Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Marie Lamba of The Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency seeks middle-grade and YA fiction, women's fiction & memoir

Jennifer DeChiara Agency
31 East 32nd Street
New York, NY 10016
http://www.jdlit.com/

The Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency is a full-service literary agency founded in 2001. The agency represents children’s literature for all ages – picture books and middle-grade and young adult novels – but also represents high-quality adult fiction and non-fiction in a wide range of genres.

The categories we are most enthusiastic about agenting are literary and commercial fiction; mysteries, thrillers, celebrity biographies; humor; psychology and self-help; parenting; health and fitness; women’s issues; men’s issues; pop culture; film and television; social issues and contemporary affairs.

Marie Lamba is the newest member of the team. Marie comes from the writing side of the business; she's the author of the young adult novel, Over my Head. As an agent, Marie is looking for young adult and middle-grade fiction, along with general and women's fiction and some memoir. Books that are moving and/or hilarious are especially welcome.

She is not interested in picture books, science fiction or high fantasy (though she is open to paranormal elements), category romance  (though romantic elements are welcomed), non-fiction, or in books that  feature graphic violence

Some recent favorite titles on Marie's reading shelf include: Searching for Caleb Anne Tyler, Just Listen by Sarah Dessen, Paper Towns by John Green, The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffeneger, Twenties Girl by Sophia Kinsella, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gayman, Shug by Jenny Han, and Doing It by Melvin Burgess. Marie also admits to watching many, many chick flicks. Marie blogs here.

Submissions:Query Marie at marie.jdlit@gmail.com
Put "Query" in the subject line of your email. For queries regarding children's and adult fiction, please send the first twenty pages in the body of your email, along with a one-paragraph bio and a one-paragraph synopsis.

For queries regarding a non-fiction book, please attach the entire proposal as a Word document (the proposal should include a sample chapter), along with a one-paragraph bio and a one-paragraph synopsis of your book in the body of your email.

Brian Henry will be leading a "How to Get Published" workshop on Saturday, June 9, in Brampton with guest Monica Pacheco of The Anne McDermid literary agency (see here).

Also, Brian will lead "Writing for Children and for Young Adults" workshops in St. Catharines on January 14 (see here) and in London, Ontario, on April 21. See here.

See Brian's full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Kingston, Peterborough, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Dundas, Kitchener, Guelph, London, Woodstock, OrangevilleGravenhurst, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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