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Agent Spotlight: Ginger Knowlton

This week’s Agent Spotlight features Ginger Knowlton of Curtis Brown, Ltd.
Status: Open to submissions.
GKnowlton About: Ginger Knowlton represents a diverse list of authors and illustrators of picture books, middle-grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction. Her client list includes new and emerging writers as well as Newbery Medalists, Newbery and Printz Honor winners, Edgar and Lambda winners, New York Times bestsellers, and a host of other talented clients. Ginger has served on the Board of Directors of both the Association of Authors’ Representatives in NYC and the Friends of the Library in her hometown in Westchester County.” (Link)
What She's Looking For:
Picture book author-illustrators and middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction
What She Isn’t Looking For:
Stage plays, musicals, screenplays. (Link)
About the Agency:
“Curtis Brown, Ltd. is one of the world’s leading literary agencies, representing a wide variety of established and emerging authors of all genres since 1914. With seventeen agents in our New York, San Francisco and New Orleans offices, and a staff dedicated to handling dramatic, translation, audio and digital media rights, we provide the highest standard of literary representation in all aspects of our clients’ careers.” (Link)
Editorial Agent:
Web Presence:
Curtis Brown website
Publisher's Marketplace page
AgentQuery, QueryTracker
MJ Auch, Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Kelly Bingham, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Estate of Clyde Robert Bulla, Tina Burke, Nancy Etchemendy, Estate of Jean Craighead George, Peggy Gifford, Jenny Goebel, K.L. Going, Helen Frost, Francisco Jimenez, Ena Jones, Peg Kehret, Uma Krishnaswami, Gail Carson Levine, J.Patrick Lewis, Martine Leavitt, Nikki Loftin, Kekla Magoon, Wendy Mass, Estate of Eloise Jarvis McGraw, Hazel Mitchell, Todd Mitchell, Laurel Molk, Estate of Ogden Nash, Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Linda Sue Park, Mark Parsons, John Ritter, Barbara Roberts, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Dan Tavis, Stephanie Tolan, Wendelin Van Draanen, Sally Warner, , Jonah Winter, Ellen Wittlinger, Ellen Yeomans, Eve Yohalem
Query Methods:
E-mail: Yes.
Snail-Mail: No.
Online-Form: No.
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
Please send your query letter and contact information along with the first ten pages of your manuscript or art samples to gk@cbltd.com and she will respond only if she’s interested in seeing more, usually within four to six weeks. Please include “gkquery” (one word, exactly as written) in the subject line of your email. See the Curtis Brown website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.
Response Time:
Ms. Knowlton usually responds within  4 to 6 weeks if she's interested.
What's the Buzz?
Everything I found on Ms. Knowlton is very complimentary. Her 30+ years of experience, focus on children’s literature, and impressive clientele make her quite the catch for kidlit writers and illustrators. Her clients seem very pleased with her representation and are happy to praise her. She describes herself as being very picky but remains open and invested in submissions. 
Interview with Ginger Knowlton of Curtis Brown, Ltd at Mig W.riters (05/2012).
Interview with Ginger Knowlton with Krista Van Dolzer (07/2013)
Please see the Curtis Brown website for contact and query information.
Profile Details:
Last updated: 3/28/2024 
Updated by Agent? Yes
Reviewed By Agent? 4/23/2019

Have any experience with this agent? See something that needs updating? Please leave a comment or e-mail me at natalieiaguirre7@gmail.com
Note: These agent profiles and interviews presently focus on agents who accept children's fiction. Please take the time to verify anything you might use here before querying an agent. The information found here is subject to change.

Wednesday's Word Count & April Goal Review

We're heading into May this week. Do you know what that means? Goals are upon me! Not just weekly goals, monthly goals, and even some of my "long term" goals. June is just around the proverbial corner and then half the year will be over. Yowza! So today, I'm going to mix Wednesday's Words with my Monthly Goal Review (cause I'm running out of month and we have a Spotlight tomorrow).

Prior Goal:
4,000 words.

Achieved: 8,539 (can I get a woot, woot!?)

Goal for new week: 7,000.

Excuses / comments: "The end" is in my field of vision and I'm amped! Of course, this particular "the end" will only lead to "the beginning" of massive revisions BUT, I'm still excited. I also challenged Heather with a deadline. We're to have to our respective drafts done by May 15th (the same drafts we worked on for the 30k challenge). We both need it, and if I can manage it, it will fall in line perfectly with my 2009 goal to have a complete draft done by May or June. What does it all mean? I have to write around 17k over the next 16 days. Given my track record with other challenges, I know I can do it.

