New Literary Agent Alert: Lydia Shamah (nee Blyfield) of Carol Mann Agency

Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Lydia Shamah (nee Blyfield) of Carol Mann Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.




About Lydia: Lydia is originally from London, England. After studying PR and Communications in the UK, she relocated to New York City where she gained a B.A. in English and American Literature at New York University. As well as building her own client list, Lydia manages the Carol Mann Agency’s subsidiary rights. Follow her on Twitter: @lydiablyf and Goodreads.

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Lydia is seeking: adult, young adult and middle grade fiction, as well as nonfiction projects.
Lydia is looking for timely plots inspired by the headlines, effortless magical realism, unreliable narrators, and mysteries/psychological thrillers set in small communities (no CIA/FBI/MI5, please). She is always on the hunt for intriguing female voices and characters. In YA and MG she is looking for strong hooks and modern themes. Most importantly, she wants fiction that is impossible to put down.

She is not looking for high fantasy, political thrillers or romance.

In nonfiction, Lydia is looking for books that are both inspirational and modern in the areas of self-improvement, lifestyle, relationships and business. She is also looking for unique blogs, Tumblrs and Instagram profiles to transform into gift books. She is particularly interested in feminism and women’s issues.

How to submit: Please send a query letter including a brief bio, and the first 25 pages of your manuscript. to querylydia [at] — all material should be pasted into the body of the email message.

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