Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency has six agents looking for fiction and nonfiction

Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews
represented by Stuart Krichevsky Agency

Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency
6 East 39th Street
Suite 500
New York, NY 10016

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The Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency {SKLA} is an independent New York literary agency representing a distinguished list of fiction and nonfiction authors, with an emphasis on narrative nonfiction and literary journalism.
Areas of interest include history, adventure, politics and current affairs, biography, science & natural history, technology & culture, business and memoir.
Their fiction list includes authors of literary, commercial, and young adult fiction.
SKLA has five agents and one associate agent, and all of them are open to queries. Your best bets, though, are:

Aemilia Phillips joined Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency in the fall of 2016 after completing the Columbia University Publishing Course and was just recently promoted to Associate Agent. She graduated from Harvard University with high honors. Aemilia currently lives in Manhattan and is putting her English degree to good use in the world of publishing. Like all new agents, she needs authors. 
Aemilia is looking for a range of fiction and nonfiction writers.  She’s particularly interested in writers who push conventional boundaries in order to address cultural, political, and social justice issues. With family on both sides of the Mexican border and interests in journalism, narrative nonfiction, and literary fiction, she looks for diverse, smart writing with an impactful story to tell.
For nonfiction she’s looking for driven, obsessed writers and topics that challenge the way we think about the world, with a particular interest in Latin American and feminist voices. She loves books that at first glance appear to be commercial, but that are also smart cultural critiques that force readers to examine new viewpoints. 
In fiction, she’s fascinated by darker, complex characters who upend preconceptions, stories with just a touch of magic, and novels that allow her to step into someone else’s shoes.
Aemilia works closely with David Patterson and Mackenzie Brady Watson, but is also building her own client list. 
Query Aemilia at: apquery@skagency.com
Include up to the first ten pages of your manuscript pasted into the body of the email. No attachments.

Laura Usselman is actively looking for authors. Before joining SKLA, Laura earned her MFA in Fiction at Virginia Tech, where she taught composition and creative writing, and spent three years at Cambridge University Press. A native of Atlanta, she studied English and film at the University of Georgia. She lives with her family in Brooklyn.
Laura represents adult fiction and nonfiction and thoughtful narrative nonfiction for younger readers. Her fiction interests include character-centered fiction of all stripes, from the formally strange to the family saga. For nonfiction for adults, she is interested in restlessly curious idea books, and voice-driven memoir.
Query Laura at: luquery@skagency.com
Include up to the first ten pages of your manuscript pasted into the body of the email. No attachments.

Melissa Danaczko became a literary agent after more than a decade of publishing experience, most recently as Senior Editor with the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.
Melissa focuses on literary and commercial fiction, and gravitates towards plot-driven novels with a fresh perspective, energetic writing and deep sense of place. This includes historical fiction, psychological thrillers, coming-of- age and contemporary women’s fiction. She has a soft spot for novels with international settings, unreliable narrators, elements of magic, dysfunctional families, intense friendships, love triangles and unique subcultures. It’s a big plus if a novel can introduce her to a new world, make her think differently about one she already knows or tap into the cultural climate.
She is also representing history and idea-driven non-fiction. As someone who hates driving on a highway but will happily wade into the Amazon or climb Everest through literature, she’s especially fond of narratives with an emphasis on adventure or exploration.
Melissa has developed and edited books that became New York Times bestsellers (including a #1 Bestselling title), appeared on the cover of the New York Times Book Review, and received or were nominated for honors including The National Book Critics Circle Award, The Man Booker Prize, The PEN/Bingham Prize, The Baily’s Women’s Prize, The Giller Prize, The Governor-General’s Literary Award, the National Book Foundation 5 Under 35, The Journey Prize, and The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award.
Query Melissa at: mdquery@skagency.com
Include up to the first ten pages of your manuscript pasted into the body of the email. No attachments.

Full submission guidelines here.

Literary agent Martha Webb
If you’re interested in getting published, now or sometime in the future, don’t miss our upcoming How to Get Published workshop with literary agent Martha Webb of the CookeMcDermid agency, Saturday, April 25, 2020, in Guelph. (see here).

Also check out Raising the Stakes: Secrets of writing a page-turner Saturday, Feb 22, in Kitchener (see here),  Writing & Revising, Saturday, Feb 29, in Mississauga (see here), Finding Your Voice, Saturday, March 7, in Burlington, (see here), and How to Make Yourself Write, Saturday, March 14, in St. Catharines (see here).

But the best way of upping your game as a writer, may be with a weekly class. This spring, a full range of courses is on offer, introductory to intensive and including writing kid lit:
Toronto: Welcome to Creative Writing, April 10 – June 19. No class June 5. Details here.
Oakville: Welcome to Creative Writing, Thursday evenings, April 16 – June 25. No class June 4. Details here.
Burlington: Writing Kid Lit, Thursday afternoons,  April 23 – June 25. No class June 4. Details here.
Burlington: Next Step in Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, April 14 – June 23. First readings emailed April 7. Details here.
Georgetown: Intensive Creative Writing,  Wednesday evenings, March 25 – June 24. First readings emailed March 18. Details here.
Toronto: Intensive Creative Writing, Friday mornings, March 27 – June 26. First readings emailed March 20. Details here.
            Details of all spring courses here.

 Plus …
Algonquin Writing Retreat, Friday, June 5 – Monday, June 8, 2020. Four days of luxury and writing at Arowhon Pines Resort in Algonquin Park – one of most beautiful spots in Ontario. This is the area that inspired the Group of Seven; come and let it inspire you, too. Still  room. Details here.

Windsor International Writers Festival, Friday, July 10 – Sunday, July 12. Brian will lead a Round Table critiquing your opening pages on Friday morning, will give a talk about writing query letters, and will meet attendees one-on-one to help them write a query that will get a yes. Details here. More details of the conference here.

Join me in Southampton – a lovely beach town on Lake Huron – for a weekend of workshops this summer: How to Build Your Story, Saturday, July 25 {details to come} and How to Write Great Characters, Sunday, July 26 {details to come}.

To reserve a spot in any upcoming weekly course, weekend retreat, or Saturday workshop, email Brian at: brianhenry@sympatico.ca
Read reviews of Brian’s courses, retreats, and workshops here.

See Brian’s full schedule 
hereincluding writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Southampton, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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