Thursday, March 25, 2010

New agent seeks children's lit, pop culture, humor, memoir, etc

Shelf Life literary agency
(located somewhere in the New York area)

Shelf Life is a new boutique (that means small) literary agency specializing in pop culture, humor, narrative non-fiction, memoir, and children's books.

The agency's founder Marissa Walsh began her publishing career at Nan A. Talese/Doubleday and at the Ellen Levine Literary Agency. She was an editor at Delacorte Press/Random House Children's Books for seven years and is the author of the comic memoir Girl with Glasses: My Optic History (Simon Spotlight Entertainment) and the YA novel A Field Guide to High School (Delacorte Press/Random House Children's Books).

As a new agent, Marissa needs authors to represent!

Concerning picture books, she is looking for younger books with very little text (800 words or fewer). Include the manuscript in the body of your query e-mail.
For middle grade books and young adult, no paranormal please. She prefers contemporary stories. Include the first chapter in the body of your query e-mail.

If your book project falls into one of the Shelf Life categories (pop culture, humor, narrative non-fiction, memoir, or children's book), query Marissa at
But first, check out her "How to query" guidelines at her website:

Note: In the spring, Brian Henry will be leading a number of "How to Get Published" workshops: in Gravenhurst on April 17, Moncton, NB, on April 23, in Peterborough on April 24, Kingston on April 25, Uxbridge on May 8, and Hamilton on May 15.
For information about all of Brian's upcoming writing workshops and creative writing courses, see here.

1 comment:

  1. i agree. humor will make the children happy and able to think creatively


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