Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Four associate agents at storied literary agency Sanford J. Greenburger Associates seek new authors, Picture books to YA, thrillers to literary fiction

The Sisters by Nancy Jensen,
represented by Greenburger Associates
Sanford J. Greenburger Associates
55 Fifth Avenue 
New York, NY 10003 
212 206 5600

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Greenburger Associates has been around for more than 80 years. It brought Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Franz Kafka, and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry to American audiences. It continues to represent heavyweight authors, particularly financial heavyweights, such as Dan Brown. 

Altogether the agency has six senior agents, five of whom are open to queries. There are also four associate agents, including newcomer Wendi Gu, and for a new author, these are you best bets:

Associate agent Wendi Gu began her publishing career in 2012 as an intern at Sanford J. Greenburger, in the offices of Brenda Bowen and Lisa Gallagher. Shortly after graduating with a degree in Creative Writing from Northwestern University, Wendi was hired as a full-time assistant and began focusing on children’s books under Brenda Bowen’s mentorship. Through Brenda’s office, she has had the great honor of working with artists like Emily Winfield Martin, Chris Raschka, G. Brian Karas, and Martine Leavitt.

Wendi represents early readers, picture books, middle-grade, and select YA and adult literary fiction. She’s interested in socially-conscious, civically-engaged authors and illustrators, and books that embrace diversity in race, gender, faith, and nationality. As a child of Chinese immigrants, she’s especially interested in immigrant stories and first-generation American stories. She’s also a big fan of cute animals and quirky humor. You’ll find a recent interview with Wendi here.

Like many of her colleagues at Greenburger, Wendi has a very hands-on approach to agenting. She is interested in working with both debut and veteran authors and illustrators, and hopes to develop a long-lasting relationship with each client she takes on.

Submissions: Please query Wendi at wgu@sjga.com
The subject line should read: “QUERY: [Title] by [Author]”. Please include the query letter in the body of the email and attach the full manuscript as a Word Document. 

Stephanie Delman began her career at Greenburger Associates in 2012, after working in online media. After a year as the junior assistant to president Heide Lange, Stephanie was promoted to senior assistant and foreign rights liaison for Heide’s authors, including Dan Brown and Brad Thor. Stephanie continues in that role as she builds her own list, further honing her skills in negotiations and editorial development.

Stephanie represents adult fiction, and is particularly enthusiastic about literary/upmarket contemporary fiction, psychological thrillers/suspense, and atmospheric, near-historical fiction (past 200 years). Stephanie does not represent fantasy or science fiction, but she loves a bit of surrealism or speculative fiction rooted in realism. She also enjoys interwoven plots, epic family sagas, and fictionalized accounts of overlooked periods in history.

A graduate of Johns Hopkins’ Writing Seminars program, Stephanie considers herself a “hands-on” agent and is eager to work with debut authors who are serious about their craft.

Query Stephanie at sdelman@sjga.com
Please put “Query: [your book's title] by [your name]” in the subject line. Include the first few chapters in the body of your email.

Ed Maxwell joined Greenburger Associates in 2011. Previously, he interned in various political offices on Capitol Hill and in New York. Ed graduated from New York University with a degree in History. Starting as the assistant to Faith Hamlin, he distinguished himself as a close reader with an eclectic range. In addition to agenting on his own, he continues to co-agent certain titles and authors while assisting Faith in managing her list.

Ed is seeking expert and narrative nonfiction authors, novelists and graphic novelists, as well as children’s book authors and illustrators.

His aim as a literary agent is to help authors grow their intellectual properties into compelling books. He is especially interested in working with authors who may publish across different genres and formats—scholarly and trade—over the course of their careers. Ed believes in popular media as a living cultural record and hopes to connect with authors of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and voices.

Query Ed at: emaxwell@sjga.com
Please put “QUERY: [Project Title]” in the subject line. Attach a proposal or a sample from your project (at most 40 pages).

Rachael Dillon Fried did a stint with International Creative Management’s live appearances division in Los Angeles, before she embraced her love of books and relocated to New York City to pursue a career in literary representation. She landed at Sanford Greenburger, where she assisted agent Heide Lange before becoming an associate agent.

Rachael is growing her client list with both fiction and nonfiction authors, with a keen interest in unique literary voices, women’s fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir, and comedy. She hopes to build long-term relationships with clients who are passionate about developing their craft and career.

Rachael is a Rhode Island native and graduate of Brown University. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, a television writer.

Query Rachael at: rfried@sjga.com

See information about all the agents at Greenburger Associates, including their submission preferences here.

Half-Truths and Brazen Lies by Kira Vermond,
one of the guest speakers for the Kid Lit course
Brian Henry will lead Writing for Children & for Young Adult workshops on Saturday, April 1, in Windsor (see here), on Saturday, May 13, in Caledon at the Bolton Library with Yasemin Uçar, senior Editor at Kids Can Press and author Jennifer Mook-Sang (see here), on Saturday, May 27, in St. Catharines with Anne Shone, senior editor at Scholastic Books (see here), and on Saturday, July 29, in Collingwood with literary agent Monica Pacheco (see here). 
Brian will also be leading a weekly Kid Lit class, Monday afternoons, April 10 – June 19, in Mississauga (see here).
Note: For updated listings of Writing for Children & for Young adult workshops and for weekly Kid lit classes, see here (and scroll down).

Also, Brian will lead a How to Get Published workshop on Saturday, April 22, in Midland, with literary agent Sue Miller (see here).
Note: For updated postings of current How to Get Published workshops here (and scroll down).

And don't miss the June in Algonquin Writing Retreat, Friday, June 2 – Sunday, June 4 or Monday, June 5. Details here.

For more information or to reserve a spot in any Saturday workshop or weekly course, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

This spring – starting soon! – Brian will offer a full range of classes from beginner to advanced:
Welcome to Creative Writing, Monday evenings, April 10 – June 19, Burlington Details here.
Writing Personal Stories, Thursday afternoons, April 27 – June 15, Burlington Details here.
Writing Kid Lit, with guest speakers authors Sylvia McNicoll and Kira Vermond, Monday afternoons, April 10 – June 19, Mississauga. Details here.
Intermediate Creative Writing, Thursday evenings, April 13 – June 15, starts by email April 6, Georgetown. Details here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, April 11 – June 13, starts by email April 4, Burlington. Details here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings, April 12 – June 14, starts by email April 5, Burlington. Details here.
Extreme Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons, April 5 – June 21, starts by email March 29, Burlington. Details here.

Details of all classes offered this spring here

For more information or to register for any of the above, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca
Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

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, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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