Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Literary agent Elena Mechlin promoted, seeks picture books and mid-grade and YA fiction

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Pippin Properties 
155 East 38th Street
Suite 2H
New York, NY 10016

Pippin Properties is a small agency devoted primarily to representing authors of picture books, middle-grade, and young adult novels, but they also represent adult projects on occasion. Pippin is an integrated publishing and entertainment agency and represents its clients to a wide range of publishing, animation, motion picture, television, and licensing companies.

Pippin represents publishing greats such as Kate DiCamillo, David Small, Peter H. Reynolds, Kathi Appelt, and Doreen Cronin, among many more. Pippin is always on the lookout for writers and illustrators who take the challenge of creating books seriously and are willing to give the publishing world nothing less than their very best. 

Elena Mechlin began her publishing career in subsidiary rights, moved on to children’s book marketing and then a stint in audio. She joined Pippin Properties in June of 2009 and handled foreign and audio rights. She has recently been promoted to full agent.  Like all new agents, she needs authors.  “In terms of fiction,” says Elena, “my tastes run more to literary, contemporary, or historical rather than sci fi or fantasy. I find myself most attracted to stories with a timeless quality to them. In regard to picture books, I most like things that make me laugh or are clever in some new way.

Query Elena at:
Include a synopsis of the work(s), your background and/or publishing history, and anything else you think is relevant. Pippin only responds to queries that interest them. Picture book manuscripts may be included in the body of the email. No attachments.

Illustrators interested in submitting their work should send an initial query letter detailing your background in publishing or illustration and any other pertinent information. Links to websites with examples of your work are extremely helpful.

Complete submission guidelines 

Brian Henry will be leading "How to Get Published” workshops on March 16 in Peterborough (details here), Sun, March 17, in Kingston (see here), and Sat, May 4, in Barrie (see here). Also, he'll lead a "Writing for Children and for Young Adults" workshop in Guelph on April 13 (see here).
To register, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

However, before you submit, though, the best way to get your manuscript into shape is with a weekly course. Brian will be leading Next Step in Creative Writing classes on Thursday afternoons in Mississauga (see here) and Thursday evenings in Georgetown (see here). To register, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Also, he’ll be leading Life Stories classes on Monday mornings in Mississauga (see here) and Monday afternoons in Brampton (see here and scroll down), and he'll lead a Welcome to Creative Writing course on Tuesday afternoons in Burlington (see here). 
To register, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

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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