Monday, April 22, 2019

12 literary agents at Sterling Lord Literistic seeking authors, including new agent Danielle Bukowski

They Could Have Named Her Anything
by Stephanie Jimenez,
represented by Sterling Lord 
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, a dozen of whom are looking for authors.

Danielle Bukowski joined the foreign rights department of Sterling Lord Literistic in 2014, but was just recently promoted to Associate Agent, and like all new agents, she needs authors.
Danielle is looking for upmarket women’s fiction, smart commercial fiction, literary fiction, and select nonfiction. {Like everyone} she is looking for narratives from underrepresented and marginalized voices in particular, and she prefers fiction that balances a unique hook and well-paced plot with strong writing and a distinctive voice.
Danielle Bukowski
“I can fall in love with incredible writing and a slow plot or an amazing plot and more accessible writing, but my ideal book finds the perfect intersection of the two,” says Danielle.
“I want nonfiction that expands my view of the world or provides an unconventional perspective on a conventional topic.
“For fiction and nonfiction, I like books about feminist issues, chronic illness/disability, work and those set in workplaces, and competitive individual (non-team) sports; #ownvoices; stories with people of color as protagonists and not sidekicks; stories with queer and gender-nonconforming characters; stories set in cities that are not New York, books that borrow tropes from other genres while remaining firmly literary; and campus novels.
“I am looking for narrative voices that are bold, fresh, and unique. I want to be fully transported into your characters' world and care about them deeply. I love books that make me think, that offer a new perspective, books like a strong cup of coffee after a restless night or a perfect Merlot after a stressful day.”
Her clients have been excerpted in the New Yorker and have multiple foreign sales. Her forthcoming titles include Lot by Bryan Washington (published by Riverhead), They Could Have Named Her Anything by Stephanie Jimenez (Little A), The Secret Life of Books by Professor Tom Mole (Elliot & Thompson), and Evensong by Rafe Posey (Pamela Dorman Books). 
Danielle graduated from Vassar College with a concentration in EnglishShe Tweets here.
Query Danielle at
Put QUERY and your title in the subject line. Paste the first three chapters or first 20 pages into the body of your email.
Or query Danielle or any of the agents at Sterling Lord through the agency’s submissions page here.

YA author Tanaz Bhathena
In early May, don't miss Writing for Children and for Young Adults. This workshop will feature Erin O'Connor, senior editor, Scholastic Books as a guest speaker and is being offered in two locales. On Saturday, May 5, in Toronto, the workshop will also feature young adult author Laurie Elizabeth Flynn (see here), and on Saturday, May 11, in Brampton the workshop will feature young adult author Tanaz Bhathena (see here).

If you’re interested in getting published, soon or somewhere down the road, don’t miss the How to Get Published workshop, Saturday, June 8, in Waterloo with literary agent Meg Wheeler (see here). 
For updated listings of How to Get Published workshops see here (and scroll down). 

And don’t miss these other great workshops coming soon:  Plotting Novels and Writing Short Stories, Saturday, May 25, in Niagara on the Lake (see here), How to Write Great Characters, Saturday, June 22, in Oakville (see here), and Finding Your Voice, Saturday, July 13, in London (see here).    

But the best way to grow as a writer may be with a weekly course. 
One class starting in April still has space:
Toronto: Welcome to Creative Writing, Friday afternoons, April 26 – June 28. Details here.

And come the summermore courses are starting:
Oakville Woodside Library: Exploring Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, July 2 – Aug 13. See here.
Burlington: Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons, July 3 – Aug 21, 1st readings emailed June 26. See here.
Burlington: Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings July 3 – Aug 21.  1st readings emailed June 26.  See here.

In the fall, join us at the ... 
November at the Briars Writing Retreat
Friday, November 1 – Monday, November 4; four days of creativity in a setting that provides the warmth of a country estate steeped in history while providing all the benefits of an extensive, modern lakeside resort. Details here.

To reserve a spot in any upcoming weekly course, weekend retreat, or Saturday workshop, email Brian at:
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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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