Thursday, February 1, 2024

Three literary agents looking for authors ~ picture books through young adult, plus adult fiction & nonfiction

Crave by Tracy Wolff,
represented by Prospect Agency

Prospect Agency

551 Valley Road, PMB 377 
Upper Montclair, NJ 07043

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Emily Sylvan Kim founded Prospect Agency in 2005. Currently, the agency has three agents, all looking for clients. The agency handles adult fiction and nonfiction, and all types of children’s books: board books through young adult, including rhyming picture books.

Rachel Orr specializes exclusively in children’s literature, where she represents a wide range of authors and illustrators including Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, Cathy Carr, Mike Ciccotello, Cori Doerrfeld, Leeza Hernandez, Susie Lee Jin, and Molly Ruttan. 

Before joining Prospect in 2007, she was an editor at HarperCollins Children's Books, where she had the pleasure of working with such successful authors as Dan Gutman and Suzanne Williams. Because of her editorial background, Rachel continues to do a lot of hands-on work with her clients before sending their projects out on submission. 

Rachel is looking for short, punchy picture books (either in prose or rhyme) that are humorous and have a strong marketing hook. She also wants nonfiction picture books, especially biographies or stories with a historical angle.

Plus, she wants illustrators. 

In middle grade and young adult, Rachel is interested in both literary and commercial fiction, in all time periods and most genres. She does not want high fantasy (though she does love a good time travel) nor YA that’s too dark or edgy.

Like many agents and editors looking to acquire manuscripts, Rachel especially loves meeting authors, which is why we had her for a guest speaker at a Kid Lit workshop last February.

Query Rachel through the agency’s submission form here.

Charlotte Wenger was born and raised in Pennsylvania and Virginia. She worked for a publishing services company in Philadelphia until shipping up to Boston to earn her MA in Children's Literature from Simmons College. After gaining editorial, sales, and agency experience, she became an associate editor for Page Street Kids, where she loved working with debut talent and building relationships with authors and illustrators. 

Charlotte brings the same mindset to agenting, valuing the developmental and relational work that goes into creating successful stories and fostering long-lasting collaborations.

Charlotte is interested in working with authors and illustrators of children's books – board books through young adult, but especially picture books.

Charlotte is also seeking adult nonfiction, particularly biographies and memoirs. But she’s not looking for adult fiction.

Query Charlotte through the agency’s submission form here.

Emily Sylvan Kim is the president of Prospect Agency. As an agent, she aims to excel at identifying and nurturing each author's unique strengths and helping to grow long, sustainable publishing careers. Emily is a member in good standing at the AAR. She is also a founding member of the breakout literary production company, et al Creative.

In adult fiction, Emily is looking for commercial and upmarket women's fiction, self-published authors looking to explore a hybrid career, established romance authors and strong debut authors writing mainstream romance.

Emily is also seeking memoir and high interest nonfiction.

In the children’s market, she wants literary and commercial young adult fiction and select middle grade and early reader fiction with strong commercial appeal.

Query Emily through the agency’s submission form here.

See Prospect Agency’s full submissions guidelines here.

Literary agent Jaqcui Lipton will
be the guest speaker for our Feb 25, 2024
"How to Get Published" workshop (see here

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