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I am a literary agent and the director of business affairs at LDLA, who is particularly drawn in by unique voices, strong character development, high-concept plots, and transporting experiences. I mostly represent commercial fiction, romance, MG, YA, historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers, and narrative nonfiction. I’m a sucker for anything about cults, witches, jewel heists, archaeology/ancient civilizations, royalty, psychology, or high-stakes revenge. And I automatically get excited when I see a good smoldering romance, gripping mystery, clever prescriptive nonfiction, or anything set in a bakery (with lots of salivating descriptions!).
I have been passionate about books for as long as I can remember, but I first became interested in agenting after a college friend encouraged me to apply for a summer internship at Writers House. I commuted back and forth from Connecticut three days a week, and knew that this was what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing...minus the two-hour train rides.
Now I live in Sunnyside, Queens, and when not immersed in a good book, love shopping at the city's green markets, exploring new neighborhoods, designing gloriously color-coded spreadsheets, tackling DIY apartment decorating, and snuggling with my cats.
For my full deal history, visit my PM Dealmaker page.
Space for Saffron
Children's: Middle Grade Fiction
December 5, 2023
Rie Neal's SPACE FOR SAFFRON, about a 10-year-old science superstar who moves to the Silicon Valley with her moms to save her Gran's coffee shop, only to realize that her science projects can't compete with her new classmates', to Alyson Heller at Aladdin, in an exclusive submission, for publication in spring 2026, by Carrie Pestritto at Laura Dail Literary Agency (world).
Please use QueryManager to send a submission to me. You can read more about my specific interests there, as well.
Your query letter should include:
a short pitch
and a short plot summary
Also note previous submission or publishing history, if applicable. If you are a debut author, do not worry.
After your query letter, paste the first chapter of your manuscript (or the entire proposal if nonfiction) into the body of the email. I will not respond to queries emailed directly to me and I don't open unrequested attachments.
My (Average) Submission Timeline
Once I receive your query, if I am going to request pages, I usually do so by the 2 month mark. When I receive a partial, it goes to my TBR pile and I try to respond with feedback in about 3-6 months.