By Vanessa Pesa
Finding the right agent is key when preparing to send off your manuscript, so Janice been focused on who is the best person to receive Unleashing the Sun!
Writer’s Digest offered a great article on the topic recently and listed 28 agents interested in authors, so I pulled a few out and thought I’d share my findings with you faithful readers!
Regina Brooks, from Serendipity Literary Agency, is interested in both women’s fiction and memoirs. According to her short bio, she is “looking for authors who are willing to forge new paths and produce work that is distinguishable, creative, profoundly expressive, provocative and enduring.”
Allison Hunter represents Inkwell Management in New York City. She is looking for literary and commercial fiction, (including romance which is great for Janice!), love stories and family epics, particularly from funny female authors. She is also interested in memoirs, so Divine Renovations could also be considered!
Andy Kifer of The Gernert Company is seeking literary fiction and smart genre fiction. In his short bio, he includes that he is a “sucker for love stories and inventive narrative structure.” I have a feeling he will find Janice’s style very appealing!
Andrea Somberg, from Harvey Klinger, Inc. is located in New York City. She is interested in literary, women’s, commercial and romance as far as fiction goes. She will also accept memoirs if submitting nonfiction.
Most of the agents listed here request a simple query letter to start the submissions process and will request more information if interested. Some do request a one- to two-page synopsis and the first few chapters of the manuscript, however, this seems to be a less frequent expectation overall.
The manuscript has been submitted to quite a few agents, and Janice is currently receiving “thanks but no thanks” and hoping for one good hit.
Here is a sampling of responses thus far:
From Katie Kotchman, of Don Congdon Associates, “Thank you for your email. I appreciate the opportunity to consider your work for possible representation, but I’m afraid I’ve decided to pass. Please do not be discouraged as many best-sellers have been passed on numerous times prior to being successfully published. I wish you the best of luck finding an enthusiastic agent and publisher for your work.”
From Somberg, representing Harvey Klinger, Inc., “Thanks so much for sending along the sample pages of Unleashing the Sun. I’m sorry to say, though, that I just wasn’t as completely drawn in by the material as much as I had hoped. What with my reservations, I’d better bow out. Thanks so much for contacting me, though! I really appreciate it, and wish you the best of luck.”
From Monica Odom, of Liza Dawson Associates, “Thanks for letting me take a look. I’m afraid this doesn’t seem like the right project for me, but I’m sure other agents will feel differently. Best of luck placing your work!”
Onward and upward!