Now for my review...


Still on track to have my WIP finished by the end of May.
Still on track for my end-of-year goals.
Read seven books.
Blogged regularly.
Finished the 30k in 30 (one) days challenge on time.
Practiced reading outloud.
Reviewed my goals for April!

What didn't I accomplish?

I didn't manage to write daily, as hoped, but I've still done very well, I think.
I didn't do a book review STILL.
I didn't post a teaser.

So for May I charge myself with the following:

Finish this draft by May 15th, which will cover one of my year goals.
Begin revisions.
Read at least three books.
Write at least three Fashy Fiction prompts (I'm awful about this and awful at it).
At least one book review.
Maybe that teaser I keep talking about.
AND...the usual, i.e. blogging, commenting, learning, etc.

Woo! Glad that's over with. Please sift through all this madness as you please and add your own goals - weekly, monthly, yearly, whatev! If you'd rather just answer a question, what have you been doing this spring? How's your weather been?

So Tell Me: Audiobooks Vs. Reading

When you listen to an audio book, do you consider the book read? How do you view the experience of the different formats? As an author or aspiring author, would you prefer readers to read your novel(s) in text as intended, or have you no preference?

I'm exceedingly curious about this, but I have to admit that I'm not a good candidate for the discussion. I generally don't listen to audiobooks. The few times I have, I found the experience surprisingly different. The book is usually read in a different rhythm than I would read it. I don't have the time to pause and speculate over things, feel the words, like I normally might. I can't study the structure, etc. It's certainly an enjoyable experience in that it brings other unique elements to the table but I can't bring myself to say I've read a book that I've only listened to on audio. For me, the experience is much more enjoyable if I've actually, physically read the book first.

Let's discuss! What are you thoughts and opinions?

Agent News: Two New Agents @ Golblatt Literary

Putting this up later than I meant to but I thought I'd still post in case anyone missed it!

Barry Goldblatt Literary
is now home to two new agents, Beth Fleisher and Joe Monti. The Goldblatt web site has been relaunched to reflect its new crew and I'm excited to report both new agents will be living up to the Goldblatt standard and focusing their energies on kidlit!

An excerpt from the press release on the Goldblatt blog: “I’m thrilled to be growing the agency,” says Barry Goldblatt. “At a time when there’s a lot of doom and gloom out there, I’m optimistic about the future, and I thought what better way to show that than by expanding? And to be able to do so with smart, talented people like Joe and Beth sends the confident message that bigger and better things are ahead.”

You can read this and the rest of the press release HERE.

What are the new additions looking for?

Beth Fleisher:

"I'm particularly interested in finding new voices in middle grade and young adult fantasy, science fiction, mysteries, historicals and action adventure as well as select children's and adult non-fiction. I welcome both prose and graphic novel formats."

Joe Monti:

"As an agent I'll be focusing on children's and young adult, or teen literature, as well as some adult genre fiction. I'm also interested in working with folks who are writer-artists of graphic works, from graphic novels to picture books. Specifically I love work that breaks new ground, a work that is subversive or enlightening by utilizing a different approach.

"I'm also an unabashed lover of genre fiction, particularly fantasy and science fiction. I'm also looking for cultural diversity as I come from a mixed race family, and my son is an even bigger mutt than I am. And lastly, I'm a big beleiver that the widely held beleif 'boys over a certain age do not read' is nonsense. Guys read, especially if they have a range of materials to read from that interests and speaks to them."

Good luck friends! I hope to hear of at least one of you getting signed. ; )

Book Give Away @ Writing it Out

I know we all love a good book giveaway!

Head on over to Beth Revis' blog, Writing it Out, for a chance to win one of two sets of books she's giving away. Both sets look great! All you have to do is choose, and there are extra opportunities for points if you wish to take advantage of them.

(Also, read some of her "Today in Class" posts - they're hilarious!)

Good luck! The give-away post can be found HERE.


One more thing. Heather needs some questions to answer for her web site. If you could stop by her blog post HERE and throw some at her (feel free to peg her with some funny ones), that would be great!

Lit Soup's Birthday and Contest

First off, today is the 3rd Birthday of agent Jenny Rae Rappaport's blog, Lit Soup. She's celebrating by having a microfiction contest!

