Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Four associate agents at storied literary agency Sanford J. Greenburger Associates seek new authors, Picture books to YA, thrillers to literary fiction

The Sisters by Nancy Jensen,
represented by Greenburger Associates
Sanford J. Greenburger Associates
55 Fifth Avenue 
New York, NY 10003 
212 206 5600

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Greenburger Associates has been around for more than 80 years. It brought Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Franz Kafka, and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry to American audiences. It continues to represent heavyweight authors, particularly financial heavyweights, such as Dan Brown. 

Altogether the agency has six senior agents, five of whom are open to queries. There are also four associate agents, including newcomer Wendi Gu, and for a new author, these are you best bets:

Associate agent Wendi Gu began her publishing career in 2012 as an intern at Sanford J. Greenburger, in the offices of Brenda Bowen and Lisa Gallagher. Shortly after graduating with a degree in Creative Writing from Northwestern University, Wendi was hired as a full-time assistant and began focusing on children’s books under Brenda Bowen’s mentorship. Through Brenda’s office, she has had the great honor of working with artists like Emily Winfield Martin, Chris Raschka, G. Brian Karas, and Martine Leavitt.

Wendi represents early readers, picture books, middle-grade, and select YA and adult literary fiction. She’s interested in socially-conscious, civically-engaged authors and illustrators, and books that embrace diversity in race, gender, faith, and nationality. As a child of Chinese immigrants, she’s especially interested in immigrant stories and first-generation American stories. She’s also a big fan of cute animals and quirky humor. You’ll find a recent interview with Wendi here.

Like many of her colleagues at Greenburger, Wendi has a very hands-on approach to agenting. She is interested in working with both debut and veteran authors and illustrators, and hopes to develop a long-lasting relationship with each client she takes on.

Submissions: Please query Wendi at wgu@sjga.com
The subject line should read: “QUERY: [Title] by [Author]”. Please include the query letter in the body of the email and attach the full manuscript as a Word Document. 

Stephanie Delman began her career at Greenburger Associates in 2012, after working in online media. After a year as the junior assistant to president Heide Lange, Stephanie was promoted to senior assistant and foreign rights liaison for Heide’s authors, including Dan Brown and Brad Thor. Stephanie continues in that role as she builds her own list, further honing her skills in negotiations and editorial development.

Stephanie represents adult fiction, and is particularly enthusiastic about literary/upmarket contemporary fiction, psychological thrillers/suspense, and atmospheric, near-historical fiction (past 200 years). Stephanie does not represent fantasy or science fiction, but she loves a bit of surrealism or speculative fiction rooted in realism. She also enjoys interwoven plots, epic family sagas, and fictionalized accounts of overlooked periods in history.

A graduate of Johns Hopkins’ Writing Seminars program, Stephanie considers herself a “hands-on” agent and is eager to work with debut authors who are serious about their craft.

Query Stephanie at sdelman@sjga.com
Please put “Query: [your book's title] by [your name]” in the subject line. Include the first few chapters in the body of your email.

Ed Maxwell joined Greenburger Associates in 2011. Previously, he interned in various political offices on Capitol Hill and in New York. Ed graduated from New York University with a degree in History. Starting as the assistant to Faith Hamlin, he distinguished himself as a close reader with an eclectic range. In addition to agenting on his own, he continues to co-agent certain titles and authors while assisting Faith in managing her list.

Ed is seeking expert and narrative nonfiction authors, novelists and graphic novelists, as well as children’s book authors and illustrators.

His aim as a literary agent is to help authors grow their intellectual properties into compelling books. He is especially interested in working with authors who may publish across different genres and formats—scholarly and trade—over the course of their careers. Ed believes in popular media as a living cultural record and hopes to connect with authors of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and voices.

Query Ed at: emaxwell@sjga.com
Please put “QUERY: [Project Title]” in the subject line. Attach a proposal or a sample from your project (at most 40 pages).

Rachael Dillon Fried did a stint with International Creative Management’s live appearances division in Los Angeles, before she embraced her love of books and relocated to New York City to pursue a career in literary representation. She landed at Sanford Greenburger, where she assisted agent Heide Lange before becoming an associate agent.

Rachael is growing her client list with both fiction and nonfiction authors, with a keen interest in unique literary voices, women’s fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir, and comedy. She hopes to build long-term relationships with clients who are passionate about developing their craft and career.

Rachael is a Rhode Island native and graduate of Brown University. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, a television writer.

Query Rachael at: rfried@sjga.com

See information about all the agents at Greenburger Associates, including their submission preferences here.

Half-Truths and Brazen Lies by Kira Vermond,
one of the guest speakers for the Kid Lit course
Brian Henry will lead Writing for Children & for Young Adult workshops on Saturday, April 1, in Windsor (see here), on Saturday, May 13, in Caledon at the Bolton Library with Yasemin Uçar, senior Editor at Kids Can Press and author Jennifer Mook-Sang (see here), on Saturday, May 27, in St. Catharines with Anne Shone, senior editor at Scholastic Books (see here), and on Saturday, July 29, in Collingwood with literary agent Monica Pacheco (see here). 
Brian will also be leading a weekly Kid Lit class, Monday afternoons, April 10 – June 19, in Mississauga (see here).
Note: For updated listings of Writing for Children & for Young adult workshops and for weekly Kid lit classes, see here (and scroll down).

Also, Brian will lead a How to Get Published workshop on Saturday, April 22, in Midland, with literary agent Sue Miller (see here).
Note: For updated postings of current How to Get Published workshops here (and scroll down).

And don't miss the June in Algonquin Writing Retreat, Friday, June 2 – Sunday, June 4 or Monday, June 5. Details here.

For more information or to reserve a spot in any Saturday workshop or weekly course, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

This spring – starting soon! – Brian will offer a full range of classes from beginner to advanced:
Welcome to Creative Writing, Monday evenings, April 10 – June 19, Burlington Details here.
Writing Personal Stories, Thursday afternoons, April 27 – June 15, Burlington Details here.
Writing Kid Lit, with guest speakers authors Sylvia McNicoll and Kira Vermond, Monday afternoons, April 10 – June 19, Mississauga. Details here.
Intermediate Creative Writing, Thursday evenings, April 13 – June 15, starts by email April 6, Georgetown. Details here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, April 11 – June 13, starts by email April 4, Burlington. Details here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings, April 12 – June 14, starts by email April 5, Burlington. Details here.
Extreme Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons, April 5 – June 21, starts by email March 29, Burlington. Details here.

Details of all classes offered this spring here
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For more information or to register for any of the above, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca
Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

See Brian’s complete current schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.


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Monday, March 27, 2017

Writing for Children & for Young Adults: Saturday workshops in 4 locales, plus a weekly class

The Rising, a YA novel by Kelley Armstrong,
a New York Times #1 bestselling author
and one of Brian’s students
Writing for Children & for Young Adults ~ the world’s hottest market
Saturday, April 1, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The Raindance Centre for Film, Media and the Arts, 716 Pelissier St, Windsor, Ontario (Map here.)

This workshop is also offered Saturday, May 1, in Caledon at the Bolton Library, with Yasmin Ucar, senior editor, Kids Can Press and author Jennifer Mook-Sang (see here), Saturday, May 27, in St. Catharines, with Anne Shone, senior editor, Scholastic Books (see here), and Saturday, July 29, in Collingwood, with  Monica Pacheco, literary agent with the McDermid Agency (see here).

Writing Kid Lit – Picture Books to YA weekly class is offered Monday afternoons, April 10 – June 19, in Mississauga, with two guest speakers: authors Sylvia McNicoll and Kira Vermond (see here).

If you want to write the next best-selling children’s books or just want to create stories for your own kids, this workshop is for you. Learn how to write stories kids and young adults will love and find out what you need to know to sell your book.

Special option: You may, but don't have to, bring 2 or 3 copies of the opening pages (first 500 words) of your children’s book or young adult novel (or 1,000 words if that will get you to the end of your picture book or to the end of your first chapter.) If you’re not currently working on a children’s story, don’t worry, we’ll get you started on the spot!

Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He teaches at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Saint John. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers and is the author of a children’s version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Tribute Publishing). But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get published. 

Fee: 43.36 + 13% hst = 49 paid in advance by mail or Interac
or 46.90 + 13% hst = 53 if you wait to pay at the door

To reserve a spot now, email: 
brianhenry@sympatico.ca

See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Five paying markets for short prose, poetry, and essays, plus two writing contests

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Confrontation magazine publishes short fiction (up to 7,200 words) and flash fiction (up to 500 words), poetry, and nonfiction (essays and memoir) . Pays $175–$250 for prose, $75–$100 per work for poetry
Deadline: April 15, 2017.
Also, the Confrontation magazine 2017 Poetry Prize is open to submission. $10 entry fee includes a submission to the magazine (which is normally $24). Prize: $750. The winner will be prominently published in the magazine. All entries will be considered for publication. Deadline: April 30.
Details for both the contest and general submissions here.

Southern Indiana Review publishes plays, short stories, film scripts novellas, novel excerpts, creative nonfiction and poetry. Pays: $50 – $100 per piece.
Deadline: April 30, 2017. Guidelines here.


The Quilliad is an independent literary and arts publication based in Toronto. Publishes emerging and established writers and welcomes submissions from all Canadians.
The spring/May issue is open to general literature (no genre fiction or poetry), while the fall/Halloween issue is open to apocalyptic fiction, retold fairy tales, horror, and science fiction as well. Wants poetry flash fiction (500 words or less), short stories (1,000 – 2,000 words). Also accepts some visual art, photography, and comic art. Pays $13.
For the May 2017 issue, submit February – April; for the October 2017 issue, submit July – September. Guidelines here.

Dear literary comrade,
We’d be grateful if you can help spread the word to your writerly members and friends about subTerrain magazine’s awards opportunity: our 15th annual Lush Triumphant Literary Awards contest.
The competition boasts 3 Categories – Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction and Poetry – and $3,000 CAN in total cash prizes.
The winners will be published in the winter 2017 issue of subTerrain; runners-up will be published in the spring 2018 issue.
The $27.50 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to subTerrain. Enter now, enter often!
Deadline: May 15, 2017. Full contest details here.
Brian, Thanks for helping us get the word out!
All the best,
Natasha Sanders-Kay
Managing Editor, subTerrain
Note: subTerrain is also seeking submissions for its summer issue. This issue will be devoted almost entirely to interviews with (mostly) Canadian writers and thinkers, covering a wide range of topics from writing, the economy, politics, the future, migration, borders in an increasingly “borderless” world, and wherever the conversations take us. Pays $50 per poem and $50 per page for prose.
Deadline May 1, 2017. Guidelines for the summer (and also the fall and spring issues) here.

Bennington Review is published twice a year in print form, Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. Submissions are read from August 15 to May 15 of every year. The review aims “to stake out a distinctive space for innovative, intelligent, and moving fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, film writing, and cross-genre work. In the spirit of poet Dean Young’s dictum that poets should be ‘making birds, not birdcages,’ we are particularly taken with writing that is simultaneously graceful and reckless.
Pays $100–$200 for prose, $20 per poem. 
Deadline: May 15, 2017. Guidelines here.

See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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