Friday, October 11, 2013

Clelia Gore joins Martin Literary Management seeks picture books, middle grade, young adult and new adult fiction and nonfiction.

Martin Literary Management

Clelia Gore joined Martin Literary Management on October 1, 2013, to oversee the agency’s new children’s division. Clelia is acquiring picture books, middle grade, young adult and new adult fiction and nonfiction. 

Previously, this Seattle area agency had only one agent, Sharlene Martin, who represents only nonfiction for adults. (For more about Sharlene, see here.)

Clelia Gore received her master's degree in Publishing and Writing in 2013 from Emerson College. While she was studying publishing and taking creative writing courses, Clelia worked as a managing editorial intern in the children's book division at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Clelia also honed her editorial skills as an editorial intern at Oxford University Press.

In addition to reading YA and children's books, Clelia also likes to blog about them. You can read her musings and ruminations on rereading the books of her 90's youth at

Clelia is very interested in the emerging New Adult genre. Having faced an early life career crisis, she really relates to characters who are confronted with the challenges of entering adulthood. She is also interested in young adult and middle grade books. She is seeking to represent writers whose protagonists have strong voices and whose plots are original. Clelia never wants to let go of her favorite characters, so she particularly loves trilogies and series that can be adapted to the screen. 

Clelia has a special spot in her heart for picture books. She especially loves ones that are funny or quirky, ones that feature minority and multi-cultural characters, and ones that parents won't mind reading over and over again to their children.

In the "Subject" line of your email, please write "QUERY" followed by the title of your work. In your email, provide the text of your query letter, followed by a short sample of your writing pasted into the text of the email (only illustration attachments will be opened).

For Picture Books, include the full manuscript text pasted in email.
Illustrators: Include 2 or 3 illustration samples (attached in jpeg or pdf format), link to online       portfolio, and text of picture book pasted in email, if applicable.
For Fiction, include the text of first ten pages pasted in email.
For Nonfiction, include a proposal, plus sample chapter text pasted in email.
For Graphic Novels, include a summary, plus 2 or 3 sample page spreads (attached in jpeg or pdf format).

Full submission guidelines here.

Karen Le Billon, author of
French Kids Eat Everything, is
represented by Martha Magor Webb

of the McDermid Agency.
Brian Henry a “How to Get Published” workshop with guest speaker Martha Magor Webb of Anne McDermid literary agency in Oakville on February 22 (see here).

Also, Brian will lead a “Writing for Children & for Young Adults” workshop in Mississauga on Sat, Oct 26 (here) and in Caledon at the Bolton Library on January 18 (here).

And he’ll lead “How to Make your stories dramatic” workshops in London on Oct 19 (see here), in Kingston on Nov 16 (here), Orillia on Nov 23 (here), and in Brampton on Dec 7 (here).

But before you submit, the best way to get your manuscript into shape is with a weekly course. In January, Brian will lead a “Writing your life & other true stories” on Tuesday afternoons in Burlington (see here) and a Welcome to Creative Writing course on Tuesday evenings in Burlington (here).

Brian will lead Next Step courses on Tuesday mornings in Burlington (see here), Thursday afternoons in Mississauga (here) and Thursday evenings in Georgetown (here); and he'll lead “Intensive” courses for more experienced writers on Wednesday afternoons in Burlington and Wednesday evenings in Mississauga (see here).

To register or for more details of any course or workshop, email

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

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