The rules: here.
The "magic" word and contest thread: here.
And make sure to stop by this post and say Happy Birthday to the blog!


Setting that bit of fun aside, what do you think of the new layout? Be honest. Too dark? Did you like the old one better? I'd really like to know!

Excuse the Mess

I'm changing up my template today. Please excuse any intermittent changes and issues there might be throughout the day. I have to fix some formatting and replace all my widgets.


Agent Spotlight: Nancy Gallt

This week's Agent Spotlight features Nancy Gallt of the Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency.
Status: Closed to submissions.
panel1_startAbout: "Nancy attended Williams College where she received a B.A. in English. For nearly 25 years she worked selling subsidiary rights for children’s books imprints at Viking, HarperCollins, Morrow, and Greenwillow. In 2000, she founded the Nancy Gallt Literary Agency in order to represent a wide-ranging list of authors and illustrators. Publishing was always her dream job – getting paid to read books – though it turned out the editorial side was not her forte. Nancy’s children claim she must have been the definition of “nerd” in her youth, though she is proud to say that she’s never been bored, no matter what she’s doing. She avoids reading books in which children are endangered or abused. There’s enough true suffering in the world that she prefers not to read about it. She loves books that entertain and enlighten, with characters that could be treasured friends." (From the agency website)
About the Agency:
"Authors and illustrators are the backbone of Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency and we pride ourselves on treating their work and our partnership with respect and care. The literary agents who represent those creatives are supported by an incredible team of sub rights specialists, marketing mavens, dedicated subagents, and a diligent back-office support system. The magnificent books we champion are the result of this passionate collaboration. Together, we aim to create life-long book enthusiasts and entertain readers of all ages throughout the world." (From the agency website)
"Since 2000, the Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency has focused on representing authors and illustrators whose work we firmly believe will have the biggest impact on young readers. Our collective book experience totals almost 70 years and we use that expertise to represent both established and emerging talent." (From the agency website)
Web Presence:
Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency website.
AgentQuery, QueryTracker.
What She's Looking For:
Ms. Gallt specializes in children's books from picture books through young adult, representing both authors and illustrators.
"She is actively seeking middle-grade and young adult novels." (Link)
What She Isn't Looking For:
Ms. Gallt does not represent adult fiction or adult non-fiction.
"Not interested in rhyming picture book texts." (Link)
Editorial Agent?
A comprehensive list of clients is available on the agency website. 
Ms. Gallt's clients include: Bety G. Birney, Jeanne DuPrau, Bagram Ibatoulline, Rick Riordan, Sophie Blackall, Janni Lee Simner, among many others.
Query Methods: Nancy Gallt is closed to queries.
E-mail: Yes.
Snail-Mail: No.
Online-Form: No.
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
See the submissions page on the Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency website. Email a query with 2000 words of a completed manuscript or the full text of a picture book in the body of the email.
See the agency website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines including other submission particulars.
Response Times:
The agency tries to respond 4 weeks. If you do not hear back, feel free to send another email or query another agent.
What's the Buzz?
Ms. Gallt doesn't have a large Internet presence, but she is very legit and has over 25 years in the industry.  She has a great list of clients and sales, including several big names such as Jeanne DuPrau and Rick Riordan.  She appears to be a hands-off agent editorial-wise but knows the industry very well.
Worth Your Time
None that I could find.
Please see the Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency website for contact and query information.
Profile Details:
Last updated: 1/30/2023.
Agent Contacted For Review? Yes.
Last Reviewed By Agent? 2/9/2023.
Have any experience with this agent? See something that needs updating? Please leave a comment or e-mail me at natalieiaguirre7(at)gmail(dot)com

Note: These agent profiles presently focus on agents who accept children's fiction. They are not interviews. Please take the time to verify anything you might use here before querying an agent. The information found herein is subject to change.

Wednesday's Word Count

Question for a Wednesday: What is your greatest source of motivation when things aren't moving the way you want?

For me, it's great books and re-reading the motivating words others have given me in the past.

Prior Goal:
4,000 words.

Achieved: 4,017.

Goal for new week: 4,000.

Excuses / comments: I had a pretty good week. I met my goal but I definitely could have written more if I had written daily. I'm back up to 35k now so I finally feel like I'm moving forward again after the cuts I did (although there are more I'll have to do eventually.) Still struggling with the story at this point but I'm confident it will shape up soon.

