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Opportunities for Writers of Young Adult & YA Science Fiction and Fantasy

September 24, 2016

Editor’s Letter: Opportunities for Writers of Young Adult
If you’re writing young adult fiction, you’re in luck. This newsletter has lots of opportunities for you.
YA writers should check out my article below on literary agents actively seeking young adult science fiction and fantasy right now. Every agent on that list confirmed to me that they are open to subs as of late summer 2016. But I know what you’re thinking: The list doesn’t help writers of young adult contemporary. Do not worry. Because one of our new agents profiled below is Tracy Marchini (BookEnds), and she is open to just that. So query her with your YA contemporary story.
I am excited about getting asked to speak this fall at a writing conference in Las Vegas (Nov. 19). Also, check out WD’s Novel Writing Conference based in Los Angeles (Oct. 28-30), which is an awesome craft-based event focusing on how you can transform your storytelling and prose into something special. Best-selling writers like Garth Stein and Jane Smiley will give big speeches. And literary agent Paula Munier is teaching her popular “Well Sold Story” intensive.
Until next time, good luck writing, agent hunting, and building your writer platform!

Chuck Sambuchino
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2 New Agents Seeking Submissions NOW
Click on any name below to see the full mini-profile on the GLA Blog (with submission instructions). Good luck querying!

1. Anna Worrall of The Gernert Company
She is seeking: smart women’s literary and commercial fiction, psychological thrillers, and narrative nonfiction.

2. Tracy Marchini of BookEnds
She is seeking: picture book, middle grade and young adult manuscripts across most genres, including contemporary, mysteries, thrillers, magical realism, historical fiction, and non-fiction. For picture book fiction, she’s particularly interested in manuscripts that are laugh out loud funny or deliciously dark. For middle grade and young adult, she’s interested in underdogs, strong female characters and/or unreliable narrators. She believes that it’s important for readers of all backgrounds to see themselves reflected in the media they consume, and is looking to bring that diversity to her list.

17 Literary Agents Seeking Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy NOW
Sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint which agents are open to submissions at any given time. So with that in mind, I’m creating some new vertical lists of agents seeking queries right now, as of summer 2016. This list is for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. All the agents listed below personally confirmed to me as of August 2016 that they are actively seeking YA Science Fiction and Fantasy (speculative) submissions NOW. Some gave personal notes about their tastes while some did not. Good luck querying!

1.  Kaylee Davis (Dee Mura Literary)
Notes: She seeks particularly epic, contemporary, near-future, and diverse. She has a special interest in locked-room mysteries, psychological, multiple POVs, lesser-explored settings, and unusual retellings.
How to Submit: Send queries to query [@] deemuraliterary.com. Put your name and the project title in the subject. Include a synopsis and the first 25 pages of your ms in the body of the email.

2. Renee Nyen (KT Literary)
Notes: “I love non-traditional family structures (thinking specifically LGBTQIA+ here), and I’m always fascinated by deeply religious families. I’d like to find a YA fantasy/sci-fi with a transgender main character.”
How to Submit: Please submit a query letter with the first three pages of your manuscript pasted in the email to queries [@] ktliterary.com. When querying Renee, do not query Hannah Fergeson, also on this list.

See all 17 agents listed here.

Helpful Articles if You’re Writing Young Adult
Since this newsletter is packed with opportunities for writers of YA, I thought I’d throw in a few more. I found these helpful articles in the archives of the WD Blog. Check them out.

1. Does a High School Protagonist Mean Your Book is Young Adult?

2. Six Tips for Writing Young Adult Horror.

3. How to Write for Teens Without Sounding Like an Adult Writing for Teens.

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