MIDDLE GRADE Agents
  

 

DANIEL LAZAR | Middle Grade
Writers House
Submissions page:  http://www.writershouse.com/submissions
Twitter:  @DanLazarAgent
Facebook: N/A  
Blog(s):  N/A

RECENT BOOKS PUBLISHED:
***In addition to Middle Grade, Daniel also accepts YA, Commercial and Literary Fiction for both children and adults.
SAVVY – Ingrid Law
THE LAST INVISIBLE BOY – Evan Kuhlman
BILL BONES – Chris Lincoln
NERVES OF STEEL – KA Holt
THE DORK DIARIES – Rachel Renee Russell
ALSO KNOWN AS HARPER – Ann Leal
CHEESIE MAC IS NOT A GENIUS OR ANYTHING - Steve Cotler
THE POPULARITY PAPERS - Amy Ignatow
BROTHER FROM A BOX - Evan Kuhlman

Daniel's clients include: Tiffany Baker, Oscar Bennett, Doug Brown, Pat Carlin, Joel Chasnoff, Tish Cohen, Janine Driver, Anne Fortier, Anna Hays, K.A. Holt, Denise Joyce, Rachel Renee Russell, Scott Seegert, Bob Sullivan, Candy Tan, Nancy Watkins, and Sarah Wendell (to name just a few)

NOTES & OBSERVATIONS:
Daniel isn't too interested in reading a story set in New York city, although a well-written one with a twist might pique the reader in him.  Loves graphic novels and has openly stated, “I'd love to find more talent in that world.”
 
 

                     

 

WHAT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR STORY / ELEMENTS YOUR STORY SHOULD HAVE:
For fiction, Daniel loves stories that introduce him to new worlds -- or even better, recreate the ones he may already know.  He is equally intrigued by any book with unique views on parenting and family life.  Daniel has a penchant for books about weird kids in small towns; he likes to read about "outsiders" and visceral settings (hint: some of his book titles with this theme in mind -  Little Giant of Aberdeen County, Savvy, Dismantled).  In an interview Daniel said, “If you think your pages can make me hold my breath or miss my subway stop or even laugh out loud,  I'd love to hear from you.”
AGENT ALERT In an interview Daniel said, “ I also especially love historical fiction of all kinds.”  ***If  you have a strong MG (or YA) historical novel completed or want to begin composing one, Daniel might be your agent!

THIS AGENT DOES NOT REPRESENT: 
Picture books, cookbooks, romance and serious how-to titles

RECOMMENDATIONS:
Read at least one (preferably two) of the books Daniel (or his agency) has published.  This will give you a very good 'insiders glimpse' as to exactly the kind of writing style, voice, protagonist, etc. that he and/or his agency are looking for.

       

Remember:  Once an author signs with an agent, the partnership begins in earnest and they should both be working on revising the project and getting it ready to shop.  The agent should have a list of houses/editors they think would be the right fit, and their job is to work hard at getting it sold.  This time can be very stressful for both author and agent.  Now is the ultimate moment in time you'll need to let your baby (novel) go out into the real world and let the masses see what you've created.  Sit back and let your agent do his or her job.
       

Tina Wexler  |  Middle Grade
International Creative Management 
Submissions page:  www.twexler@icmtalent.com
[Query with sample pages (one chapter) pasted in the body of the e-mail.  No attachments]
Twitter:  @Tina_Wexler
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tina.d.wexler
Blog(s):  N/A
 

RECENT BOOKS PUBLISHED:
***In addition to Middle Grade, Tina also accepts YA Fiction (with particular interest in adventure stories with boy appeal), Gothic Love Stories, Magical Realism and Contemporary Sci-Fi    
ANY WHICH WALL - Laurel Snyder
THE LAST SYNAPSID - Timothy Mason
THE MYSTERY OF THE THIRD LUCRETIA and UNTITLED BOOK #2 - Susan Runholt
THE CURSED HOUSE - Robin Friedman
AS IF BEING 12¾ ISN’T BAD ENOUGH (My Mother Is Running For President) - Donna Gephart

Tina's clients include: Ms. Wexler’s clients include Jonathan Bernstein, Helen Brenna, Lesley Dahl, Gina Damico, Sara Lewis Holmes, Jeannine Garsee, Donna Gephart, James Kennedy, Brian Klems, Ruthie Knapp, Joel Naftali, Sanjay Patel, Ani Phyo, Mara Purnhagen, Kurtis Scaletta, Angie Smibert, Laurel Snyder, Erin Torneo, Anne Ursu, among many others.

