Friday, April 6, 2018

2 New Agents Seeking Nonfiction: Memoir, Self-Help, Humor, Health, and more

Here are two new agents interested in nonfiction. Allison Janice (Serendipity) is seeking writers on the topics of cooking, nutrition, health and wellness, self-help, memoir, humor, psychology, history, and science, particularly in the areas of body-positivity, veganism, and environmentalism. Leslie Meredith is interested in new voices in memoir; in science, psychology, health, nature, and animals; and in spirituality and mind-body-spirit practices.

Always check the agency website before submitting. Agents may switch agencies, and submission requirements can change.

If these agents don't suit your needs, you can find a comprehensive list of new and established agents expanding their client lists here: Agents Seeking Clients.


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Allison Janice of Serendipity

Allison was an editor at Penguin Random House in the Berkley Books imprint, assisting, and later editing, a diverse list of nonfiction titles such as The Brain Warrior’s Way  and The Brain Warrior’s Way Cookbook by Daniel and Tana Amen, Always Too Much, and Never Enough by Jasmin Singer, and Exponential Living by Sheri Riley. She was also responsible for revamping backlist titles, including an update to Peter D’Adamo’s bestselling classic Eat Right 4 Your Type and a new edition of Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott.

What She's Looking For: In her new role as an agent at Serendipity, she aims to work with a range of nonfiction clients on the topics of cooking, nutrition, health and wellness, self-help, memoir, humor, psychology, history, and science, particularly in the areas of body-positivity, veganism, and environmentalism. She is also open to fiction in the area of romance and mystery, as well as the odd women’s fiction title. Push the boundaries of your genre and use your voice for good!

How to submit: For nonfiction, use the form on the website HERE.

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Leslie Meredith of Mary Evans

Leslie Meredith worked for many years as a book editor, most recently for fifteen years at imprints of Simon & Schuster. She began in publishing with an internship at The University of Pittsburgh Press and worked as a senior editor at McGraw-Hill, Bantam, and Ballantine, and as editorial director at Harmony/Crown.

Over her decades as a book editor, Leslie edited bestsellers by Sy Montgomery, Lawrence Krauss, Jean Twenge, Ben Mezrich, Stacey O’Brien, Mark Obmascik, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Patricia McConnell, Stephen Jay Gould, Christiane Northrup, Caroline Myss, Jack Kornfield, and Thich Nhat Hanh.

What she wants: She is interested in new voices in memoir; in science, psychology, health, nature, and animals; and in spirituality and mind-body-spirit practices.

How to submit: Send query to Leslie at info@maryevansinc.com
  • Please put the word query in the subject line.
  • A brief letter about your book (genre, summary and/or synopsis, word count, etc.)
  • A bit about you/your writing background
  • Include your book proposal as a single Word attachment. [The elements of a solid book proposal include: Overview; About the Author; Chapter Outline; Marketing/Publicity; Comparative Works; Sample Chapter.]

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