Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Carrie Pestritto of Prospect Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.
About Carrie: Carrie Pestritto joined Prospect Agency in 2011 after working as an assistant at Writers House. With a B.A. in English from Amherst College, she has experienced all sides of the publishing industry, having worked as a ghostwriter, freelance writer, and in the editorial acquisitions department of the Greenwood Publishing Group. As an agent, she loves the thrill of finding new authors with strong, unique voices and working closely with her clients to develop their ideas and manuscripts.
She is seeking: Carrie is currently seeking non-fiction, narrative non-fiction, general non-fiction, and some biography and memoir. She is looking for authors that have a strong platform, such as a popular blog, published articles, or related professional experience. Topics such as New England architecture, modern Native American culture, the history of colonialism in literature, or different Cinderella variants throughout different time periods and countries would excite her. She also seeks mainstream prescriptive non-fiction, for example she would love to see a book about the benefits of locavore eating, or a completely cutting edge relationship book.
In the fiction arena, she is looking for literary fiction, historical fiction, and mature YA. She would love to see a thriller/mystery about Elizabeth Bathory, otherwise known as "Lady Dracula," or a novel about a young teacher at a private high school who finds herself attracted to one of her students.
She is not currently interested in romance, science fiction/fantasy, or picture books.
How to contact: carrie (at) prospectagency (dot) com. Find full submission instructions online.
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