will the types of books available to young people ever broaden if literary agents don't search out those clients; or publishers don't acquire and fully promote more books by and featuring people of color; or booksellers don't carry diverse books in their stores because they don't think their clientele will "relate" to the stories?

Quill Shift Literary Agency creates an environment that finds and promotes great authors, invites readers to participate, and intrigues publishing houses to purchase those authors' works by:

 Asking readers (and listening to) what they really want to read

 Finding and representing authors (children's and YA) whose work aligns with readers' interests

 Giving readers the power to choose what is published by allowing them to choose who Quill Shift Literary Agency represents

 Offering authors a multipronged marketing approach before and after publication, adding to what publishing houses will provide

 Providing research to publishing houses on market needs to prompt sales

Basically, Quill Shift Literary Agency is American Idol for the literary world.

The Agency website is the author's stage to show readers (Shifters) a sample of their work.

Just like viewers tune in to the American Idol and call in for their favorites, after reading 10% of an author's manuscript, Shifters can donate money to read more of the never-before-seen book, "casting their vote", so to speak.

Once the author has enough monetary votes, they are ready for their deal...with a publishing house instead of a record label. The people are behind them. The author now has a fan base they didn't have before and because those fans were part of the process of making the book, they'll encourage others to purchase what they had a hand in producing.


Literary agents work within companies whose core mission is advocating and supporting writers and their literary dreams by finding them the right editor, negotiating the right deal, and giving them the right advice for their writing career. Almost no publishing house will accept a book proposal from an unagented writer, so agents are a crucial ingredient in the book creation process.

Sounds kind of like Simon Cowell's job, right? He found Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. Quill Shift Literary Agency will find the next author of a book people can get behind like Harry Potter or The Hunger Games.

The funds raised will go towards attracting the very best in the writing community to submit their work, specifically talented authors writing diverse characters into their stories, and supporting marketing plans unique to Quill Shift Literary Agency that will ensure that these writers have the community they need to succeed, whether the author goes the traditional or self-publishing route.

Examples of how donations will be utilized include:

 Creation of online community for readers to connect and support Quill Shift Literary Agency author works

 Updating and/or creating the chosen authors' personal websites

 Cover design for each chosen manuscript to be uploaded on the Quill Shift Literary Agency Website

 Professional ePub formatting for each chosen manuscript

 Social media marketing and outreach

 The knowledge that you are supporting a business that wants to find and nurture talent to bring diverse, well-written stories to children

 Gorgeous coffee (or tea...or wine) mugs 

 Beautiful (and sturdy) tote bags

 Soft and fitted t-shirts

 50 page manuscript critiques

 So much more!

 Authors, submit to Quill Shift Literary Agency! Quill Shift Literary Agency represents writers of quality books that provide children and young adults with long-lasting value and entertainment. Find out more in the FAQ section.

 Interested in deciding what kind of books Quill Shift Literary Agency represents? Go on quillshift.com and sign up to be a shifter (reader)!

7 and 3 are magical numbers in children's books. Please share this campaign with 7 people, and then urge them to share it with 3 more! Like the popularity of a great book, it doesn't happen just because the book is amazing. It happens because people spread the word and encourage others to take part in the experience.

 Keep reading and sharing the stories you love with others, especially the young ones.

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    The Reviewer

    A huge thank you for your support! Every bit helps!

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    The Reader

    With this donation tier you receive a $10 promo code to use on quillshift.com to support any manuscript of your choosing. Thank you!

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    The Bookseller

    With this donation tier you receive a $10 promo code to use on quillshift.com to support any manuscript of your choosing AND a gorgeous Quill Shift Literary Agency coffee (tea) mug because everyone knows that reading a book is best when accompanied by a warm delicious beverage. Thank you!

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    The Librarian

    With this donation tier you receive a $10 promo code to use on quillshift.com to support any manuscript of your choosing AND a beautiful and, importantly, sturdy Quill Shift Literary Agency tote bag to carry all of your beloved books. Thank you!

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    The Publisher

    With this donation tier you receive a $10 promo code to use on quillshift.com to support any manuscript of your choosing, a Quill Shift Literary Agency mug and tote bag, AND the opportunity to fill out a survey that will determine the genres of the first 3 manuscripts Quill Shift Literary Agency represents. Thank you!

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    The Author

    With this donation tier you receive a $20 promo code to use on quillshift.com to support any manuscript of your choosing, a Quill Shift Literary Agency mug, tote bag containing 3 new YA or Middle Grade novels, a Quill Shift t-shirt, and a 50-page manuscript critique by the creator of Quill Shift Literary Agency. Thank you!

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