NOTES & OBSERVATIONS:
Tina is from southern Maine, so a protag from or a story set in that part of the state might hold a special interest for her.  She went to Wheaton College; a character (mom/dad of protag?) with that Alma mater might pique her interest.  Tina has an M.F.A. in poetry; including poetry in your novel or a poet as the protag might make her want to read more.  She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.   

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READ WHAT TINA SAID IN AN INTERVIEW.  IT SO SUPPORTS TARGETED WRITING!


Do your homework: read what's being published in the area you aspire to be published in, research the agents who represent those authors, draft and redraft your query letter to send to those agents, and, most importantly, finish writing your manuscript.

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WHAT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR STORY / ELEMENTS YOUR STORY SHOULD HAVE:
In an interview Tina said, "Within middle grade and YA, anything that’ll make me laugh, cry or get angry. More specifically, I’d love to see more magical realism and contemporary sci-fi, gothic romance and ‘puzzle-solving’ mysteries." She was also pretty clear about the kind of story she wants to see:  "I [also] want characters I connect with—love ‘em or hate ‘em, I want to feel something toward them. Lastly, I want to enter a fully-realized world, with rules and boundaries. That goes for all fiction. The world needs to have limits; that’s what gives us conflict. Within fantasy, I like urban/contemporary, dystopian, paranormal, sci-fi/fantasy hybrids…"
AGENT ALERT: In an interview Tina very succinctly stated:  "I'd really like to see more action/adventure stories or mysteries with ensemble casts.  I love magical realism, but am up to my neck in fantasy.  I enjoy tall tales or fairy tales retold for contemporary readers, but don't know that Cinderella can handle any more re-imaginings.  I love near-future dystopia stories for both markets, and would love a great gothic love story."

 

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THIS AGENT DOES NOT REPRESENT: 
High fantasy, political thrillers, dramatic works (screenplays), poetry collections, general fiction, and picture books

RECOMMENDATIONS:
Read at least one (preferably two) of the books Tina (or her agency) has published.  This will give you a very good 'insiders glimpse' as to exactly the kind of writing style, voice, protagonist, etc. that she and/or her agency are looking for.

       

Barry Goldblatt  |  Middle Grade
Barry Goldblatt Literary
Submissions page:  http://www.bgliterary.com/submission-guidelines/
Twitter:  @barrygoldblatt
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/barrygoldblatt
Blog(s):  N/A
 

RECENT BOOKS PUBLISHED:
***In addition to Middle Grade, Barry also accepts Older YA, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and represents childrens projects exclusively including picture books and chapter books.
A WHOLE NEW WORLD - Liz Braswell
THE GIRLS AT THE KINGFISHER CLUB - Genevieve Valentine
WONDERS OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD - Christopher Barzak
THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST - Holly Black
PRINCESS ACADEMY - Shannon Hale
CITY OF BONES - Cassandra Clare

 

                     


Barry's clients include: Angela Johnson, Libba Bray, Stephanie Burgis, Toni Buzzeo, Cecil Castellucci, Cassandra Clare, Michelle Hodkin, Jo Knowles, Lauren Myracle, Robin Wasserman, Myke Bartlette, Laura Anne Gilman, Ameila Beamer, Dan Poblocki, Kara LaReau, among many others.

NOTES & OBSERVATIONS:
Barry graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Journalism. If your protag's mom and/or dad hailed from his Alma mater and/or your protag aspires to go there and obtain these kinds of degrees, it might pique his interest.  Barry also worked in rights and contracts departments at Penguin, Putnam, and Orchard.  Again, including this element in your story might make this agent want to read more.   
**NOTE:  Send this agent only material he actually represents.  Not only is it sound advice, it's one of his pet peeves.


