Friday, September 13, 2013

Literary agents Jodell Sadler & Loretta Caravette seek picture books, easy readers, middle-grade and young adult books

Jodell Sadler
Sadler-Cravette Children's Literary
1915 Whitestone Drive
Rockton, IL 61072

Sadler-Caravette represents children’s authors and illustrators, including picture books, early readers, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult – fiction, nonfiction, folktale and free verse.

We are interested in pictures books but make sure they are honed. We love early readers with strong characters. We seek chapter books and MG that connect with us emotionally. We gravitate toward contemporary fiction, but we will accept fantasy with a unique approach.”

The two principles at Sadler-Caravette are both looking for authors:

Jodell Sadler earned her MFA in Children’s Writing from Hamline University. She is the author of Picture Book Lunch: 20 Tools for Pacing and Writing Picture Books to Wow. Her published articles include “Picture Book Pacing: Verbal and Visual Tools for Writers, and Picture Book Pacing: The ultimate 20 editing tools for your work,” in the Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market, 2011 and 2013, respectively.

Jodell is interested in Young Adult, Middle Grade (especially funny) fiction and nonfiction, book proposals, and picture books. She simply loves a well-paced story that moves her between joy and tears.

Loretta Caravette
Loretta Caravette earned her MFA in Children’s Writing from Hamline University. She was a television producer for twenty years, receiving an Emmy for “Ruth Page, Once Upon a Dancer,” Cine Award for ABC After School drama “Love Hurts,” and National Emmy nomination for music show, “Rhythm and Jam.”

Loretta specializes in Middle Grade fiction and early readers, and will focus on film rights management.

Query Jodell or Loretta at:
Your subject line should read: QUERY – Name or Title – Genre. Your query should include something about your writing background and goals, your affiliation with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (CBWI) or with The Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP), your publishing credits, if applicable.

For picture books, send a query and the full manuscript. For chapter books, young adult and middle grade, send a query and ten pages pasted into the email. For nonfiction, submit a query, proposal and a sample chapter. For illustrators or author-illustrators, please submit a PDF or dummy that shows your style and medium.

Full submission guidelines here.

Carly Watters
Brian Henry will lead a “How to Get Published” workshop with guest speaker Carly Watters of P.S. Literary agency in Georgetown on October 5 (see here), and will lead a “Writing for Children & for Young Adults” workshop in Mississauga on Sat, Oct 26 (here) and in Caledon at the Bolton Library on January 18 (here).
To register, email

Brian will also lead “How to Build Your Story” workshops in Barrie on Sept 21 (here), in Sudbury on Sept 22 (here) and in Ottawa on Nov 17 (here). 
To register, email

But before you submit, the best way to get your manuscript into shape is with a weekly course. Brian has a number of courses starting soon: “Welcome to Creative Writing” on Tuesday afternoons in Burlington (see here); “Writing your life & other true stories” on Tuesday evenings in Burlington (here); "Next Step" courses on Thursday afternoons in Mississauga (here) and Thursday evenings in Georgetown (here) and, for more experienced writers, “Intensive” courses on Wednesday afternoons in Burlington (here) and Wednesday evenings in Mississauga (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, Bracebridge, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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