MY INTERACTIVE BOOKSHELF

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“A stunning story...Smart, honest, and deeply personal, this illuminating work should be required reading.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review of HOW TO BE A GIRL 

 

ABOUT ME

I am a literary agent and audio rights director 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 friend encouraged me to apply for a summer internship at Writers House over our sophomore break.  I commuted back and forth from my home in Connecticut three days a week and knew that this was what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing...minus the hour-and-a-half train ride.

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.

 

Follow me on Twitter and pay a visit to my Publishers Marketplace page to learn more.

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LDLA SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

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:

• your name

• your email

• 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.

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(in Adult, MG & YA)

  • Commercial fiction featuring BIPOC, LGBTQ+, neuroatypical/ neurodivergent, and disability rep.

  • Compelling characters and story lines that are high-concept, tightly plotted, and inclusive.

  • Classical or universal stories, tropes, and relationships that have been given a fresh twist.

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(in Adult Nonfiction)

  • Transportive narrative nonfiction and memoir.

  • Prescriptive nonfiction and pop science.

  • Smart, piercing examinations of complex current issues.

  • Biography/history that shares a new perspective.

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(in Adult, MG & YA)

  • Engaging historical fiction (from about 1800s on).

  • Light, flirty, escapist romance and rom-coms with modern love stories.

  • Thrillers and suspense with expertly executed twists or unreliable narrators.

  • Absorbing SFF with meticulous world building and anchored by a character-driven plot and vibrant relationships.

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RECENT DEALS

For my full deal history, visit my PM Dealmaker page.

TYRANNICAL MINDS

Audio rights

June 9, 2021

Author of MURDEROUS MINDS Dean Haycock, Ph.D's TYRANNICAL MINDS, an examination into the pairing of psychology and situation that creates despotic leaders, to Ron Formica at Tantor, at auction, by Carrie Pestritto at Laura Dail Literary Agency (world English).

 

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