Thursday, December 16, 2010

Agents at Caren Johnson Literary Agency seek adult & children's fiction, memoir, etc

Katie Shea
Caren Johnson Literary Agency
132 East 43rd Street
No. 216
New York, NY 10017

The Caren Johnson Agency is a full-service literary agency based in New York City. It represents all types of books but specializes in romance (such as The Princess in His Bed by Lila DiPasqua - see here), women's fiction, high-quality middle grade and young adult fiction and narrative non-fiction.

Submissions: Query the agent you're interested in. Make sure your query is in the body of your email; we do not open attachments unless they were specifically requested). Please include the first 3-5 pages of your manuscript or your overview/ideas page pasted directly into the email below your letter. Do not query by snail mail.

Katie Shea is the newest member of the team.  Katie has been working in the literary industry since 2008. She began as a reader with FinePrint Literary Management, to assisting agents at Folio Literary Management and Langtons International Agency. She is now ecstatic to be building her own client list with the Caren Johnson Literary Agency. Katie is particularly interested in beautifully written literary fiction, sassy commercial fiction and heartwarming memoirs. She seeks a story with a strong honest voice, psychological depth and deep emotion.
Query her at:

Elana Roth is focusing her list on children's and young adult books, and is primarily looking for high concept middle grade and YA fiction. She will consider picture books from author/illustrators only If you are an author/illustrator, include a link to your online portfolio or website so we can see samples. Do not send attachments with artwork.  Elena will also consider a select number of adult projects in the areas of narrative nonfiction, pop culture and pop science. No vampires.

Elana spent 5 years at Parachute Publishing learning the ropes of the children's book industry.  She describes herself as: "A dweller of Brooklyn, an agent of books, a support-teamer of Squarespace, a purveyor of snark, an employer of awkwardness, a lover of coffee, a mistress of bourbon, and an enforcer of comma-placement.'

Query her at:

Full submission guidelines here:

Brian Henry has a "How to Get Published" workshop coming up in Burlington on February 19 with agent Alisha Sevigny of the Rights Factory (see here). On May 7, he'll be hosting the "From the Horse's Mouth" seminar at Ryerson University, where one of the guest speakers will be Marilyn Biderman (details to come). Brian also has a few "Writing for Children and Young Adults" workshops coming up: on January 29 in Kitchener (see here), on February 26 in Barrie (see here), and on March 5 in Toronto (see here).

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


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