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Agent Alert: Heather Carr of The Friederich Agency

Literary agent alerts (this one with Heather Carr of The Friederich Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Heather Carr received her B.A. in English from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, and ended her eastbound journey by settling in Brooklyn, NY with her 18-year-old cat. She spent her first few years in publishing at Trident Media Group before joining The Friedrich Agency in March 2018.

 Heather Carr

Heather Carr

Seeking:

I'm on the hunt for voice-driven narrative nonfiction that teaches me something new, especially from what I like to call "kooky experts." Think Caitlin Doughty's From Here to Eternity, Sy Montgomery's The Soul of an Octopus, or Kate Cole-Adams' Anesthesia. I'm also interested in long-form journalism, especially as it relates to gender and sexuality.

(20 literary agents seeking writers and their writing.)

In fiction, I love literary novels about dysfunctional families and friendships, high-concept commercial fiction with elements of suspense, and anything with a singular voice a la Weike Wang's Chemistry or Jen Beagin's Pretend I'm Dead.

I'm exclusively looking for fiction and nonfiction for adults, so no YA, MG, or picture books, please!

How to Submit: 

Please send a one-page query letter in the body of an email to hcarr@friedrichagency.com.

For tips on the querying process (and moral support), check out our guidelines on The Friedrich Agency website here. For occasional #mswl and general nonsense, follow me on Twitter @heatherannecarr.

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