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The 5-Question [Literary] Agent Interview: Nathan Bransford from The Writer's [Inner] Journey. Peek: "...particularly when the traditional selling tools at publishers' disposal (such as front bookstore placement, reviews, marketing, etc.) are waning in effectiveness, there's even more of a premium for the authors who are able to deliver an audience."

Five Rules for Writing YA by Regina Brooks of Serendipity Literary from Chuck Sambuchino from Guide to Literary Agent's Editor's Blog. Peek: "The YA field welcomes innovators. What will your contribution be? Think fresh."

6 1/2 Ways to Impress an Agent by Tina Wexler from Donna Gephart at Wild About Words. Peek: "Demonstrate knowledge of their list. This doesn’t mean you have to read every book they’ve ever sold—I leave that job to my mom — but by showing them you know a bit about who they represent, you’re telling agents you’ve done your research on who to query."

10 Tips for Querying an Agent by Chuck Sambuchino from Writer's Digest. Peek: "If you have an automatic spam filter, turn it off. If you're lucky enough to garner a reply from an agent interested in your work, the last thing they want to deal with is a spam filter requiring them to prove their existence."

10 Questions to Ask an Agent Before You Sign by Chuck Sambuchino from Guide to Literary Agents Editor's Blog. Peek: "Your objective is to hire an agent you can trust with your money, your work, and your future. It's all part of finding your perfect match."

Agent Advice: Holly McGhee of Pippin Properties by Ricki Schultz from Chuck Sambuchino at Guide to Literary Agents. Peek: "As a parent and as a writer, it's our duty to prepare kids for the world. That means telling and talking the truth."

Agent Advice: Lilly Ghahremani of Full Circle Literary from The Guide to Literary Agent's Editor's Blog. Peek: "I would love to do some children's, YA, or middle-grade books about the Middle East. Multicultural books are appearing about a variety of ethnicities, but I'm not seeing them about Middle Easterners as much as I'd hoped." Source: Alice's CWIM Blog. Alice notes, "Ghahremani is interested in children's, YA, or middle-grade books about the Middle East, as well as graphic novels."

Agenting Picture Books v. Agenting Novels: Part One of Two by Michael Stearns from Upstart Crow Literary. Peek: "I look for writers who put their strongest stuff forward first. If she feels her picture books are her strongest material, then she should start there. If she feels she is primarily a novelist, then she should start with a novel." Source: Lynne Kelly.

Agent Interview: Elana Roth of Caren Johnson Literary from Alice Pope at Alice's CWIM Blog.

Agent Jennifer Mattson on Magic Realism from The Spectacle. Peek: "I also think of the magic as being very gentle and often surreal - nothing 'high fantasy' (wizardly bolts, vampires, et cetera) about it."

Agent Query: agent research resource.

Agents Requesting Work: The Happy Dilemma by Jane Lebak from QueryTracker.net. Peek: "If it appears you should have received a response, assume a technology fail. Send a status query to the agent from a different email address, just in case her reply went into your spam folder (You are checking that periodically, right?)"

The Agent's Role in Today's Digital Book World by Mary Kole, Literary Agent, Andrea Brown Literary Agency, from Digital Book World.

Agent Spotlight: John Rudolph from Literary Rambles. Peek: "...he is keenly interested in middle-grade and young adult fiction and would love to find the next great picture book author/illustrator."

Agent-Requested Revisions: An Interview with Literary Agent Joan Paquette by Mary Lindsey from Query Tracker. Peek: "Don't be afraid to take all the time you need to do a thorough revision; get some additional readers; let it sit a while and then come back to it with fresh eyes."

Already Have Publisher Interest? from Bookends LCC — A Literary Agency. Peek: "Most agents will jump on the opportunity to consider a proposal that is currently under consideration with a major house. Be wary though because..."

An Interview with Melodie Wright (A QueryTracker Success Story) on signing with agent Tricia Lawrence of Erin Murphy Literary Agency from QueryTracker.net.

Art of the Agent Search from Pub Rants: A Very Nice Literary Agent Indulges in Polite Rants about Queries, Writers, and the Publishing Industry. Peek: "Here a few tips on some things that will hinder your agent search."

Association of Artists' Representatives: "a not-for-profit organization of independent literary and dramatic agents." See Frequently Asked Author Questions.

Author-Agent Agreements from BookEnds, LCC. Peek: "Getting an agent should be about a lot more than submitting your book or negotiating a contract. It should be one step toward building a career, and hopefully that’s the way you’ll want to treat it."

