Tuesday, May 1, 2018

6 New Agents Seeking Fiction, YA, Romance, Biography, SciFi/Fantasy and more

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Here are six new agents seeking to expand their client lists. Cara Bellucci is looking to acquire women’s fiction, with a particular interest in novels with good food and women who save themselves. She is also interested in literary fiction about the African diaspora and immigrant experiences, domestic thrillers, and historical fiction, especially twentieth century stories that are not about the world wars.

David Laurell is looking for adult fiction and nonfiction.

Ann Rose is looking for MG and YA in all genres, romance, and light scifi-fantasy.

Madison Smartt Bell is seeking literary fiction, noir, criminal procedurals, and work from the Caribbean basin and other diasporas.

Jaidree Braddix is interested in both serious non-fiction and buzz-worthy topics that can make a big media splash. She is particularly interested in food, health, personal development, current events, and big ideas with the potential to influence the national conversation.

Alyssa Taylor is seeking stories from a diverse range of settings and characters. For non-fiction, she is interested in the subjects of psychology, sociology, the natural world, health, and fitness.

Before you send your query, make sure to check the agency's website. Agents may switch agencies or close their lists, and submission requirements can change.

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

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Jaidree Braddix of Sterling Literistic

Born and raised on Maui, Hawaii, Jaidree holds an MS in Publishing from Pace University and a BA in Journalism from the University of Northern Colorado. She now lives in Brooklyn. She is committed to helping authors turn their assets—be they exciting ideas, popular blogs, academic studies, or Instagram followings—into compelling proposals and noteworthy books.

What she is seeking: Jaidree is interested in both serious non-fiction and buzz-worthy topics that can make a big media splash. Formerly a publicist at an independent press, Jaidree is always on the lookout for projects with a “newsy” hook. She works closely with Celeste Fine and is particularly interested in food, health, personal development, current events, and big ideas with the potential to influence the national conversation. 

How to submit: Please submit using the agency's online form HERE.


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David Laurell of Jennifer DeChiara Agency

David Laurell, who first negotiated the sale of a photograph and story to a Brooklyn, N.Y. newspaper when he was just 10 years old, came to The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency following an extensive career as a television writer/producer, newspaper and magazine journalist, and ghostwriter. He also served as a contributing editor, managing editor, and editor-in-chief for Sports Market Report, Pop Culture Memories and Memorabilia, Autograph, and Life After 50 magazines, where he saw the publishing hopes and dreams of hundreds of writers realized. David joyously embraces the writers he works with as partners. More than just a literary agent, he is a mentor, sounding board, advocate, cheerleader, and fiduciary.

What he is looking for: Adult Nonfiction: "I'm most interested in celebrity biographies and autobiographies and all genres of popular culture, entertainment, broadcasting, professional sports, and politics from any era. I am also open to fresh takes on unique collectors and collections, and compelling stories of motivation, inspiration, faith, positive aging, and self-improvement."

Adult Fiction: "I am always on the lookout for unique and well-plotted stories about nontraditional, unconventional, and extraordinary families or individuals that are infused with passion, irony, sarcasm, intelligence, insight, kindness, hope, inspiration, and humor. I love richly presented quirky characters that brim with unforgettable personalities. Think Being There, The World According to Garp, Postcards from the Edge, Running with Scissors, Forrest Gump, and the play/film August: Osage County."

How to submit:  Please email a one-page query letter that includes a brief synopsis of your book, your bio or resume, contact information, and the first two chapters or 20 pages of your manuscript. Email to dclaurell@gmail.com with "Query" and your submission’s title in the subject line.
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Cara Bellucci of Don Congdon Literary Agency

Cara got her start in publishing as an intern at the Jane Rotrosen Agency and joined Don Congdon Associates as an assistant in 2014. 

What she is seeking: Cara is now looking to acquire women’s fiction, with a particular interest in novels with good food and women who save themselves. She is also interested in literary fiction about the African diaspora and immigrant experiences, domestic thrillers, and historical fiction, especially twentieth century stories that are not about the world wars. Regardless of genre, any stories that have a hint of magic, families that are big, happy, and complicated, or female characters with jobs we see on the page always find a way to the top of her reading pile.

How to submit: Send query and first chapter to dca@doncongdon.com. Include the word “Query” and the agent’s full name in your subject heading. No attachments.

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Ann Rose of  Prospect Agency

"I'm a California native who now resides in Texas after a stint in Florida. Each place has its pros and cons, but I can say that I left my heart in San Diego and dream of going back one day (although that will probably never happen). My degree is in Communication from San Diego State University, and my resume holds a gamut of jobs from Life Guard to Business Systems Analyst/Portfolio Manager, but books have always been my passion. I'm excited to finally merge my love of literature with my past professional experiences as a literary agent with Prospect. It is my honor to help authors build successful, sustainable careers."

What she is looking for: YA of all genres; MG of all genres, especially ones that push the boundaries of middle grade; Swoony romances; Light sci-fi or fantasy; Commercial fiction; Heartwarming (or heart wrenching) contemporaries. "I'm always looking for unique voices, diverse perspectives, vivid settings, and stories that explore tough topics. Give me your dark and edgy stories with unlikeable characters."

How to submit: Send a query letter, three chapters and a brief synopsis using the submission form here.

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Madison Smartt Bell of Ayesha Pande

Madison Smartt Bell is the author of twelve novels. Bell has also published three collections of short stories. Born and raised in Tennessee, he has lived in New York, Paris and London. A graduate of Princeton University and the Hollins College graduate creative writing program, he has taught in many other writing programs, including Goucher College, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars. 

What he is seeking: He is interested in literary fiction, noir, criminal procedurals, work from the Caribbean basin and other diasporas, and anything genuinely original and fresh.

How to submit: Please query using the form on the website HERE.

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Alyssa Taylor of Fletcher and Co.

Alyssa grew up in California and Massachusetts and graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in English and a minor in French. Before joining Fletcher & Company she worked at The New England Review and United Talent Agency.

What she is looking for: In fiction, stories from a diverse range of settings and characters. For non-fiction, she is interested in the subjects of psychology, sociology, the natural world, health, and fitness. She is not interested in crime thrillers, horror, travel, business, and political non-fiction.

How to submit: To query, please send a letter, brief synopsis. and the first 5-10 pages of the manuscript/proposal pasted into the body of the email to info@fletcherandco.com. Please do not include email attachments with your initial query, as they will be deleted.


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