Monday, August 18, 2014

Literary agent Amanda Panitch seeks young adult and middle grade fiction and nonfiction

The Good House by Ann Leary,
who's represented by Lippincott Massie McQuilkin
Lippincott Massie McQuilkin
27 West 20th Street
Suite 305
New York, NY 10011

Lippincott Massie McQuilkin is a full-service literary agency that focuses on bringing fiction and nonfiction of quality to the largest possible audience.

"We work closely with our clients at every stage of a project’s development, submission, and placement—staying involved in all issues of design, publicity and sales, long after the ink has dried on a contract, to ensure that the author’s needs are being met by his or her publisher."

Amanda Panitch has recently been promoted from agency assistant to associate agent, and like all new agents, she needs authors. Before joining LMQ in 2012, she interned at Writers House and attended The George Washington University and New York University's Summer Publishing Institute. A writer herself, her first novel, Damage Done, will be released in July 2015 from Random House Books for Young Readers.

Amanda Panitch
Amanda is actively looking for young adult and middle grade fiction and nonfiction across all genres. 

She'd especially love to find a high fantasy set in a non-Western inspired setting, a dark psychological thriller, a quirky mystery, a gorgeous literary contemporary, historical fiction set in a place or time that isn't often explored in fiction, or anything that features food as a main element.

Other things that call to her are generational spaceships, unreliable narrators, magical realism, the pre-Columbian Americas, the Amazon, close sibling relationships, and slow-burning romances.

Query Amanda directly at
Include the word "Query" in the subject line. For fiction, please also include your first 5-10 pages pasted into the body of the email.

See information about other agents at LMQ here, and see their submission guidelines here.

Carolyn Forde
of Westwood Creative Artists
Brian Henry will lead “How to Get Published" workshops in Oakville on Saturday, Sept 27, with literary agent Carolyn Forde (see here) and in Niagara on the Lake on Sunday, March 1, with literary agent Olga Filina (see here).

He has a “Writing for Children & for Young Adults” workshop Saturday, Nov 8, in Guelph (see here).

Other upcoming workshops, include: “How to Make Yourself Write,” Saturday, Sept 13 in Brampton (see here),  “Writing & Revising,” Saturday, Sept 20, in Toronto (see here), and “How to Write s Bestseller," with New York Times #1 bestselling author Kelley Armstrong, Saturday, Nov 22, in Burlington (see here) and Saturday, Dec 6, in London (see here). See Brian's full schedule here.

But the best way to get your manuscript ready for publication is with a weekly course. This fall, Brian will be offering weekly classes for writers from beginning to advanced. Check out details of all six upcoming classes here

Specifically, Brian is offering “Welcome to Creative Writing” Tuesday mornings in Burlington (see here), “Writing Your Life & Other Personal Stories” Tuesday afternoons in Burlington (here), “The Next Step in Creative Writing” Wednesday evenings in Burlington (here), Thursday afternoons in Mississauga (here) and Thursday evenings in Georgetown (here). He’s offering “Intensive Creative Writing” Wednesday afternoons in Burlington (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, Niagara on the Lake, 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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