Authors Talk About Agents in a week-long discussion led by Kelly Bingham at Through the Tollbooth. Note: begins at linked page and continues. Peek: "In many publishing houses, there is no more slush pile. “Not accepting unsolicited submissions at this time” has become the mainstay. Where does that leave us writers? In many cases, writers seek out agents."

Before Accepting Agent Representation by Kathleen Temean from Writing and Illustrating: Sharing Information About Writing and Illustrating for Children. Peek: "Don't skip this crucial step because you're worried that questions will scare him off, or that the offer won’t last. This isn't a TV promo, it's a potential business partnership. His offer is on the table, waiting patiently for your consideration and ultimate response."

Best Literary Agents on Twitter by Jason Boog from GalleyCat. Note: (a) not all children's-YA agents; (b) bookmark to check back as list will be updated on an ongoing basis. Source: ACHOCKABLOG.

Building Your Pitch from Elena Johnson from QueryTracker. Translated notes from Laura Rennert of Andrea Brown Literary. Peek: "She gave five steps for building your pitch. I think this pitch can transfer to the written query letter as well as be used for verbal pitching at conferences."

The Call (Yes, the call. With the agent!) by Kristina McBride. Peek: "I had spent two years writing three novels, countless hours researching agents to query, double that in time spent on perfecting the query letters, and finally, after everything, I was going to speak to an actual, real-life literary agent sitting in one of those crazy tall buildings in NYC! After freaking out for a few hours, I decided that I needed a plan."

The Call or What to Ask a Literary Agent When Offered Representation from Literary Rambles. Peek: "Do you have a plan for submission in mind already? Which houses/editors do think will be a good fit for this project?"

Children's Book Agents and Artist's Representatives: A Guide from Harold Underdown. Note: includes Finding and Choosing Literary Agents; Resources Listing Literary Agents and Artists Representatives; and three case studies: Firebrand Literary; Writers House; and [Name Withheld].

Crowe's Nest: An Agent and Her List Discuss Children's Books, Publishing and Beyond from Sara Crowe.

Curtis Brown Guest Blogger [Tracy Marchini] talks PBs in the Slush from Kidlit Central News.

Discover the Life of the Children's Book Agent with Jill Corcoran (Dec. 9 to Dec. 11): an interview/workshop moderated by Jan Fields from the Institute of Children's Literature. Peek: "Editors email me at night, on weekends, on holidays. They work their buns off trying to find the best manuscripts and once they find the best, making them even better."

Divorcing Your Agent from BookEnds, LLC--A Literary Agency. Here's a sneak peek: "...while I know it's incredibly stressful for an author to suddenly go agentless again, I think that you need to make the decision to fire your first agent before querying others."

"Do I Need an Agent and How Will I Know If I Do?": a chat with Sharene Martin, co-founder of the Wylie-Merrick Literary Agency from the Institute of Children's Literature. See also Wylie-Merrick Literary Agency. See related cynsational thoughts.

Don't Get Caught Up in the Rush from Nathan Bransford from Curtis Brown. Peek: "...twice in the past month authors have come back to me after an unsuccessful submission with the unrevised manuscript, wishing they had taken the time to revise. But at that point I can't really help them — it's already been seen at the major houses."

Exclusives and Literary Agents from Nathan Bransford, Literary Agent. Peek: "I'm going to break down my thoughts on exclusives based on the different stages when they might arise and give you some dos and don'ts along the way..." See also Unagented Revisions.

Expert Scoop with Agent Jennifer Rofé of Andrea Brown Literary Agency from The Brown Bookshelf: United in Story. Peek: "Ten percent of my clients are 'people of color.' Though this isn’t a primary factor in my selection process, I do find myself attracted to stories featuring multicultural characters where race isn't the issue."

Focus on Children's-YA Nonfiction with Agent Ken Wright and Authors Steve Sheinkin, Marc Aronson, and Deborah Heiligman by Barbara Krasner from The Whole Megillah. Peek: "When I was at Scholastic I was the editorial director for nonfiction books. When I left to become an agent, it seemed to me that many of the nonfiction authors I'd worked with as an editor, or I knew of by reputation, were either unrepresented or under-represented, and it seemed like a good opportunity for them, and for me, to focus on trying to help them with their careers."

