Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Two senior literary agents at JABberwocky seek new authors – sf/fantasy, mystery/thrillers, literary fiction, adult, YA and middle grade

JABberwocky Literary Agency
49 West 45th Street
12th Floor North
New York, NY  10036

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Joshua Bilmes is the president of JABberwocky, which he founded in 1994. He has been an agent for more than 30 years, having made his professional debut at the Scott Meredith Agency in 1986. Joshua is open to query letters.

Joshua wants to see fiction in sf/fantasy and mystery/thrillers, and will reject submissions in other categories.  He shies away from the more literary part of the sf/fantasy spectrum. If your project looks intriguing, but not in line with his personal tastes, he may share it with another agent in the office.

In nonfiction, he’s looking more broadly.
See his blog for more information.
Query Joshua at: queryjoshua@awfulagent.com
Send only a query letter; no manuscript pages until he asks, though a 1–3-page synopsis may be pasted in below the query but isn’t mandatory. No attachments.

Eddie Schneider is the Vice President of JABberwocky.
Eddie is looking for literary fiction,  particularly plot-driven fiction with a strong emotional core that goes beyond and outside middle-class concerns  endemic to literary fiction; for example A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki and Round House by Louise Erdrich.
He also wants science fiction, especially if it’s set in the near future and includes social or cultural commentary, and fantasy that’s set outside the northern European milieu in which the genre originated.
Eddie is also seeking Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction. His favourite YA novels “end to be both character- and concept-driven while embracing the intensity of emotion that characterizes the best YA fiction.” In Middle Grade, Eddie wants both contemporary realistic fiction and sci-fi and fantasy.
In nonfiction, Eddie is interested in science, history, and narrative nonfiction, particularly memoirs that take on issues that extend beyond the author’s own life, travel narratives that are socially engaged and possess an individual stamp, and in “nonfiction novels.”
Eddie is also looking for Graphic Novels and Comic. He’s only interested in author/artists or established author-artist teams. In graphic novels, he’s looking for both fiction and nonfiction, realistic or speculative and for adults, young adults or middle grade. For comics, he’s especially looking for submissions that are both humorous and incisive.
For more details of what Eddie is looking for, see here. Follow him on Twitter here.
Query Eddie at: queryeddie@awfulagent.com
Paste the first five pages of your manuscript into your email. A 1–3-page synopsis may be pasted in below this but isn’t mandatory. No attachments.

Children's author Kira Vermond will be one of the guest
speakers at the weekly Writing Kid Lit course
If you’re interested in getting published, soon or somewhere down the road, don’t miss the upcoming How to Get Published workshop Saturday, Nov 17, in Mississauga with literary agent Stephanie Sinclair (see here). 
For updated listing of How to Get Published workshops see here (and scroll down).

If you’re interested in writing for children or for young adults, Brian will lead a Writing Kid Lit weekly course on Thursday evenings, Jan 24 – March 28, at the Oakville Central Library (see here). 
For updated listings of Writing for Children & for Young adult workshops and for weekly Kid lit classes, see here (and scroll down). 

Also coming soon: How to Build Your Story: Plotting novels & Writing short stories, Saturday, Nov 24 in Alliston (see here) and Saturday, Jan 19 in Oakville (see here) and Secrets of Writing a Page-Turner, Saturday, Dec 1 in London (see here), and Saturday, Dec 8, in Guelph (see here).
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Writing Kid Lit, Thursday evenings, Jan 24 – March 28 (no class March 14), in Oakville. Details here.
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See Brian’s complete current schedule here, including Saturday writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Alliston, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, New Tecumseth, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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