Thursday, May 30, 2019

Two agents at Stringer Agency seek picture books, middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction

The Vine Witch by Luanne G Smith
represented by Stringer Agency

The Stringer Agency
P.O. Box 111255
Naples, FL  34108

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The Stringer Agency was founded by Marlene Stringer in 2008. Recently, she was joined by Shari Maurer, making it a two-person agency, specializing in commercial fiction, for both young people and adults – though they also do nonfiction.

Shari Maurer graduated from Duke University with a degree in English, and later studied Dramatic Writing at NYU. Following a stint at The Children’s Television Workshop on international productions of Sesame Street, she published both novels and nonfiction, and worked as a writer and editor. Shari has also written Parenting & Lifestyle columns for several websites. A mother of three, she lives in New York with her husband. Like all new agents, she needs authors

Right now, Shari wants to see:
YA & MG - all subgenres
Non-Fiction YA & MG, including biography
New Adult
Narrative Non-Fiction

More generally, in fiction, she’s seeking:
Picture Books
Middle Grade: Contemporary, Historical, Literary and Mystery
YA: Contemporary, Historical, Literary, Mystery, Paranormal Romance
New Adult
Women's Fiction

In nonfiction, she’s seeking:
Juvenile (YA and Middle Grade)

Query Shari, through her query manager, here.

Marlene Stringer was raised and educated in NYC, and started her publishing career as a proofreader. She eventually became an in-house publisher for a corporate magazine before taking a detour to have her family, move to NJ, and write and edit for local publications. Following a move to Florida, she founded TSLA after eight years with Barbara Bova Literary Agency. Mother of four, she lives in Naples with her husband.

Right now, Marlene Stringer wants to see:
Psychological horror
Historical mystery or thriller
Suburban-set suspense/domestic thriller
A contemporary hacker or web-based thriller
Romantic comedy/a new take on chicklit
Alternative futuristic/PKD-type SF
Conspiracy thriller set in US

More generally, she’s seeking:
Book club fiction that straddles the commercial/literary line
Historical fiction, especially that featuring notable historical personages
Women's Fiction, both contemporary & historical 
Older YA, both fantasy and contemporary
Grounded Science Fiction (no space, aliens, etc.)set on earth, with real science components)
Thrillers of all types
Mysteries of all types
Magical Realism

Query Marlene, through her query manager, here.

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