Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Andrea Barzvi and Penny Moore of Empire literary agency seek Kid’s Lit ~ Picture Books to YA ~ plus commercial fiction, thrillers, nonfiction & memoir

Empire Literary
115 West 29th St., 3rd Fl.
New York, NY 10001

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Empire Literary doesn’t really have a website yet, just a contact information page. (Update Feb, 2017: Now they do have a website, see above). But the lead agent there is Andrea Barzvi, who founded the agency in November 2013 after 13 years at ICM Partners.  She is a graduate of Colgate University as well as Cardozo Law School and was an adjunct professor at NYU graduate school where she taught a class on the role of the literary agent.  

Some of her titles include New York Times bestsellers He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, the This Man series by Jodi Ellen Malpas, and The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan, among many others.

Andrea continues to look for fresh new voices across genres, particularly in commercial fiction, thrillers, young adult, narrative nonfiction and memoir.

Query Andrea at: Abarzvi@empireliterary.com
No details given on how to submit, but I’d suggest you put the word “Query” in the subject line and include the first 10 pages of your manuscript pasted into the body of the email. No attachments.

Penny Moore joined Empire Literary as an agent a month ago, focusing on Young Adult, Middle Grade, & picture books. “I’m looking for standout projects,” says Penny. In YA and MG she’s seeking both contemporary stories and Science Fiction / Fantasy. She is also particularly keen on diverse books. You can read an interview with Penny from June 1, 2016, here.

While completing degrees in Linguistics and Japanese Language & Literature at the University of Georgia, Penny spent time studying comparative literature at top universities in Japan and South Korea. She then spent time as a middle school TESOL teacher, a period during which she grew to love and understand the children’s book market. In 2013 she joined Fine Print Literary as an intern, then joined the regular staff in 2014. You can follow here on Twitter here.

Query Penny at: Penny@empireliterary.com
Put the word “Query” in the subject line and include the first 10 pages of your manuscript pasted into the body of the email. No attachments.

Literary agent Stacey Donaghy
Brian Henry will lead How to Get Published workshops on Saturday, Oct 15, in Burlington with literary agent Cassandra Rodgers of The Rights Factory (see here), on Saturday, Oct 22, in London with Stacey Donaghy of the Donaghy agency (details here), and on Saturday,  October 29, in Caledon, at the Bolton Public Library, with Martha Web of the McDermid Agency (see here). 
Note: If you're looking at this posting after October, 2016, check out current How to Get Published workshops here (and scroll down).

Then on Saturday, November 19, Brian will lead a Writing for Children and for Young Adults workshop in Mississauga with Anne Shone, senior editor, Scholastic Books as his guest speaker (see here). Note: If you're looking at this posting after Nov 19, 2016, check out current Writing for Children & for Young Adult workshops and weekly Writing Kid Lit courses here (and scroll down).

To register or for details, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

But the best way of getting your manuscript ready for publication, may be with a weekly writing course. This fall, Brian will offer a wide range of classes

“Welcome to Creative Writing,” Thursday afternoons Sept 29 - Dec 8, in Oakville (see here).
“Writing Kid Lit ~ Picture Books to YA (new), Tuesday afternoons, Sept 27 - Nov 22 (no class Oct 11), in Burlington (see here).
“Intermediate Creative Writing,” Wednesday evenings, Sept 21 to Nov 30 (no class Oct 12), in Burlington (see here)
Intermediate Creative Writing,” Thursday evenings, Sept 29 - Dec 8, in Georgetown (see here).
“Intensive Creative Writing,” Wednesday afternoons, Sept 14 - Dec 14 (no class Oct 12) , in Burlington.
“Intensive Creative Writing,” Tuesday mornings, Oct 18 – Dec 6, in Burlington. Details here.
See details of all six classes offered this fall here.

To reserve a spot or for more details, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Brian Henry also has a number of other workshops coming up soon:  Secrets of Writing a Page-turner (tips for all story writers), Saturday, Sept 10, in Guelph (see here),  Writing with Style, Saturday, Sept 24, in Toronto (see here), and How to Write Great Dialogue,Saturday, Oct 1, in Kitchener (see here).

To register of for more information for any of the above, emailbrianhenry@sympatico.ca

Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

Fox at Arowhon Pines, where we hold 
writingretreats in Algonquin Park
See Brian’s complete current schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Navigation tip: For many more literary agents seeking authors, click on the Literary Agents button at the top of the page, just below the banner. To see only Canadian agents, click on the button in the right-hand column under More Content. To see only agents representing kid’s lit, click on the Children’s/YA agents button in the list of Labels below. 

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