Wednesday, August 5, 2020

7 New Agents Seeking YA, SF/F Romance, Nonfiction, BIPOC, LGBTQ and more

Here are seven new literary agents seeking clients. Analieze Cervantes is looking for stories in YA and Adult Fiction. She specializes in Sci-Fi, Romance, Thriller, Suspense, and Mystery. Analieze is especially open to BIPOC and LGBTQ voices. Jackie Williams reads a broad range of commercial and genre fiction. In non-fiction, she looks for books that expand the reader’s empathy and self-awareness. Kianna Shore is actively looking for YA. Patrick Munnelly is interested primarily in anything LGBTQ+ (nonfiction and fiction, including romance). In genre fiction, he prefers horror & fantasy. In nonfiction, he is interested in political science, current affairs, health & wellness, and fitness. Jemiscoe Chambers-Black is currently building her client list in middle grade, YA, and adult categories. Jemiscoe is especially open to BIPOC and LGBTQ voices and stories. Vanessa Campos is looking to help bring more diverse voices to business, entrepreneurship, and self-help. Shannon Snow is seeking romance, YA, fantasy, sci-fi, thrillers.

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

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

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Ms. Analieze Cervantes of Harvey Klinger, Inc.

Analieze is a graduate from Cal State San Bernardino where she studied English: Creative Writing along with a minor in Screenwriting. She has also worked as an Editorial Freelancer for Independent Authors. She started her career as an intern at a New York Literary Agency and was mentored by Saritza Hernandez. She then joined the Harvey Klinger Literary Agency in 2020. 

What she is seeking: Analieze is currently building her own list and is looking for stories in YA and Adult Fiction. She specializes in Sci-Fi, Romance, Thriller, Suspense, and Mystery. Analieze is especially open to BIPOC and LGBTQ voices.

How to submit: Use her form here: https://querymanager.com/query/AnaliezeCervantes

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Ms. Jackie Williams of The Knight Agency, Inc.

Jackie Williams joined the agency in July of 2020, after working as a Food & Lifestyle Editorial Fellow for Chronicle Books. She began her career in government, graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Political Science and Latin American Studies, and subsequently assisted in consumer protection and international trade cases at the Federal Trade Commission. She enrolled at the George Washington School of Law, however realized she preferred the courtrooms of literary fiction to the actual courtroom.

What she is seeking: Jackie reads a broad range of commercial and genre fiction, especially stories with psychological suspense, dark, gritty voices, speculative elements, multi-generational plots, bleak, dystopian themes, and intricate world-building; even better if the stories are set in space.  In non-fiction, she looks for books that expand the reader’s empathy and self-awareness. She’s interested in collaborating closely with writers throughout all stages of their careers and bringing more multicultural representation to the publishing landscape.

How to submit: Use her submission form here:  https://querymanager.com/query/Jackie_Williams_TKA
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Ms. Kianna Shore of Ladderbird Literary Agency

CLOSED TO QUERIES

Kianna is a recent graduate from UCLA's MFA Screenwriting program and Boston University's School of Global Studies. When she's not reading manuscripts or working with authors, Kianna can be found writing, learning languages, or running.

What she is seeking: Fantasy starring a character with a disability? For sure. YA historical with a queer BIPOC lead? Send it my way. I want to champion underrepresented writers who write
their #ownvoices. Right now I am actively looking for YA, but will consider well written
MG and NA that follow the same guidelines listed below.

YA Contemporary: I’d love to see protagonists, family and friends, and circumstances
that we haven’t seen before. Give me an enticing plot that betrays expectation and
characters that subvert stereotypes. Settings that are super specific to your neck of the
woods or abroad are welcomed!

YA Crime and Thrillers: I love twists and turns I don’t see coming (that will be hard-
but try me!). Give me young women that are in control of their own destinies - and law
breaking is how they’re going to do it. Confident characters that have the swagger of
your average villain -- who aren’t the average villain.

YA Fantasy: Let’s see some non-European based fantasy! I am better versed in East
Asian culture and mythology, but will work with anyone. Make me fall in love with the
world and the people in it. Although spectacular, submitted fantasies should have
well-developed characters and a strong plot. Think Avatar the Last Airbender,
Fullmetal Alchemist, or She-Ra. Keep me engaged, keep me on my toes. Keep me
reading.

