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#1 AQCrew

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 01:05 PM

It's January and the publishing industry is back in session! Agents are busy pitching to publishing editors and on the hunt for new, fresh manuscripts to sell, sell, sell. That means the first month of the year is one of the best times to query agents. And querying new agents, junior agents, and associate agents at veteran agencies is one of the smartest strategies to help an aspiring writer snag an agent.

For this reason, we've pulled together a list of over 20 literary agents at some of the most elite, established agencies
—Victoria Sanders & Associates, Andrea Brown Literary Agency, JABberwocky Literary Agency, Nancy Coffee Literary Media and more—who are actively building their clients lists.


Michael Carr - Veritas Literary

FICTION: Literary Fiction | Commercial Fiction | Fantasy | Historical Fiction | Young Adult

NONFICTION:
Biography | Religion | Politics | Science | Memoirs | Spirituality | Current Affairs | Women's Issues | Narrative | Psychology | Health & Fitness

http://agentquery.co...px?agentid=1146
http://veritasliterary.com/


Joanna Volpe - Nancy Coffee Literary Media & Representation


FICTION: Horror | Commercial Fiction | Fantasy | Women's Fiction | Historical Fiction | Young Adult | Children's | Middle Grade | Graphic Novels
*In terms of fantasy, she is only interested in urban fantasy, steampunk

NONFICTION: Pop Culture | Narrative | Nature/Ecology | Juvenile

http://agentquery.co...px?agentid=1054
http://nancycoffeyli...gents.cfm?id=27


Eddie Schneider - JABberwocky Literary Agency

FICTION: Literary Fiction | Science Fiction | Fantasy | Humor/Satire | Young Adult | Middle Grade | Graphic Novels

NONFICTION: History | Science | Narrative | Nature/Ecology | Cultural/Social Issues

http://agentquery.co...px?agentid=1046
http://awfulagent.com/agents
http://eddieschneider.com/


Kathleen Ortiz - Lowenstein Associates


FICTION: Women's Fiction | Romance | Young Adult | Children's | Middle Grade
NONFICTION: Women's Issues | Pop Culture | Film & Entertainment | Technology | Juvenile

http://agentquery.co...px?agentid=1151
http://www.lowenstei...om/agent_2.html


Bernadette Baker - Victoria Sanders & Associates

FICTION: Commercial Fiction | Fantasy | Young Adult | Graphic Novels

NONFICTION:
Art | Pop Culture | Narrative | Photography | Cultural/Social Issues | Gift Books

http://agentquery.co...px?agentid=1147
http://www.victoriasanders.com/about


Chris Kepner - Victoria Sanders & Associates


FICTION: Literary Fiction | Offbeat/Quirky

NONFICTION:
Narrative Nonfiction

http://agentquery.co...px?agentid=1149
http://www.victoriasanders.com/about



Sarah LaPolla - Curtis Brown Ltd.

FICTION: Literary Fiction | Science Fiction | Horror | Fantasy | Romance | Young Adult

http://agentquery.co...px?agentid=1150
http://www.curtisbrown.com/lapolla.php



Weronika Janczuk - D4EO Literary Agency


FICTION: Literary Fiction | Science Fiction | Crime | Mystery | Horror | Commercial Fiction | Fantasy | Women's Fiction | Romance | Family Saga | Western | Historical Fiction | Thrillers/Suspense | Multi-Cultural | Adventure | Military/Espionage | Offbeat/Quirky

NONFICTION: History | Religion | Food & Lifestyle | Science | Parenting | Multi-Cultural | Self-Help | Memoirs | Travel | Adventure/True Story | Spirituality | Current Affairs | Women's Issues | Pop Culture | Narrative | Psychology | Health & Fitness | Nature/Ecology | Military | True Crime | Cultural/Social Issues | Technology | Journalism | Home/Design

http://agentquery.co...px?agentid=1122
http://www.weronikajanczuk.com/



Meredith Kaffel - Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency


FICTION: Young Adult | Children's | Multi-Cultural | Middle Grade | Graphic Novels


NONFICTION:
History | Biography | Food & Lifestyle | Travel | Pop Culture | Narrative | Cultural/Social Issues

http://agentquery.co...px?agentid=1148


Mary Kole - Andrea Brown Literary Agency

FICTION: Young Adult | Children's | Middle Grade

http://agentquery.co...px?agentid=1116
http://www.andreabrownlit.com/



Suzie Townsend - FinePrint Literary Agency


FICTION: Science Fiction | Fantasy | Historical Fiction | Young Adult | Middle Grade

