Thursday, August 18, 2022

JL Stermer of new literary agency Next Level Lit seeks YA and Adult fiction and nonfiction

Again but Better by Christine Riccio
represented by JL Stermer

Next Level Lit

New York, NY

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Next Level Lit is a new boutique literary agency founded by JL Stermer, who was previously with New Leaf Literary & Media.

A native New Yorker, JL has worked in theater, fashion, network TV and hospitality before finding her way to publishing. After attending Temple University in Philadelphia and The Fashion Institute of Technology, JL earned her BA in English from Columbia University.

JL Stermer

When she's not at her desk, JL can be found roaming the city streets feeling energized by the creativity bubbling up through the heaviness of the pandemic. She loves park benches, preferably with coffee and a donut.

Next Level Lit is currently reviewing fiction and nonfiction projects.

Fiction: adult & YA, contemporary, upmarket, commercial: family stories, coming-of-age, rom-coms, general fiction that is giving readers a new perspective on a world they already know OR a peek into a world they wish they knew.

Nonfiction: prescriptive, narrative, memoir: style & fashion, art & culture, mental health, spirituality, self-help, sports, humor, pop culture/business/science/tech, social justice, human rights, feminist issues, men’s issues, projects that are on the leading edge of important conversations we are having today.

Like everyone else, JL especially welcomes “queer, neurodivergent, POC, and all underrepresented voices.”

Full guidelines and online submission form here.

Jennifer M. Smith
author of Green Ghost, Blue Ocean 

Brian Henry's schedule continues to take shape….

Weekly classes {Details of all fall classes here}: 

In-person: Enjoying Creative Writing, Thursday evenings, 7 – 9 p.m., Sept 29 – Nov 24, in Burlington. Details here.

Online: Enjoying Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, 12:30 – 2:30, Oct 11 – Dec 6, 2022 {Or to Dec 13 if the course fills up.} Details here.

Writing Kid Lit with guest speakers Lana Button and Kira Vermond, Wednesday evenings, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Oct 12 – Dec 7, 2022 {Or to Dec 14 if the course fills up}. Details here.

Online: Writing Personal Stories, with guest speaker Jennifer M. Smith. Monday afternoons, 12:30 – 2:30, Oct 24 – Dec 5, 2022 {Or to Dec 12 if the course fills up.) Details here

Online: Intensive Creative Writing, Tuesday evenings, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., Sept 20 – Dec 6, 2022 {Or to Dec 13 if the course fills up. No class Oct 4}. Details of all fall classes here. – Still space in this Intensive class.

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Online: Intensive Creative Writing also offered:  Wednesday afternoons, Sept 14 – Dec 14, and  Friday mornings, Sept 23 – Dec 16, 2022. Details of all fall classes here. But waiting list only for these two Intensive classes

In-person: Extreme Creative Writing, Thursday evenings, Sept 29 – Dec 1, in Burlington. Details here.

Writing Retreats:

Lake Simcoe Writing Retreat at The Briars, Friday, Sept 16 – Monday Sept 19, 2022. Enjoy a weekend of writing at an elegant southern Ontario resort. Details here.

Muskoka Writing Retreat at Sherwood Inn, Friday, Oct 14 – Monday Oct 17, 2022. Details here. (This retreat may be full. But there's still space at the Briar's Retreat in September!)

To reserve a spot or for more details about any course, workshop or retreat, email

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