7 New Agents Seeking Science Fiction, Fantasy, YA, Picture Books, Kidlit, Nonfiction and more
Here are seven new agents actively building their client lists. Jennifer Herrington specializes in Romance, Women’s Fiction, and Mystery in both YA and adult fiction. Michael Signorelli is interested in literary and commercial fiction as well as nonfiction spanning science, current affairs, sports, and cultural history. Melissa Richeson wants picture books, chapter books, mysteries or magic in middle grade, and character-driven stories in young adult. Kayla Cichello is seeking everything from heartfelt or humorous picture books to dynamic, unpredictable YA.
Kim Lindman is interested in representing narrative non-fiction, select short story collections, commercial and literary fiction in adult and young adult age groups, with special interest in contemporary fiction and magical realism. Renae Moore is interested in speculative fiction, mystery, thrillers, and select romance in YA and adult books. Renae is always interested in #OwnVoices.
Paloma Hernando is looking for both graphic novels and prose fiction for YA or adult. She loves romance, particularly queer romance, science fiction that feels fresh, high fantasy, and middle grade with a good sense of humor. She is also interested in non-fiction.
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You can find a full list of agents actively seeking new clients here: Agents Seeking Clients.
Ms. Melissa Richeson of Storm Literary Agency
Melissa has been working as a writer for years, with publishing credits in The Washington Post, Florida Today, Space Coast Parent, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and many more. She had a children’s fiction serial run in WDW Magazine for over a year, and she is a current features writer at the same publication. In addition, previous backgrounds in both marketing and teaching give her a unique edge as an agent.
What she is seeking: Melissa is drawn to witty wording and whimsical design for picture books, humor and quick pacing for chapter books, charming mysteries or magic in middle grade, and fresh, character-driven stories in young adult. She’s not the best fit for horror, high fantasy, paranormal, or graphic violence of any kind.
How to submit: Use her submission form HERE.
Ms. Jennifer Herrington of Harvey Klinger, Inc.
Jennifer started her career on the editorial side of publishing with Kensington Books Publishing’s Lyrical Press imprint and an internship with Entangled Publishing. She’s also worked as a freelance editor for independent authors. After an internship at a New York agency, she joined the Harvey Klinger Agency in 2020.
What she is seeking: Jennifer is currently building her own list and is interested in representing YA and adult fiction. She’s specializing in Romance, Women’s Fiction, and Mystery. She’s especially open to BIPOC and LGBTQ voices in the mentioned categories.
How to submit: Use her form here: https://querymanager.com/query/JenniferHerrington
Mr. Michael Signorelli of Aevitas Creative Management
Michael Signorelli joined Aevitas after years working as an editor. He published the New York Times bestselling novels The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell, House of Earth by Woody Guthrie, and The North Water by Ian McGuire. In nonfiction, he edited Flash by Christopher Bonanos, winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Most Dangerous Animal of All by Gary Stewart and Susan D. Mustafa, a New York Times bestseller and the basis of a forthcoming mini-series on the FX Network. Signorelli graduated from Hamilton College with a BA in English Literature. He began his career at HarperCollins Publishers, before joining Henry Holt & Company as a senior editor. Most recently, he was the Managing Director of Gotham Ghostwriters.
What he is seeking: Literary and commercial fiction as well as nonfiction spanning science, current affairs, sports, and cultural history.
How to submit: Use his submission form HERE.
Ms. Kayla Cichello of Upstart Crow Literary
Kayla Cichello brings to Upstart Crow Literary nearly a decade of experience in children’s publishing. A former Conference Coordinator for the International Summer and Winter Conferences for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, she most recently logged several years as assistant to Senior Agent Jennifer Rofé at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. She is open to a wide range of books, from picture books through young adult novels, and is especially keen to discover unique voices and champion new creators of tomorrow’s classics
What she is seeking: Kayla is seeking everything from heartfelt or humorous picture books (she has a soft spot for animal protagonists) to dynamic, unpredictable YA (she loves a good murder mystery or a clever rom-com). Kayla’s taste lies squarely in that sweet spot between commercial and literary, and she is looking for captivating voices and rich worldbuilding — whether it’s a seaside town in Maine or a fantastical other world. Kayla welcomes dark humor, suspense, magical realism, awkwardly adorable romance, and everything in-between. She is not seeking sci-fi or horror. Kayla is also open to representing illustrators. Some of her favorite illustrators include Mike Boldt, Amber Ren, Vashti Harrison, and Eliza Wheeler.
How to submit: Please send your query and first 20 pages in the body of the email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Kim Lindman of Stonesong
Kim started as an assistant at Stonesong in 2018, and now holds the positions of Associate Agent and Social Media Coordinator. Originally from the West Coast, she graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a B.A. in English Literature and a subfocus in Journalism. Since moving to the NYC area, Kim has worked with the United Nations and currently holds a hospitality position at Van Brunt Stillhouse in Brooklyn. Her distinct professional experience and personal passions make her a good choice for social sciences, travel, and beverage/cocktail books.
What she is seeking: Kim Lindman is interested in representing narrative non-fiction, select short story collections, commercial and literary fiction in adult and young adult age groups, with special interest in contemporary fiction and magical realism.
How to submit: Address your query to Kim Lindman at email@example.com.
– Include the word “query” in the subject line of your email to ensure we receive it and it isn’t filtered as spam.
– For Fiction: Include the first chapter or first 10 pages of your work, pasted into the body of your email, so that we may get a sense of your writing. Please do not send attachments.
– For Nonfiction: Include your bio, credentials, social media analytics, previous publications in major media or books, and any other media, so that we may get a sense of your author platform.
Ms. Renae Moore of The Tobias Literary Agency
Renae fell in love with reading in elementary school when she discovered all the places she could go just by turning a page. Originally earning a J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Renae worked as a contract attorney. Soon, motivated by her love of reading, she returned to school obtaining her Master of Education degree. She then worked as a high school English teacher. Renae’s move into the publishing world began with an editorial internship at Tessera Editorial. She joined The Tobias Literary Agency in 2020.
What she is seeking: In YA and Adult, she is interested in speculative fiction, mystery, thrillers, and select romance. Renae is always interested in #OwnVoices.
How to submit: Use her query manager HERE.
Ms. Paloma Hernando of Einstein Literary Management
Paloma Hernando (she/her/hers) joined Einstein Literary Management as an Associate Agent in 2020. Paloma has been working in independent publishing since 2015, involved in editing, publishing, and selling mini-comics, zines, graphic novels, webcomics, and large-scale anthologies. A 2017 graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art, Paloma currently lives in Brooklyn.
What she is seeking: Paloma’s favorite books often have a bit of magic in them, and she loves being able to dive into any world, real or invented, presented on the page. She is looking for both graphic novels and prose fiction for YA or adult, including more mature stories, particularly ones that deal with difficult emotions and nuanced characters. She loves romance, particularly queer romance, science fiction that feels fresh, high fantasy, and middle grade with a good sense of humor. She is interested in non-fiction for all ages, especially anything that digs into media analysis or an event in history. She loves a story with a strong voice and solid construction.
How to submit: Please submit a query letter and the first ten double-spaced pages of your manuscript in the body of the email (no attachments) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put the name of the agent to whom you are submitting in the subject line of your email.
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