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New Agent Alert: Marissa Walsh of Shelf Life Literary

Note from Chuck (4-28-2010): Soon after posting this new agent alert, Marissa contacted me and said she is joining the crew at FinePrint Literary Management. All her bio info remains the same. Reminder: Newer agents are golden opportunities for new writers because they’re likely building their client list; however, always make sure your work is as perfect as it can be before submitting, and only query agencies that are a great fit for your work. Otherwise, you’re just wasting time and postage. She is seeking: pop culture, humor, narrative nonfiction, memoir, or children's books. Concerning picture books, she is looking for younger books with very little text (800 words or fewer). Concerning middle grade and YA, no paranormal please. She prefers contemporary stories.

Note from Chuck (4-28-2010):
Soon after posting this new agent alert, Marissa
contacted me and said she is joining the crew at
FinePrint Literary Management. All her bio
info remains the same.

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Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Marissa Walsh of Shelf Life Literary) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.


About Marissa: Shelf Life founder Marissa Walsh began her publishing career at Nan A. Talese/Doubleday and the Ellen Levine Literary Agency. She was an editor at Delacorte Press/Random House Children's Books for seven years, where her books received various awards. She is the author of the comic memoir Girl with Glasses: My Optic History (Simon Spotlight Entertainment) and the YA novel A Field Guide to High School (Delacorte Press/Random House Children's Books), as well as other projects.

She is seeking: pop culture, humor, narrative nonfiction, memoir, or children's books. Concerning picture books, she is looking for younger books with very little text (800 words or fewer). Include the manuscript in the body of your query e-mail. Concerning middle grade and YA, no paranormal please. She prefers contemporary stories. Include the first chapter in the body of your query e-mail.

How to contact: querymarissa(at)gmail(dot)com.

Recent sales
: How the South Won the Rap Civil War, by Ben Westhoff (Chicago Review Press); The World is Like a Big Sister, by Jennifer Stark: (Putnam); and Rules to Rock By, by Josh Farrar (Walker).

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