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September 2014 Issue
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Graphic Novel Agents
A collection of literary agents who represent graphic novels. Learn how to submit work to them, and hear from agented graphic novelists.
She is seeking: Allison is looking for literary and upmarket commercial fiction with fresh, unique voices and tight prose. She enjoys stories set in familiar, relatable settings, with everyman characters who find themselves in unlikely, surprising, and unexpected situations. She is also passionate about magical realism (more real than magic), and idiosyncratic, picaresque characters.
For nonfiction, Allison is interested in narrative nonfiction, compelling memoir, and books on popular and contemporary culture with a strong, original premise. She is looking for illustrated/graphic books for adults (both fiction and non), as well as blog-to-book projects. She also loves a good humor book. Read more
I’m not considering this a true New Agent Alert because agent Jody Klein (of Brandt and Hochman Literary Agents, Inc.) is not brand new. That said, this post resembles an Alert in that Jody did tell me recently how she is actively looking to build her client list right now — and that is something writers should be happy to know. All details below for those interested in querying her!
She is seeking: Jody is actively acquiring literary and commercial fiction, crime/suspense, historical fiction, graphic novels/memoirs, and magical realism, as well as narrative nonfiction (especially related to sports, science, or history), and prescriptive nonfiction. Read more
She is seeking: Brenna is attracted to true crime/adventure, the occult, humor, historical pop culture, and social issues. Regarding fiction, she is enthusiastic about graphic novels, steampunk, and alternative literature. Having recently been diagnosed with multiple food intolerances, she’s also interested in cookbooks that take these issues into account. Read more
“Agent Advice” (more than 150 interviews so far!) is a series of quick interviews with literary and script agents who talk with Guide to Literary Agents about their thoughts on writing, publishing, and just about anything else.
This installment features Melissa Flashman of Trident Media Group, LLC. Melissa grew up in Kentucky, graduated from Wesleyan University, and studied in the Ph.D. program in English at Johns Hopkins. She worked as an assistant at International Creative Management (ICM) before joining Trident Media Group. You can find Melissa on Twitter here. Read more
The 2012 Writer’s Digest Conference (Jan. 20-22, 2012) is coming up fast and promises to be a blast. We have incredible presenters lined up to instruct, fun sessions to attend, and, of course the gigantic Agent Pitch Slam that features the largest gathering of literary agents (more than 60 literary agents this year!) at any writing conference in the country. Last year, we had about 55, but the conference attendance was so outstanding that we felt lines were too long for each agent. That’s why our solution this year is “more agents, more time.” Read on. Read more
This installment features Eric Ruben of Ruben Literary Agency. An attorney with more than 20 years of experience, Eric has a B.A. in Political Science from Union College, and a J.D. from Yeshiva University’s Cardozo School of Law. His long career as an award-winning performer and writer, appearing in major motion pictures, television commercials, national print advertising campaigns, and Off-Broadway theatre, gives him a unique perspective that benefits his clients. He also blogs and Tweets.
He is seeking: He is open to all genres of story, but especially seeks romance, erotica, graphic novels, health, and cooking. He does not seek: inspirational. Read more
This installment features Eddie Schneider of JABberwocky Literary Agency.
He is seeking: literary fiction, science fiction and fantasy projects with a more literary emphasis, character-driven YA and middle-grade projects, humor/satire, and graphic novels. His nonfiction interests include history, science, narrative nonfiction, nature and ecology, and cultural/social issues. Read more
This installment features Bree Ogden of D4EO Literary, formerly of Martin Literary Management. She received her MA in journalism with an emphasis in graphic design, photojournalism, and expository writing, then moved to the Seattle area where she entered the professional writing field.
She is seeking: graphic novels and children’s books. She is especially interested in darker plots (think Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay) and loves dystopian, unique and fresh supernatural elements. Science fiction graphic novels and graphic novels that challenge the reader to think as well as have a great visual hook, stories that are very visual in nature, and books with a philosophical hook are equally of interest. What she is not interested in is vampires or werewolves. Read more
This installment features Lauren MacLeod of The Strothman Agency.
She is seeking: Contemporary young adult & middle grade, narrative nonfiction for young adults, graphic novels, YA Dystopian with strong world-building, YA or MG contemporary romance or chick lit, and adult trade nonfiction on quirky subjects or people. She is currently especially drawn to YA & MG projects with humorous situations or funny characters. Read more
This installment features Jason Yarn of Paradigm Agency.
He is seeking: Literary and commercial fiction in the areas of science fiction, chick lit, fantasy, humor/satire, historical fiction, young adult, thrillers/suspense, adventure, gay & lesbian, military/espionage, graphic novels, mystery, short story collections, and women’s fiction. For nonfiction, history, sports, celebrity, biography, food & lifestyle, politics, medical, science, parenting, how-to, drama/music, multicultural, cookbooks, memoirs, travel, adventure/true story, dating/relationships, current affairs, business, pop culture, narrative, psychology, nature/ecology, gay & lesbian, military, film & entertainment, technology, humor, journalism, health & fitness, and gift books. Read more
UPDATE SEPT. 2010: Seth is now agenting with The Gernert Company. ————- “Agent Advice” (this installment featuring agent Seth Fishman of The Gernert Company) is a series of quick interviews with literary … Read more