Middle Grade Literary Agents: Market Spotlight

Nearly every week, I spotlight a segment of the markets we list in the Writer’s Market books and on WritersMarket.com. Since we have a Writing and Selling the Middle Grade Novel webinar coming up, let’s look at a few literary agents that represent middle grade novels.

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Middle Grade Literary Agents

Middle grade novels are targeted at children between the ages of 8 and 12, but the protagonists in these books are usually 10 to 13 years old. They also tend to run 30,000 to 50,000 words in length. And while young adult can include profanity, violence, and sexuality, middle grade should be PG.

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Liza Dawson Associates specializes in readable literary fiction, thrillers, mainstream historicals, women’s fiction, young adult, middle-grade, academics, historians, journalists, and psychology. On their website, the agents say, “We’re talent hunters and then, once a sale is made, we become ferocious talent guardians.” Potential authors should query first.

Flannery Literary specializes in children’s and young adult fiction and nonfiction. They are actively seeking middle grade and young adult novels. The agents say, “Write an engrossing, succinct query describing your work. We are always looking for a fresh new voice. Multiple queries are fine, but please inform us. Please no attachments. If you’re sending a query about a novel, please embed in the e-mail the first 5-10 pages, if it’s a picture book, please embed the entire text in the e-mail.”

Red Sofa Literary represents a wide range of fiction and nonfiction. For middle grade, agent Dawn Frederick says, “I will always want something fun and lighthearted, but would love more contemporary themes too.” Agent Stacey Graham says she’s actively seeking, “Middle-grade with a great voice — especially funny and/or spooky.” Potential authors should query by e-mail or mail with a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community, which includes editing Writer’s Market and Poet’s Market, blogging at Poetic Asides and the Writer’s Market blog, judging contests, scheduling online writing conferences, and so much more.

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