Monday, May 13, 2013

Dee Mura Literary agency has three agents all looking for authors

Dee Mura Literary
P.O. Box 131
Massapequa Park, NY 11762

Dee Mura Literary is a new agency led by Dee Mura. Her special interests are: mystery, thriller, espionage, action/adventure, military, finance, political, historical, humor, and animals.  

Dee Mura Literary also has two agents who are particularly open to new authors:

Kimiko Nakamura started her career started in the publishing houses of Boston where she fostered her talent for sales. At Dee Mura Literary, she found another passion: helping writers build successful careers. 

Kimiko works with new and emerging writers. She looks for page-turning fiction and non-fiction that leaves people inspired and offers readers a full range of emotions – laughter that slips out while reading in public, tears that splash onto our e-readers, and an aha of connection.

Special interests: Contemporary fiction, young adult, women’s lit, urban fantasy, romance, satire, memoir, mystery, narrative non-fiction, cookbooks, spirituality, and health

Her favourite books: Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann, Great House by Nicole Krauss, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares, A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby, The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters, and One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

When you query Kimiko, you can get bonus points by understanding the difference between “showing” versus “telling” and spelling her name correctly.

Kaylee Davis grew up in The Middle of Nowhere, Ohio. Her lifeline to sanity was the local library where she nurtured her love of all things literary. Kaylee joined the team at Dee Mura Literary as a professional copyeditor, proofreader, and administrative assistant. She has recently been promoted to Associate Literary Agent (and since she’s new, she need authors!) 

Special interests: Sci-fi, fantasy, speculative fiction, young adult, steampunk, urban fantasy, social commentary, and counter-culture

Her favourite books: The Ender saga by Orson Scott Card, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris, Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby, and the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling    

When you query Kaylee, you can get bonus points by always using serial commas,* by writing well, and by never using Courier New.

Query Kimiko or Kaylee at:
Address your query to your preferred agent, include your name and the title of your book in the subject heading. In the email, include a short description of your project, a brief author biography, even if you have no previous publications, a synopsis, and a writing: for fiction, the first 25 pages; for non-fiction, an excerpt of the proposal. No attachments.

Brian Henry will host “From the Horse’s Mouth: Getting published or self-published at Ryerson University on June 15 with Stacey Donaghy of the Corvisiero Literary Agency, Greg Ioannou of Iguana Books, and Patrick Crean of HarperCollins Canada (details here). To register, email

On Saturday, June 22, Brian will lead a “How to Build Your Story” workshop in Brampton, with guest speaker Lynda Simmons (details here). To register,

However, before you submit, though, the best way to get your manuscript into shape is with a weekly course. This summer, Brian will be leading Intensive Creative Writing courses on Tuesday afternoons in Burlington (details here) and on Thursday evenings in Mississauga (details here). 
To register, email

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.

Serial commas: When listing three or more items in a sentence, the items are linked with commas, except for the final item, which is attached with an and; it may also have a serial comma.
Without serial comma: She was witty, effervescent and fun.
With serial comma: She was obsessive, compulsive, and brilliant.

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