"From the Mixed-up Files of Agent Manners--age and writing" by Jennifer Jackson at Et in arcaedia, ego. Peek: "Age is unlikely to get you noticed. Brilliant writing and marketable concepts will. If you don't mention your age in an inquiry, it's unlikely an agent will ascribe any weight to such a statistic." See also "Multiple Offers of Representation." Peek: "...do keep in mind that the object here is not to play the agents off each other but to find the best match for yourself as author."

Get Ready — For A Literary Agent from Tami Lewis Brown at Through the Tollbooth. Peek: "The time to find a literary agent is when you are ready. That sounds so simple. It seems to go without saying. But nearly every failed agent/client relationship can be traced to that simple cause--the writer wasn't ready to sign with an agent. Any agent." See also The Myth of Querying Widely, Going on an Agent Hunt, and More Questions for Your Agent to Be or Not To Be

Getting Offers from Multiple Agents by Mary Kole from Kidlit.com. Peek: "A lot of writers, though, think this is an embarrassment of riches and a great problem to have. It’s not. It’s a really stressful situation where you have to make a major business decision under time pressure, all while being wooed by really nice, really encouraging, really savvy people." See also Newer vs. Established Agents.

Guest Blogger: Jennifer Hubbard On Going From Blog Reader to (soon to be) Published Author from Nathan Bransford - Literary Agent. Peek: "Not that there's so much mystery involved. I signed with Nathan not as a result of knowing any magic words or secret handshakes, not as a result of being related to him, and not as a result of cocktail-party schmoozing. (As if I've ever been to a cocktail party in my life.) If I knew any magic words, I would tell you. Or sell them at an entirely reasonable price."

Guest Post: Ask Agent Jennifer Laughran from Justine Larbalestier. Peek: "So you want an agent. First of all—is your book finished? Not just 'I have enough pages to basically make a book...sorta,' but seriously finished, polished, like you could see it on the shelves of a store?"

Guide to Literary Agents: find out more about a specific agent.

How (and When) to Follow-Up with Agents and/or Editors from Tracy Marchini at My VerboCity. Peek: "Sometimes, it seems that writers are over-anxious in their follow-up methods after submitting to an agent or editor. Here's some basic guidelines to make sure your follow-up is professional and effective."

How I Got My Agent by Anna Staniszewski. Peek: "Sometimes you have to be willing to put one project aside, as I did, and realize that it might not be the one that's going to get you an agent/get you published/etc. That's why you should never stop writing, because you never know which manuscript will grab someone's attention."

How Much to Tell [a Prospective Agent] from Bookends, LLC.

How To Find a Literary Agent by Nathan Bransford of Curtis Brown. Peek: "...in today's publishing clime it's just not enough to have written a good book. Treat this business seriously, because it is a business."

How to Find an Agent by fantasy author Cinda Williams Chima (PDF file).

How To Fire Your Agent from Fiction Writer's Connection. See also the Tips Sheets on revising, pre-writing, attending conferences, contracting with an agent, finding and working with an agent, manuscript formatting, novel writing, query letter writing, submissions, writing a novel synopsis and more.

How To Interview an Agent by Cynthea Liu from Writing for Children and Teens. Peek: "An agent has let you know they would like to speak with you further about your work. You talk to them, answer his questions, and he offers representation." See also Going On An Agent Hunt by Tami Lewis Brown from Through the Tollbooth and Literary Agent Offers: Don't Settle! by Sarah Ockler at Sarah Ockler: Making Stuff Up. Writing It Down. Source: Alison Dellenbaugh.

How to Write a Great Query Letter: An Example That Worked by HYPERLINK "" Cheryl Klein, editor at Arthur A. Levine Books from Brooklyn Arden. Peek: "Gbemi [ Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich ] has kindly allowed me to reprint her original letter here and annotate it...."

I Got the Call! Um, Now What? by Jennifer Laughran from Jennifer Represents. Peek: “Let the other agents who are considering your work know that you have an offer. Give them a few days or a week to read and respond.”

"I Want a Divorce" from Allison Winn Scotch at Ask Allison. Peek: "I am a divorcee. This will come as news, however, to my husband. No, really, I have divorced an agent, and like many divorcees (both from their agents and their spouses), I am so much the better for it. So I do speak from experience here."

Leaving an Agent by Georgia McBride from Shelli at Market My Words. Peek: "...if your agent is unresponsive, shows a complete lack of regard for or interest in your work, you should consider looking for alternate representation. Another indication is an agent who is condescending or disrespectful to you or writers in general. But don’t lose your cool."

