As of January 1, 2007, we will ONLY accept queries via email. If you have consulted a guidebook that says that we do accept queries via the post, please note that these guidelines have changed and the information you are reading here is the most current.
Please see our bios and choose only one agent to whom you will submit your e-query. Target the agent for whom you feel your work is the best fit and send a short email query letter to that agent. We do not open attachments, so the query must be in the body of your email, and it should include publisher submission history and previous publishing credits, if applicable. Please put QUERY and the title of your work in the subject field of your email. We receive a lot of spam, and following these directions will ensure that your query is not missed.
Please DO NOT query more than one agent at our agency. We will pass your work on if we feel it is better suited to another agent. Then, if an agent is interested in your work, she will contact you, and give you specific instructions about how to send your material. You are free to submit to other agencies at the same time, but it is a professional courtesy to let us know, up front, that yours is a multiple submission. We will contact you if we want to see additional material. Please enclose a contact phone number as well as your email address.
What to include in your query (Please no attachments):
- Picture booksquery letter and full manuscript text
- Fictionquery letter and first 10 pages
- Non-fictionquery letter, proposal, and sample chapter
- Illustrationsquery letter and 2-3 jpegs with pictures of children and animals
We will make every effort to respond to your e-query within 4-8 weeks. Occasionally, it may take longer. We respond as quickly as possible, but we receive a large volume of submissions, and more than one reader is involved in the review process. Due to this large volume, we are sometimes not able to respond to every query personally. Therefore, if you have not heard from the agent you queried within 8 weeks, please assume that we are not interested in your work. PLEASE, DO NOT CALL TO FOLLOW UP!
- Be professional and courteous in your approach to any agent. Agents do form an impression based on your e-query, and you want it to be a good impression. Do not write your query in a rush. Take the time to write it well. Make sure your query and manuscripts are polished and error free.
- Remember, no attachments, with the exception of jpeg illustrations.
- Remember, a "no" from one of our agents is a "no" from the agency as a whole. If your work is rejected, please do not resubmit the same work to another agent at our agency. When we read material, we are investing our time. Please respect this. We DO communicate with each other about projects.
- Please do not call to query us. It is not possible to gauge your writing ability by talking to you on the phone.
- Look carefully at our bios and choose the right agent for your work. Note that some of our agents accept ONLY children's book projects and others accept BOTH children's and adult work. If you have adult material as well as children's, query an agent who accepts both genres.
Message to Authors
We understand that writing is a passion, an intensely personal calling, a
long-time dream for many, and frequently a lonely endeavor. We have great
respect for authors, and we share the writer's passionthat is why we are
Unfortunately, publishing is a business that necessarily involves a lot of
rejection, at every stage. One of the most difficult things for us as agents
is to have to say no. Yet, we can take on only a small fraction of all the
work we see, and this is simply a business reality.
We say no for many reasonsbecause of changing trends in the market;
because we already have something similar on our list; because we know of
similar published or forthcoming titles; because something isn't right for
us; because although something may be strong, well-written and even
publishable, we didn't fall in love with it.
Try to keep "No" in perspective. This is a highly subjective business and
another agent may adore your work. All it takes is one "Yes." We wish you
success in finding that "Yes," whether with us or another agent and
publisher. We appreciate your thinking of us, reading our website and giving
us the opportunity to see your work.
Andrea Brown, Laura Rennert, Caryn Wiseman, Jennifer Rofé, Kelly Sonnack, Jamie Weiss Chilton, Jennifer Laughran, and Jennifer Mattson