Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Literary agent Caitlen Rubino-Bradway seeks middle grade and YA fiction, Lauren Galit seeks nonfiction

The LKG Agency
465 West End Avenue 2A
New York, NY 10024 

Caitlen Rubino-Bradway joined the LKG Agency in 2008. Before that she was with Don Congdon Associates literary agency. She is now beginning to build her own list and is actively looking for new authors.

 “I personally am looking for middle grade and young adult fiction,” says Caitlen. “Please, no picture books or early chapter books.  And please, no dystopian futures (it’s not really my thing), a lot of violence (also not my thing), or books written in the present tense.  (Wow, I just described The Hunger Games, didn’t I?)  Please, no zombies. 

“Vampires, werewolves, witches and wizards, angels and demons, the Greek Pantheon, Thor and Loki and Fenrir, superheroes, aliens, super-powered aliens — all good.  But zombies give me nightmares.

“Please do send fantasy, whether it be like Harry Potter and Sarah Prineas’ Winterling trilogy (contemporary fantasy about modern kids!); or Stephanie Burgis’ Kat, Incorrigible series, and Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer’s Sorcery and Cecelia (historic fantasy re-writes with both humor and heart!); or Kristen Cashore’s Graceling, Jessica Day George’s Princess of the Midnight Ball, and Erin Bow’s devastating Plain Kate (traditional fantasy!  With horses!).  And, why, yes, I am listing some of my favorite books on purpose, on the chance that you have read these and your book compares favorably to one of them.

“On a related note, please do send sci-fi, which I also love, having grown up on Star Trek: TNG.  Anne Osterlund’s Academy 7 will forever hold a place in my heart because it is a futuristic sci-fi with spaceships and lasers, but it also has a boarding school!  (I love books with boarding schools.)  Ah, that reminds me: please do send things with boarding schools.
Please, please, please send fairy tale re-tellings.  Please.

“In my spare time, I am an author in my own right (or is that write?).  My first book, Lady Vernon and Her Daughter, which I co-wrote with my mother, was released by Crown in 2009.  We also contributed to Jane Austen Made Me Do It, published by Ballantine in 2011.  My first middle grade novel, Ordinary Magic, was published by Bloomsbury Children’s in 2012.”

Query Caitlen at:

Lauren Galit, the lead agent at LKG is also looking for authors. She represents only nonfiction and specializes in women’s focused how-to, such as parenting, lifestyle, health & nutrition, and beauty.

“More than anything else, The LKG Agency is looking for books that pique our interest,” says Lauren. “Truly original memoirs with something to share, how-to with a new and interesting take on a subject, writers with a strong voice that carries the reader along.”

Query Lauren at:
Please make sure to mention any publicity you have at your disposal.
Full submission guidelines here.

Olga Filina of  The Rights Factory
Brian Henry will lead “How to Get Published” in Guelph on April 12 with literary agent Sam Hiyate (see here), in London on April 19 with literary agent Olga Filina (see here), in Stouffville on May 24 with literary agent Carly Watters (see here) and in Ottawa on June 22 with literary agent Maria Vicente (see here).

And Brian will lead a "Writing for Children & for Young Adults" workshop on May 31 in Burlington (see here).

But the best way to get your manuscript ready for publication is with a weekly course. Note this new course: “Intermediate Creative Writing" on Wednesday evenings in Burlington (see here) and check out the details of all course starting in March and April here.

To register or for more details of any course or workshop, email

See Brian's full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Stouffville, Sudbury, Toronto, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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