Literary Agents Talk Trends in Children's Publishing at NESCBWI: a guest post by Theresa Milstein from Guide to Literary Agents. Note: insights from the agent panel, featuring Ammi-Joan Paquette of Erin Murphy Literary Agency, Sarah Davies of Greenhouse Literary Agency, and Edward Necarsulmer IV of McIntosh and Otis.

Literary Estate Representation by Nathan Bransford of Curtis Brown.

Looking Around For A New Agent While Still Represented By Another Agent by Mary Kole from Kidlit.com. Peek: "It reflects poorly on you (even if we sign you, we will always wonder…are they querying others behind our backs?), and the agent you contact might, if they end up offering representation, get a reputation as a 'poacher,' someone who steals clients from other agents."

Looking at the Agent Search by Lisa Schroeder from Crowe's Nest. Peek: "I didn’t whine publicly about the rejections. You never know who might be reading, so it’s important to keep that frustration under control and always be professional. Have writer friends you can vent to, or set up a special locked LiveJournal account for friends to read only."

Marvelous Marketer - Sarah Davies (Greenhouse Literary) from Shelli at Market My Words: Marketing Advice for Authors/Illustrators from a Marketing Consultant & Aspiring Children's Book Author. Peek: "On one hand, it is an agent’s job to fight for their author. Yet, on the other hand, I think there are times when an agent has to manage their author's expectations. There will never be limitless funds available to promote every book in the way every author hopes (there is probably a finite overall budget for the whole list and whole year, laid down in advance, to be sliced up by the marketing director)."

Mary Kole of Andrea Brown Literary Agency on Urban Fantasy by Parker Peevyhouse from The Spectacle. Peek: "Believe it or not, some of the most successful urban fantasy stories are also some of the funniest, and that has everything to do with voice. Without humor, personality and wit, 'dark' and 'gritty' will soon become 'bleak' and 'grating.'"

"The Mood I'm In" by Jessica from BookEnds, LCC-A Literary Agency. Peek: "The truth is that you never know the mood of the agent you’re pitching to or what is happening in her personal life that might affect the choices she’s making. In fact, in a lot of ways you don’t know what’s happening in her professional life that affects the choices she’s making."

The McVeigh Agency Blog: a new blog from agent Mark McVeigh. Peek: "After ten years as an editor, I switched sides and became an agent. I represent writers, illustrators, graphic novelists, and photographers of works for both adult and children."

More Story, Less You from Nathan Bransford - Literary Agent. Peek: "I know you'll find all over the Internet that writing qualifications are important. They definitely are if you're writing nonfiction. But for novels: not so much. Honestly."

Necessary Agent by Jofie Ferrari-Adler from Poets & Writers. Peek: "An agent who understands that at a time when there is an industry-wide blockbuster mentality that makes it harder than it’s ever been for editors to find the institutional support it takes to publish serious work well, it is more important than ever for agents to be fearless, savvy, and relentless advocates for their clients after their books are under contract."

On to the Agent!: an interview with agent Erin Murphy from the Class of 2k8. Peek: "If we're uncertain which direction to go with revisions, we might test the waters with just one to three editors to start with, so we can try a different version if needed."

Publishers Marketplace: “Track Deals, Sales, Reviews, Agents, Editors, News — and Get Lunch Deluxe Every Day.”

Q&A with Literary Agent Ginger Clark by Maria Schneider from Editor Unleashed. Peek: "On the children's side of my list, I represent middle grade and YA fiction, all kinds."

Query Critiques from Nathan Bransford - Literary Agent. Nathan analyzes samples from volunteers. Peek: "It's so important not just to present the heart of your work, but also to give a sense that your writing is up to the challenge."

Querying an Agency, Not Just an Agent from Bookends LCC. Peek: "...it continues to amaze me how many of you will query all three of us at once or query us one at a time as the rejections come in."

The Query Points System and Rule Breaking from Nathan Bransford - Literary Agent.

Query Shark: " You can send a query letter to the Shark. It might get posted and critiqued. It might not. You'll know either way. You can send a revised query letter after the critique. It will be posted and critiqued as well." 

QueryTracker.net: agent research and query management resource.

Query Stats by Word Count from Nathan Bransford - Literary Agent. Peek: "Anything shorter than 250 usually (but not always) seems too short and anything longer than 350 usually (but not always) seems too long."

