Monday, November 16, 2015

Mandy Hubbard starts new agency: Emerald City Literary; seeks Middle Grade and YA fiction and romance

Emerald City Literary Agency
2522 North Proctor Street
Suite 359
Tacoma, WA 98406

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Emerald City is a brand new literary agency representing represents middle grade, young adult, and romance only. It’s located just outside of Seattle, Washington – otherwise known as the Emerald City, hence the agency’s name.

“But our location isn’t the only reason we chose this moniker,” says Mandy Hubbard. “In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy and her new friends are in search of their greatest desires and they head to The Emerald City to find them.

“The desire to be published might just be the biggest dream you can imagine. And if you found this website, then you must have something in common with Dorothy and her trio of new friends – you’re on a journey to find someone who can grant your greatest wish. We want the chance to partner with you–to help you down the yellow brick road to the place of your dreams.”

Mandy Hubbard, the founder of Emerald City, began her publishing career on the other side of the desk as an author. Her debut novel, Prada and Prejudice, was published by Penguin’s Razorbill books imprint in 2009. She has since written 10 other novels, published by Harlequin, Flux, and Bloomsbury. Her work has been translated into a half dozen languages and optioned for film.

Mandy joined D4EO Literary Agency in February of 2010 (noted in Quick Brown Fox here), where she began building her list.  By the end of 2015 she’d sold nearly 70 novels to major publishers, and was ready to launch Emerald City Literary Agency. Mandy still juggles writing with agenting, and wouldn’t want it any other way.

Mandy represents middle grade, young adult, and romance only. She welcomes submissions with LGBTQ themes and diverse characters. 

Her Middle Grade wish list:
  • humor
  • adventure
  • magical realism
  • tween stories for girls (middle school settings, light romance, etc)

YA wish list:
  • survival stories (NOT Dystopian/Post Apocalyptic)
  • romance, romance, romance–especially with darker themes!
  • anything with royalty
  • sci-fi/space operas
  • epic fantasy with badass girl protagonists
  • contemporary with big commercial hooks (heists, mysteries, retellings, etc)
  • contemporary novels which face dark issues/themes head-on. Suicidal teens, bullying, eating disorders, abuse, rape, poverty– issues that exist in real life, brought to life on the page!

Romance Wish list:
  • contemporary, the sexier the better (not drawn to ‘sweet’/clean romance)
  • historicals, particularly Victorian or Regency
  • will consider new adult only in third POV so that it could potentially be positioned to cross over as contemporary adult
  • NOT currently considering any paranormal romance
Olga Filina
Paste the first five  pages of your manuscript into your email. Full submissions guidelines here.

Brian Henry will lead How to Get Published workshops on Saturday, Feb 20, in Kitchener, with literary agent Olga Filina of The Rights Factory (see here) and on Saturday, Feb 27, in Brampton with Martha Webb of the McDermid Agency (see here).

Also, Brian will lead Writing for Children & for Young Adults workshops on Saturday, March 5, in Burlington, with Monica Pacheco, literary agent with The McDermid Agency (see here), and on Saturday, April 30, in Guelph (see here).

Other upcoming workshops include  You can write great dialogue, Saturday, Nov 21, in Ingersoll (see here), How to Build Your Story, Sunday, Nov 22, in Windsor (see here), How to Make Yourself Write Saturday, Nov 28, in Mississauga (see here), and Writing Your Life, Saturday, Dec 5, in Burlington (see  here).   

For more information or to register, email:

But the best way to grow as a writer or to get your manuscript ready for publication may be with a weekly class. Starting in the new year, Brian will be offering a full range of courses for both beginning to experienced writers (details of all five classes here) ...

Martha Webb
Welcome to Creative Writing, Thursday afternoons, Jan 28 – March 31, (no class March 17), in Burlington. (See details of this class here.)
Writing Personal Stories, Tuesday afternoons, Feb 2 – March 29, (no class March 15) in Burlington (see here.)
The Next Step in Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings, Jan 20 – March 30 (no class March 16), in Burlington (see here)
Intermediate Creative Writing, Thurs evenings, Jan 21 – March 31, (no class March 17), in Georgetown (see here)
Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons, Jan 20 – March 9, in Burlington

See details of all five classes here.
Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.
To register or for more information, email:

See Brian's full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Barrie, Bracebridge, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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