Friday, December 14, 2012

Literary agent Laura Biagi seeks literary fiction, young adult and middle-grade novels and picture books

Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency
216 East 75th Street
Suite 1E
New York, NY 10021

The Jean V. Nager Literary Agency has seven agents on staff, six of whom are accepting new clients. The newest member of the team – and the one most eagerly seeking authors – is Laura Biagi. Laura studied creative writing and anthropology at Northwestern University and is the recipient of a Kentucky Emerging Artist Award for fiction writing.

Laura is seeking adult fiction and books for young readers.

In adult fiction, she is particularly interested in literary fiction, magical realism, cultural themes, and debut authors. She is drawn to strong voices, complex narrative arcs, dynamic and well-developed characters, psychological twists, and dystopian/apocalyptic literary fiction.

For young readers, Laura is seeking young adult novels, middle grade novels, and picture books. She loves books for young readers that have a magical tinge to them and vivid writing. She also looks for titles that incorporate high concept, dark/edgy, and quirky elements, as well as titles that challenge the way we typically view the world.

Queries to Laura and to other agents at JVNLA must go through their on-line query form here.

Brian Henry will be leading a "Writing for Children and for Young Adults" workshop in Hamilton on February 9 (details here). Also, he'll lead "How to Get Published” workshops on March 16 in Peterborough (details here) and on March 17 in Kingston (details here).  To register, email:

But probably the best single step you can take toward creating a manuscript that’s ready for publication is to join one of the “Next Step” or “Intensive” creative writing courses. Starting in January, Brian will be leading “Next Step” courses in Mississauga (details here) and in Georgetown (details here), and he’ll be leading   “Intensive” courses in Burlington (details here) and in Mississauga (details here).

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

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