WHAT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR STORY / ELEMENTS YOUR STORY SHOULD HAVE:
In an interview, Barry stated, "I need to find myself laughing hysterically or weeping my eyes out, or I need to be marveling at the intricate details of a plot or fascinated by an extraordinary voice."  Barry also has said, "I'd love to see more American fantasy writers get published, and more different kinds of fantasy: Eastern and/or Indian themed fantasy (heck, any cultural fantasy that offers more than traditional Western settings and archetypes)." 
AGENT ALERT Barry is a big sci-fi fan!  In fact, at the start of his career he was hoping to land an editorial job at a science fiction magazine.  Barry has said, "I'd be thrilled to see science fiction make a comeback, at all age levels. I'd also like to see more recent historical fiction, set in the 60s, 70s and even 80s."   MG writers - grab your pens!
 

THIS AGENT DOES NOT REPRESENT: 
Adult projects, screenplays, educational or institutional non-fiction.
 

RECOMMENDATIONS:
Read at least one (preferably two) of the books Barry (or his agency) has published.  This will give you a very good 'insiders glimpse' as to exactly the kind of writing style, voice, protagonist, etc. that he and/or his agency are looking for.

       

Sara Crowe | Middle Grade
Harvey Kinger, Inc.
Submissions page:  sara@harveyklinger.com
**NOTE:  Does not respond to queries sent by regular mail
[Include up to 5 pages below the query, pasted in as plain text in the body of your email. No attachments, please]
Twitter:  @saraagent
Facebook: www.maggiebail.com
Blog(s):  http://acrowesnest.blogspot.com/

RECENT BOOKS PUBLISHED:
***In addition to Middle Grade, Sara also accepts Childrens picture books through YA (both fiction and nonfiction), as well as Adult commercial and literary fiction.
THE FORGET-ME-NOT SUMMER - Leila Howard
THE NIGHTSIDERS: THE ORPHAN ARMY - Jonathan Maberry
TOMBQUEST:  BOOK OF THE DEAD -Michael Northrop
MY SECRET GUIDE TO PARIS - Lisa Schroeder
SPIRIT'S KEY - Edith Cohn
THE WATER CASTLE - Megan Frazer Blakemore 


Sara's clients include: Mary Atkinson, Marianna Baer, L.A. Banks, Carolee Dean, Christine Deriso, Ben Dolnick, Marion Downs, Darrin Doyle, John C. Ford, Megan Frazer, Edward Hardy, Jeff Hirsch, Elizabeth Holmes, Troy Howell, Holly Nicole Hoxter, Varian Johnson, J. James Keels, Karen Kincy, Heidi R. Kling, Jacqueline Kolosov, Libby Koponen, Nina LaCour, Jonathan Maberry, Jenny Martin, Alexa Martin, Brian Meehl, Michael Northrop, Jason Ockert, Micah Perks, Randy Powell, Erik Raschke, Brian Sack, Susan Maupin Schmid, Peter Schmidt, Karen Halvorsen Schreck, Lisa Schroeder, Yuko Taniguchi, Kristen Tracy, Coert Voorhees, Dan Wells, Allison Whittenberg, Brian Yansky, and Elizabeth Zechel.
 

NOTES & OBSERVATIONS:
Sara attending the Radcliffe Publishing Course, and started her career at The Wylie Agency in New York, later moving to their London office as a foreign rights agent.  If your protag finds themselves in London and/or they have a parent (or parents)  employed as a foreign rights agent, either scenario might pique Sara's interest. 
 

WHAT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR STORY / ELEMENTS YOUR STORY SHOULD HAVE:
Sara has clearly stated, “For adult and childrens fiction, my taste tends to be for the more literary, often quirky, sometimes funny, always with a strong, original voice. While my list is mostly contemporary realistic fiction, I also like horror, mystery, urban fantasy and historical fiction.”  She's also said, "I am very open to queries for childrens nonfiction, and do hope to find more. Many of my favorite books as a child were nonfiction, and it is something I remain interested in reading." (Link)
AGENT ALERT Sara said in an interview, "I would love to see more YA memoir."  She also said (good news for new authors!), "I have many debuts among my recent sales and hope to keep it that way."

THIS AGENT DOES NOT REPRESENT: 
Self-help, health, business books, romance or poetry, screenplays or illustrators who only illustrate.

RECOMMENDATIONS:
Read at least one (preferably two) of the books Sara (or her agency) has published.  This will give you a very good 'insiders glimpse' as to exactly the kind of writing style, voice, protagonist, etc. that she and/or her agency are looking for.
  
  

       


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