Thursday, January 15, 2015

2 New Agents Seeking Writers

New agents are a boon to budding authors. They take the time to really delve into the manuscripts they receive, and they are enthusiastic supporters of their clients. In addition, many new agents work for long-standing literary agencies, which gives them the benefit of a respected letterhead.

Kirsten Carleton of Prospect Agency

About Kirsten: Before joining Prospect Agency in 2015, Kirsten learned the agenting ropes at Sobel Weber Associates and the Waxman Leavell Agency. She fell in love with working on writers while getting her B.A. in English with a Creative Writing concentration from Amherst College, and cemented her fascination with publishing with a Graduate Certificate in Publishing from the Columbia Publishing Course and internships at Charlesbridge and Liza Dawson Associates. As an agent, she gets to be a champion for the author throughout the challenging publishing process. She loves sharing an author's vision for the book, working to help him or her uncover it, and finding a home for it with editors and readers who also feel that connection. Beyond the individual book, she wants to develop satisfying and successful careers that celebrate great talent.

What she is seeking: Upmarket young adult, speculative, and literary fiction with strong characters and storytelling. She’s particularly interested in novels that bend and blur genres; literary takes on high concept worldbuilding; diverse characters in stories that are not just about diversity; antiheroes she find herself rooting for; characters with drive and passion; girls and women in STEM fields; settings outside the US/Europe; well-researched historical settings; YA noir/thriller/mystery; stories that introduces her to a new subculture and makes her feel like a native. She is not interested in horror, romance, erotica, poetry, or picture books.

How to submit: Use the form on the submissions page to upload materials.  

Amanda Panitch of Lippincott Massie McQuilkin


About Amanda: Amanda Panitch was recently promoted from agency assistant to associate agent at Lippincott Massie McQuilkin. Before joining LMQ in 2012, she interned at Writers House and attended The George Washington University and New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute. A writer herself, her first novel, Damage Done, will be released in July from Random House Books for Young Readers. Follow her on Twitter: @AmandaPanitch

What she is seeking: Young adult and middle grade only. In particular, she’d love to find a high fantasy set in a non-Western inspired setting. Other concepts she’d love to see in her inbox include a dark psychological thriller, a quirky mystery, a gorgeous literary contemporary, historical fiction set in a place or time not often explored in fiction, or anything featuring food as a main element. She is also drawn to generational spaceships, unreliable narrators, magical realism, the pre-Columbian Americas, the Amazon, close sibling relationships, and slow-burning romances.

How to submit: Submit your query, including the first five to 10 pages of your manuscript pasted into the body of the email (no attachments) to amanda [at] Include the word “Query” in the subject line.


  1. contact me if you like i have three adult books finished including all of the art work you can see more on my blog and google plus page and through this link.
    i am also on the coffee shop writers corner

  2. I Would like to apply. I have the first book of a saga: Company of the Paranormal - The Lords of the future

  3. I am the author of eight books, each with a Hollywood theme having been a fan magazine writer for twenty years. currently branching into women's fiction.On hand for submission a synopsis, first four chapters and synopsis of the balance of women's fiction novel, Yesterdays Promises to submit for your edification. Latest book: The Evolution of the Hollywood Heartthrob published by Bear Manor Media.

  4. Guys, you have to submit to the agents. Click on the agency name under the photo (it's a link) and read the website. Then submit to the agent according to their submission instructions. You can't submit in the comment section (here). This is just a blog.


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