Rants and Ramblings on Life as a Literary Agent from Rachelle Gardner. Peek: "In all genres, I'm looking for books that express a Christian worldview. In some books, particularly non-fiction, the message will be overt, while in others (especially fiction) the Christian message should be subtly woven through, not in-your-face." Note: In youth literature, she seeks YA only (not middle grade or picture books). See also: Literary Agents Who Represent Christian Authors from Mike Hyatt, president and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Reading Queries by Agent Kristin at Pub Rants. Peek: "...the glaze factor can hit SF&F queries harder as I find writers will often ramble about world building in their queries. Short, succinct, and well done should be your mantra."

The Rejecter: blog from an anonymous assistant at a literary agency. "I don't hate you. I just hate your query letter."

Requesting Partials: You've Got 30 Pages, Pal! by Nathan Bransford – Literary Agent.

Re-submissions and Re-querying: Yes or No? by Stina Lindenblatt from QueryTracker. Peek: “What should you do if you've queried an agent with sample pages, but by the time they've request the partial or full, you've made substantial changes to those pages?”

Revision from the Agent's Perspective by Sara Crowe from Crowe's Nest. Peek: "If the author is deciding between a few different ideas for a next book it can be helpful to have me look at drafts of chapters and synopses to try to help figure out what idea to develop first. I always tell my clients to send material to me when my feedback will be useful, and I think that point is different for each writer."

The Role of Agents in Self-Publishing by Chris Eboch from Write Like a Pro! A Free Online Writing Workshop.

The Safest Way to Search for an Agent by Victoria Strauss from SFF Net. Peek: "Too many agents engage in abuses--charging up-front fees, participating in kickback referral schemes, urging writers to pay for expensive editing services--for you to assume that every agent who expresses interest in your manuscript is reputable."

SCBWI Pre-conference Interview with Literary Agent Ginger Knowlton of Curtis Brown Ltd. by Jolie Stekly from Cuppa Jolie. Peek: "Seek advice and camaraderie, and be open to listening as well as sharing. Go outside your comfort zone! Remember Eleanor Roosevelt's wise words—'Do one thing every day that scares you.'"

SCBWI Team Blog Pre-Conference Interview: Eddie Gamarra of the Gotham Group by Lee Wind from I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell Do I Read? Peek: "Eddie Gamarra is a literary manager/producer at The Gotham Group, specializing in representing works for TV, Film and Dramatic rights."

SCBWI Team Blog Pre-Conference Interview: Literary Agent Tina Wexler by Alice Pope from Alice's CWIM Blog. Peek: "I represent mostly YA and MG (and adult non-fiction too). Within those categories, I'm interested in most everything: magical realism/paranormal, mysteries, adventure, suspense, contemporary, and some non-fiction for teens. I tend to shy away from high fantasy and poetry collections, but I love novels in verse."

Should You Post Your Writing Online? by Mary Kole from Kidlit.com. Peek: “Even though most editors and agents don't like to work with previously published material, whether posted online or self-published, a short sample on your blog may not be enough to put them off your project. (Careful, though, as individual policies here do vary greatly.)”

Spaghetti Agents by Nathan Bransford. Peek: "They sign up a bunch of writers even when they're unsure about a project, they throw the manuscripts at publishers, and they see what sticks."

Tips for You from Agents Linda Pratt of Sheldon Fogelman Agency, Jennifer DiChiara of The Jennifer DiChiara Literary Agency and Tina Wexler of ICM from Colleen Ryckert Cook at Kidlit Central. Peek from Tina: "When it comes to author branding or building an identity, you must identify your focus: are you reaching future readers? Teachers and librarians? Other writers? As for blogs, always be aware of potential readers and keep content appropriate."

To Market, To Market.... Back to Basics on the Technicalities of Pitching Your Novel by H.L. Dyer from QueryTracker.net. Peek: "First, you should know exactly what you are asking for from the agents you query. You are not asking them to publish your novel. You are not even technically asking them to sell your novel. You are asking them to represent your interests in the sale of the publication rights..."

Top Ten Questions Dutton Editors Ask Themselves When Looking At A Manuscript from Kathy Temean at Writing and Illustrating: Sharing Information About Writing and Illustrating for Children. Peek: "Does the action of the story move at a good pace and hold our interest? Does tension build as the story moves forward?"

Triple the Query Critique, Triple the Fun: agent Nathan Bransford of Curtis Brown looks at query letters for three YA fantasies and chimes in on what works, what doesn't, and why.

Upsetting the Author-Agent Relationship from Bookend LCC - A Literary Agency. Peek: "If you enter a contest and an editor requests your work or if you are a nonfiction author who has been approached by an editor, go ahead and send the material. Otherwise, if you really want an agent, it might be wise to hold off."

