4 Agents Seeking Horror, Kidlit, Commercial Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Memoir & more
Here are four established agents seeking clients. Patrice Caldwell is seeking commercial fiction, everything from chapter books through adult, as well as nonfiction. as well as adult science fiction and fantasy with a literary twist and narrative nonfiction. In general, Patrice loves horror, and is open to any fresh take on vampires. Ronald Gerber is actively building his list in many fiction and nonfiction genres, including speculative fiction, memoir, short stories and thrillers. Erin Casey is open to children’s books and graphic novels. Hannah Brattesani is interested in literary fiction, poetry, and non-fiction lifestyle books.
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Ms. Patrice Caldwell of Howard Morhaim Literary Agency
Patrice Caldwell got her start in book publishing as an editor working with bestselling and critically-acclaimed children’s/YA authors & illustrators. She graduated from Wellesley College, where she studied Political Science and English, and is the founder of People of Color in Publishing — a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting, empowering, and uplifting racially and ethnically marginalized members of the book publishing industry. In 2018, she was named a Publishers Weekly Star Watch honoree and featured on Bustle’s inaugural “Lit List” as one of ten women changing the book world.
What she is seeking: Patrice is seeking commercial fiction, everything from chapter books through adult, as well as nonfiction. In children’s/YA, she is especially looking for illustrated chapter books and graphic novels, middle grade and young adult memoirs, diverse middle grade science fiction & fantasy, and character-driven stories that steal her heart and make her laugh and cry. For adults, she would love to find romance and women’s fiction authors a la Jasmine Guillory or Roselle Lim, as well as adult science fiction and fantasy with a literary twist and narrative nonfiction. In general, Patrice loves horror, and is open to any fresh take on vampires.
How to submit: Please email your query letter and the first three chapters of your novel or your full non-fiction book proposal to email@example.com. Email attachments are acceptable.
Ronald Gerber of Lowenstein Associates
Ronald Gerber is a literary agent and manages foreign rights, permissions, and contracts at Lowenstein Associates. Before joining the Lowenstein team in April 2019, he spent several years in literary scouting at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates and Maximum Films & Management and supported two agents at Writers House. Ronald is a proud graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock and received his B.A., summa cum laude with high honors, from Clark University.
Ronald is actively building his list in the following fiction and nonfiction genres:
- Short stories
- Historical fiction
- Middle grade
- Grounded sci-fi
- Narrative nonfiction
- Literary fiction
- Historical nonfiction
To query Ronald, please send your query letter in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the word “Query” in the subject line and the first chapter attached as a Word document. Paper queries will be discarded.
If you do not receive a response within 6 weeks, please consider it a pass from the agency.
Ms. Erin Casey of Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency
Erin graduated from Hamilton College with a B.A. in Creative Writing and an ever-growing list of books to read.
What she is seeking: Erin is open to Picture Books, MG, and YA fiction and nonfiction, all genres; and graphic novels. She is particularly drawn to work that shows the author’s world- and character-building ability. She wants to believe wholeheartedly in the world of the book, whether the setting is familiar or fantastic. She wants to see authentic, thoughtful representations of all people so that every kid can find a book that speaks to them.
How to submit: On the subject line, please write your last name and the title of your manuscript (if you illustrate but don’t write, write your last name and the word ILLUSTRATOR). If you are a writer, include the first 2000 words (or less, for full picture book texts) pasted in the body of the e-mail (no attachments). If you are an illustrator, author/illustrator, or graphic novelist, please include a link to your website or online portfolio. If you have a dummy or sample illustration pages available and they cannot be accessed online, you are welcome to attach that as one PDF. Otherwise, again, do not include attachments. Send your query to: QueryErin@galltzacker.com
Ms. Hannah Brattesani of Emma Sweeney Agency
Hannah Brattesani is the ESA rights coordinator. Hannah received her MA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of St Andrews and graduated with the Douglas Dunn Award for Creative Writing.
What she is seeking: As an agent, she is interested in literary fiction, poetry, and non-fiction lifestyle books.
How to submit: Queries should be sent to email@example.com. Please begin your query with a succinct (and hopefully catchy) description of your plot or proposal. Include a brief cover letter telling us how you heard about ESA, your previous writing credits, and a few lines about yourself. Paste the first ten (10) pages of your proposal or novel into the text of your e-mail. No attachments.
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