Thursday, December 5, 2019

2 New Literary Agents Seeking Memoir, Nonfiction, YA, Graphic Novels and more

Here are two new agents seeking clients. Iris Blasi is currently seeking nonfiction in the categories of biography, memoir, history, politics, science, business, “big idea” books, pop culture, cultural criticism, true crime, and narrative nonfiction. Ellen Goff is interested in all genres and formats of YA, especially anything spooky, historical fiction, and graphic novels. She has a soft spot for Shakespeare as well as southern gothic stories that remind her of her home state of Kentucky.

Always check the agency website and agent bio before submitting. Agents can switch agencies or close their lists.

You can find a full list of agents actively seeking new clients here: Agents Seeking Clients

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Ellen Goff of HG Literary

Ellen graduated from The University of Chicago (2016) with a BA in English, a minor in Cinema and Media Studies, and a focus in Creative Writing. Ellen has worked everywhere from The White House under the Obama administration to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. At HG Literary, she assists Carrie Hannigan on all children's titles from picture books to middle grade to young adult. Ellen's own list consists of YA writers and illustrators. She is also a member of HG's foreign rights team.

What she is seeking: Ellen is interested in all genres and formats of YA, especially anything spooky, historical fiction, and graphic novels. She has a soft spot for Shakespeare as well as southern gothic stories that remind her of her home state of Kentucky.

How to submit: Please send your query and the first five pages in the body of your email to ellen@hgliterary.com

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Iris Blasi of Carol Mann Agency

Iris Blasi joined the Carol Mann Agency after fifteen years in editorial, marketing, publicity, and consulting roles at companies including Random House, Pegasus Books, Union Square Press, Open Road Media, Hilsinger-Mendelson, and Idea Logical, Inc.

What she is seeking: She is currently seeking nonfiction in the categories of biography, memoir, history, politics, science, business, “big idea” books, pop culture, cultural criticism, true crime, and narrative nonfiction with a strong hook or something stemming from a quirky journalistic/academic/personal obsession.

How to submit: For fiction, send a query letter including a brief bio, and the first 25 pages of your manuscript. For nonfiction, send a query letter including a brief bio, a synopsis/proposal and the first 25 pages of your manuscript. All material should be pasted into the body of your message; attachments will not be opened. Only submit to one agent at this agency. A pass from one is a pass from all. Queries may be emailed to submissions@carolmannagency.com

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

4 UK Agents Actively Seeking Writers

Here are four UK agents expanding their client lists. Veronique Baxter represents a wide range of authors, but is particularly interested in literary fiction, children’s writing and thought-provoking non-fiction of all kinds. Georgia Garrett represents writers of fiction, narrative non-fiction and children’s books. Jo Bell is seeking crime, thrillers & suspense, contemporary romance, women’s fiction spanning commercial, literary & historical, and humor. Max Edwards accepts both fiction and non-fiction. He represents genre fiction and YA novelists.

Always check the agency website and agent bio before submitting. Agents can switch agencies or close their lists.

You can find a full list of agents actively seeking new clients here: Agents Seeking Clients

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Georgia Garrett of Rogers, Coleridge & White

Georgia Garrett joined Rogers, Coleridge and White as a director in 2011, having been a director of AP Watt and an agent at the Wylie Agency. Prior to that she was editorial director at Picador and an editor at Victor Gollancz.

What she is seeking: She represents writers of fiction, narrative non-fiction and children’s books.

How to submit: "Submissions should include a covering letter telling us about yourself and the background to the book. In the case of fiction they should consist of the first three chapters or approximately the first fifty pages of the work to a natural break, and a brief synopsis. Non-fiction submissions should take the form of a proposal up to twenty pages in length explaining what the work is about and why you are best placed to write it." Send your submission to: honor@rcwlitagency.com

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Ms. Veronique Baxter of David Higham Associates Ltd

Veronique joined David Higham in 1999 after studying Law at Bristol University. She was made a director of the company in 2007.

What she is seeking: She represents a wide range of authors, including many award-winners, but is particularly interested in literary fiction, children’s writing and thought-provoking non-fiction of all kinds.

How to submit: Please send a one-page synopsis that gives a full explanation of the plot, and the first three chapters or up to fifty pages (double spaced). Read submission details HERE.


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Jo Bell of Bell Lomax Moreton Agency

Jo began merchandising books on family holidays at the age of 6, showing that publishing runs in the family!  Now with nearly 18 years of working in the industry, Jo joins the team with a wealth of experience. She has worked for HarperCollins as Children’s Sales Director and also Parragon Books as the UK Sales Director dealing with editorial teams, licensors and major retailers across the UK.

What she is seeking: Jo is building her list and really enjoys reading a strong voice in a story packed with passion & intrigue. Currently Jo is seeking crime, thrillers & suspense, contemporary romance, women’s fiction spanning commercial, literary & historical, and humor.

How to submit: All submissions can be emailed to agency@bell-lomax.co.uk Please do not send submissions addressed for the attention of more than one agent within the agency.

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Max Edwards of Apple Tree Literary

Max Edwards worked as a bookseller at Blackwell’s in Oxford and for Sports Interactive, developers of the computer game Football Manager, before moving into publishing. After 5 years working at the likes of United Agents, Rogers, Coleridge and White and Mulcahy Associates, he set-up Apple Tree Literary in 2019.

What he is seeking: Max works across both fiction and non-fiction. He represents a number of brilliant journalists and academics writing for a trade audience, as well as genre-fiction and YA novelists. "He's got a thing for SFF, police procedurals, and is also a fan of clever YA fiction that never dumbs down."

How to submit: Please send submisssions by email to max@appletreeliterary.co.uk, with the subject line "SUBMISSION: Title by Author"

For fiction: Please send a cover letter, synopsis and first three chapters of your novel. If your book has very short or long chapters, please send the first 7,500 words or so as a sample of your writing.

For non-fiction: Please send a cover letter, 1-2 page summary of the book, an outline of a couple of sentences on each chapter, a sample of your writing (either directly on this book, or, in some rare cases related to subject and written elsewhere) and some observations on why your book might work in a trade market. If you feel ready to send a full proposal, please do - though as non-fiction tends to be sold a proposal I'm happy to work with potential authors at an earlier stage than a novel, especially as the shaping of a non-fiction proposal is often best-served by working closely on how the structure and approach will work with its intended market.


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