Monday, January 4, 2016

Literary agent Michelle Witte of Mansion Street seeks picture books, early readers, middle grade, YA and children's nonfiction; Jean Sagendorph seeks adult nonfiction

Mansion Street Literary Management
304 Park Avenue South
11th floor
New York, NY  10010

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Michelle Witte is an author and literary agent with Mansion Street Literary Management who is actively looking for children’s fiction and nonfiction. As an agent, her tastes vary widely, and she represents authors across the spectrum of children’s literature, from illustrated board and picture books to middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction. 

Michelle is always on the lookout for fascinating stories that are well told, especially those with a distinct and distinctive voice.

She began her career as a journalist with the Deseret Morning News in Salt Lake City, Utah. From there, she transitioned to a position as associate editor with nonfiction publisher Gibbs Smith. Her published work includes the nonfiction humor books The Craptastic Guide to Pseudo-Swearing (Running Press, 2012) and The Faker’s Guide to the Classics: Everything You Need to Know About the Books You Should Have Read (But Didn’t), (Lyons Press, 2013) 

While she considers herself an international vagabond and will travel the world whenever given the chance, she presently makes Utah her home. She blogs here.

Michelle is seeking Young Adult, Middle Grade, Children’s Non-fiction, Picture books, and
Early readers

Query Michelle at:
Paste a maximum of the first 10 pages of your manuscript into your query. No attachments.  You must list the genre in the subject line.

Jean Sagendorph is the founder of Mansion Street Literary and specializes in nonfiction. She is a twenty-year veteran of the entertainment industry, whose award-winning work includes many New York Times bestsellers. 

She spent more than fifteen years at United Media, where she managed the firm’s publishing, interactive, film, and music interests. While at United Media, her clients included Foo Network, Peanuts, Dilbert, Fancy Nancy, Raggedy Ann & Andy, Rainbow Brite, hoops & yoyo, Dirty DancingIron ChefIron Chef America, History ChannelDeadliest CatchIce Road Truckers, and more.

She recently spearheaded the creation of a Meals On Wheels cookbook, Made with Love: The Meals on Wheels Family Cookbook, which features recipes from renowned personalities like Martha Stewart, Mario Batali, Helen Mirren, Joan Rivers, Patti LaBelle, Al Roker, and more.

Jean is the author of 
Starry Night, Hold Me Tight (Running Press) and the forthcoming Icebox Cakes  (Chronicle, April 2015).

Jean is seeking Pop Culture, Cookbooks, Gift books, General Non-Fiction, Brand Extensions, and Lifestyle/Design books. She is not interested in travel books, memoirs or medical/reference. Typically sports and self-help aren’t a good fit, either.

Paste a maximum of the first 10 pages of your manuscript into your query. No attachments.  You must list the genre in the subject line.

Full submission guidelines here.

Monica Pacheco
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 literary agent Monica Pacheco (see here), on Saturday, April 2, in Barrie, with literary agency Rachel Letofsky (see here), on Saturday, April 30, in Guelph, with Yasemin Uçar, senior editor, Kids Can Press (see here), and Sunday, May 29, in Ottawa with acclaimed author Alan Cumyn (see here).

Other upcoming workshops include Writing Your Life, Saturday, Dec 5, in Burlington (see  here) and Saturday, March 16, in Caledon (see here), How to Build Your Story, Saturday, Jan 16, in Georgetown (see here), and Saturday, Jan 30 in Toronto (see here), and Writing With Style, Saturday, March 12, in Oakville (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)
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  (For details, email 
See details of all five classes here.
Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.
To register or for more information for any class or workshop, 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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