Thursday, January 26, 2012

Carrie Pestritto of Prospect Agency seeks non-fiction, memoir, fiction and mature YA

Prospect Agency
551 Valley Road, PMB 377
Upper Montclair, NJ 07043

Carrie Pestritto joined Prospect Agency in 2011 after working as an assistant at Writers House. With a B.A. in English from Amherst College, she has experienced all sides of the publishing industry, having worked as a ghostwriter, freelance writer, and in the editorial acquisitions department of the Greenwood Publishing Group. As an agent, she loves the thrill of finding new authors with strong, unique voices and working closely with her clients to develop their ideas and manuscripts.

For Carrie, extraordinary fiction and non-fiction share the ability to transport readers to new and exciting places. As a history and mythology buff, she is intrigued by books that introduce her to another culture or time period. She is looking for description and detail that will make her feel like she is inside the story and interest her in a subject she never thought she would want to read about or, conversely, introduce her to startling facts about something or someone she believed she already knew everything about.

Carrie is currently seeking non-fiction, narrative non-fiction, general non-fiction, and some biography and memoir. She is looking for authors who have a strong platform, such as a popular blog, published articles, or related professional experience. Topics such as New England architecture, modern Native American culture, the history of colonialism in literature, or different Cinderella variants throughout different time periods and countries would excite her. She also seeks mainstream prescriptive non-fiction, for example she would love to see a book about the benefits of locavore eating or a completely cutting edge relationship book.

In fiction, she is looking for literary fiction, historical fiction, and mature YA. She would love to see a thriller/mystery about Elizabeth Bathory, otherwise known as “Lady Dracula,” or a novel about a young teacher at a private high school who finds herself attracted to one of her students.

She is not currently interested in romance, science fiction/fantasy, or picture books.

Query Carrie at:
Include three chapters and a brief synopsis. Full submission guidelines here.
All five agents at Prospect are currently seeking authors. For a description of their backgrounds and interests, see here.

Brian Henry will lead "How to Get Published" workshops on Saturday, May 12, in Newmarket with guest Meghan Macdonald of Transatlantic Literary Agency (see here), Saturday, June 9, in Brampton with guest Monica Pacheco of The Anne McDermid literary agency (see here), and on Saturday, June 16, in Hamilton with guest Carly Watters of P.S. Literary Agency (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, Orangeville, Newmarket, Barrie, Gravenhurst, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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