These six agents are looking for steam punk manuscripts. What is steam punk? It is a subgenre of speculative fiction that incorporates features of 19th steam engine technology (hence the steam). The punk aspect of steam punk has now been thoroughly incorporated into the world of fashion — goggles, helmets — proving, once again, that anything can be commercialized.
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Lydia Moëd (The Rights Factory)
Lydia Moëd came to Canada from the UK, where she worked for several years as a foreign rights executive in children’s publishing. She has also worked as a freelance literary translator and editor, and as a bookseller at Foyles in London. In addition to handling foreign rights for The Rights Factory’s children’s and YA list, she is building her own list of clients for representation.
What she is looking for: “I’m open to adult and YA submissions. I like my steampunk heavy on the punk, and I’m mostly looking for steampunk set in places other than Britain or a Britain-analogue.”
How to Submit: Send queries to lydia [@] therightsfactory.com.
Cate Hart (Corvisiero Agency)
Cate Hart is a Junior Agent at Corvisiero Literary Agency, where she started as an intern working closely with Marisa Corvisiero and Saritza Hernandez. A Tennessee native, Cate earned her B.F.A. from the University of Tennessee. Before joining Corvisiero Literary Agency, Cate worked in financial management.
What she is looking for: “Currently I am interested in finding adult steampunk, but I am open to YA and MG as well. I am always open to diverse characters from diverse authors and welcome more unique settings outside of Victorian London.”
How to Submit: Attach your 1–2 page synopsis and the first five pages of your manuscript as a separate Word doc. Send queries to cate [@] corvisieroagency.com.
Shira Hoffman (McIntosh & Otis, Inc.)
Shira began her career in publishing as an intern at Tor Books and has been with M&O since 2007. In 2013, she took over as Director of Subsidiary Rights. She also Tweets @ShiraSHoffman.
What she is looking for: “I’m only looking for adult steampunk and maybe an occasional YA. No MG.”
How to Submit: Send queries SHquery [@] mcintoshandotis.com. Please send a query letter, synopsis, author bio, and the first three consecutive chapters (no more than 30 pages) of your novel. No attachments.
Jen Hunt (Booker Albert Literary Agency)
Jen Hunt graduated from the University of Reno, Nevada with an English Literature degree and an unholy fascination with Victorian literature, although contrary to popular belief, she doesn’t wear a corset. She does drink way too much coffee and enjoys watching the BBC. Another remake of a Jane Austen classic? Game on! Also happens to be a huge Bioware fangirl — when she has enough time for gaming
What she is looking for: Picture books, YA, and adult steampunk.
How to Submit: Send your queries to query [@] thebookeralbertagency.com. Include the first 10 pages of your manuscript copy/pasted into the body of an email (no attachments, unless requested). In the subject line: please be sure to include “Query for Jen: [Title].” Also include genre and word count and your name and contact information. If you have publishing credits, please give us relevant information: name of the book/anthology/story, publisher, publication date, sales info.
Sara Megibow (KT Literary)
Sara Megibow is a literary agent with nine years of experience in publishing. Sara specializes in working with authors in middle grade, young adult, romance, erotica, science fiction and fantasy and represents New York Times bestselling authors Roni Loren and Jason Hough and international bestselling authors Stefan Bachmann and Tiffany Reisz. Sara is LGBTQ-friendly and presents regularly at SCBWI and RWA events around the country.
What she is looking for: Middle grade, young adult, romance, science fiction and fantasy. The novel can be epic, urban, historical, paranormal, contemporary, etc — steampunk in any sub-genre is welcome. “I’m looking for queries for novels that are 100% complete and never previously published. As an example of steampunk that I love, I represent Stefan Bachmann whose THE PECULIAR is an internationally bestselling steampunk fantasy for middle grade.”
How to Submit: Send a query letter (2–3 paragraph description of the book that reads like the back cover of a novel) plus the first 3 pages of their book (in the body of the email) to saraquery [@] ktliterary.com.
Lane Heymont (The Seymour Agency)
Serving as a Literary Assistant for two years at the Seymour Agency, Lane Heymont led the marketing efforts for their authors and enjoyed connecting clients with readers. As a lover of literature since childhood, he decided to pursue his passion as a literary agent to bring more well written books to the masses.
How to submit: How to connect: Send all queries to lane [at] theseymouragency.com.
The subject line should be “QUERY: (Title).”
Please past the first five pages in the body of the e-mail.
Originally published at publishedtodeath.blogspot.com on September 8, 2016.
About the author: Erica Verrillo has published five books, four with major publishers and one on her own. She blogs about the publishing world, posts useful tips on how to get an agent, lists agents who are looking for clients as well as publishers accepting manuscripts directly from writers, explains how to market and promote your work, how to build your online platform, how to get reviews, how to self-publish, and where to find markets for your work on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity.