Monday, February 25, 2019

Three new agents at DFEO Literary seek Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult and Adult fiction and nonfiction

The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart,
represented by D4EO Literary Agency
D4EO Literary Agency
13206 Treviso Drive
Bradenton, FL 34211

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The D4EO Literary Agency has three new (or newish) agents actively looking for authors:

Kerstin Wolf: After years of interning at a number of literary agencies and publishers, freelance editing, and bookselling, Kerstin Wolf got her start as an agent in training at The Booker Albert Literary Agency before joining D4EO as a literary agent in February 2019.
When not reading, editing, or doing anything related to publishing, Kerstin enjoys practicing martial arts. She has the most experience in judo, boxing, kickboxing, and Muay Thai. She also likes learning new languages. She has studied Spanish for a number of years now and also has some experience in Arabic, German, American Sign Language, Basque, Japanese, and Old English.
In Middle Grade, Kerstin is looking for Fantasy of any kind, Science fiction, Mysteries along the lines of The 39 Clues series, York: The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby, and Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett, Horror along the lines of Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud, and Graphic novels
In Young Adult, Kerstin is seeking Fantasy of any kind, Science fiction, Horror, Paranormal, Historical with magical elements, Steampunk along the lines of Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, Contemporary romance along the lines of Geekerella by Ashley Poston and When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, and Graphic novels
And in New Adult/Adult, Kerstin wants Fantasy along the lines of V.E. Schwab's Shades of Magic series and Villains series and Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri, Women's fiction, Romance along the lines of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne and Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
For more information about Kerstin and all her submission interests, check out her website here or follow her on Twitter here.
Query Kerstin through Query Manager here.
Include the first 10 pages of your manuscript.

Katelyn Uplinger spent several years holding various positions and doing editorial work at multiple literary agencies including Folio Literary Management and Inklings Literary, before joining D4EO Literary as an agent in 2018.
Katelyn enjoys books with unforgettable stories and characters, and while she enjoys happy endings, she doesn’t shy away from dark stories or tragic romances.
“I search for books that can transport me to another time or place or teach me something new,” says Katelyn. “I love when a book can grip my emotions enough to make me laugh or cry.”
For both adult and young adult fiction, Katelyn is looking for Nonfiction (historical and cultural topics), Fantasy & science fiction (and all speculative fiction), Horror, Historical fiction (in all sub-genres), Thriller, Women’s fiction, and Romance. She tends to gravitate especially towards historical romance.
Some of the authors she enjoys include Philippa Gregory, C.W. Gortner, Alyssa Palombo, Naomi Novik, Hugh Howey, Madeline Miller, Holly Black, Charlie Holmberg, Sue Burke, Zoje Stage, and Mira Grant.
Follow Katelyn on Twitter here and visit her website here.
Query Katelyn via Query Manager here.
Include the first three chapters.  first three chapters

Julie Dinneen joined D4EO Literary as an agent in 2017 after years of editorial work, professional writing of many descriptions and an internship at The Bent Agency. She aims to build her own list of upmarket fiction.
“ I’m looking for books that hook me from the very first page, whether it’s the writing, the voice or some unquantifiable draw that demands my time,” says Julie. “I’m drawn to stories that are exceptionally well-written, that star dynamic, unforgettable characters and that appeal to a wide, commercial audience.
Julie is looking for literary fiction with commercial appeal and beautiful, stand-out writing (The GirlsCloud Atlas). She’s seeking general upmarket fiction, women’s fiction and historical fiction book clubs will want to spend hours talking about (Big Little LiesThe NestOrphan Train).
Julie would love to discover a new twist on chick lit – think Bridget Jones for millennials – and she has a weakness for fun, perfectly-executed beach reads. She’s also looking for well-written romance, both contemporary and historical. She especially enjoy epic, genre-bending romance (OutlanderThe Bronze Horseman), and she never says never when it comes to paranormal, although believability and originality are essential.
Genres she reads less of but will still consider include high-concept YA with blockbuster potential, psychologically complex horror, and female-centric thrillers. In these categories, she’s looking for select projects with storytelling that won’t let go.
Follow Julie on Twitter here and visit her website here.
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See full submission guidelines for D4EO Literary Agency here.

Kelley Armstrong, one of Brian's students
and now a New York Times #1 bestselling
author, will be the guest speaker at
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If you’re interested in getting published, soon or somewhere down the road, don’t miss the upcoming How to Get Published workshop Saturday, June 8, in Waterloo with literary agent Meg Wheeler (see here). 
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If you’re interested in kid lit, be sure to attend the Writing for Children and for Young Adults workshop with guest speakers Erin O’Connor, senior editor, Scholastic Books, Saturday, May 5, in Toronto (see here) and Saturday, May 11, in Brampton with young adult author Tanaz Bhathena (see here).

And don’t miss these other great workshops coming soon:  How to Write a Bestseller, with New York Times #1 bestselling author Kelley Armstrong, Saturday, March 2 (see here) Writing with Style, Saturday, March 16, in Mississauga (see here), and You Can Write Great Dialogue, Saturday, March 30, in Burlington (see here).

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