Tuesday, September 20, 2016

18 Literary Agents Seeking Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy NOW

These 18 agents are seeking YA fantasy right now. All are from established literary agencies with solid track records. As always, make sure to read the agency website before submitting your query to see if your book would be a good fit.

Note: You can find a list of dozens of new and established agents seeking clients here: Agents Seeking Clients

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Tamar Rydzinski (Laura Dail Literary)

Tamar Rydzinski worked at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates prior to joining the Laura Dail Literary Agency. She graduated from Yeshiva University in 2003 with a major in literature and a minor in business.


How to Submit: Send queries to queries [@] ldlainc.com. Put your book’s title and the name of the agent you are querying in the subject—QUERY: TITLE for AGENT. Paste the first 5-10 pages of your manuscript into the body of the email.




Kaylee Davis (Dee Mura Literary)

Kaylee received a B.A. in English Literature and a B.A. in Sociology from Miami University, and she is certified in Copyediting from Emerson College. Recognized for her obsessive-compulsive attention to detail and crazy-fast reading ability, Kaylee joined the Dee Mura team as a professional copyeditor, proofreader, and administrative assistant before being named an agent.

What she is seeking: She seeks particularly epic, contemporary, near-future, and diverse. She has a special interest in locked-room mysteries, psychological, multiple POVs, lesser-explored settings, and unusual retellings.

How to Submit: Send queries to query [@] deemuraliterary.com. Put your name and the project title in the subject. Include a synopsis and the first 25 pages of your ms in the body of the email.

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Renee Nyen (KT Literary)

Several years in the editorial department at Random House’s Colorado division provided Renee with the opportunity to work with bestselling and debut authors alike. After leaving Random House, she came to KT Literary in early 2013. She loves digging into manuscripts and helping the author shape the best story possible.

What she is seeking: “I love non-traditional family structures (thinking specifically LGBTQIA+ here), and I’m always fascinated by deeply religious families. I’d like to find a YA fantasy/sci-fi with a transgender main character.”

How to Submit: Please submit a query letter with the first three pages of your manuscript pasted in the email to queries [@] ktliterary.com.When querying Renee, do not query Hannah Fergeson, also on this list.


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Patricia Nelson (Marsal Lyon Literary)

Patricia Nelson joined Marsal Lyon Literary Agency in 2014. She represents adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction, and is actively building her list. A few of Patricia’s recent sales include Hayley Chewins’ middle grade fantasy THE TURNAWAY GIRLS (Candlewick); Kristi Wientge’s middle grade debut KARMA KHULLAR’S MUSTACHE (Simon & Schuster Children’s); Mary McCoy’s YA mystery CAMP SO-AND-SO (Carolrhoda Lab/Lerner); Jaime Questell’s YA contemporary fantasy BY A CHARM AND A CURSE (Entangled Teen); Susan Bishop Crispell’s magical realist women’s fiction THE SECRET INGREDIENT OF WISHES (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press); Loretta Nyhan’s quirky contemporary women’s fiction ALL THE GOOD PARTS (Lake Union Publishing); Kelly J. Ford’s literary suspense COTTONMOUTHS (Skyhorse); and KC Bateman’s historical romance TO STEAL A HEART (Loveswept/Random House).

How to Submit: Please send a query letter by email to: Patricia [at] MarsalLyonLiteraryAgency.com and write “QUERY” in the subject line of the email.

Please note that her agency now accepts electronic submissions only. In all submissions, please include a contact phone number as well as your email address.

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Rebecca Strauss (DeFiore and Company)

Before joining DeFiore and Co., Rebecca was at McIntosh and Otis for seven years where she was an agent and Director of Subsidiary Rights.  Prior to M&O, she was a foreign rights associate at Trident Media Group, and a book scout and development assistant at Sony Pictures. She’s originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina and earned her degree in English Literature from Duke University.

What she is seeking: Fantasy only; no sci-fi.

How to Submit: Please email her at Rebecca [@] defliterary.com with a brief query letter containing information on your book, your bio and the first five pages in the body of the email. Please include the word “Query” and your book title in the subject line.

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Victoria Selvaggio (Jennifer De Chiara Literary)

Victoria A. Selvaggio joined The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency as a prior Regional Advisor for SCBWI: Northern Ohio, with over 9 years of actively working on the executive board. Drawn to the publishing scene first as an author, with her most recent publication in the 2015 Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market, Vicki’s passion for honing the craft carried over into reading manuscripts for the agency. Currently, she is excited to read compelling manuscripts that will resonate with her long after she’s done.

