Tuesday, December 5, 2017

2 New Agents Looking for Fantasy, Thrillers, Horror, Romance, Translations and More

Updated 11/4/19

Here are two new agents actively building their client lists. Elianna Kan of Regal Hoffmann is particularly interested in Spanish language fiction and nonfiction, and translation in general. Lynnette Novak of the Seymour Agency is looking for fantasy, thriller, contemporary romance, mystery, and sci-fi in adult fiction. And in YA she wants fantasy, sci-fi, horror, contemporary, thriller, and mystery.

ALWAYS check the agency website before submitting. Agents may switch agencies or close their lists and submission requirements may change.

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Elianna Kan of Regal Hoffmann

Elianna Kan joined Regal Hoffmann in 2017. She began her publishing career at Picador and as Senior Editor of The American Reader, where she edited literature in translation. After several years as a Spanish reader for Maria B. Campbell Associates and various US publishers, she decided to immerse herself more fully in the Latin American publishing world by moving to Mexico City where she worked as a consultant for Penguin Random House Mexico's Foreign Rights Director. She continues splitting her time between New York and Mexico. Elianna is a native of New Hampshire with a BA in Literary Studies and a background in theater from Middlebury College. She has studied Critical Theory at the University of Buenos Aires and is currently pursuing an MA at the Bread Loaf School of English. She is a native Russian speaker and speaks Spanish fluently. She has written about the Latin American publishing market for Publishing Perspectives and has interviewed writers and theater-makers on behalf of The Paris Review, BOMB Magazine, and The Believer. She has a passion for interdisciplinary cultural programming and teaches creative writing and literary translation at Columbia University.

What she is looking for: Elianna is actively building a list of Spanish-language fiction and non-fiction writers and is interested in literature in translation in general.

How to submit: Submissions should consist of a one-page query letter detailing the book in question as well as the qualifications of the author. For fiction, submissions may also include the first ten pages of the novel or one short story from a collection.

Lynnette Novak of The Seymour Agency

Prior to joining The Seymour Agency, Lynnette spent seventeen years freelance editing. She worked with new writers, advanced writers, as well as New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Lynnette earned a bachelor of education degree from the University of Manitoba, where she specialized in English and French. She excelled in Advanced Creative Writing in university and studied writing for children and teens through the Institute of Children’s Literature. She was a Pitch Wars mentor in 2015 and 2016. Both her mentees acquired an agent.

Although Lynnette was born and raised in Manitoba, Canada, she now lives in Minnesota with her husband, twin girls, and many pets. Her personal interests include reading, writing, exercising at the gym (okay, that’s a love/hate relationship), working on an assortment of crafts, all things having to do with animals (if she could own a farm, zoo, and animal shelter, she would), and enjoying time with family and friends.

What she is looking for: Adult: fantasy, thriller, contemporary romance, mystery, and sci-fi. YA: fantasy, sci-fi, horror, contemporary, thriller, and mystery. I love dark & twisty, light and funny, and stories with or without romance. 

How to submit: Lynette is accepting submissions via email at querylynnette@theseymouragency.com  More info on submissions may be found here.
Follow Lynnette on Twitter: @Lynnette_Novak

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