What do you have to report this week? Progress? Any good news? I'd love to hear some good news!

Vebal Agression You Say? For Real.

Some time last year I picked up a giant box of books, magazines, and various pamphlets and such. It was posted on my local Freecycle. I joined Freecycle to keep an eye out for books. What can I say? I'm a book junky. And, it's exciting because you never know what crazy stuff you're going to get. And I've picked up some weird stuff, let me tell ya.

So this morning I'm getting my coffee. I'm very much not awake.

My fiance says, "did you know you have a book of cuss words, of verbal aggression?"

I turn, spoon clutched in hand. He's interrupting my daily, required sacrifice of coffee beans and speaking some kind of babble, right? Did he just say... "Wha?"

"Verbal aggression. That yellow book down there."

I look "down there" at the box that was recently dragged out of my daughter's new room (once storage) and placed beside the back door. Said yellow book is in my box of books that need to go away. I don't reply because I'm still lost. I certainly don't recall owning any books on verbal aggression. Wouldn't I remember something as cool as that?

"You should keep it, for your writing at least." He grabs up the book, shows it to me, and reads the title. "Maledicta: The International Journal of Verbal Aggression."

I recognize the book now. It was from that box of crazy, crazy stuff and for some reason I never gave the book much consideration because it looked weird when I flipped open to a random page.

A random excerpt from MALEDICTA:

"Restrictions on the set of dirty words. In conducting research with dirty words the experimenter should be careful not to constrain subjects' responses."

Now, if I had read further or flipped a few pages, I would have seen what a jewel this is. I might have discovered "Table 1" of the section "Doing Research with Dirty Words," which details the "Frequency and Tabooness Ratings for Dirty Words." Did you know women use the word ass quite a bit more frequently than men? I wonder why...

Total. Riot. It's a journal that was published annually in two parts (eh, wouldn't that be biannually?). This edition was published Winter 1977 - their second volume. It even has a section called "Aggression in Children's Jokes." How cool is that? Let me add, I'm not one to use "verbal aggression" but it's fascinating and I certainly might take something away for my novel. You never know.

So after geeking out over it this morning, I Googled it. The last volume came out in 2004 but you can still order them all here. You can also see some excerpts from Volume 12 here. I SO want the most recent volume. And it just gets better. There was a five-year period it didn't print because the editor was in prison. Oh man. Who is this guy?

Katherine Patterson Prize for YA and Children's Writing


I wanted to point everyone's attention to Cynthia Leitich Smith's blog, Cynsations, where she has announced the inaugural Katherine Patterson Prize for YA and Children's Writers in Hunger Mountain.

Hunger Mountain, the arts journal of Vermont College of Fine Arts, is launching a new online arts journal this summer, which will include YA and children's literature.

The prize, $1000 and publication in Hunger Mountain, as well as two honorable mentions who will receive $100 each, is open to writers of middle-grade fiction, YA, and picture books for fiction not under contract or consideration. Newbery Award-winning author Katherine Paterson will judge, which is a prize all in its own.

The deadline to enter is June 30th. For details see this post at Cynsations, and visit the LiveJournal posting if you have any questions.

Best-Seller Royalty Statement

I clicked over to Jenny Rae Rappaport's blog this morning and was quite intrigued to find a post called "Royalty Statement Anatomy." She brings attention to a post made by Lynne Viehl where Ms. Veihl shares the royalty statement for her New York Time's Best Seller, TWILIGHT FALL (sixth in her Darkyn series).

If you've ever wanted to see some hard numbers, which are rather hard to come by in this business, here's your chance!

You can see the royalty statement here.
Read Ms. Veihl's post about it here.
And, make sure you read Ms. Rappaport's dissection here.

Great stuff!

Wednesday's Word Count

First off, I loved this post by Maureen Johnson. I think she summed up my largest issue with this line:

" . . . you want to know what you do when everything slows down and goes splat. The problem PROBABLY isn’t that you’re bored, it’s that you don’t know what comes next."

Prior Goal:
4,000 words.

Achieved: Edits, some new scenes... eh, ??

