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New Literary Agent Alert: Danielle Barthel of New Leaf Literary & Media

Danielle is seeking: Upper middle grade, YA, adult, and nonfiction manuscripts. She’d love to find an amazing MG epistolary, engrossing YA realistic contemporary stories like THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE and ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, well-crafted fantasies, and retellings that truly twist a story from its original version. Adult family dramas akin to THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU and upmarket women’s fiction are also high on her wish list. A strong romantic subplot, especially with expertly crafted tension, is never a bad thing, and she’s particularly fond of historical romance (especially set in England). For nonfiction, she’s excited about unique and poignant lifestyle and cookbooks.

Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Danielle Barthel of New Leaf Literary & Media) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.

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About Danielle: Following her completion of the Denver Publishing Institute after graduation, Danielle began interning at Writers House. While there, she realized she wanted to put her English degree and love of the written word to work at a literary agency. She worked as a full-time assistant for three years, and continues to help keep the New Leaf Literary offices running smoothly in her role of Coordinator of Team and Client Services and Associate Agent. In her downtime, she can be found with a cup of tea, a bar of chocolate, or really good book...sometimes all together.

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Danielle is seeking: Upper middle grade, YA, adult, and nonfiction manuscripts. She’d love to find an amazing MG epistolary, engrossing YA realistic contemporary stories like THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE and ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, well-crafted fantasies, and retellings that truly twist a story from its original version. Adult family dramas akin to THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU and upmarket women’s fiction are also high on her wish list. A strong romantic subplot, especially with expertly crafted tension, is never a bad thing, and she’s particularly fond of historical romance (especially set in England). For nonfiction, she’s excited about unique and poignant lifestyle and cookbooks.

How to submit: "Do not query more than one agent at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. Send query to query [at] newleafliterary [dot] com. The word 'Query' must be in the subject line, plus the agent's name — for example 'Query for Danielle: [title].' You may include up to 5 double-spaced sample pages within the body of the email. No attachments, unless specifically requested. We respond if we are interested in seeing your work.”

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