NONFICTION:
Memoirs | Narrative | Pets | Juvenile

http://agentquery.co...px?agentid=1128
http://fineprintlit.com/



Jessica Sinsheimer - Sarah Jane Freymann


FICTION: Literary Fiction | Women's Fiction | Young Adult

NONFICTION:
Food & Lifestyle | Parenting | Cookbooks | Memoirs | Travel | Psychology

http://agentquery.co...px?agentid=1152
http://www.sarahjanefreymann.com/



Adriann Ranta - Wolf Literary Services


FICTION: Mystery | Young Adult | Children's | Middle Grade


NONFICTION:
History | Biography | Memoirs | Travel | Pop Culture | Narrative | Juvenile

http://agentquery.co...px?agentid=1117
http://www.publisher...members/ARanta/



Katie Kotchman - Don Congdon Associates


FICTION: Literary Fiction | Crime | Mystery | Women's Fiction | Young Adult | Thrillers/Suspense | Offbeat/Quirky


NONFICTION:
History | Politics | Current Affairs | Business | Pop Culture | Narrative | True Crime

http://agentquery.co...spx?agentid=955


Katie Grimm - Don Congdon Associates

FICTION: Literary Fiction | Mystery | Commercial Fiction | Women's Fiction | Historical Fiction | Young Adult | Thrillers/Suspense | Short Stories | Children's | Multi-Cultural | Offbeat/Quirky | Middle Grade


NONFICTION:
History | Biography | Science | Drama/Music | Multi-Cultural | Memoirs | Travel | Adventure/True Story | Pop Culture | Narrative | Photography | Film & Entertainment | Cultural/Social Issues | Juvenile

http://agentquery.co...px?agentid=1069



Naomi Hackenberg - Elaine English Literary Agency


FICTION: Mystery | Women's Fiction | Romance | Young Adult | Thrillers/Suspense

http://agentquery.co...px?agentid=1103
http://www.elaineenglish.com/



Molly Jaffa - Folio Literary Management


FICTION: Young Adult | Middle Grade

NONFICTION:
Women's Issues

http://agentquery.co...px?agentid=1114
http://foliolit.com/molly-jaffa/



Elaine Spencer - The Knight Agency


FICTION: Literary Fiction | Chick Lit | Commercial Fiction | Fantasy | Women's Fiction | Romance | Young Adult | Middle Grade

NONFICTION:
Pop Culture

http://agentquery.co...px?agentid=1143
http://www.knightagency.net/



Alia Hanna Habib - McCormick Williams


FICTION: Literary Fiction | Mystery

NONFICTION:
Cookbooks | Memoirs | Narrative

http://agentquery.co...px?agentid=1134
http://www.mccormickwilliams.com/



Kate Folkers - Martin Literary Management


FICTION: Chick Lit | Mystery | Fantasy | Women's Fiction | Humor/Satire | Historical Fiction | Thrillers/Suspense


http://agentquery.co...px?agentid=1133
http://www.martinlit...management.com/


Sarah Dickman - Nicholas Ellison Agency


FICTION: Literary Fiction

NONFICTION:
Politics | Science | Drama/Music | Memoirs | Business | Pop Culture | Narrative | Health & Fitness | Cultural/Social Issues | Journalism

http://agentquery.co...px?agentid=1127
http://www.sjga.com/code/nei/sarah.htm


Kerry Spark - Levine Greenberg Literary Agency

FICTION: Young Adult | Children's | Middle Grade

NONFICTION:
Food & Lifestyle | Health & Fitness

http://agentquery.co...px?agentid=1125
http://www.levinegreenberg.com/

#2 Jean Oram

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 02:32 PM

You rock, AQ Crew. (In case you didn't know that already...)

I love connecting with and helping other AQCers outside this forum as well. You can find me all over the place!

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 02:54 PM

Wonderful job, AQ Crew! If I didn't already have an agent who started shopping my stuff this month, these are the first ones I'd query.

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 03:19 PM

Especially timely for me, AQCrew! Thanks very much!

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 03:24 PM

Three of these are already on my list to query - I'd better get cracking!

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 04:11 PM

Great stuff. It really is a Happy New Year - five stars***** (my star rating kicked out too soon on just one star).

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 04:37 PM

AQCrew, you are fantastic. My next round of queries will be from this list.

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 05:33 PM

You're dabomb dot com, AQCrew. Thanks for the great list.

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 08:23 PM

I just finished sending proposals to two of them who work with Non-Fiction. Thanks a bunch!
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Posted 07 January 2011 - 10:18 PM

Kudos to all involved ... and to the agents who respond promptly to queries - even in the negative - thank you as well for your professionalism.