We Ask An Agent: Edward Necarsulmer IV, McIntosh & Otis, Inc. from Sara Crowe at Crowe's Nest. Peek: "The agent should really have the name or names of editors who they think might be a fit for the project popping into his or her brain as they read. This is usually the big sign for me that an author and I may be a match."

What Can I Expect of My Agent? by Moonrat from Editorial Ass. Peek: "You are an author whose property is making your agent money (however much or little it may be). That means that if you ask for a financial record of your account--how much your royalties have earned out, what fees have been deducted from your earnings--your agent should furnish said account with little to no dilly-dallying." See also What Do You Expect? by KT Literary.

What Do Literary Agents Do? by Nathan Bransford - Literary Agent. Peek: "An agent will carefully select the best editors to consider a particular project, but at the end of the day an agent never quite knows who is going to respond the strongest to a particularly project." See also Nathan on Submitting to Editors Without An Agent and Queries from Previously Published Authors.

What If My Agent Doesn't Like My Next Book? by Rachelle Gardner from Rants & Ramblings on Life as a Literary Agent. Peek: "The agent or publishing house signed you because they like you, they really like you. There were forty thousand other authors they could have signed, and they signed you. Yay."

What to Do If Your Agent Isn't Feeling the Love by Jennifer Laughran from Jennifer Represents. Peek: "The fact of the matter is, no matter how sympatico a client and agent might be in terms of taste and personality, there are bound to be some occasions where you don't quite see eye-to-eye."

When To Cut Ties with Your Agent by Jessica at BookEnds, LCC. Peek: "...in at least a couple of instances I felt like the client was really, truly, for the first time telling me what she wanted, when she fired me." See also Why Do You Seek Publication?

Why I Don't Have an Agent or Doing the Math by author Barbara Kanninen.

Why I Love My Agent by Jenny Han at The Longstockings. Peek: "The first person to really impress upon me the importance of this was Sarah Weeks, our old writing teacher from New School. She told me that it was vital that I have an agent before stepping into the big bad publishing world."

Why You Should Only Query Six-to-Eight Agents at a Time by Chuck Sambuchino from Writer Unboxed. Peek: "After all, though an agent will usually reply quickly (bless you, e-mail), they may take three whole months to get back to you, only to send you a form rejection. You can't wait around for agents one by one like that." See also Simultaneous Submissions by Mary Kole from Kidlit.com.

Working with An Agent by Sara Crowe at Crowe's Nest. Peek: "Once you have your dream agent, there are some basic rules for maintaining a healthy author-agent relationship."

Working with an Agent (I Think) from Bookends, LCC - A Literary Agency. Peek: "...did this agent offer representation somewhere along the way and the author forgot?"

Work Your Inner Fierceness by literary agent Jennifer Laughran from Jennifer Represents... Peek: "... I still need my authors to have a spine, be driven and at least a bit fierce. That means speaking up for yourself, having self-confidence, putting yourself out there (even if you don't necessarily feel like it...) It also means bravery in terms of your writing."

Writer Beware from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Offers alerts to writers on unscrupulous types and related information.

Writing Extraordinary Queries by Tabitha Olson at Writer Musings. Peek: "While we’re on the subject of e-queries, never never never send a query to multiple recipients. Copy and paste each query into a new email, addressed to one specific person, with the word 'query' in the subject line."

A Chat with Agent Kathleen Ortiz by Mindy McGinnis from Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire. Note: "She is currently looking for YA (especially cyberpunk, thrillers and anything dark/edgy), older middle grade..." This interview focuses on Kathleen's personality, not her approach to submissions.

A Conversation With Literary Agent Erin Murphy from Olswanger.com.

Adams Literary: "a full-service literary agency exclusively representing children's book authors and artists."

Agent Interview: Chris Richman, Upstart Crow, from Alice Pope's SCBWI Children's Market Blog. Peek: "In terms of what I’m seeking, I’m beginning to get a reputation for the 'funny boy' books. Part of that is my own background in comedy, and part of it’s because I truly believe there’s a place in the market for these types of projects."

Agent Interview: Erin Murphy by Brenda Sturgis from suite101.com. Peek: "Picture books have to have enough layers that their genius only becomes truly apparent through multiple readings. Which is not the same as having a lot of words—not by a long shot."

Agent Interview: Jill Cocoran of the Herman Agency by Alice Pope from Alice Pope's SCBWI Children's Market Blog. Peek: "Regarding websites, I think websites are a must for unpublished and published illustrators. If I hear of you, I want to click and see your work immediately, while your name is still in my mind. So do editors and art directors."

