Posted by: anitanolan | January 26, 2011

New Agency Alert!

From Publishers Weekly:

Marcia Wernick and Linda Pratt, veteran literary agents who spent the majority of their careers at the Sheldon Fogelman Agency, are decamping to start their own eponymous outfit. The pair, who handle children’s authors and illustrators, have worked together for more than 20 years and will focus on everything from picture book authors to YA novelists at the new agency, to be called Wernick & Pratt.

Website:  http://www.wernickpratt.com/

Here is what they are interested in, from their website:

Wernick & Pratt Agency specializes in children’s books of all genres, from picture books through young adult literature and everything in between. We represent both authors and illustrators. We do not represent authors of adult books.

While we are dedicated to our established list of clients, we are always looking to find new talent to nurture. We are interested in both published and unpublished people who are seriously committed to a long term career in the children’s book industry. We feel that while it is a matter of our individual tastes and appeal, our quality standards are highly selective in offering representation. We take on only a limited number of new clients each year.

In light of the current market for children’s books, please be aware of our general submission preferences: We are most interested in people who both write and illustrate in the picture book genre, humorous young chapter books with strong voice, and unique and compelling middle grade/YA novels, both literary and commercial. We are not interested in picture book manuscripts of more than 1000 words, mood pieces, or work specifically targeted to the educational market.

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Responses

  1. excellent! thanks for the info.

    • New agents/agencies are always great news. I know Linda, haven’t met Marcia, but I wish them all the best. They have lots of experience.

  2. Congrats to them making their own way :) I remember Linda at one of the NJ SCBWI conferences and she seemed very nice. If I recall properly, her rejection letter to me was a “good” one.


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