Last week, I found this list of seven agents seeking writers. Note, while they are all interested in young adult novels, about half are also interested in middle grade. Julie Churchill and Brooks Sherman were the only two who listed picture books and, if you go to his full write-up, Sherman only wants author/illustrators. Still, this list is someplace to start if you are at that point in your career.
How do you know if you are ready for an agent? Here are a few guidelines:
- You need to have at least one finished manuscript. Seriously. Don’t query with only 3 chapters. They want a whole manuscript.
- If you are a picture book writer, you may need to have 3 or 4 finished manuscripts. The problem is that a picture book only brings the agent half the income and most agents want to build your career as well as their own.
- You are getting nibbles but feel like you need help to get to the big name editors.
Good luck if you are on the agent search!