Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Mary Krienke of Sterling Lord Literistic) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.
About Mary: Mary Krienke joined Sterling Lord Literistic in 2006 after receiving her MFA in Fiction from Columbia University. Born and raised in Nebraska, Mary received her BA in Psychology and English from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She now lives in Brooklyn. Find her on Twitter: @MaryKrienke.
She is seeking: Mary represents literary and upmarket fiction, voice-driven nonfiction, and memoir. She is currently looking for nonfiction and fiction that speaks to something essential and of-the-moment, especially work that engages with intersections of culture, identity, sexuality, disability, and mental health. In both fiction and nonfiction, she gravitates toward work that employs a strong and/or unfamiliar voice. Work that is psychologically rigorous and emotionally nuanced is especially welcome, as is writing that illuminates through humor or by playing with genre. Some of Mary’s clients include Ken Babbs, Kavita Bedford, Betsy Bonner, Nandita Dinesh, Stacy Austin Egan, Shelby Lorman, Vyshali Manivannan, and Ashlee Piper, and she co-represents the Berenstain Bears franchise with Flip Brophy. Mary received her MFA in Fiction from Columbia University and has a deep appreciation for dark chocolate; her other interests include film, television, art, and design.
How to submit: Mary is happy to receive submissions via email. If submitting fiction, please send a synopsis and the first three chapters or a 50 page sample. If submitting non-fiction, send a detailed proposal. The queries should be sent to info [at] sll.com with “Attn: Mary Krienke” in the email subject line. Cover letters should be in the body of the email but send the actual submission as a Word document attachment.