Goal for new week: 4,000

Excuses / comments: I'm stuck. I really don't what my story needs to move it from middle to end. Like usual, I wrote a couple random scenes to keep me writing but the more I do this, the more the story feels disjointed. I needed to do something to keep me working on the manuscript though, so I worked through it and edited the major plot points that have changed since the story's inception. It was actually really refreshing. I feel less bogged down by all the changed details that were building up behind me. I think I ended up deleting about 6,000 words (ouch) but I added at least a couple thousand back and have a couple scenes to finish rewriting. In any case, I'm sitting at 32k rather than 35k now. It's kind of depressing going backwards but in other ways I feel better so hopefully moving forward will now be easier.

How are YOU doing? Better than me, I hope!

Agent for a Day

Yesterday I participated in Nathan Branford's "Be an Agent for a Day" contest. It was a BLAST and it's going to be open until Saturday, so if you haven't participated you still have time. It was really eye-opening.

My thoughts...

It was as hard as I expected it to be. I've read enough agent blogs to know what I was getting into, and yes, comparatively, we had it easier than a real agent would with a real slush pile. I knew it would be time-consuming, especially with the extra speculation of which queries were published books, and I knew it would be subjective based on what I like and actually read. It was.

So why was it eye opening if I expected all this already?

A few reasons.

1) I tried to offer at least one comment of personal feedback on each one but as I was working through them it got harder and harder. It wasn't that I didn't want to put the time into it, it was more often how difficult it was to pinpoint and/or word exactly what didn't work for me. In a lot of cases, I couldn't do so without having to sit there for 20 minutes to figure it out. And with tens of queries coming in on the hour, an agent can't let that 20 minutes go unless the query is really worth investing that time in and in most cases I imagine it isn't. Form reject. Problems solved.

2) This little competition didn't include reading partials, fulls, taking phone calls, writing proposals, and working with clients and editors. While I didn't have a problem with form rejections before, I really don't now. It makes sense. I can even understand why some agents don't respond at all unless interested. Sure, it may only take a few seconds to slap a form rejection in an e-mail, but if you're a busy agent who is continually swamped, those seconds could add up fast with the amount of queries that come in. Personally, if I were an agent, I would make a point to take the time for at least a form rejection - business etiquette, courtesy and all that - but at least I can better understand why some don't.

3) It was insanely easy to pinpoint the rookies. I often knew whether or not I was interested in a query within the first two sentences. Voice really did lend a lot to a query. Awkward phrasing and clunky, disjointed paragraphs were extremely common turn-offs.

4) It was hard to look for the published queries when I was really only interested in the queries for YA novels, which lends insight into why agents generally only represent what they are passionate about. When I start querying, I think I'm going to focus on agents who primarily (or only) represent children's/juvenile fiction. Having done this, I don't think I'd feel entirely confident in someone who represents a ton of genres.

5) I've heard several agents say something along the lines of: "I'm looking for a reason to reject your query." I understood this in essentials, but now I really, really understand it. If you have a handful of partials and fulls to read, client manuscripts you're offering edits on, published books you want to read, proposals to write, clients and editors to work with, and a never-ending stream of queries flooding you inbox, you're going to be loathe to take on any more reading material in any fashion unless you absolutely cannot say no to a query, which is exactly what we writers need to strive for. Make your query irresistible. If anything about your query is so-so, keep at it. Get it critiqued and critiqed again. Read article after article on crafting a perfect query. Don't let your eagerness work against you. You can't afford to - they really are looking for a reason to say no unless they can't, unless you give them something to be really excited about.

Overall it was an amazing experience and opportunity. As I continue on this journey, I think I'll continually come back to this experiment in my mind and apply it to things I read, experiences I go through, and queries I write. I really think I've gained something by taking the time to view the other side.

Huge thank you to Nathan and everyone that participated. I can't wait to see the results.

Rambles and Links

It's Monday, it's gray out, and I don't really know what to blog about.... so let's take a tip from my blog title and ramble a little.

MarPrilWrimo a.k.a. the 30k in 30 (one) days challenge officially concluded on 04/10. I'd say it was a success! We didn't all make it to 30k, but many thousands of words were collectively written that might not have been. At least two of us are going to stick around the Facebook group that was created to try and finish our current first drafts. If anyone wants to jump on board for the comradery, you're more than welcome to. We could always create another "finish that manuscript" group or something.

I ended up writing 31k by 04/10, which brought my total to 35k (I had written a little over 4k before we began) so now I'm aiming to conclude this first draft with another 20-25k and then worry about editing and expanding where needed. Don't know how it will go but my goal is to finish draft one by 05/15!