How to Submit: Please email a query to vselvaggio [@] windstream.net and put “Query” in the subject line of your email.

Send the first twenty pages in the body of your email, along with a one-paragraph bio and a one-paragraph synopsis.

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DongWon Song (Howard Morhaim Literary)

DongWon Song was formerly an editor at Orbit, an imprint of the Hachette Book Group. He was the first hire at a publishing startup, Zola Books, and while there oversaw content and eventually became the head of product for the ecommerce and ebook apps. He is a graduate of Duke University and joined HMLA in 2015.
What he is seeking: Seeks both YA sci-fi and YA fantasy; he’d specifically like to find a YA adventure fantasy (similar to Tamora Pierce or Robin McKinley).

How to Submit: E-query along with three sample chapters to dongwon [at] morhaimliterary.com.

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Carrie Pestritto (Prospect Agency)

Carrie Pestritto joined Prospect Agency in 2011 after working as an assistant at Writers House. With a B.A. in English from Amherst College, she has experienced all sides of the publishing industry, having worked as a ghostwriter, freelance writer, and as an intern in the editorial acquisitions department of the Greenwood Publishing Group. As an agent, she loves the thrill of finding new authors with strong, unique voices and working closely with her clients to develop their ideas and manuscripts.

What she is seeking: Seeks high concept fantasy only; does not seek sci-fi or other.

How to Submit: Send submissions through the agency’s online form.

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Emily Van Beek (Folio Literary)

Representing an author or artist, whether aspiring or established, is an honor and a commitment I take very seriously. I am passionate about children’s and young adult books. I am passionate about negotiating the best deal possible. I am passionate about working together with our experienced and esteemed subsidiary rights and contracts teams to squeeze as much juice out of a single property as it will yield. I find it incredibly rewarding to work with new voices (and I’m thrilled to say that I’ve discovered several irresistible projects by debut authors and artists in the submissions pile). I’m also committed to helping established authors and artists continue to grow their careers. I am an “editorial” agent, in that I’ll work through as many drafts over the course of as many years as it takes to polish a manuscript I believe in to a high shine prior to submission. My goal is to build long-term relationships with authors and artists and to help them publish books that will stand the test of time.

How to Submit: Please send along your query letter and first ten pages of your manuscript in the body of the email to emily[@] foliolitmanagement.com.

Put the word QUERY in the subject line. If you haven’t heard from Emily in six weeks, then she is not the agent for your project.

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Christa Heschke (McIntosh & Otis)

Christa Heschke graduated from Binghamton University with a major in English and a minor in Anthropology. She started in publishing as an intern at both Writers House and Sterling Lord Literistic, where she fell in love with the agency side of publishing. Christa has been at McIntosh and Otis, Inc. in the Children's Literature Department since 2009.


What she is seeking: “For fantasy, I’d like to see unique takes or twists that make them stand out from what’s already on the shelf. I’m a sucker for folklore, especially non-western. I love re-tellings of all types — folktales, classic stories, etc., but again they have to be standout. I’m not looking for something that’s been done many times before. No urban fantasy please.”

How to Submit: Send queries to CHquery [@] mcintoshandotis.com. Please send a query letter, synopsis and the first three consecutive chapters (not to exceed 25 pages) of the manuscript. If querying Christa, do not query Shannon Powers, also on this list.

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Hannah Fergeson (KT Literary)

Before settling in New York City, Hannah worked and went to school in Denver, where she obtained her degree in Writing for Film and Television. Opportunities in New York presented themselves before she could run off to LA, and she course corrected her career toward publishing, a dream of hers since childhood. After stints as a remote intern for a well-known agent, a bookseller at the famous Books of Wonder, an intern at Soho Press, a literary assistant at Trident Media Group, and a freelance editor working with well-known authors, Hannah joined KT Literary in 2016.

How to Submit: Send queries to hannahquery [@] ktliterary.com. The subject line of your email should include the word “Query” along with the title of your manuscript. Queries should not contain attachments.

The synopsis should include the full plot of the book including the conclusion. If querying Hannah, do not query Renee Nyen, also on this list.

