About Rosanne: Roseanne Wells joined The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency as an associate agent in 2012. Previously with the Marianne Strong Literary Agency, she has also worked as a proofreader and a special sales/editorial assistant. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with degrees in Literature and Dance. An avid reader, Roseanne discovered her passion for book publishing during her internship at W. W. Norton, and she approaches agenting as a writer's advocate, editor, and partner. She is a member of SCBWI and a volunteer for Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in Soho, NYC. You can find her on Twitter @RivetingRosie.
She is Seeking: I'm opening up submissions for picture books, especially from author/illustrators. I'm eager for diverse voices and books that feature characters and stories that are fresh and engaging. I love cranky, mischievous characters that grow throughout the narrative, and stories that are fun and hilarious for children (and the adults who will read them 500 times). I'm also looking for nonfiction picture books in STEM, science, arts, and biographies. I'm not interested in rhyming picture books or overly sweet and sentimental stories.
I am still interested in young adult of all genres; very selective middle grade of any genre that connects me to a strong main character; strong literary fiction that emphasizes craft and style equally, and doesn't sacrifice plot and character for beautiful sentences; science-fiction and fantasy; con/heist stories, especially featuring art, jewelry, or tech; and smart detective novels (more Sherlock Holmes than cozy mysteries). I love unique narrative structures that help tell the story, unreliable narrators, and diverse voices.
I'm also looking for authors who have a unique story to tell and are dedicated to building their platform and reaching their audience. I like narrative nonfiction, select memoir, science (popular or trade, not academic), history, religion (not inspirational), travel, humor, food/cooking, and similar subjects. I'm also interested in fresh, modern self-improvement that not only inspires but energizes readers to action in this rapidly evolving world.
How to Submit: Please email a one-page query letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include "Query" and your title in the subject line of the email, your contact information, and the first 20 pages pasted into the body of the email below the letter. Illustrators should copy and paste artwork into the body of the email and send an expanded link (no bit.ly links) to an online portfolio. No attachments will be opened. You will receive an automatic message once you submit. I only accept email queries, and any queries sent by regular mail will not be considered.
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