Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Lara Perkins of Andrea Brown Literary) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.
About Lara: Lara Perkins is an Associate Agent and Digital Manager at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. She has been with the agency for over three years, working closely with Senior Agent Laura Rennert, with whom she jointly represents a number of clients, in addition to building her own list. Recent deals, together with Laura Rennert, include Matthew Ward's middle grade novel, THE FANTASTIC FAMILY WHIPPLE, sold in a two book, six-figure deal to Razorbill, and P.J. Hoover's young adult novel, SOLSTICE, forthcoming with Tor Teen in June 2013. Lara has a B.A. in English and Art History from Amherst College and an M.A. in English Literature from Columbia University, where she studied Victorian Brit Lit. In her pre-publishing life, she trained to be an architect, before deciding that books, not bricks, are her true passion. She spent over a year at the B.J. Robbins Literary Agency in Los Angeles before coming to Andrea Brown Literary. Find her on Twitter.
She is seeking: Lara is a fan of smart and raw young adult fiction, character-driven middle grade fiction with a totally original, hilarious voice, and so-adorable-she-can't-stand-it picture books, preferably with some age-appropriate emotional heft. She's a sucker for a great mystery and is passionate about stories that teach her new things or open up new worlds. More than anything, she has a soft spot for the wonderfully weird, the idiosyncratic, and the entirely unexpected.
How to contact: lara [at] andreabrownlit.com. ABLA only allows writers to query one agent per agency, so please do not query Lara if you have queried other ABLA agents in the past. There are various submission instructions depending on what you are submitting, and everything is laid out nicely on the agency submission page here, which you should definitely check out before moving forward with Lara. [Editor's note: Because it is so close to the holidays, Lara -- like many other agents -- may be temporarily closed to submissions, but take note of her info if so, to query her later.]
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