Here are three new agents actively building their lists. Blair Wilson (Park Literary & Media) is actively looking for middle grade and young adult fiction, as well as MG, YA, and adult nonfiction. In nonfiction, Blair is interested in narrative nonfiction, crafting/instructional, true crime, pop culture, lifestyle, sexuality & identity, design, and STEM topics. Joanna MacKenzie (Nelson Literary) is seeking literary-leaning projects with commercial potential, thrillers, mysteries, women’s fiction, and YA coming of age stories. Sarah Bedingfield (Levine, Greenberg, Rostan Literary Agency) is interested in most types of literary and upmarket commercial fiction.
Note: For a comprehensive list of new and established writers actively seeking writers see: Agents Seeking Clients.
IMPORTANT: You should NEVER query an agent without checking the agency website first. Submission requirements change, and agents may close their lists, or switch agencies.
Blair Wilson of Park Literary & Media
About Blair: Since graduating from Wesleyan University with a focus on literature and theory, Blair has fallen in love with the voices of new and emerging authors. She is a native of North Carolina, and in her spare time can be found teaching embroidery classes at the American Folk Art Museum, testing out a new cookbook, or settling in for a night of Hammer horror movies.
She is Seeking: Blair is actively looking for middle grade and young adult fiction, as well as MG, YA, and adult nonfiction. In nonfiction, Blair is interested in narrative nonfiction, crafting/instructional, true crime, pop culture, lifestyle, sexuality & identity, design, and STEM topics.
How to Submit: Send your query and accompanying materials to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Blair Wilson” as well as the category and genre of your book (i.e. “Blair Wilson — YA Fantasy”) in the subject line of the email. All materials must be in the body of the email.
For all fiction submissions, include a query letter and the first chapter or approximately the first ten pages of your work. For non-fiction submission, send a query letter, proposal, and one sample chapter or approximately ten pages.
Joanna MacKenzie of Nelson Literary Agency
About Joanna: Joanna joined the Nelson Literary Agency at the start of 2017 following a tenure at a Chicago-based literary agency where she successfully placed numerous manuscripts that have gone on to become critically acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling novels. She represents a wide-range of writers, from YA (Kristen Simmons) and romance (Shana Galen) to mysteries and thrillers (John Galligan). Joanna loves working with authors who embrace the full publishing process (read: love revisions) and is committed to the stories her clients want to tell both with the words they put on paper, as well as with the careers the build. At the Nelson Literary Agency, Joanna is looking to expand her list in both adult and YA.
She is Seeking: Joanna is looking for literary-leaning projects with commercial potential and epic reads that beat with a universal heart (think The Secret History or The Namesake or Geek Love). In particular, she’s drawn to smart and timely women’s fiction as well as absorbing, character-driven mysteries and thrillers –Tana French is a particular favorite. She has a weird obsession with, what she calls, “child in jeopardy lit” and can’t get enough kick-ass mom heroines — she’d love to find the next Heather Gudenkauff. On the YA side, she’s interested in coming of age stories that possess a confident voice and characters she can’t stop thinking about (Morgan Matson is on her forever shelf).
How to Submit: Send a query via email to email@example.com. Please remember:
In the subject line, write QUERY and the title of your project. This will help ensure that your query isn’t accidentally deleted or caught in our spam filter. In the body of your email, include a one-page query letter and the first ten pages of your manuscript. No attachments Because of virus concerns, emails with attachments are deleted unread.
Sarah Bedingfield of Levine, Greenberg, Rostan Literary Agency
About Sarah: Prior to joining LGR in 2016, Sarah began her publishing career in trade fiction editorial at Crown and Hogarth. There, she worked with a range of bestselling and award-winning novels, including The Barrowfields by Phillip Lewis, Han Kang’s Human Acts and Man Booker International Prize winning debut The Vegetarian, as well as the New York Times bestselling novel The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. Sarah hails from North Carolina, where she graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a double major in Psychology and English. Her favorite authors include Sarah Waters, Shirley Jackson, Matthew Thomas, Maria Semple, Emily St. John Mandel, Erin Morgenstern, and Victor Hugo.
She is Seeking: Sarah is seeking most types of literary and upmarket commercial fiction, especially novels that show powerful imagination, compulsive plotting, and unique voices. Epic family dramas, cross-genre narratives with notes of magical realism, darkly Gothic stories that may lead to nightmares, and twisty psychological suspense are among her favorite things to read. A southerner at heart, she can’t help but love books set in the south, but she’s a die-hard for any world immersive enough to make her miss her stop on the train, cry in public, or desperately seek help.
How to Submit: Please send queries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Query should include a brief synopsis and bio, as well as the first fifty pages of your novel.
Originally published at publishedtodeath.blogspot.com on May 16, 2017.
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