Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Hook, Line & Sinker - AGENTS REVEALED (and updated!)

First, allow Fizzy to make the appropriate introductions...

...And now, the wishlists!


Juliet Mushens, Peters Fraser & Dunlop

Juliet represents everything from celebrity autobiographies to children’s fiction; from cookery to sf/f; from business books to literary fiction. The only things she doesn’t like are: picture-books, travel, political thrillers, diet books and erotica.

Pooja Menon, Kimberley Cameron & Associates

Pooja is looking for writing with an easy flow, compelling voices, and unique perspectives. She wants literary, commercial, and historical women's fiction, especially stories with an international flavor, vibrant characters, multi-cultural themes, and lush settings. In terms of YA, which is a genre she is extremely interested in acquiring, she's looking for submissions across all genres (contemporary, adventure, realist, paranormal, romance, gothic, horror, historical, steampunk, dystopian, and fantasy).

Molly Ker Hawn, The Bent Agency

Molly is looking for young adult and middlegrade fiction that's inventive, well-crafted, and rich with emotion, whether contemporary, historical, fantasy, sf, thriller, romance, or mystery.   

Roseanne Wells, Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency

Roseanne is looking for strong literary fiction that emphasizes craft and style equally, and doesn't sacrifice plot and character for beautiful sentences; young adult of all genres; very selective middle grade that connects her to a strong main character; science-fiction and fantasy; and smart detective novels (more Sherlock Holmes than cozy mysteries). 
Amanda Lewis, Doe Coover Agency

Amanda represents both middle grade and YA and especially loves a good adventure, mystery, or young adult love story with offbeat characters. She is particularly interested in funny middle grade and rom coms for YA.

Sarah LaPolla, Curtis Brown

Sarah represents both adult and YA fiction. For adult books, she is looking for literary fiction, urban fantasy, magical realism, dark/psychological mystery, and literary horror. On the YA side, she welcomes all genres and is drawn to unique voices and strong, complex characters. 

Terrie Wolf, AKA Literary

Terrie represents adults, YA and middle grade, and is looking for Inspirational (Things of Faith), Multi-Cultural, Women’s, Children’s (all), Romance (all), and Westerns.   

Slight Fizzification: Terrie is not just looking for a story, she is looking for a book that you would loan out to someone, but never, ever give away.  Terrie wants a manuscript that is going to give you that can’t eat, can’t sleep, bases loaded, bottom of the ninth feeling you have when you kiss the love of your life for the first time.  Let’s make her feel some serious fireworks, kids!

Brooks Sherman, FinePrint Literary

On the adult side, Brooks is looking for literary and upmarket fiction, speculative (particularly urban/contemporary fantasy rooted in realistic settings and horror/dark fantasy), as well as historical fiction and crime fiction. On the children’s side, he seeks boy-focused middle grade novels (all subgenres, but particularly fantasy adventure and contemporary), and is open to YA fiction of all types except paranormal romance. He would especially love to get his hands on a dark and/or funny contemporary YA project. 
Elise Capron, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

Elise is interested in adult literary fiction and historical fiction that has unforgettable writing, a terrific narrative voice/tone, and memorable characters. She loves novels with an unusual or eccentric edge, and is drawn to stories she has never heard before. Elise does not represent YA or middle grade. 

Susan Hawk, The Bent Agency

In middle-grade and YA, Susan is looking for mystery, scifi, humor, boy books, historical, contemporary (really any genre). Her favorite projects live at the intersection of literary and commercial. 

Marisa Corvisiero, Corvisiero Agency

Marisa seeks creative stories with well developed plots and rich characters with unique voices. She will consider Romance, Thrillers, Adventure, Paranormal, Fantasy, Science Fiction, and any combination thereof. She will also consider the same genres for Young Adults and Middle Grade readers. 

Erin Harris, Folio Literary Agency

Erin is looking for literary fiction, book club fiction, YA, and select narrative non-fiction. Regarding FICTION for adults, she's especially interested in: Novels set against the backdrop of another time, place, or culture, novels that incorporate some kind of surreal or magical element, and novels with mystery and suspense in their DNA, or ones with a noir aesthetic.
Regarding YA, she's interested in: Contemporary, voice-driven novels that approach the universal experience of being a teenager from a surprising or an unlikely perspective. Though she enjoys some paranormal romances, she's currently shying away from representing anything involving angels, chimera, Greek gods, and dystopias. She is, however, open to YA books with highly original supernatural concepts or undertones.
Regardless of genre, she gravitates toward books that have both compelling concepts and impeccable, stop-you-in-your-tracks writing. Give her a topic or an idea that she can't wait to tell editors about - and that she can explain clearly and succinctly. Give her prose that leaps off the page. She's a real sucker for sentences that demand to be read aloud. She also loves bad-ass female protagonists across the board.


  1. Yes! That IS an awesome lineup. And you did a great job, Fizzy. :)

    1. Didn't she??!! Girl's a born vlogger :)

    2. Oh, gosh, you guys!! *blushes all the reds*

  2. And by the way, the fact that Brooks picture is bigger has Drew and I cracking up so hard, lol.

    1. *Looks innocent* Bigger? Huh. I had no idea. *whistles* *files nails*

  3. I wasn't for sure if I was going to to enter because I missed the pitch workshop. But after looking at this line up and what's on their wish, I think I have a manuscript several may be interested in reading. That is, if I can get my pitch polished up AND make it in fast enough, I may just have a chance.
    Thanks! I have now have butterflies...

    1. I'm glad you're thinking of entering! Good luck, Talynn! :)

  4. Quick question, the rules for the contest say one entry per person. But what if you have a memoir (non fiction project), and young adult? Do you have to choose between the two or are you allowed to submit ONE submission per blog host?

    1. Hi Lynn(e) - We're only taking fiction for this contest, so the memoir couldn't be entered. But if you had an adult novel and a YA or MG novel, you would have to pick one to enter. We want to give as many people as possible a chance to enter.

  5. What a great opportunity for aspiring authors! Thanks for putting it together.

    1. You're welcome. I'm so excited to see the entries!

  6. Test post. I really hope I have the time zone reconfiguration right for when I need to be here to post. O__o

  7. This is such a great line up. Thanks for putting together such an awesome contest!

  8. That's a handsome list of agents. Good luck to today's entrants!

  9. Hi I've only just found out about this contest. Gutted I missed out. Will you be running another one?

    1. Hi - we haven't really gotten into serious discussion yet, but Summer, Dee and I have mentioned the possibility of running another one - although it wouldn't be anytime soon. In the meantime, I know there are some amazing agenty contests coming up which are run by other folks - there's Baker's Dozen opening soon on Miss Snark's blog, Brenda Drake is plotting an awesome contest which will open in December, and there are tons of others I'm probably missing! If we decide to run another Hook, Line & Sinker, we'll be announcing it on our blogs and twitter :)


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