Thursday, January 13, 2011

Joanne Wyckoff joins Carol Mann Agency

"Man Killed by Pheasant"
by John T. Price,
one of Joanne's clients
Carol Mann Agency
55 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003

For the past five years, Joanne Wyckoff has been an agent with Zachary Shuster Harmsworth. Prior to becoming an agent, she was a Senior Editor at Ballantine and Executive Editor at Beacon Press. She joined Carol Mann Agency this month (January 2011).

As an agent, Joanne represents a wide array of nonfiction and selected fiction. She has a great deal of experience working with academics and experts in diverse fields, helping them develop and write books for a broad market. She also has a particular love of the memoir and is always looking for exciting and strong new voices in this genre.

The quirky personal narrative is also a favorite, as is narrative nonfiction on almost any cultural topic. She is always looking for writers who explore a subject in new and surprising ways. Her nonfiction list includes books in psychology, women’s issues, education, health and wellness, parenting, serious self-help, natural history and anything about animals, religion, and spirituality.

In fiction, her interests run to literary women’s fiction and novels that evoke a strong sense of place.

Books Joanne has recently represented include The Cracker Queen: A Memoir of a Jagged, Joyful Life by NPR commentator Lauretta Hannon; The Global Achievement Gap by Harvard education expert Tony Wagner; Becoming a Life Change Artist: 7 Creative Skills to Reinvent Yourself at Any Stage of Life by highly regarded life planning expert Fred Mandell, Ph.D., and organizational psychologist Kathleen Jordan, Ph.D.; and Man Killed by Pheasant and Other Kinships by John Price.

Query Joanne at:
For fiction and memoir, please include a synopsis, a brief bio, and the first 25 pages of your manuscript. For all other nonfiction, please send only a synopsis and brief bio. If you are submitting via email, all material should be pasted into the body of your message; attachments will not be opened.

Myrsini Stephanides is also actively seeking clients.  Myrsini joined the Carol Mann Agency in September 2009. She is interested in non-fiction projects in the areas of pop culture, music, humor, popular science, narrative nonfiction, memoir, and cookbooks. She is also on the lookout for offbeat literary, graphic, and YA fiction.  For much more detailed information about what Myrsini is looking for see here.

Query Myrsini at:
If your query has a graphic component, attach it to your email as a low-res PDF or JPG.

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, with literary agent Marilyn Biderman, Mike O'Connor, publisher of Insomniace Press, and a third guest from the publishing industry, still to be announced.

But if you're really interested in getting your own work in shape for possible publication, consider Brian's "Extreme Creative Writing" class, offered Wednesday afternoons in Oakville (see here) and Wednesday evenings in Mississauga (see here). But if you're interested, sign up soon - these classes are popular and will fill up.

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

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