The first step to getting published is finding a literary agent. The first step to finding a literary agent is submitting a query to one. In its most basic form, a query is a one-page description of your work and a brief biography of yourself.
Each agent at JVNLA has her own particular tastes and interests. Consequently, you will need to read our agents' submission guidelines carefully and choose the agent that you believe is the best fit for you and your project. After that, fill out our basic query form and you will be on your way to representation!
Please note that we no longer accept queries through regular mail. All queries should come through this form. Due to the volume of email we receive, we typically only respond to queries we would like to see more of. Because of time constraints, we cannot reply to requests for reasons on a pass. Please also note that Jean Naggar is no longer accepting new clients.Next Step
- Jennifer Weltz
- Alice Tasman
- Elizabeth Evans
- Laura Biagi
- Jean Naggar
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Jennifer's favorite part of the day is plunging into a wonderful read! In the adult market, Jennifer responds to well researched and original historicals, thrillers with a unique voice, wry dark humor, and magical realism. Enthralling narrative non-fiction that illuminates and inspires is always welcome as well. In the realm of children's books, Jennifer looks for fun, fresh, and exciting reads with unforgettable characters that have a unique voice. If she wants to hang out with your character, she's in! Because of her extensive work in the international market Jennifer is always on the lookout for the kind of book that travels well and has a strong international appeal.
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Alice Tasman's focus is literary and commercial fiction, and she is always on the lookout for debut writers. She is especially interested in novels—whether adult, young adult, or middle grade—that combine excellent writing, voice, and characters with a great plot. She is also drawn to smart, off-beat non-fiction, particularly works of narrative non-fiction on biography, music, or pop-culture.
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Jessica represents children's book writers and a select list of adult writers.
In children's books, she represents young adult and middle grade writers of all genres, but specifically contemporary writers and novels with genre elements, such as fantasy, paranormal, gothic, horror, suspense, magical realism, romance, or humor.
In adult books, she represents women's fiction that bridges the gap between literary and commercial and humor/pop culture nonfiction.
She is not looking to represent picture books, practical nonfiction, inspirational or spirituality books, genre fiction (such as sci-fi, fantasy, cozy mysteries, crime, westerns, or romance), political thrillers, misery memoirs, screenplays, or animal books.
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Elizabeth represents a wide range of nonfiction projects, including memoir, current affairs, pop science, journalism, health and wellness, psychology, history, pop culture, and humor. She is most interested in narrative nonfiction, especially stories of adventure and books that aspire to foster knowledge and understanding. She is actively seeking the following:
Serious nonfiction with a rigorous intellectual drive. Authors with strong platforms who are experts in their fields. Award-winning journalists, academics, speakers, scientists. Books that ask big questions.
Lively, fun nonfiction that feels edgy and current. Quirky projects that illuminate unique perspectives. Playful pop culture or pop reference titles.
Please note that Elizabeth is no longer seeking fiction. She does not represent children's books, essay anthologies, poetry, short fiction, or screenplays.
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Laura is seeking adult fiction and young readers' books, plus select memoir and narrative nonfiction.
In adult fiction, she is particularly interested in literary fiction, magical realism, absurdist fiction, culturally thematic fiction, upmarket women's fiction, psychological thrillers/mysteries that break the genre mold, literary historical fiction, and debut authors. She is drawn to strong voices, complex narrative arcs, dynamic and well-developed characters, and high concept twists.
In the young readers' realm, she is seeking young adult novels, middle grade novels, and picture books. She loves young readers' books with a magical tinge and vivid writing, absorbing contemporary stories, unique fantasies, literary scifi, and atypical mysteries. She also looks for titles that incorporate high concept, dark/edgy, social, cultural, and/or quirky elements, as well as titles that challenge the way we typically view the world.
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Jean currently has a full client list and will not be accepting any new authors at this time. All other agents are accepting clients.
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