Agent Interview: Mary Kole from Alice Pope's SCBWI Children's Market Blog. Peek: "I'm still very much looking for talent, but I feel like I can take my time now and be really picky. I'd say I can sum up my goals in agenting and in life with, 'Read and learn more and more every day.'"

Agent Interview: Michelle Humphrey from Sterling Lord from Denise Jaden. Peek: "I'm looking for YA (contemporary, historical, romance, quirky – not really genre fantasy, but I'm open to fantasy elements)--anything with a distinct voice. I am especially fond of subversive heroines--characters who break the rules and aren't afraid to set themselves apart from the crowd."

Agent Interview: Sarah Davies of Greenhouse Literary Agency by Tami Lewis Brown from Through the Tollbooth.

Agent Interview: Tracey Adams by Nathalie Mvondo from Multiculturalism Rocks! Peek: "We have many books with characters whose parents are from another culture, books full of diverse characters in our own country, but honestly I would love to see more submissions featuring characters in foreign settings – this is something we don't see often enough."

Agent Jennifer Rofe of Andrea Brown Literary Agency from Kidlit Central News.

Agent Mandy Hubbard's Submissions Guidelines from her official author-agent site. Includes lists (by category) of a few of her favorite books and some of her clients.

Agent Perspectives: Alyssa Eisner Henkin from Denise Jaden. Peek: "I am accepting new queries primarily for YA and MG novels. I am also looking to take on a very select number of new and returning author/illustrators with picture book dummies, as well as picture book manuscripts by previously published authors only."

Andrea Brown Literary Agency: official site.

An Interview with Agent Rosemary Stimola by Siobhan Vivian from The Longstockings.

An Interview with Agent Stephen Barbara of the Donald Maas Agency by Lisa Graff from The Longstockings.

"Authors Need Someone On Their Side": A Conversation with Ann Tobias from The Purple Crayon.

Barry Goldblatt Literary: official website.

Barry Goldblatt via Barry Goldblatt Literary's blog.

Bookstop Literary Agency: official website.

Curtis Brown Ltd.: new official agency website.

Peek: "Founded in 1914, Curtis Brown, Ltd. is among the most venerable and prominent literary agencies in the world..."

See submissions information.

Donald Maass Literary Agency: official site. Don't miss What We're Looking for This Month.

Erin Murphy Literary Agency: "...a leading U.S. children's book agency headquartered in Flagstaff, Arizona. We focus on connections—between writer and editor, story and reader—as well as on helping our clients build their careers and grow as artists."

Folio Literary Management Unveils Children's Book Division by John A. Sellers from Publishers Weekly. Peek: "Four-year-old agency Folio Literary Management is expanding its presence in the children’s book market with the launch of Folio Jr., which will represent creators of middle-grade and young adult novels, as well as 'selective' picture books. Two new hires at the agency—Marcy Posner and Emily van Beek—as well as Folio’s Molly Jaffa will represent clients for the division, though Folio Jr. will also encompass other children’s/YA authors at Folio, including those represented by other agents."

Harvey Klinger Agency: official website. Specializes in adult and YA titles.

Interview with Agent Erin Murphy by Natalie Dias Lorenzi from EMU's Debuts. Peek: "Ask questions. You'd be amazed how many questions clients have been afraid to ask that take me just 10 seconds to answer, and they feel so much better afterward."

Interview with Andrea Cascardi of Transatlantic Literary Agency by Nancy Sondel of the Pacific Coast Children's Writers Workshop.

Interview with Author-Agent A.J. Paquette by Carmen Oliver from Following My Dreams...One Word at a Time. Peek: "Flaws humanize characters—and, okay, they help advance the plot, too! But more than that, they make people so much more interesting."

Interview with agent Jamie Weiss Chilton of Andrea Brown Literary Agency from Uma Krishnaswami.

Interview with Ginger Knowlton from K.L. Going.

Interview with Jennifer DeChiara by Tina Morgan from Fiction Factor.

Interview with literary agent Erin Murphy by Pam Mingle from Kite Tales, the newsletter of the SCBWI Rocky Mountain Chapter.

Interview with Literary Agent Jill Cocoran by Bethany Hegedus from Hunger Mountain.

Interview with Literary Agent Mark McVeigh by Kekla Magoon from Hunger Mountain.

Interview with Scott Treimel from Alma Fullerton.

Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency: official Web site.

