Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Literary agent J.L. Sterner seeks young adult and women's fiction, also other fiction and nonfiction

N.S. Bienstock, Inc
250 West 57 Street
Suite 333
New York, NY 10107

N.S. Bienstock is a talent agency. J.L. Stermer is an agent in their literary division. Prior to joining N.S. Bienstock, she was an agent at the Donald Maass Literary Agency. Born and raised in New York City, and a graduate of Columbia University, she currently lives in Manhattan.

J.L. is currently seeking both fiction and nonfiction.
On the fiction side, she would love to see both literary and commercial fiction and graphic novels. She particularly wants YA and women’s fiction (no paranormal romance, sci-fi, or fantasy please). She is intrigued by dark, edgy stories, as well as those with a wry sense of humor. 

On her wish list is a coming-of-age story from a male point-of-view in the vein of The Basketball Diaries by Jim Carroll or The Guide to Recognizing Your Saints by Dito Montiel. Some recent reads she has enjoyed are The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

On the nonfiction side, she is looking for cookbooks and food-related narrative, prescriptive health, diet and fitness, how-to, reference, narrative nonfiction, current-events-related projects and all things pop culture (science, business, technology, music, humour, crafts, and do-it-yourself.

Query J.L. at: nsb@nsbtalent.com
In the subject line, put: “Young Adult Query for Ms. Stermer” or whatever the relevant subject. Include the first 5 pages in the e-mail. No attachments.

Brian Henry will lead a “How to Get Published” workshop with guest speaker Carly Watters of P.S. Literary agency in Georgetown on October 5 (see here), and he’ll be leading a “Writing for Children &for Young Adults” workshop in Mississauga on Sat, Oct 26. (see here.) 
To register, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

But before you submit, the best way to get your manuscript into shape is with a weekly course. In September, Brian will lead "Next Step" courses on Thursday afternoons in Mississauga (see here) and Thursday evenings in Georgetown (here) and "Intensive" courses on Wednesday afternoons in Burlington (here) and Wednesday evenings in Mississauga (here). To register, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca


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, Bracebridge, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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