Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Four agents at Tobias agency seek new authors, adult fiction and nonfiction and middle grade and young adult fiction

Small Town Monsters 
by Diana Rodriguez Wallach
represented by The Tobias Agency

The Tobias Agency

276 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10001


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The Tobias Agency was founded by agent Lane Heymont in 2016. It is a full-service literary agency head-quartered in New York with satellite locations in Los Angeles, Boston, and Dallas/Fort Worth. It is primarily a literary agency, but also has one agent, Eric C. Jones, who’s looking for scripts.  

Currently, Tobias has seven agents, with four of them accepting queries:

Sarah N. Fisk is an associate agent and the newest member of the team. Like all new agents, Sarah needs authors.

Sarah has worked in the publishing industry as an editorial assistant, author's assistant, publicist, and art director. They are a former Pitch Wars mentor, board member, and Agent Liaison. They host the podcast Queries, Qualms, & Quirks and have a passion for spreadsheets.

Sarah loves books that challenge societal norms, especially gender norms. They have a personal interest in stories featuring queer characters or characters with disability, neurodiversity, chronic illness, or mental health challenges. Great or complicated sibling relationships are their kryptonite. They also enjoy intriguing villains, mysteries woven into other genres, characters they can't get out of their head, and smart heroines.

They are interested in Young Adult fiction of all genres as well as Adult Romance. They especially enjoy anything under the speculative fiction umbrella and high-concept contemporary or historical stories with a strong hook. Hardcore horror is probably not right for them.

Sarah is on the lookout for young adult and middle grade of all genres, adult romance, and adult science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction.

Particular areas of interest include atmospheric fantasies, speculative mysteries, books that challenge societal norms, especially gender norms. Like everyone else, they have a special interest in stories featuring queer characters and those with disability, neurodiversity, chronic illness, or mental health challenges. Other areas of interest are small or midwestern town settings, and complicated sibling relationships.

Sarah does not represent hardcore horror, stories that center around who gets to rule an empire, stories that center around sexual assault or have on-the-page rape scenes or any adult genres not listed above.

Query Sarah through Query Manager here.

Jacqui Lipton joined The Tobias Literary Agency in 2022 after helming her own literary agency, Raven Quill Literary, for a number of years previously.

She is the author of LAW & AUTHORS: A LEGAL HANDBOOK FOR WRITERS (2020, University of California Press) and OUR DATA, OURSELVES: A PERSONAL GUIDE TO DIGITAL PRIVACY (2022, University of California Press).

She holds an M.F.A. in Fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts and regularly teaches classes on writing and on legal aspects of publishing around the country.

Jacqui represents authors of fiction and nonfiction from middle grade through to adult, as well as selected projects for younger readers (picture books, chapter books etc.)

Jacqui is currently focusing on developing her adult fiction and nonfiction lists and particularly enjoys mystery/crime, romance, how-to books, and compelling contemporary novels. She is not currently seeking high fantasy, and considers science-fiction selectively.

Query Jacqui through her Query Manager here.

Lane Heymont began his publishing career in 2012 at The Seymour Agency and in 2016 formed The Tobias Literary Agency. With his eclectic taste and particular passion for horror, Lane is the top literary agent in the genre.

Lane represents a broad range of commercial fiction and serious nonfiction. In fiction, he is open to projects broadly defined as speculative fiction. He is most interested in horror defined however one defines it. This includes select young adult projects. He prefers contemporary settings and, like everybody, is actively looking for projects from underrepresented voices across all genres. In fiction, this includes horror and thrillers.

In nonfiction, he is interested in history/politics/current events. philosophy, investigative journalism, memoir, cultural studies, pop-culture, and any of the sciences.

Query Lane through his Query Manager here.

Eric Jones is interested in scripts, particularly science fiction, action, fantasy, musical, or period pieces. However, he is open to just about anything. His main goal is to find a script that will inspire, ignite, and energize the audience.

Eric has been involved with the Christian theater circuit since 1995 as a writer, actor, director, composer, and manager.

Eric’s film credits include Mortal Love for the 48 Hour Film Project Houston 2011 (Screenwriter & Actor), Curveball for the 48 Hour Film Project 2012 (Story Writer, Actor & Producer) winner of 5 awards for Best of Film ceremony Dreamland Murders (Story & Co-Scriptwriter, Actor & Producer); winner of 6 awards for Best of Film including Best Screenplay Nomination. Dreamland Murders also won the 2015 Silver REMI Award at the 2015 World Fest Houston Film Festival for Best Dark Comedy Recently.

Eric won Best Screenplay Short at 2020 National Black Film Festival for The Knowledge Men and his Musical Liberators was accepted into the 2018 Chicago Musical Theater Festival.

To submit a script, see the Tobias Literary Management Submission Policy and Release Form here.

If you’re interested in meeting an agent and in getting published, don’t miss our in-person How to Get Published workshop, Saturday, November 19, in Mississauga, with literary agent Olga Filina of 5 Otter Literary. As this is an in-person workshop, attendance will be strictly limited – so lots of personal attention. Details here.

Beyond that, Brian’s schedule continues to take shape:

Weekly classes:

Online: Exploring Creative Writing, Monday afternoons,  1 – 3 p.m,, Jan 23 – March 20. Details here.

Online: Writing Little Kid Lit, Tuesday afternoons,  1 – 3 p.m., Jan 24 – March 21. Details here.

In-person: Exploring Creative Writing, Thursday evenings, 7 – 9 p.m, Jan 26 – March 30. {no class, March 23}. Details here.

Online: Writing Personal Stories, Wednesday evenings, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m, Jan 25 – March 15 {Or to March 22 if the course fills up}. Details here.

Writing Retreats: 

March in Muskoka Writing Retreat at Sherwood Inn, Friday, March 24 – Monday, March 27, 2023. Details here.


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