Monday, August 19, 2019

Four agents at Stimola Literary seek picture books, middle grade, young adult books

Some Places More Than Others by Renee Watson
represented by Stimola Literary

Stimola Literary Studio
308 Livingston Court
Edgewater, NJ 07020

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Stimola Literary has six agents on staff, four of whom are seeking new authors. At present, they are most interested in:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
represented by Stimola Literary
·        Author/ illustrators
·         Great Read Aloud texts and ones that put a new spin on evergreen topics
·         Humorous middle grade, especially for boys
·         Spare of language/illustrated picture books for the very young
·         Middle grade/young adult mysteries with a fun “puzzling” dimension
·         Young adult novels: contemporary, fantasy, fantasy with historical underpinnings, mystery/thrillers
·         Multi-cultural middle or teen fantasy (African, eastern, middle eastern)
·         Magical Realism
·         Graphic novels for early, middle and YA
·         Picture book biography
·         Nonfiction, with crossover appeal in adult markets
·         And, just to keep things interesting… we are also looking to add to our growing list of parenting and cookbook titles with unique concepts and niche market appeal!
·          
They are not interested in:
  • Picture book texts of 1,000 words or more
  • Fables, folklore or traditional fairy tales
  • "Mood pieces"
  • Stories for "all ages"
  • Educational workbooks/activity books
·         Nonfiction for institutional markets

Allison Hellegers is the newest member of the team is, and like all new agents, she needs authors.
Alli received her degrees in Journalism and Women's Studies at UW-Madison. She also spent a semester abroad at the Sorbonne in Paris. Alli also volunteered with the non-profit Girls Write Now, and empowering teen girls became one of the biggest drivers in her career. After working with the YA packager, Alloy Entertainment, Alli spent the last 10 years as Foreign Rights Director with Rights People.
She also co-agents picture books, middle-grade and young adult novels on behalf of foreign publishers and agencies (international, British, and Australian) to represent authors in North America. Therefore, her taste leans towards books that have film/TV and/or translation appeal and take the reader on a journey. Alli loves nature, music and spending time with her friends, husband, young son (a new reader!) and her rescue mutt in Brooklyn.
Alli is looking for picture book, middle-grade and young adult submissions. She wants “strong, real voices (#ownvoices a plus!) diverse stories, gut-wrenching romance (including all LGBTQ+), coming-of-age family dynamics/drama, immersive speculative fiction, charming magical realism, quirky humor, witty psychological thrillers, and/or any book that will completely surprise me.”
Alli’s sweet spot is YA/adult crossover, as she loves books that both teens and adults can equally enjoy. She’s drawn to darker, more subversive issues and also loves feel-good escapist rom-com. Any book that plays with narrative structure and layout is a plus!
Her picture book taste leans towards author-illustrator talent with contemporary appeal, humor, and heart.
She’s not accepting queries for adult books, though she will accept referrals from clients and industry professionals for adult fiction and non-fiction, including literary and commercial fiction and political/feminist/artist nonfiction and memoirs.
To query Alli, go to Stimola's online submissions form (and full guidelines) here.

Allison Remcheck is most interested in middle-grade and YA fiction. In particular she wants fantasy grounded in reality with series potential; contemporary with a focus on current issues and diversity without being didactic; contemporary teen girl romance and coming of age; mystery and psychological thriller; and YA fiction with cross-over adult or new adult appeal.
She is also open to historical fiction, especially with a medieval or early 20th century backdrop.
She is not not interested in high fantasy, paranormal, chapter books for younger readers, nonfiction picture books, or non-author/illustrator picture books.
To query Allison, go to Stimola's online submissions form (and full guidelines) here.


Peter Ryan is only looking for graphic novels. He wants everything from the classic adventure to the truly weird and wacky, ranging from Middle-Grade up to Adult.  Specifically he wants stories of diversity, LGBTQ issues, coming of age and stories that elevate under-represented voices and talents.
To query Peter, see Stimola's full submission guidelines and online submissions form here.


Adriana Stimola wants adult nonfiction. Specifically, she’s looking for cookbooks, and books about wellness, spirituality and lifestyle. She is most interested in stories that celebrate food, food cultue, and food history and books that highlight mindful and modern approaches to life and parenthood.  Check out her blog here
To query Adrina, see Stimola's full submission guidelines and online submissions form here.

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Literary agent Stephanie Winter
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