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New Literary Agent Alert: Marisa Cleveland of The Seymour Agency

She is seeking: Marisa is accepting queries for middle grade fiction. Need more details? She is searching for a middle school novel she can’t put down until the last page and can’t stop discussing. Voice is definitely key for her. If she's going to sign (and sell) someone or recommend someone, then the writer’s voice has to speak to her. She has to be able to listen (vocally and on the page) to that writer through revisions and edits and book after book. She wants to find characters she'd want as her best friends and partners in crime long after the story ends, whether it’s in this world or an alternate universe… and middle grade means the content where issues are age-appropriate and not based solely on lexile levels.

Fall 2013 update: Marisa reached out to me and explained that her role
in the agency has changed, and she is only working with existing clients,
and not seeking new clients. Do not query her.

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Reminder: New literary agents are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list. This spotlight is with agent Marisa Cleveland of The Seymour Agency.

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About Marisa: Marisa Cleveland interned with The Seymour Agency for a year before transitioning into associate agent. Her goals have always included writing her romance novels and representing career-driven authors. She loves to laugh, hates to cry, and does both often (when reading an amazing book). She's been called admissions counselor, assistant director, teacher, coach, analyst, friend, and wife. As a writer and an agent, she reads and writes. Every day. She is a member of SCBWI, YA-RWA and RWA. Find her on Twitter.

(Should You Sign With a New Literary Agent? Know the Pros and Cons.)

She is seeking: Marisa is accepting queries for middle grade fiction. Need more details? She is searching for a middle school novel she can’t put down until the last page and can’t stop discussing. Voice is definitely key for her. If she's going to sign (and sell) someone or recommend someone, then the writer’s voice has to speak to her. She has to be able to listen (vocally and on the page) to that writer through revisions and edits and book after book. She wants to find characters she'd want as her best friends and partners in crime long after the story ends, whether it’s in this world or an alternate universe… and middle grade means the content where issues are age-appropriate and not based solely on lexile levels.

(Find more middle grade literary agents.)

How to submit: [As of fall 2013, Marisa is no longer seeking new clients. Do not query her.]

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