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Ginger Clark (Curtis Brown)

Ginger Clark has been a literary agent with Curtis Brown LTD (New York) since 2005. On the adult side of her list she represents science fiction, fantasy and horror. On the children’s side she represents middle grade and young adult fiction and non-fiction. In addition to representing her own clients, she also handles British Commonwealth rights for the agency’s children’s list. She attends the Bologna Book Fair every year on behalf of her agency, and visits London annually as well. Previously, she worked at Writers House for six years as an assistant literary agent. Her first job in publishing was as an editorial assistant at Tor Books. She is the Chair of the Contracts Committee of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, and a member of its International Committee. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

How to Submit: Send query letter and contact information to gc [@] cbltd.com.

You can also submit via an online form.

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Peter Knapp (Park Literary)

Peter is a literary agent at Park Literary & Media. Fueled by the thrill of reading a new story for the first time, he works creatively with clients and the PLM team on marketing, branding initiatives and promotions to get great books into the hands of readers. Before joining PLM, he was a story editor at a book-scouting agency working with film clients, and he continues to look for new ways to partner with Hollywood on adaptations and multimedia properties.

How to Submit: Send queries to queries [@] parkliterary.com. In the subject line, write “Query for Peter: [genre] by [author name].”

No attachments. Include the first three chapters pasted below the query in the email body text.

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Becky LeJeune (Bond Literary Agency)

After working her way through college as a bookseller and earning a BS in Criminal Justice (with minors in English and Anthropology), Becky was accepted into the Denver Publishing Institute, one of a handful of graduate-level programs offering a crash course in publishing. It was there that she met Sandra Bond of Bond Literary Agency. After working for two years as managing editor for a cookbook imprint and another five as a commissioning editor for a local interest and regional history publisher, Becky reconnected with Sandra and has been working with her ever since.

How to Submit: Please send a query letter via email to: queries [@] bondliteraryagency.com. Address Becky by name in the query salutation.

No attachments.

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Shannon Powers (McIntosh & Otis)

Shannon Powers is a graduate of New York University. She began her career in publishing at McIntosh and Otis as an intern in 2011, and then went on to intern at The Book Report Network and W.W. Norton & Company. She has also worked as a bookseller. She returned to M&O in 2014, where she assists Shira Hoffman and Christa Heschke and is also looking to build her own list as a junior agent. Twitter: @S_E_Powers

What she is seeking: “I would encourage people to check out my blog regarding what kind of sci-fi and fantasy I enjoy in YA. It’s much more in depth than my agency website bio.”

How to Submit: Send query letters to SPquery [@] mcintoshandotis.com. Include a synopsis and the first three consecutive chapters (not to exceed 25 pages) of the manuscript with your query letter. No attachments. If querying Shannon, do not query Christa Heschke, also on this list.

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Michelle Johnson (Inklings Literary)

After a life long obsession with books, a career in business management/ownership including bookstores and community writing centers, and a few years with small presses in an editorial capacity, Michelle Johnson is now in her fourth year as a literary agent, where she represents many NYT Bestsellers, debut authors, and indie authors alike.

What she is seeking: “Diverse books welcome.”

How to Submit: Send queries to query [@] inklingsliterary.com. Type “Query (Agent Name)” and the title of your novel in the subject line. Include a synopsis and the first 10 pages of your manuscript. No attachments.

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Jennifer Azantian (Azantian Literary)

What she is seeking: “Of particular interest are stories that explore meaningful human interactions against fantastic backdrops, underrepresented voices, obscure retold fairy tales, modernized mythologies, literary science fiction, historical fantasy, space operas, hopeful futures, and internally consistent epic fantasy.”

How to Submit: To submit, send your query letter, 1-2 page synopsis, and first 10-15 pages in the body of your email to queries [@] azantianlitagency.com. Messages sent with attachments will not be opened. Please indicate if this an exclusive submission.

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Lindsay Mealing (Emerald City Literary)

Lindsay has been writing stories since she could first hold a pencil. It wasn’t until she sat down to edit a manuscript for the first time she realized her true love was not on the writing side of the publishing industry, but the business side. She began interning for Mandy at Emerald City Literary Agency in early 2015 and quickly realized agenting was what she wanted to do forever more. Lindsay is a self-proclaimed  nerd, loving everything science fiction and fantasy – from epic tomes to gaming. She fell head over heels with the SFF genre when she read Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (she even has Phedre’s marque tattooed on her back). Find her on Twitter: @lindsaymealing.

How to submit: Send your query letter to querylindsay [at] emeraldcityliterary.com.

Please paste the first five pages of your manuscript below your query – attachments will not be opened. I respond to all queries, so if you have not heard back from me within three weeks, please follow up.

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