Kirchoff/Wohlberg Literary Agency: established in the early 1980s. Represents children's book authors and author/illustrators to trade publishers.

List of Picture Book Agents by Heather Ayris Burnell from Frolicking through Cyberspace. Peek: "As a picture book writer I know it can be difficult to track down which agents represent picture book authors. Not author/illustrators (how I wish I could illustrate!), but authors only."

Literary agent Sarah LaPolla of Curtis Brown is now accepting YA manuscript submissions to consider for possible client representation. Peek: "She loves complex characters, coming-of-age stories, and strong narrators."

Michael Stearns Starts a New Agency, Upstart Crow Literary... from Alice Pope at Alice's CWIM Blog. Peek: "Michael will be joined at Upstart Crow by two other former Firebrand agents, Chris Richman and Danielle Chiotti."

The McVeigh Agency: a boutique literary agency handling writers, illustrators, photographers, and graphic novelists for both the adult and children’s markets.

Nathan Bransford of Curtis Brown at MySpace.

New Agent Alert: Jason Pinter of Waxman Literary Agency by Chuck Sambuchino from Guide to Literary Agents. Note: Jason is seeking middle grade and YA fiction. Peek: "I'm a sucker for stories about ordinary people thrust into extraordinary situations, and normal people who must overcome seemingly insurmountable odds."

New Agent Alert: Molly Jaffa of Folio Literary by Chuck Sambuchino from Guide to Literary Agents Editor's Blog. Note: Molly is seeking fiction and nonfiction for middle grade and YA readers; link offers more specific information on her tastes.

A Peach of an Agent from Sarah Davies's Blog at Greenhouse Literary Agency. Peek: "With ever more agents on the children’s/YA scene (I can count 10 new ones in the past year without even trying), the most standout new writers will increasingly experience the thrilling, bewildering fluster of The Agent Battle." Note: on how to pick between multiple offers of representation.

Pippin Properties: official agency site with history, client list, etc.

Q&A with Literary Agent Adriana Domínguez of Full Circle Literary by Nilki Benitez from musings. Peek: "Adriana is based on the East Coast (New York), and interested in building a strong list of children's picture books, middle grade novels, and (literary) young adult novels."

Q & A with Agent Elena Mechlin of Pippin Properties from the Writers' League of Texas.

Sarah's Blog from Greenhouse Literary Agency. Peek: "Greenhouse is a new literary agency with a difference. We exclusively represent and manage the careers of authors writing fiction for children, from first readers through middle grade to sophisticated teen fiction."

See also New Agent Interview: Sarah Davies of Greenhouse Literary from Alice Pope at Alice's CWIM Blog.

Sara Crowe Literary Agent: new official site features client list, news, and blog. Peek: "I am always looking for young adult fiction and middle grade fiction for my children's list. I represent a few wonderful picture book writers and am not looking to add to that list at this time. I am open to hearing from author/illustrators."

Spotlight on Agent Mary Kole: an interview by Kathy Temean from Writing and Illustrating. Peek: "I read the work of a lot of writers and see the work of a lot of artists who are technically fine…they have solid writing and good technique…but they haven’t risen to the next level yet. And only time and learning and growth can take them there."

Stimola Literary Studio: official agency site.

Top 20 Picture Book Agents in Publishers Marketplace by Brenda Sturgis from suite101.com. Peek: "The world of children's literature is packed with promise and savvy literary agents, listed below are the top 20 deal makers as of Aug. 6, 2010." Note: not all sales are reported to PM, so this should be taken as a general indicator rather than a complete listing.

Anna Webman of Curtis Brown at MySpace.

Wernick & Pratt: literary agency founded by Marcia Wernick and Linda Pratt, both formerly of the Sheldon Fogelman Agency. Peek: "...represent established and emerging authors and illustrators, whose work ranges from fiction to non-fiction, from very young picture books and novelty books, through early readers, middle grade and young adult novels."

What I Really Want to Do Is Direct: a guest post by literary agent Rebecca Sherman from Blue Rose Girls. Peek: "I want to see a rarely used locale, time period or historical event shaping the story and the protagonist without dominating the text."

Workshop Transcript: Working With An Agent With Steven Malk from author Verla Kay.

The World Doesn't Need Another Rhyming Tooth Fairy Story: A Conversation with Agent Andrea Brown by Anna Olswanger from The Purple Crayon.

CYN NOTE: editor Sharyn November offers links to several agents and literary agencies as well as related resource information (scroll to read).