Celebrating Bunnies!!! with Agent Extraordinaire Erin Murphy

It’s been an exciting week celebrating Kevan Atteberry’s BUNNIES!!! thus far. And to keep the party going, we welcome Kevan’s stupendously wise, warm, and talented agent Erin Murphy to join in and share some insider info on Kevan, the book, and hypothetical movie roles…

Let’s hop to it!

LR: How did you and Kevan first come to know each other and start working together?

EM: I heard through the grapevine (aka Joan) that Kevan, whose work I admired and personality I adored on Facebook, was seeking an agent, and it just so happened that I was about to be in Seattle, where he lives, for an ALA convention. We managed to meet up one morning for coffee to chat. It unfolded from there. (Thanks, Joan!)

LR: What about BUNNIES!!! made you think that it needed to be out in the world as a real, live BOOK?

EM: What DIDN’T is a better question, the answer to which is: NOTHING.

When I sign a new client there is often one manuscript that is so clearly the right one to lead with as we go out on submission. Others need development or discussion or wrapping my head around, or feel like better follow-ups. With BUNNIES!!! it was just so obvious that I would send it and it would sell pretty quickly.

LR: Are there any fun details associated with the submission process that BUNNIES!!! underwent and the eventual deal that was reached on its behalf?

EM: There was one editor who really wanted it, but had something too similar on the list already. His impression on the phone of a parent reading the book aloud to a child was absolutely hilarious and adorable.

LR: Can you spill the beans about any fun, little-known quick of our kindly Kevan Atteberry?

EM: He sends FABULOUS mail–envelopes with art on it that I have to keep it’s so good. And it’s always interesting to see how he’s going to sign an email, like, “Kevanticipation.”

LR: If BUNNIES!!! was going to be made into a motion picture, and you were the director, who would you want to cast as the love-seeking monster?

EM: Wow, fabulous question, and my first reaction was, “There’s no good way to answer that,” followed very quickly by “Jack Black,” so we’ll go with that.
Declan?

Declan?

LR: What jumps to mind first as a fill-in when you read this line: “If BUNNIES!!! the book made me want to dance, I would do the…”

EM: Bunny Hop, obviously!

LR: What do you love most about the book?

EM: It expresses such a universal need–to love and be loved–in such an incredibly simple, childlike way.

Thanks for joining us, Erin, to talk about Kevan’s positively perspicacious and beautiful book, BUNNIES!!! And ye wise, lovely readers: remember that two signed copies of this gem of a book are free this week–just leave a comment on any of the posts from the week to be entered into the drawing.

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23 responses to “Celebrating Bunnies!!! with Agent Extraordinaire Erin Murphy

  1. mariagianferrari

    Thanks for the funny and very entertaining interview, Luke! Jack Black would make a wild Declan. And who would be the bunnies?

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  2. I just saw some potential cast members hop across the snow outside my window! (not Jack Black!) I try to say the title without smiling–it’s impossible.

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  3. I was so sad to miss the launch party for BUNNIES!! The trailer is still in my head.

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  4. If I win, can you promise me mail with art on it? Because that would just be beyond anything…!

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  5. What a fun interview, Luke and Erin! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  6. Janet Fox

    I’ve been loving everything this week but this is a highlight for me – the universal need to love and be loved. You bet. 🙂

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  7. kevanjatt

    Thanks, Luke and erin! Jack Black would be an excellent Declan!

    Here’s another note about how Erin and I got together. I was already having conversations with two other agents when she threw her hat in the ring. And then when we met in Seattle I knew immediately I wanted her to represent me. But I had to play it cool and after our meeting I told her I’d get back to her in a week because yada yada yada. Then driving home from the meeting I was kicking myself, “why did I say that??” I would have signed with her right then and there! Yet I waited one exact week before I emailed her and told her I thought we’d work well together and if she still wanted me I would love for her to be my agent. She replied pretty quickly but even then it was agonizing waiting till I heard back that, yes, she wanted to work together. Whew!!

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  8. mariagianferrari

    And the rest is history…. Were you wearing your bunny ears, Kevan?

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  9. I always love the peek behind the curtain. Great interview. I’ve even learned a new word, perspicacious. Ahhh, we never stop learning, do we? Good Luck and Congratulations again!

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  10. Lindsey Lane

    I’m with Janet. Erin perfectly described BUNNIES!!!: the need to love and be loved. May all our books be so beautifully (and simply) expressed.

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  11. Carleen M. Tjader

    Even more anxious to read this fun book!
    Great interview–thanks!

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  12. What an awesome interview. I always love hearing how an author and agent connected. Great story!

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  13. Jack Black – that’s inspired. And yes, there seriously is nothing about BUNNIES!!! that doesn’t scream “This HAS to be a book.” Congratulations, Kevan and Erin!

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