YA Historical: Queer and marginalized people have existed throughout the ages - but
you wouldn’t believe it looking at many bookshelves today! Make the setting POP and
transport me to another time period, another world. Not looking for white savior stories!
Give me characters that are in charge of their own futures.

YA Science Fiction: I’d love to see some great science fiction that is science POSITIVE.
No more technology is evil stories! There is enough of that! Fiction that re-learns how to
navigate and prioritize technology or stories that show that science is not without bias is
great. Looking for work that is character driven and with heart!

How to submit: Use her submission form here: https://querymanager.com/query/kiannashore

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Mr. Patrick Munnelly of Bond Literary Agency

Patrick Munnelly worked with Sandra as an Intern while getting his Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Denver. After graduating, he spent 2 years as an editor with Literary Wanderlust Publishing. He rejoined the BLA team in 2020 as an associate agent, and also works as an Instructor of Writing and Rhetoric for the Community College of Aurora in Colorado.

What he is seeking: He is interested primarily in anything LGBTQ+ (nonfiction and fiction, including romance). In genre fiction, he prefers anything horror & fantasy. In nonfiction, he is interested in political science, current affairs, health & wellness, and fitness.

How to submit: To send your query,  please email queries@bondliteraryagency.com addressed to Patrick. Include your query letter in the body of the email—no attachments— with the FIRST 5 PAGES IN THE BODY OF YOUR EMAIL (no attachments). If querying about nonfiction, your query letter should provide enough information about the project and your credentials for him to determine if he wants to see your book proposal.

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Ms. Jemiscoe Chambers-Black of Andrea Brown Literary Agency

Before joining the ABLA family, Jemiscoe worked for over a decade in film and television as an Assistant Director. She has a BA and MFA in creative writing in fiction, working with mentors Wiley Cash, Jo Knowles, Marcus Burke, and Richard Adams Carey. She has also been a freelance editor and writing tutor for over five years, and contributed to the online literary magazine ​The Assignment. Jemiscoe lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, three kids, and two cats.

What she is seeking: Jemiscoe is currently building her client list in the middle grade, YA, and adult categories. In middle grade, Jemiscoe is most interested in contemporary manuscripts. They can focus on hard themes, but she enjoys those that also weave in humor, whimsy, adventure, and wonder. She's also open to fantasy, which can include paranormal, low fantasy, and magical realism. Horror, mystery, and graphic novels are also of interest.

In YA, Jemiscoe would love to see romance, especially rom-coms. Give her all the love stories in whatever form they come! She loves contemporary fiction that deals with friendship - its joys and struggles. She would also like to see fantasy (except high fantasy), mystery and horror.

In the adult space, Jemiscoe is looking for romance. It can range from sweet to steamy, but she is not interested in erotica or historical romance. She is also open to psychological thrillers, mysteries, friendship stories, strong power-women stories, or laugh-out-loud stories. Jemiscoe loves literary fiction with beautiful prose and a strong cast of characters. She would also like to see adult fantasy (except high fantasy).

Jemiscoe is especially open to BIPOC and LGBTQ voices and stories.

How to submit: Use the agency's form HERE.

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Ms. Vanessa Campos of D4EO Literary Agency

Prior to joining D4EO, Vanessa was Sales and Marketing Director of Entrepreneur Press. Vanessa has worked with authors ranging from CEOs to solopreneurs and sees every book as an opportunity to launch and diversify content to a larger audience through worldwide distribution and subsidiary licensing. At Entrepreneur she first served as marketing specialist and production manager before taking on the position of Sales and Marketing Director from which she launched more than 100 business books.

What she is seeking: She is looking to help bring more diverse voices to business, entrepreneurship, and self-help.

How to submit: Use her query manager HERE.

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Ms. Shannon Snow of Creative Media Agency

Shannon Snow worked in finance and marketing for 18 years before turning to her childhood first love… books and writers.  She started her career in publishing 2018 and then joined Creative Media Agency, Inc. in 2020, first as an intern before moving up to an associate agent.  Shannon has a B.A. in English Language and Literature.

What she is seeking: All subgenres of romance, YA, fantasy, sci-fi, thrillers.

How to submit: Send your query and the first five pages to query@cmalit.com


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