Once every week or so, I spotlight a certain segment of the market that we list in the Writer’s Market books and on WritersMarket.com. Since we have a selling a young adult novel live webinar just around the corner (March 1), I’m focusing on three young adult literary agents this week.
Or maybe more appropriately, these are literary agents who represent books for young adults. While some of the agents may be young adults, others may be old adults (but young at heart). Sorry. Getting sidetracked.
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Young Adult Literary Agents
There’s a reason why young adult novels are so popular: They appeal to both adults and not-quite-adults. Young adult novels don’t pull any punches in language and subject matter, but they’re also focused on characters who are standing at the threshold of adulthood–on one side or the other (or with a foot on each side).
Here are three young adult literary agent listings that have been recently updated on WritersMarket.com.
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BookEnds Literary Agency represents nonfiction and fiction from juveniles to adults. The agency says, “BookEnds is currently accepting queries from published and unpublished writers in the areas of romance, mystery, suspense, science fiction and fantasy, horror, women’s fiction, picture books, middle-grade, and young adult.” Prospective authors should query using their electronic Query Manager submission system.
Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency specializes in books for children and young adults. The agency says, “At the Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency we represent people, not projects. We aim to bring to life stories and artwork that help young readers throughout the world become life-long book enthusiasts and to inspire and entertain readers of all ages.” Writers should query specific agents via e-mail through their site.
Victoria Sanders & Associates represents a range of projects–for both children and adults. The agents say, “Authors who wish to contact us regarding potential representation should send a query letter with the first 3 chapters (or about 25 pages) pasted into the body of the message.” Agents try to respond within a month, though it sometimes takes longer.
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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