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After a brief hiatus, I'm back to highlight more amazing literary agents that I would be beyond speechless if they've ever decided to represent me. And since I heart you all, I'm also giving you information just in case you decide to query them and make your wishes come true. This week, I'm giving love to the incredible Jennifer Laughran from Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Ms. Laughran's publishing track record proves that she's someone you'd want in your corner.
Why I Heart Her: Because one of her job titles is a "kids/YA specialist." Being that I plan on making a career of writing YA novels, I definitely want someone who considers themselves to be specialist in the field to have my back and help me make decisions.
Why You'll Heart Her: Because of instead of asking you to hop on the latest trend bandwagon, she just wants all writers to write "an awesome book." Oh, and she's pretty sure that she could sell it, too.
Who She Represents: LK Madigan, author of the smash YA debut, Flash Burnout; Kate Messner; Ilsa Bick; and Daniel Pinkwater
What She's Looking For: She focuses primarily on middle grade and YA, and her favorite stories deal with "offbeat" worldviews. She also like unforgettable characters and vivid settings.
Notable Net Nuggets:
Andrea Brown Literary Agency website
Guide to Literary Agents: Notes from a conference
Announcement of becoming an agent also on GLA
Twitter (and she updates frequently!)
Jennifer Represents Blog (she just started to post new material!)
Guest post on Justine Larbalestier's blog
Interview for Writing Wednesday
Market My Words post
Absolute Write Agent-in-Residency thread
How to Submit to Her: Please click here for accurate submission guidelines.
As you can see, Ms. Laughran is a constant presence on the Internet which means you can do plenty of research before querying. I'll probably be knocking at her door at the end of May--won't you join me? Good luck!