Thursday, May 6, 2010
Suzie Townsend promoted to agent at Fine Print Literary Management
240 West 35th Street
New York, NY 10001
FinePrint Literary Management launched in September 2007 as the merger of the Peter Rubie Literary Agency and the Imprint Agency.
With 11 agents on their roster, Fine Print represents works in many categories, including non-fiction and a wide range of fiction, both literary and commercial, including thrillers, mysteries, fantasy, women’s, romance, chick lit, YA and middle grade readers. They don't represent poetry, plays, screenplays, or children’s picture books.
Suzie Townsend it the newest member of the team. She joined Fine Print as an intern (after 6 years as a high school English teacher) and is now an agent and an assistant to Fine Print CEO Peter Rubie.
She is seeking: everything from children’s books (chapter books to YA, both fiction and nonfiction) to adult fiction (speculative, fantasy, urban fantasy, science fiction, and romance, especially paranormal). She gravitates toward strong female protagonists, complex plot lines with underlying political, moral, or philosophical issues, and stories that break out of the typical tropes of their genre, like Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel series.
She likes select narrative nonfiction (with special interest in food, memoir, pets, pop culture, and teaching). She's not interested in screenplays, poetry, or picture books.
"With queries," says Suzie, "I’m actually most interested in short and sweet. I want to know as quickly and concisely as possible what the book is about. I’m also a big fan of sarcasm so I like reading queries with sarcastic and witty tone – but of course that only works if it also reflects the tone of the book.
"What’s actually most important to me is the first chapter of the work. FinePrint requests that authors paste the first chapter or the first 5-10 pages of the manuscript in the bottom of the email. I’ve read a few queries that weren’t all that strong, but then something about the first chapter – usually the description and/or the voice – has really grabbed me, and I’ve gone ahead and requested the manuscript."
For fiction and memoir, query firstname.lastname@example.org
Include the word count and your full contact information in the query, and paste the first 5 - 10 pages of your manuscript into your query (no attachments).
For non-fiction, query only.
Full submission guidelines for fiction here. Full guidelines for non-fiction here.
Note: Brian Henry has a few "How to Get Published" workshops coming up soon: in Uxbridge on May 8, in Hamilton on May 15, in Windsor on June 6, and in Waterloo on July 24.
For information about all of Brian's writing workshops and creative writing courses, see here.