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 11:35 PM

Thanks for the list AQCrew! The stuff on this site is priceless!

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 12:23 AM

Awesome! thanks!

Awesome! thanks!

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 05:30 PM

There's a new one. A rejection in 2 hours 15 minutes.

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Website, Blog, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and iTunes

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 04:50 PM

Once again, thanks for the agent info!

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 04:20 AM

Just sent one off to Andrea Brown Lit., so now I can say I'm just sitting here, waiting, hoping, and praying for a Mary Kole.

(...Sorry.) :)

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 02:52 PM

Fantastic stuff, but could someone please answer what may be a basic question -- that is, what exactly constitutes "offbeat/quirky"?

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 03:06 PM

Fantastic stuff, but could someone please answer what may be a basic question -- that is, what exactly constitutes "offbeat/quirky"?


I was going to ask the same question. It's been bothering me for a while.

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 04:23 PM

It's tough to define, but for me it is something where the voice isn't your run-of-the-mill voice. The story has twists that are a little different. For example, The Book Thief being narrated by death is an offbeat or quirky element (doesn't make the whole book that though). Books written by Christopher Moore are offbeat. The Lemony Snickett series could be considered offbeat. The Pop-Up Book of Phobias is offbeat and quirky.

Think of a person you would call offbeat or quirky. They are a little different, aren't they? They have that element of je ne sais quoi that sets them apart. Same for books.

Jean's tough love moment of the day: Chances are... your book isn't offbeat or quirky if you have to ask.

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 01:21 AM

Jean's tough love moment of the day: Chances are... your book isn't offbeat or quirky if you have to ask.


There's been a discussion over on Verla Kay's board over whether agents themselves could define in 20 words or less their own rampaging buzzwords of:
"Edgy"
"Dark"
"Quirky"
"Urban fantasy"
"Steampunk" (right now, that one's just giving me hives...)
(We can assume an agent knows what "Graphic novel" is, but just ask one to explain why they want it.)

To hear it from one or two agents is innovative, to hear it from EVERY agent suggests a mania mentality for something they can't quite define--Basically, what they mean is they want a book like the one they're reading now in their spare time, and which probably was a surprise best seller that another house snagged.
(I've read six agents today who said they want, quote, "something like The Hunger Game"--I'm sorry, The Hunger Game's already been written, can I write something else?)
It's a trend, and at least they're not asking for vampires, but trends die. This is an industry ruled by taste, but when taste starts getting specific, I start wondering when the agents are going to leave a little room for the editors.

(My own sense of humor for MG/YA is a little offbeat, but it's natural to me, because I'm just naturally weird.
If I hear "quirky", I automatically tend to picture something painfully and narcissistically forced, like some of the desperate Snicket-wannabes--JT Petty's "Clemency Pogue, Fairy Killer" springs to mind--or heaven help us, a wisecrack-laden Diablo Cody-wannabe teen YA. Maybe agents don't automatically associate "Quirky" with "Insincere", but I figure if I keep plugging away at Sincerely Offbeat, I might hit something by accident without having to be the slave of Buzzwords.)

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 01:33 AM

There's been a discussion over on Verla Kay's board over whether agents themselves could define in 20 words or less their own rampaging buzzwords of:
"Edgy"
"Dark"
"Quirky"
"Urban fantasy"
"Steampunk" (right now, that one's just giving me hives...)
(We can assume an agent knows what "Graphic novel" is, but just ask one to explain why they want it.)


Steampunk is really specific. Have you seen Atlantis: The Lost Empire or maybe Treasure Island? Both are Disney movies; both are steampunk. How about Castle in the Sky, by Miyazaki? Steampunk. It's just, like... picture Victorian England. Picture the commoners' clothes (breeches, tunics, etc.). That's usually the style of dress. Now imagine that we had developed a massive amount of incredible technology powered by steam, iron, steel, all that stuff... and that's the basic idea.

Gah, I should've left that to C. Taylor, resident steampunk guru. :P

As for urban fantasy, I'm pretty sure that's just fantasy in a contemporary setting. Like, say, Percy Jackson. Or the Children of the Lamp series. Even, to an extent, Harry Potter, though that's rooted so deeply in its own world it gets nebulous.

In any case, that's how I understand it. But edgy, dark, and quirky are SO VAGUE it makes me want to claw out my eyes. I feel like 'edginess' can be achieved SO many ways - sex, drugs, even cursing - but 'darkness' is a whole nother beast! Don't even know how to approach 'quirky', haha. I guess that'd be something with absurdist elements?

I'm going to hunt for this Verla Kay place to sneak a peek, hehe.

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