Tuesday, May 8, 2018

3 New Literary Agents Actively Seeking Memoir, Kidlit, Adult Fiction & more

Here are three agents seeking to expand their client lists. Leslie Zampetti is interested in middle grade and young adult novels, especially mystery and contemporary. For adult fiction, Leslie is interested in literary mysteries, upmarket romance and women’s fiction, and historical fiction from lesser-known eras and places. For nonfiction, Leslie finds narrative nonfiction that straddles the boundaries between crime, memoir, and literature especially appealing. Dara Kaye represents nonfiction only. Léonicka Valcius is seeking under-represented voices in picture books, MG and YA, nonfiction, and adult fiction.

Be sure to check the agency website before submitting. Agents can switch agencies or close their lists, and submissions requirements may change.

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

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Leslie Zampetti of Dunham Literary, Inc.

Leslie graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in English and has a Master’s of Library and Information Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A former librarian with over 20 years’ experience in special, public, and school libraries, Leslie has cataloged rocket launch videos and Lego rocket ship models, presented SEC documents and story times, and negotiated with organizations from Lexis-Nexis to the PTA. Her experience as a librarian has given her a distinct perspective on publishing and readers. A writer herself, Leslie is very familiar with querying from both sides of the desk.

What she is seeking: For children’s books, Leslie seeks middle grade and young adult novels, especially mystery and contemporary. Historical fiction set in the recent past, novels in verse, and off-the-beaten path romances are on her wish list. For picture books, Leslie wants unusual true tales, biographies of unsung heroes and heroines, or stories that show everyday diversity to mirror under-represented readers and open windows to others. She is drawn to books about Florida, baseball, and kids with book smarts and big hearts.
For adult fiction, Leslie is interested in literary mysteries, upmarket romance and women’s fiction, and historical fiction from lesser-known eras and places. For nonfiction, Leslie finds narrative nonfiction that straddles the boundaries between crime, memoir, and literature especially appealing. An armchair adventurer, Leslie enjoys experiencing wild places and extreme challenges from the comfort of her chair.

How to submit: Paste the query letter and the first five pages in the body of your email and send to query(at)dunhamlit(dot)com. No attachments. This agency shares, so only send to one agent.

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Dara Kaye of Ross Yoon Literary Agency

Before joining Ross Yoon, Dara spent two years in South Korea on a Fulbright fellowship, where she taught English, researched the history of Shakespeare in Korea, and mastered the art of making baked goods in a rice cooker. Dara holds a BA in English Language & Literature from Smith College and an MA in Renaissance literature from University College London. She lives in Foggy Bottom and also on Twitter at @darakaye

What she is seeking: Adult nonfiction, from memoir and history to biography, humor, and popular science.

How to submit: Send one of the following: query letter briefly explaining your idea, media platform, and qualifications for writing on this topic or a complete book proposal featuring an overview of your idea, author bio, media and marketing strategy, chapter outline, and 1-3 sample chapters. Please send these as attachments in .doc or .docx format to submissions@rossyoon.com.

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Léonicka Valcius of Transatlantic Agency (Canada)

"I am eager to work with people of color, including (but not limited to) trans people, disabled people, religious minorities, and queer folks.

In Adult and Young Adult fiction, I like fun commercial fiction, romance that ranges from sweet to steamy, otherworldly fantasy, and sweeping historical fiction. I do not represent mysteries or thrillers.

In Adult non-fiction, I like narrative non-fiction that explains complex issues through the lens of a personal story. I am also seeking books that straddle the self-help/lifestyle line and the self-help/business line.

For Middle Grade and younger, I love humour, adventure, and make believe. I also enjoy stories about children navigating their changing relationships with family and friends. I strongly prefer books with at least 1 human character."

How to submit: Please send your query by email only to leonicka@transatlanticagency.com. Include a query letter, bio, synopsis, and a 20 page excerpt. If you are comfortable, please include your social and cultural identities in your bio, especially if you self-identify as a person of color and/or part of another underrepresented group.

If you are are submitting a non-fiction proposal, please include information about your expertise and platform, as well as a detailed table of contents. If you are submitting a picture book, please send the complete manuscript. 

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