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Agent Spotlight: Regina Brooks

This week's Agent Spotlight features Regina Brooks of Serendipity LLC Literary Agency.
brooks_picture About: “Ms. Regina Brooks is the founder and President of Serendipity Literary Agency LLC. Equally at home in the technical world of engineering as in the literary world of writing and editing, Ms. Brooks has over a decade of experience in senior positions at major publishing houses including John Wiley & Sons Inc. and the McGraw-Hill Companies. She is a graduate of the Howard University Publishing Institute in Washington DC. Prior to her publishing career she worked as an aerospace engineer for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, and made history as the first African American woman to receive a Bachelors of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Ohio State University. She is also a graduate of The School of the Arts High School in Rochester, NY. 
“Brooks is the Executive Director of the Y. B. Literary Foundation, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote the reading of literature as a meaningful, lifelong activity and transformative experience for youth. She serves on the board of the Soul Mountain Literary Retreat, and the Association of Freelancers in Publishing. In 2004, she was a finalist for the Stevie Award for Women Entrepreneurs and was honored as the NY Urban Leagues Rising Star. She is listed in International Who’s Who under the categories of Engineering, Technology, Entrepreneurs, and Professional Management. Ms. Brooks is a member of the Association of Author Representatives AAR, has edited over 50 published books, and is the author of the Essence Magazine 2004 Quick Pick children’s book Never Finished! Never Done!, published by Scholastic Inc.”
Status: Accepting submissions.


What She's Looking For:
Genres / Specialties: General fiction, Literary Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Juvenile fiction, Young Adult, Multi-Cultural, Adventure, Gay & Lesbian, Graphic Novels, Biography, Business/investing/finance, History, Religious, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Travel, Lifestyle, Cookbooks, Children's books, Sports, African-American, Science, Books by First-Time Authors. (Link, Link)
What She Isn't Looking For:
Science fiction, fantasy and picture books
About the Agency:
“Serendipity Literary Agency LLC. is a boutique literary agency representing a select list of authors and illustrators. Founded in 2000, Serendipity has established a diverse base of award-winning clients in adult and young adult fiction, non-fiction, and children's literature.
“We work tirelessly to help our clients build successful careers. Our mission is the cultivation of lasting relationships with new and established authors and illustrators. Serendipity seeks quality queries, manuscripts, and proposals.” (Link)
Her Advice to Writers:
“There are a lot of good manuscripts out there. It doesn’t matter if you’re a lawyer or a National Book Award winner, the competition is fierce. Know the rules, expect some rejection, and put your best face forward.”
"To be a writer, you have to have a lot of courage. You have to push the envelope. The more you do that, the better you writing is. I go by that advice, too, because I’m going onto ground here that not a lot of people tread. I mean, there are not a lot of African American agents out there."
Editorial Agent?


“We see the writing and publishing process as a collaborative experience. You can expect guidance with content development, proposal development and certainly some editorial review. We are available to you throughout the entire writing process.”
"I like to develop writers. When I first started my agency, I was into that a lot: helping writers find their voice. I really got my hands dirty with manuscripts. But now, I’m finding I’m less able to do that. But I like to keep a balanced portfolio—of writers who are ready to go and seasoned writers, as well as people who need some development. I just love taking the seed of an idea and helping bring it to fruition."
Web Presence:
Serendipity Lit website.
Publisher's Marketplace.
Huffington Post blog.
AAR.
Twitter.
Facebook.
WeBook.
QueryTracker, AgentQuery.
Clients:
A list of Serendipity Lit clients is available on the agency website. 
Sales:
As of 1/11, Ms. Brooks is listed on Publisher's Marketplace as having made 3 deals in the last 12 months, 1 six figure+ deal, and 35 overall. Recent details include 3 middle grade and 1 young adult.
NOTE: PM is usually not a complete representation of sales.
Query Methods:

E-mail: Yes.
Snail-Mail: No.
Online-Form: Yes. 
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
Fiction: Complete an online form (like query), synopsis, and the first 50 pages or three chapters.
Non-fiction: Complete an online form (like query) and  proposal
The agency has very specific guidelines on its website.
Illustrators / Photographers: See the website guidelines.
For complete, up-to-date submission guidelines, see the agency website.
Query Tips:
Read the FAQs and submission guidelines for your project on the website before querying.
Response Times:
The agency has a stated response time of 4-6 weeks on queries.  If you haven’t heard back in that time, resend the e-mail with your original query. Stats on the web suggest Ms. Brooks usually responds within a month or two, but there are much longer instances and instances of no-response as well. 

What's the Buzz?
Regina Brooks is a successful, well-respected agent with many years dedicated to the publishing industry.  She is a member of the AAR and has an established list of clients and sales.  She is a popular conference goer and has a particular interest in YA at the moment.  Follow her on Twitter and Facebook for news and happenings and an inside look at Serendipity Lit.
Worth Your Time:
Interviews and Guest Posts:

Agent/Author Regina Brooks' Advice for Writers at The Writer (10/2016)
Agent Regina Brooks Answers Your Questions at book country (5/2015)
Engaging Readers of Young Adult Fiction at Lynn Miller-Lachmann (10/2014)

See Ms. Brooks’s Publisher’s Marketplace page for recent sales and forthcoming titles.
Please see the Serendipity LLC website for contact and query information.
Profile Details:
Last updated: 12/20/2017
Agent Contacted For Review? Yes – 1/27/2011
Reviewed By Agent?  No response as of yet.
Comments: N/A
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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.

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for your research into this agent, Casey! It's greatly appreciated.

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  2. Thanks for all the agent profiles. This is a nice resource.

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  3. Thank you Prince Balthazar and thank you for stopping by!

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  4. Very cool! Very informative. i still have all the other spotlit agents to read while I was away.

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  5. as usual - hey you seeing if you get any keyword hits from the agent names on your stats?

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  6. I recieved a response a month after submitting on their online submission form. The assistant emailed me requesting first 4 chaps.

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  7. Mrs. Brooks requested the full manuscript about a year ago but hasn't reacted since.

    I know that my reaction to her request was probably somewhat unprofessional. I had won a 10 page critic from her through Chuck Sambuccino's blog (which was really helpful by the way) and then she asked for the full. Since her website said that she isn't interested in fantasy, I had never considered her as a possible agent. Open (you could say naive) as I am, I told her so. Maybe, that's why I haven't heard from her since.

    I still recommend her. She is very nice, and all I've heard about her is that she is a terrific agent.

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