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New Literary Agent Alert: Michelle Witte of Mansion Street Literary Management

About Michelle: As a new literary agent at Mansion Street Literary Management, Michelle Witte brings with her a wealth of experience, not only with juvenile fiction, but with the publishing industry as a whole. Michelle began her career as a journalist, first reporting and then later copy editing for the Deseret Morning News in Salt Lake City, Utah, the second largest paper in the state. From there, she transitioned with her editing skills to nonfiction publisher Gibbs Smith, where she oversaw creation, editing, and production of more than thirty titles, including children’s activity, humor, gift, cookbooks, and a smattering of other topics from blacksmithing to green living. Her entire bio is online at her personal website. She is seeking: Michelle will be primarily representing young adult and middle grade works. She also reps children's nonfiction.

Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Michelle Witte of Mansion Street Literary Management) 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 Michelle: As a new literary agent at Mansion Street Literary Management, Michelle Witte brings with her a wealth of experience, not only with juvenile fiction, but with the publishing industry as a whole. Michelle began her career as a journalist, first reporting and then later copy editing for the Deseret Morning News in Salt Lake City, Utah, the second largest paper in the state. From there, she transitioned with her editing skills to nonfiction publisher Gibbs Smith, where she oversaw creation, editing, and production of more than thirty titles, including children’s activity, humor, gift, cookbooks, and a smattering of other topics from blacksmithing to green living. Her entire bio is online at her personal website.

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In her spare time she writes on a variety of topics and genres, though her great love is young adult fiction. Her first book, The Craptastic Guide to Pseudo-Swearing, hit stores on June 26, 2012.

She is seeking: Michelle will be primarily representing young adult and middle grade works. She also reps children's nonfiction.

(You can also look here for larger lists of young adult literary agents and middle grade literary agents.)

How to contact: querymichelle (at) mansionstreet.com. "Send a query letter and no more than the first 10 pages of your manuscript in the body of an email. No attachments. Include “QUERY” as well as your name and title in the subject line of the e-mail. Response time for queries is anything from a few days to six weeks."

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