Thursday, January 27, 2011

Kim Perel at Wendy Sherman Associates, seeks fiction and nonfiction

"Lunch in Paris" by Elizabeth Boyd,
a client of Wendy Sherman Assoc.
 Wendy Sherman Associates Inc.
27 W. 24th St. Suite 700B
New York, NY 10010
Kim Perel joined Wendy Sherman Associates in January 2009. After graduating from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Communications, Kim worked in the editorial department at Forbes magazine and later as a copywriter and freelance journalist.

While pursuing a MFA degree at The New School in New York City, Kim joined Wendy Sherman Associates and fell in love with the idea of championing emerging talent and helping writers through the process of getting published. With over five years experience as a writer herself, Kim brings her magazine background to the world of books.

Kim is enthusiastic about discovering fresh voices. She is drawn to voice-driven fiction, novels that illuminate an unknown world, and true-to-life characters. She looks for queries that provide fresh insight or a wide lense that captures life at a certain period in time. She also loves humor, memoir that tells a unique story, and journalistic non-fiction.

Like all new agents, Kim is in need of good authors to represent.

Wendy Sherman has been in publishing more years than she cares to admit. She has held senior, executive positions at Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Henry Holt. During her tenure at these major publishing houses, she worked in the areas of subsidiary rights, marketing, sales, and editorial. With a desire to work more closely with writers and develop their careers, she founded Wendy Sherman Associates Literary Management in 1999.

Wendy loves voice and story-driven fiction. She is interested in women’s fiction that hits that sweet spot between literary and mainstream and has a passion for Southern voices, historical dramas, suspense with a well-developed protagonist, and writing that illuminates the multicultural experience. ”I have a weakness for family secrets and mother-daughter relationships and love stories that make me cry.”

She is also interested in non-fiction with a unique twist by authors with strong media platforms. Memoir, narrative non-fiction, practical and prescriptive, self-help and mainstream psychology are also general areas of interest. Strong categories for her include parenting, relationships, lifestyle, pop-culture, and just about anything to do with food.

Email submissions to
Include your last name, title, and the name of the agent you are submitting to in the subject line. For fiction, please include a query letter and your first 10 pages copied and pasted in the body of the email. We will not open attachments unless they have been requested. For non-fiction, please include your query letter and author bio.  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.

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

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