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
- 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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Laura is seeking adult fiction, young readers' books, and nonfiction.
In adult fiction, she is particularly interested in literary fiction, magical realism, fabulist/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, and dynamic and well-developed characters.
In the young readers' realm, she is seeking young adult novels, middle grade novels, and picture books. She loves YA and middle grade with a magical tinge and vivid writing, absorbing contemporary stories, unique fantasies, literary scifi, and psychological twists. She also looks for titles that incorporate high concept, dark/edgy, social, cultural, and humorous elements. She is drawn to funny, quirky picture books with heart, as well as any book that challenges the way we typically view the world.
In nonfiction, she looks for science proposals, cultural- or historical-focused narrative nonfiction, illustrated gift books, and literary memoirs.
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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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