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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.


Corey Schwartz said...

Love these spotlights. Thanks, Casey!

Christina Farley said...

Very informative as always!

Deb Markanton said...

Casey, I love your agent spotlights. You put the info together so well and your impressions/buzz about these agents, based on all you've gathered, seem to really hit the nail on the head! Thanks for this feature!