Thursday, August 17, 2017

Two new literary agengs at Sterling Lord Literistic seek YA and Middle Grade fiction and nonfiction

Sterling Lord Literistic
115 Broadway
New York, NY 10006

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The Sterling Lord Agency was founded in 1952 and counted Jack Kerouac and Ken Kesey among his early clients. Peter Matson founded his firm, Literistic, in 1979 and rose to prominence representing such writers as John Irving and Dee Brown. In 1987, the two agencies joined forces to create Sterling Lord Literistic. The agency now has 18 agents, representing the full range of fiction and nonfiction authors. The two newest members of the team are Elizabeth Bewley and and Sarah Landis, who both joined the agency in July 2017. Like all new agents, they need authors.

Elizabeth Bewley represents young adult and middle grade fiction and nonfiction. After graduating from Northwestern Univesity in 2002, Elizabeth got her first job as an editorial assistant at St. Martin’s Press. She went on to hold editorial jobs at HarperCollins, Intervisual Books, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, where she was an executive editor. Elizabeth has worked with many bestselling and award-winning authors.
Elizabeth is especially looking for upmarket commercial fiction and accessible nonfiction that illuminates real world issues for young readers. She loves books that transport readers to foreign lands, explore family dynamics or capture the feeling of first love.
Elizabeth would also like to represent memoirs geared toward young readers.
Query Elizabeth at:
Include a synopsis and the first three chapters or a brief proposal for nonfiction

Sarah Landis worked as an editor for fifteen years, holding roles at G.O. Putnam Son’s, Hyperion Books, HarperCollins Children’s Books, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, and has worked with many talented authors.
Sarah is looking for middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction across all genres. She is particularly drawn to middle grade fantasy and to contemporary MG with heart, humour, and magic.
In young adult, Sarah has an affinity for southern voices, high-concept plots, grounded sci-fi/fantasy, historical, mysteries & thrillers, and emotionally compelling contemporary fiction.
Query Sarah at:
Include a synopsis and the first three chapters or a brief proposal for nonfiction

See Sterling Lord's submissions page here.

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