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Submission Guidelines

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.

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  • Jennifer Weltz
  • Alice Tasman
  • Ariana Philips
  • Alicia Brooks
  • Jean Naggar

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Jennifer's Guidelines

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's Guidelines

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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Ariana's Guidelines

Ariana is seeking adult fiction, nonfiction, and contemporary young adult.

In adult fiction, she is interested in literary and commercial fiction, particularly upmarket women’s fiction, family sagas, stories with unique family dynamics, and historical hooks. She is drawn to gritty stories that have a strong authentic voice, a well-crafted plot, and carefully developed characters. She’s also seeking smart and funny romantic comedies, both for the adult and YA market.

In nonfiction, she is interested in a wide range of narrative and prescriptive nonfiction with a strong platform. Specifically, she’s on the hunt for pop-culture, popular history and science, lifestyle, travel, humor, illustrated gift books, true crime, sports, social issues, and literary memoirs. She is also interested in cookbooks, food narratives, and culinary histories from around the world. She loves to find new talent and work with her clients to develop strong proposals.

In the YA category, she is interested in contemporary books with a strong hook and voice. She wants stories that will make her cry and laugh—sometimes at the same time.

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Alicia's Guidelines

Alicia Brooks' focus is memoir, narrative nonfiction, self-help, pop culture, literary fiction, and commercial fiction. She is especially interested in original voices and unique concepts. As a book editor most recently at Picador/St. Martin's Press, she edited Nega Mezlekia, Duff Brenna, Brad Barkley, Noelle Howey, Ben Brantley, Richard Selzer, and Jaclyn Moriarty, which demonstrates the variety of her tastes.

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Jean's Guidelines

Jean currently has a full client list and will not be accepting any new authors at this time.

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