Thursday, February 7, 2013

Three new agents at D4EO Literary Agency seek books for adults, young adults, middle grade and picture books

D4EO Literary Agency
Principal agent: Robert (Bob) Diforio 
7 Indian Valley Road, Weston, CT 06883

D4EO has over 1,000 published books under contract and has launched the writing careers of more than two hundred authors. The agency is based in Connecticut with associate agents in Seattle, Washington (Mandy Hubbard, Kristin Miller and Bree Ogden) and Destin, Florida (Joyce Holland). 

The newest member of the team (and hence the agent most in need of clients) is Samantha Dighton. Sam joined D4EO in September 2012. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with degrees in Writing & Rhetoric and Dance Theory & Performance Studies. Prior to joining D4EO, she worked at The Sagalyn Agency and as a reader for Curtis Brown. She is based in Washington, D.C.

Sam is looking for character-driven stories with strong voice. She likes characters who are relatable yet flawed, vibrant settings that take on a life of their own, and a story that lasts well beyond the final page, generally falling within the categories below:  

- Literary Fiction
- Historical Fiction
- Mystery/suspense
- Magical Realism
- Psychological thrillers
- Young Adult (Realistic)
- Narrative nonfiction

Please no science fiction, paranormal/urban fantasy, or bodice-ripping romances (though romantic subplots are always welcome!)

Query Sam at:
Please include “Query: Title” in the subject line and paste the first 10 pages in the body of the email, below your query

Kristin Miller-Vincent is also a new literary agent. Kristen was promoted to associate agent in February of 2011, after interning with Mandy Hubbard at D4EO Literary Agency. She graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in English Lit, Women's Studies and Secondary Education. She publishes magazine and website articles and young adult novels under a pen name, teaches writing and works editorially with clients and other writers.
Kristen is Seeking: adult fiction and nonfiction and middle grade, young adult and picture books (author/illustrators only, please)

Picture Books: Unique, groundbreaking, inventive art; playful, character-driven stories; humor. Nonfiction on topics and people that are interesting and unique, but not very well known as yet, told in a lively way that young child would enjoy. Manuscripts that are less than 750 words. NO morals, NO lessons, NO instructive stories. When querying, please paste the entire story below your query and include a link to an online resource that showcases examples of your art. Please don't attach art to the query.

Middle Grade: Authentic voice is most important. On the one hand, I love fun, adventure, mystery and big, big characters on a unique journey. On the other,  timeless middle grade with siblings learning about themselves, each other and the world with lovely, literary prose. Something classic, the next The Penderwicks or Anne of Green Gables. Multicultural stories across the spectrum.

Young Adult: Talented writing, first and foremost. I’d like to see writing that shows care for one’s craft. I’m very open to good experimental writing, too. More specifically:

For adults, Kristen is seeking:
Sweeping historical fiction, especially with a heavy romance and/or mystery element. I’d love something decadent and lush, set perhaps during Tsarist Russia or the Golden Ages of Vienna or Budapest. British settings work, too. No stilted dialogue, please.

Contemporary fiction with feminist and social issues themes, characters, concerns. Heavy focus on great voice and crafting. Literary contemporary. 

Horror, but I’d prefer it to be psychological rather than gory, subtle rather than in-your-face.

Additional elements that interest me: food, travel, sports, magical realism.

Query Kristen at:
"Query, genre, title" in the subject line of your email.  Paste the first 10 pages below your query in the body of the email. No attachments

Bree Ogden is also relatively new to the agenting world. Before joining D4EO in November 2011, she was an associate literary agent at Martin Literary Management for nearly 2 years. Bree has spent many years working as a freelance journalist and currently co-operates the macabre children’s magazine Underneath the Juniper Tree where she serves as Editorial Director.

Bree is seeking Middle grade, Young Adult, New Adult fiction (readership: ages 18-30), Graphic Novels, YA Nonfiction, and Art books. She is especially looking for...

Young Adult:
• Dark (not angst-ridden)
• Realistic
• Psychological horror (with no paranormal elements)
• Hard sci fi. Meaning no fantasy, or magical realism at all
• A Dexter-ish type YA black comedy
• A Roaring Twenties historical for YA
• A manuscript written in the era of Mad Men with panache and style
• A unique and theme-driven art book

She will not look at:
• Paranormal or fantasy (that includes urban fantasy)
• Romance (unless there is a superb dark, psychotic element)
• Magical realism
• World building

Query Bree at: 
Paste the first 5 pages of your manuscript below the email. No attachments.

Brian Henry will be leading a "Writing for Children and for Young Adults" workshop in Guelph on April 13 (details here).

Also, Brian will lead "How to Get Published” workshops on March 16 in Peterborough (details here), Sun, March 17, in Kingston (see here), and Sat, May 4, in Barrie (see here). To register, email:

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

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