Friday, March 23, 2012

Paul Lucas of Janklow & Nesbit seeks commercial and literary fiction; Julie Just seeks children’s lit

Janklow & Nesbit Associates
445 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022-2606 

Janklow & Nesbit are a powerhouse literary agency with offices in New York and London. Clients include Anne Rice (Interview with a Vampire), William Goldman (The Princess Bride), Bill O' Reilly (The O'Reilly Factor, Culture Warrior), Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point, Blink), David McCullough(Truman), Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11), etc.

Total number of clients: about 1,000. "Some of them are deceased, but only a tiny fraction," says agent Luke Janklow. 
We do look at everything,” he adds. “What gets invited in is a very small portion of that."

Paul Lucas is the most junior agent at Janklow & Nesbit (and thus the agent most in neeed of auhtors). He was raised in the suburbs of New York, but received a degree in Literature from McGill University in Montreal, in 2003, where he specialized in the incredibly useful fields of Modern Canadian Poetry and Early Modern Theatre.

He appreciated the diversity of culture, language, politics and ideas, as well as the proximity to skiing in the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Laurentians of Quebec.

Paul is interested in a wide variety of commercial and literary fiction, as well as specific nonfiction. 
In fiction, he enjoys both character and plot driven novels but it’s important to him for the storytelling to be clear and accessible. In genre fiction, he is looking for thrillers, spy, science fiction and fantasy genre writing, as well as literary novels. He appreciates a literary bent, subverting genre and darker, conflicted characters. Finally, he loves historical fiction and war novels.
For nonfiction, he is interested in representing popular science books, new ways of exploring the major sports and narrative histories. (He does not represent romance, westerns, women’s fiction, memoir, self-help, children’s or picture books.)

Query Paul at
Attach the first 3 chapters of your book, a synopsis and brief bio.

Julie Just also started with Janklow & Nesbit as an agent fairly recently (in October 2010). Previously, she worked for the New York Times for 16 years, most recently as editor of children’ book reviews. Her specialty is children's literature -- illustrated books, middle grade, young adult and graphic novels, with a particular interest in literary fiction, adventure, mystery, fantasy, and romance.

She is also interested in some humour and adult fiction and non-fiction (Adventure/true story, Pop Culture, and Narrative Non-Fiction).

Query Julie at
Attach the first chapter of your manuscript. She is not interested in long synopses, just two or three paragraphs, tops.

Second photo Atheneum art director Ann Bobco, author/illustrator Ian Falconer, literary agent Brenda Bowen, & Julie Just

Brian Henry will lead "Writing for Children and for Young Adults" workshops in London, Ontario, on April 21 (see here) and in Oakville on June 2 (see here). 

Brian will also lead 
"How to Get Published" workshops on Saturday, May 12, in Newmarket with Meghan Macdonald of Transatlantic Literary Agency (see here), Saturday, June 9, in Brampton with Monica Pacheco of The Anne McDermid literary agency (see here), and Saturday, June 16, in Hamilton with Carly Watters of P.S. Literary Agency (see here).

See Brian's full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Kingston, Peterborough, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Dundas, Kitchener, Guelph, London, Woodstock, Orangeville, Newmarket, Barrie, Gravenhurst, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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