A reading bug caught me late last week. I finished THE BOOK THIEF, and then burned through THE BOOK OF NONSENSE (thanks PJ!), THIRTEEN REASONS WHY, and THE GIVER over the next three days. I started WICKED LOVELY yesterday, which is the last of the pile I bought after my last book poll. So it looks like I need to go shopping!

What else?

Sarah Garrigues, who's building up a very informative blog, posted an article called The Art of 'Showing' Vs. 'Telling' that I thought was particularly well done (read the comments, too.) I can't tell you how many articles I've read on this subject! What a great refresher.

Be an Agent for a Day is heating up today over at Nathan Bransford's blog. What a blast! I'm drafting up a "rejection" right now.

Amazon is facing the loss of thousands of customers due to their epic Amazonfail - a supposed "glitch."

"In consideration of our entire customer base, we exclude "adult" material from appearing in some searches and best seller lists. Since these lists are generated using sales ranks, adult materials must also be excluded from that feature..."

Hum, censorship anyone? If you'd like to sign a petition, you can do so here.

Also, Queryshark shared this helpful link on Edittorrent for crafting log lines. A neat little process!

I think that's all I have right now. Feel free to do your own rambling in the comments.

Agent Spotlight: Jennie Dunham

This week's Agent Spotlight features Jennie Dunham of Dunham Literary, Inc.
Status: Open to submissions.
About: "Jennie Dunham has been a literary agent in New York, New York since May 1992. In August 2000 she founded Dunham Literary, Inc.
She represents literary fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. Her clients have had both critical and commercial success. Books she has represented have appeared on the New York Times Best Sellers in adult hardcover fiction, children’s books, and children’s book series. Her clients have won numerous awards including: New York Times Best Illustrated Book, The Schneider Family Award, Boston Globe Horn Book Honor, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist.
"She has been a member of AAR (Association of Authors Representatives) since 1993. She served on the Program Committee and was Program Committee Director for several years. She was also a member of the Electronic Committee.
"She started her career at John Brockman Associates and then Mildred Marmur Associates. She was employed by Russell & Volkening for 6 years before she left to found Dunham Literary, Inc.
"She graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Anthropology and .has a master's degree in Social Work from New York University (although she only practices with characters on the page). (From the agency website)
About the Agency:
"Quality fiction & nonfiction for adults & children since 2000" (From the agency website)
Web Presence:
Dunham Literary website.
Update on 1/26/2023:
What She's Looking For:
From their website: "First and foremost, voice.A strong story. Memorable characters. Unusual premises. Heart and heartbreak.
Jennie Dunham represents picture books writers and illustrators, middle grade, young adult and for adults upmarket literary fiction and non-fiction."

What She Isn't Looking For:
Poetry, horror, westerns, romance, individual stories/articles (Link)
Editorial Agent?
Nick Bruel, Marlene Carvell, Fred Chapell, Leslie Connor, Sandra Dutton, Jody Feldman, Tod Goldberg, Shawna Kenney, Reeve Lindbergh, Barbara McClintock, Margaret Mcmullan, Matthew Reinhart, Robert Sabuda, Anna Shinoda among many others.
Query Methods:
E-mail: Yes.
Snail-Mail: No.
Online-Form: No.
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
E-mail: Send a query letter addressed to Ms. Dunham and the first five pages of your manuscript in the body of an e-mail. No attachments.
Snail-mail: Send a query addressed to Ms. Dunham and a SASE.
Query only one agent at the agency. Queries are read by all interested agents.  
See the Dunham Literary website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.
Query Tips:
If you’ve received a request, see the "Requested Submission" page on the website.
Response Times:
The agency’s stated response time is 4 weeks for queries and 8 weeks for requested material
What's the Buzz?
Ms. Dunham has been a literary agent for over 20 years, is a member of the AAR and SCBWI, and continues to attend conferences. While she has a long-established list of clients, she remains open to submissions.
Worth Your Time:
Interviews and Podcasts (Updated 1/26/2023):
Podcast at Writers on Writing (11/2022)
What She's Lookng for at Writng and llustrating (09/2021)
Podcast at Picture Book Summit (07/2021)
Podcast at Writers League of Texas (06/2020)
Interview at Spirit of Story (05/2020)
Interview at 12 x 12 (02/2018)
Meet the Conference Faculty: Jennie Dunham at Scribe (05/2019)
Interview at 12 x 12 (02/2018)
Interview at Childrens Book Insider (6/2017)
Freefall Friday: Jennie Dunham Interview, Part 2 of Interview, and First Page Results at Writing and Illustrating (05/2017)
Agent Jennie Dunham on Finding Niche on YouTube (10/2016)
Please see the Dunham Literary website for further contact and query information.
Profile Details:
Last Updated: 1/26/2023
Agent Contacted for Review? Yes
Last Reviewed By Agent? 8/12/13
Have any experience with this agent? See something that needs updating? Please leave a comment or e-mail me at natalieiaguirre7(at)gmail(dot)com

