Monday, March 30, 2015

2 New Literary Agents From Established Agencies Seeking Clients Now

Here are two new agents actively building their client lists. Kerry D’Agostino is at Curtis Brown, Ltd., an established agency in NYC. She is interested in a wide range of literary and commercial fiction, as well as narrative nonfiction and memoir. Lydia Shamah of another established agency, Carol Mann, is seeking adult, young adult and middle grade fiction, as well as nonfiction projects in the areas of self-improvement, lifestyle, relationships and business.



About Kerry: Kerry started working at Curtis Brown, Ltd. in 2011 as assistant to Tim Knowlton and Holly Frederick in the Film and Television Department. Before Curtis Brown, she received her certificate in publishing from the Columbia Publishing Course, her masters in Art in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her bachelors from Bowdoin College. Follow her on Twitter: @dagostino_kerry

What she is seeking: Kerry is interested in a wide range of literary and commercial fiction, as well as narrative nonfiction and memoir. Above all when evaluating manuscripts, she looks for a strong narrative voice and a protagonist with whom she (and others) can connect. She also has a soft spot for anything to do with Maine, Vermont, skiing, and sisters.

How to submit: E-mail query letters to kd [at] cbltd.com, along with a synopsis and three sample chapters.

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Lydia Shamah of Carol Mann Agency

NO LONGER AN AGENT

About Lydia: Lydia is originally from London, England. After studying PR and Communications in the UK, she relocated to New York City where she gained a B.A. in English and American Literature at New York University.

What she is seeking: adult, young adult and middle grade fiction, as well as nonfiction projects.
Lydia is looking for timely plots inspired by the headlines, effortless magical realism, unreliable narrators, and mysteries/psychological thrillers set in small communities (no CIA/FBI/MI5, please). She is always on the hunt for intriguing female voices and characters. In YA and MG she is looking for strong hooks and modern themes. Most importantly, she wants fiction that is impossible to put down.

She is not looking for high fantasy, political thrillers or romance.

In nonfiction, Lydia is looking for books that are both inspirational and modern in the areas of self-improvement, lifestyle, relationships and business. She is also looking for unique blogs, Tumblrs and Instagram profiles to transform into gift books. She is particularly interested in feminism and women’s issues.

How to submit: Please send a query letter including a brief bio, and the first 25 pages of your manuscript to querylydia@carolmannagency.com — all material should be pasted into the body of the email message.

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