These four agents are actively seeking clients. John Bowers (Bent Agency) is looking for literary fiction and serious nonfiction. Jocquelle S. Caiby (Serendipity) specializes in fiction for young adults and adults. Katelyn Hales (Robin Straus Agency) in interested in literary fiction, speculative fiction, and nonfiction. Larissa Helena (Pippin Properties) wants picture books, MG, and YA books.
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.
Katelyn Hales of Robin Straus Agency
About Katelyn: Katelyn Hales is a Junior Agent at the Robin Straus Agency. She joined the agency in 2015 after internships at Writers House, and W. W. Norton & Company. Katelyn works alongside Robin and is also actively building her own list of authors. Prior to working in publishing, Katelyn was a modern dancer in NYC for a number of years. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she lives in Brooklyn
What she is seeking: She is acquiring both adult fiction and nonfiction. Katelyn is interested in literary and character driven science fiction and speculative fiction, upmarket and literary fiction, as well as books on pop culture, current affairs, and narrative non-fiction or memoirs with unusual and fresh perspectives. She is always drawn to the taboo, comedy/satire, and women in space.
How to submit: Please send a query letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with contact information, an autobiographical summary, a brief synopsis or description of your book project, submission history, and information on competition. If you wish, you may also include the opening chapter of your manuscript.
John Bowers of Bent Agency
About John: Before joining the Bent Agency, John worked in literary scouting, where he read fiction and non-fiction and recommended titles for foreign publishing and film/TV adaptation. He now helps handle the Bent Agency’s foreign rights and is also building a list of literary fiction and serious non-fiction for adults.
He is seeking: Southern Gothic and Southern-influenced literary fiction along the lines of Ron Rash, Cormac McCarthy and anything in the tradition of titans like Flannery O’Connor. I would also love to see idea-driven science fiction such as Ursula K. Le Guin’s THE DISPOSSESSED, dystopian fiction such as Nick Harkaway’s THE GONE-AWAY WORLD and stories that make the world feel dystopian, like Kurt Vonnegut’s classic, SLAUGHTERHOUSE-5.
For non-fiction, I’m interested in narrative non-fiction in the vein of Beth Macy’s FACTORY MAN and sweeping historical non-fiction like RIVER OF DOUBT and KING LEOPOLD’S GHOST. I’m open to projects that engagingly distill topics regarding culture, media theory, finance, and popular science much in the way of Michael Lewis and Malcolm Gladwell’s acclaimed works. I’m deeply intrigued by stories that help us better understand our world and anything that sets forth strong characters, edgy and expansive themes, and new perspectives.
How to submit: Email email@example.com Tell him briefly who you are, about your book, and why you’re the one to write it. Include the title of your project in the subject line of your email. Then paste the first ten pages of your book in the body of your email (not as an attachment, please). ____________________________
Jocquelle S. Caiby of Serendipity
About Jocquelle: Jocquelle is a Junior Agent and Literary Assistant. With degrees in both English literature and sociology, her specialties are project management and editorial development. She is currently looking to acquire her own projects with the goal of championing creativity and diversity, and building fresh, new voices into commercial and literary powerhouses.
What she is seeking: Jocquelle specializes in young adult fiction, gravitating mostly towards the subgenres of fantasy, sci-fi, magical realism, and horror. She loves stories that take her on an adventure with vividly imagined and well developed characters, and is particularly struck by stories that surprise her with shocking plot twists and gasp-inducing revelations. For adult fiction, she is primarily interested in literary and historical fiction, as well as novels with an anthropological bent. Her interests in nonfiction include mind/body/spirit titles, professional wrestling, and mental health projects.
How to submit: Use Serendipity’s online form.
Larissa Helena of Pippin Properties
About Larissa: Larissa has held positions at Fantástica Rocco and Hachette Livre. She has worked on translation projects for books by Laura Ruby, Derek Landy, and Maureen Johnson.
What she is seeking: Picture books, middle-grade, and young adult novels. “We are always on the lookout for writers and illustrators who take the challenge of creating books seriously and are willing to give the publishing world nothing less than their very best.”
How to submit: Send the first chapter of your novel with a short synopsis of the work to firstname.lastname@example.org
Originally published at publishedtodeath.blogspot.com on May 23, 2017.
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