Note: These agent profiles presently focus on agents who accept children's/teen fiction. They are not interviews. Please take the time to verify anything you might use here before querying an agent. The information found herein is subject to change.

Wednesday's Word Count

Is it already Wednesday? Craziness. Here's the count...

Prior Goal:
5,500 words.

Achieved: 4786 words, I think.

Goal for new week: 4,000

Excuses / comments: Not much to say here. I totally could have met my goal but I slacked off a bit. I guess I wasn't too worried about taking a few days off since I've been running ahead on the 30k challenge. In fact, I have roughly 700 words left, which I'm off to write as soon as I post this. So I'll have my 30k two days early - woot! As for this next week... I'm going to slow down a little but I'd like to keep up a decent count since I'm still aiming to have this first draft done by the end of next month!

How are you doing with your writing goals?


I took a blogcation (blogvation?) and a writing break the last three days. I've been go-go-go for the last month with the 30k writing challenge, Agent Spotlight, and everything in between and amongst. I feel so behind now though - Twitter, blogs, comments, etc!

So what did I do? Other than the norms (work, taking care of the kids, cleaning, etc.) I spend an obscene amount of time researching my anestry. Talk about a black hole! Very addictive.

Anyways... a general update for today!

  • 2800 words left for the 30k writing challenge. My goal is to finish TODAY.
  • I'm still reading THE BOOK THIEF. Reading has been, most unfortunatly, low on the totem pole.
  • New Flashy Fiction prompt up for today, Tuesday, and it's a fun one!
  • Jennie Dunham is the next Agent Spotlight. Someone suggested her to me for a spotlight and I'm happy to deliver, though there isn't a lot out there on her. We'll need input from those of you who have experience with her and/or have heard her speak at conferences!
  • Lots of catching up to do on your blogs and comments.
I think that's about it. My mind feels a bit quiet today but hopefully I'll be able to get some good writing in.

One-Year Blogiversary

Today is Literary Rambles' one-year blogiversary. Party at my blog! I'm thrilled with how far both the blog and I have come in the last year, and want to thank everyone who has taken the time to read and/or comment.

Virtual confetti and cake all around!

Also, head on over to The Bookshelf Muse. They are celebrating 50,000 hits today, and if you comment on their 50k post by Monday you have a chance to win a signed copy of WAITING TO SCORE by J.E. Macleod.

Woot! April 3rd is just a celebratory kind of day.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Agent Spotlight: Stephen Barbara

This week's Agent Spotlight features Stephen Barbara of InkWell Management.  

Status: Open to submissions.

About: "Stephen was born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut, and graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in English language and literature. He began his publishing career in 2005 as an editorial assistant at HarperCollins, and then worked for three years as the Contracts Director of the Donald Maass Agency. Following six years as a literary agent at Foundry Media, he joined InkWell at the start of 2015.

Stephen works with writers, storytellers, thinkers, and entertainers of talent and ambition. A sampling of his clients includes New York Times and international bestseller Lauren Oliver, USA Today bestseller and British Fantasy Award winner Paul Tremblay, Newbery Medal winner and New York Times bestseller Laura Amy Schlitz, National Book Award nominee Lisa Graff, USA Today bestseller Zoje Stage, bestselling fantasy graphic novelist Ethan Aldridge, and children’s author Minh Lê, whose picture book Drawn Together appeared on more than 20 “Best Of” Lists at the end of 2018; he also represents nonfiction authors Meghan Cox Gurdon, Eleanor Herman, and Tom Venuto. In his capacity as agent for media and content company Glasstown Entertainment, Stephen has worked with actress Krysten Ritter, activist Dylan Farrow, novelist Alma Katsu, singer and actress Jessica Jung, and bestselling fantasy author Sara Holland, among others. While selective in taking on new clients, he is always drawn to compelling stories that marry quality writing to bold, imaginative concepts."." (Link)
About the Agency:

"InkWell is one of the world’s leading literary agencies, proudly representing major literary prize winners as well as many of the world’s bestselling and best-loved authors. We enjoy a considerable international reputation as a significant and innovative player in the industry.
“In addition to its full-time agents and their assistants, the InkWell team includes a tireless foreign rights department, a dedicated social media, marketing and publicity expert, and a meticulous contracts manager. We also join forces with leading literary agencies in every foreign market and have agents based in Australia, Boston, and Dallas. We continue to be excited by—and on the lookout for—original ideas, riveting stories and great writing.” (Link)

Web Presence:

Mr. Barbara’s Twitter.

