Sandra Dijkstra says her agency is always looking for new authors, fresh voices, and original stories. Moreover, three of her agents are especially hungry for clients:
Natalie Fischer interned at the Dijkstra Agency in 2007, got a job writing book reviews and author profiles for the San Diego Union Tribune, and recently returned to work at the Dijkstra Agency full time. She is interested in historical and narrative non-fiction (including memoir, biography, and popular science/culture). She's also looking for literary and creative fiction in these areas: historical, young adult/teen, women’s, romance (contemporary and historical), cross-cultural, and select paranormal. She is looking for hard-working, talented new authors with a fresh, unique voice and hook.
Elise Capron is Sandy Dijkstra's Executive Assistant and a Literary Agent. She specializes in debut fiction, (that means first-time authors) and also wants character-driven literary and offbeat fiction and short story collections. She is interested in selected nonfiction if it has a literary edge.
Stacy Carlock recently rejoined the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency as an acquiring associate agent after several years in book sales and whatnot. She is interested in character-driven stories that deal with women’s issues (both fiction and non-fiction). Think Lolly Winston, Ann Packer, Kate Christensen on the fiction side, and Jen Lancaster and Susan Shapiro on the non-fiction side.
She is also interested in spiritual stories that come from being real, like Anne Lamott and Susan E. Isaacs. She is always into a great page-turning beach read – particularly legal thrillers with complex and interesting lead characters (think Lisa Scottoline) – and just good fun reads like Plum Sykes and Emily Giffen. She loves business books that encourage and develop people skills and ethical awareness.
More about all the agents at the Sandra Dijksta Agency here.
Submissions by mail only.
Fiction: We ask that you send a query/cover letter, a 1 – 2 page synopsis, and a sample of your manuscript (no more than the first 50 pages, double-spaced, single-sided, and unbound).
Non-fiction: We ask that you send a proposal (an overview, a detailed chapter outline, author bio, one or two sample chapters, and a brief analysis of readership and similar titles).