About Moe: "Becoming a literary agent was fitting for the girl who, as a small child, begged her dad to buy her a book simply because "it has a hard cover." Growing up, she had a hard time finding YA books outside of Christopher Pike and R. L. Stine, and instead tackled Tom Clancy or her mom's romance novels. Though her career path zigzagged a bit—she attended college as a music major, earned a JD from Pace Law School, then worked various jobs throughout the publishing industry—Moe was thrilled to join the BookEnds team in May of 2015 as a literary agent and the foreign rights manager."
About Amanda: Amanda is a literary agent at Red Sofa Literary. She is a book reviewer, and produces work for her own blog, Floor to Ceiling Books, but can also be found reviewing for Tor.com, Hub Magazine, Vector and Fantasy Literature. Before becoming an agent, Amanda was an editor with Angry Robot, helping to sign books and authors for the Strange Chemistry imprint. In her free time, she is a yarn fiend, knitting and crocheting a storm. Find her on Twitter at @ALRutter.
What she is seeking: adult fantasy and science fiction, as well as young adult fantasy and contemporary.
How to submit: E-query Amanda [at] redsofaliterary.com, featuring the novel pitch, the genre, whether it is adult or YA, and the word count. Send only the query to start. No attachments. Responds within 1 month.
About Jennifer: Jennifer Johnson-Blalock joined Liza Dawson Associates as an associate agent in 2015, having previously interned at LDA in 2013 before working as an agent’s assistant at Trident Media Group. Jennifer graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in English and earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Before interning at LDA, she practiced entertainment law and taught high school English and debate. When she’s not reading, Jennifer enjoys film, food, and travel. Follow Jennifer on Twitter @JJohnsonBlalock.
What she is seeking: Jennifer is focusing on nonfiction. She is looking for seasoned writers with strong platforms and is excited by narrative nonfiction and memoirs that use a unique story to explore a larger issue. Particular areas of interest include current events, social sciences, women’s issues, law, business, history, the arts and pop culture, lifestyle, sports, and food, including cookbooks and health/wellness. She is actively seeking a political book on the liberal/progressive end of the spectrum, and she loves books that explain why we act the way we do and/or how we can live life better.
In fiction, Jennifer is interested in thrillers, especially ones that are psychological or have a literary bent, and she is also looking for smart upmarket women’s fiction and contemporary YA with a unique voice.
How to submit: E-mail queryjennifer [at] lizadawsonassociates.com. Please send just a query letter (no supporting materials) in the body of the e-mail.