Publisher’s Marketplace page.

InkWell Management website.

InkWell Management Facebook.

InkWell Management Twitter.

AgentQuery, QueryTracker.

What He's Looking For:


Children’s books and select adult projects (commercial, literary; non-fiction).

What He Isn't Looking For:

Screenplays, Romance, Westerns.  


“I think the basic theme of my career so far has been discovering – and launching – debut authors, particularly first novelists. I haven’t inherited any clients but have been open to taking on clients mid-career.” (via e-mail)

Editorial Agent?



There is a page of clients on the InkWell website. Mr. Barbara's clients include Atia Abawi, Ethan Aldridge, Lenore Appelhans, Kamilla Benko, Betsy Bird, Matt Bird, Julie Danielson, Glasstown Entertainment, Lisa Graff, Amy Guglielmo, Meghan Cox Gurdon, Eleanor Herman, Lexa Hillyer, Lynne Jonell, Travis Jonker, Minh Lê, Lauren Oliver, Jess Rothenberg, Leila Sales, Laura Amy Schlitz, Vivian Shaw, Zoje Stage, Lindsey Stoddard, Todd Strasser, Paul Tremblay, Kerry Winfrey, Trish Lundy, Clemence Michallon, and Allen Zadoff.
Query Methods:

E-mail: Yes (only)

Snail-Mail: No.

Online-Form: No.

Submission Guidelines (always verify):

Send a brief query letter and the first five pages in the body of an e-mail.
Please see the Inkwell Management website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines and terms of agreement.

Response Times:

The agency has a stated response time of up to two months (link). Mr. Barbara tries to respond to all queries but does not guarantee a response due to the volume of submissions. (Link)

Stats on the web show Mr. Barbara responding to most queries within hours to a week. Requested material usually gets a response within days to a couple weeks.

What's the Buzz?

Stephen Barbara is a favorite among aspiring authors, well-respected for his lightning fast response times and wit.  He has a strong list of clients and sales and his clients seem very happy with his representation.  Conference goers report him as being rather funny and gracious.

I recommend following him on Twitter @Stephen_Barbara.

Worth Your Time:

Articles and Interviews:

Interview With Stephen Barbara at Presenting Lenore (01/2013)

Around the Web:

Literary Agent Stephen Barbara joins InkWell Management (12/2014).


Please see the InkWell Management website for contact and query information.

Profile Details:

Last updated: 12/30/2022.

Agent Contacted for Review? Yes.

Last Reviewed By Agent? 2/3/2023.


Have any experience with this agent? See something that needs updating? Please leave a comment or e-mail me at natalieiaguirre7(at)gmail(dot)com 

Note: These agent profiles focus on agents who accept children's and/or young adult fiction. They are not interviews. Please take the time to verify anything you might use here before querying an agent. The information found herein is subject to change.

Wednesday's Word Count

Happy (?) April Fool's Day!

Prior Goal: 7,000 words.

Achieved: 4643 words.

Goal for new week: 5,500

Excuses / comments: I slacked off a few days this week, and then yesterday I was having vertigo problems. It is not fun trying to write with a swimming head. Just sayin'. Shelli, if you read this, I can't beleive you've survived your vertigo issues this long! I was miserable! So far my head seems to be more agreeable today. Anywho, I have roughly 5,500 words left of my 30k, so I'm going to try to pump that out over the next few days. Woot! I must admit, my MS is quite the mess but it's all about getting the words down right now, right? Shh, internal editor, shhh.

Now, I want status updates (with excuses - ha!) for those of you doing the 30k challenge, and general writing updates/goals from everyone else. I hope everyone is having a great writing week!

Don't forget, tomorrow we're putting the spotlight on Stephen Barbara and there's some great flash waiting to be written over at Flashy Fiction!