Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Levine Greenberg Literary Agency

307 Seventh Avenue
Suite 2407
New York, NY 10001
(212) 337-0934

Levine / Greenberg has seven full-time agents, offices in New York and San Francisco, and represents every category of fiction and non-fiction. Their goal is to guide their clients across a variety of media – books, film and television, audio, and electronic formats.

Co-agents in Hollywood handle movie and television rights with major studios and production companies. Recent books-to-film include Rosalind Wiseman's Queen Bees and Wannabes, which was the basis for Mean Girls (written by and starring Tina Fey), and Lisa Lutz's The Spellman Files was optioned by Paramount with Laura Ziskin (Spiderman) attached as producer, and Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black) attached to direct.  The agency also represents Amanda Brown, author of Legally Blonde (hence the photo).

As with every agency, the most junior agents are the ones most in need of clients. Levine Greenberg has two such agents:

Monika Verma recently joined Levine Greenberg as an associate agent. She seems to have joined the agency directly out of school (Wellesley College and a year at Oxford), so she has no publishing experience. But she does have the backing and guidance of an agency with considerable clout.

Monika is seeking pop culture, humour, narrative nonfiction, fashion, foodie, and music titles. She loves to represent books that makes people's lives just a few degrees sunnier, be those quirky memoirs, satirical humour collections, or old-fashioned cookbooks.

On the fiction side, Monika likes literary mysteries and suspense. Some of her favourite authors are Kate Atkinson and Benjamin Black. She often suspects that she was born in the wrong century, and loves books that give her a window into an older way of life.

Kerry Sparks, Associate Editor:  Kerrry doesn't have any background in the publishing industry, but she's been with Levine Greenberg a couple months longer than Monika and is just as hungry for clients.

Kerry loves to be transported and surprised when reading both fiction and nonfiction. She is looking for great YA and middle-grade fiction, both commercial and literary, with a fresh voice and compelling story (although she tends to shy away from the paranormal) and enjoys the occasional picture book.

In non-fiction, Kerry is most drawn to health and lifestyle books with a prescriptive focus.

How to contact: Do not send queries directly to the agent’s personal e-mails. Instead, submit through the agency's online form or send your query via submit@levinegreenberg.com
In the subject line, clearly note that it’s a query and for whom; e.g., "Query for Monika."
Do not submit more than 50 pages along with your query. No snail mail queries please. This agency responds within 3 to 6 weeks, but only if interested.

For a full list of agents at Levine Greenberg and what they represent, see here.

Note: For information about Brian Henry's writing workshops and creative writing courses, see here.

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