At critique group last week, I showed my query letter to several other writers. Now I have some idea what to shorten and what to expand before I send my letter off. But just in case my top three agents aren’t interested in representing my work, I’m still collecting the names of agents I might approach.
Debbie Ridpath Ohi of who blogs at Inky Girl wrote up 5 agents who are looking for picture books. I dropped one off the list because the agency is currently closed to submissions:
Jodell Sadler of Jodell Sadler Children’s Literary. Unlike some of the others, Jodell gives scads of information on her agency site. She takes picture books through young adult, fiction and nonfiction. Because this is a single agent house, it is pretty obvious that if the agency reps a client, she reps the client.
Michelle Witte at Mansion Street Management. Michelle represents both fiction and nonfiction which puts her up high on my list. She also represents picture books through young adult. This is definitely someone I’m going to research.
Jessica Sinsheimer at Sarah Jane Freyman Literary Agency. This site listed their clients but gave very little information about the agents themselves. Because of this, I’ll have to do some digging to even know if I want to do some digging and seriously research this agent.
Julie Stevenson at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency. Although the link reveals a lot about her past (she went to Wash U in St. Louis) and her style (she’s a hands-on agent who provides feedback on early drafts), I didn’t get a feel for her books. Thus she’s further down the list.
For those of you who write primarily young adult, here are three agents that I read about on the Manuscript Wish List.