Thursday, November 18, 2010

Brianne Mulligan joins Movable Type Literary, seeks youth and adult fiction

Former Razorbill associate editor Brianne Mulligan has joined Movable Type Literary Group as an associate agent. At the agency, she will focus on “high concept young adult and middle grade fiction” along with a few commercial fiction and nonfiction projects for adult readers.

At Razorbill (Penguin's YA imprint), Mulligan acquired Will Hill‘s upcoming Department 19 and David Iserson‘s Firecracker. She has also worked at Random House’s Doubleday Broadway and Penguin’s Gotham Books.

Mulligan had this statement: “I’ve worked inside corporate publishing for my entire career, and I’m very excited to use my knowledge to help authors find success … Movable Type is on everybody’s short list of agencies doing things right, and I’m looking forward to helping them move into juvenile fiction.”

Rachel Vogel also recently joined Movable Type, where she specializes in upmarket fiction and narrative nonfiction.

Submissions: General submissions may be sent via e-mail to  

For non-fiction proposals, Movable Type requests a variation of the traditional query letter, a less formal, more efficient document: one page with three paragraphs. First, personal history and platform, including previous publications, media appearances, training, etc. Second, a concise description of the book concept, including unique selling points. Third, a preview of the promotional plan, including endorsements, media contacts, and brand development.

For fiction: Having found that that query letters do a fine job of showcasing one's talent in writing jacket copy or promotional material but rarely offer agents a useful preview of a writer's prosecraft, in lieu of query letters, MTLG asks that authors send the first ten pages of their manuscript, followed by a one page synopsis of the balance of the work, and a word count.

More about Movable Type Literary Group here.

Note: Brian Henry has a couple "How to Get Published" workshops coming up: in Mississauga on December 4 with literary agent Martha Magor Webb  (see here) and in Burlington on February 19 with agent Alisha Sevigny of the Rights Factory  (details to come. - more about Alisha and The Rights Factory here and here.).

For information about all of Brian's writing workshops and creative writing courses, see here.

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