Thursday, December 6, 2018

2 Agents Seeking Nonfiction, Romance, Kidlit, Mystery, Thrillers and more

These two agents are seeking to expand their client lists. John Butman  is looking for big, preferably contrarian, ideas and authors who seek to influence thinking, motivate action, and reveal new truths through analysis, storytelling, research, data, and personal narratives—in business, history, technology, psychology, and politics. Marlo Berliner is interested in all genres of MG and YA fiction, with particular emphasis on adventure, psychological thriller, suspense, mystery, paranormal, urban fantasy, horror, speculative, and romance. She also wants all genres of Romance, except inspirational, historical and erotic. She is also open to women’s fiction, mystery, thriller, and suspense.

Always check the agency website before submitting. 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 new and established agents seeking clients here: Agents Seeking Clients.

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John Butman of Kneerim & Williams

John Butman has been engaged in the creative aspects of publishing for more than thirty years. He specializes in idea-driven, nonfiction books about business, the social sciences, and current affairs, and has worked with leading figures in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations throughout the United States and around the world. John has been involved in the creation of more than fifty titles including Real Boys by Harvard psychologist Dr. William Pollack, a New York Times bestseller; Trading Up by Boston Consulting Group partners Michael J. Silverstein and Neil Fiske, a BusinessWeek bestseller and Berry-AMA Award winner; The Resilience Dividend by Judith Rodin, former president of The Rockefeller Foundation and the University of Pennsylvania; and Employees First, Customers Second by Vineet Nayar, former CEO of HCL Technologies and a member of the Thinkers50 global ranking. John is the author of Breaking Out (Harvard Business Review Press) and co-author, with Simon Targett, of New World, Inc. (Little, Brown).

What he is looking for: John is looking for big, preferably contrarian, ideas and authors who seek to influence thinking, motivate action, and reveal new truths through analysis, storytelling, research, data, and personal narratives—in business, history, technology, psychology, and politics.

How to submit: Please send a polished query letter to submissions@kwlit.com, and include a synopsis, a brief bio, and ten to twenty pages of initial sample material in the body of the email (no attachments will be opened). Include name of the agent you are querying in the subject line of the email, along with the title of your project.

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Marlo Berliner of Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

Marlo Berliner is an award-winning young adult author, freelance editor, and bookseller. She joined The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency in March 2018 as an editorial intern after having completed a previous internship with The Bent Agency. Now, she is actively building her list as an associate agent. She is a member of SCBWI, RWA, NJ-RWA, and YA-RWA. Prior to her career in the publishing world, Marlo was an accounting manager for a Fortune 500 company. She holds B.S. degrees in Economics and Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon University

What she is seeking: "Middle Grade and Young Adult: I am interested in all genres of MG and YA fiction, with particular emphasis on adventure, psychological thriller, suspense, mystery, paranormal, urban fantasy, horror, speculative, and romance. I enjoy magic, magical realism, unusual settings, pirates, dark elements, gothic tone, secrets or secretive characters, treasure hunts, and unreliable narrators. Also, if you can take a story or intellectual property (in TV or books) that is popular with the adult crowd and give me it’s MG or YA version, then I will give it a look because I believe these types of stories may have strong potential for the market. Stories told by #ownvoices, and stories with diverse characters of all kinds, including neuro-diverse and LGBTQIA+ are all welcomed. I am also open to coming-of-age stories set in college that walk the line between upper YA and NA. While I do like contemporary tales, I may not be the best fit for ‘issue’ books where the central conflict revolves primarily around rape/rape-culture, drugs, or illness. I will also consider some select non-fiction projects in MG and YA, particularly if they involve pop-culture or current events.

Adult: I am interested in all genres of Romance, except inspirational, historical and erotic. I am also open to women’s fiction, mystery, thriller, and suspense."

How to submit: Please submit your query and first 20 pages of your finished and polished manuscript Marlo's Query Manager: http://QueryMe.Online/marloberliner

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