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Agent Spotlight: Jamie Weiss Chilton

This week's Agent Spotlight features Jamie Weiss Chilton of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc.  
Status: Ms. Weiss Chilton is temporarily closed to submissions. Please check the agency website to find out when she opens to submissions.
jamie2About: “Jamie Weiss Chilton represents all categories of children’s books, specializing in novelty books, picture books, and YA novels. Special interests for novels include contemporary, thriller, science fiction, humor, horror, and memoir.
"What Jamie looks for: INTENSITY across all genres. She's seeking manuscripts that stay with her. This could mean the sweet intensity of an "I love you" picture book, or the shocked intensity of a YA that explores an essential part of the teen experience in a way she's never considered. Unique viewpoints and new takes on perennial topics interest her. In the younger genres, she looks for the hook that will make a book a must-have parenting or educational resource.
"Picture book, board book, and novelty titles Jamie represents include Jean Reagan's #1 NYT bestselling HOW TO CATCH SANTA and her other NYT Bestsellers in this series, beginning with HOW TO BABYSIT A GRANDPA (all Knopf/PRH); Salina Yoon’s picture book, BE A FRIEND, her picture book series beginning with PENGUIN AND PINECONE, and her Bear and Floppy picture book series that begins with FOUND (all Bloomsbury); Rebecca Janni’s Cowgirl series, including EVERY COWGIRL GOES TO SCHOOL (all Dial/Penguin); Janee Trasler's board book series beginning with BEDTIME FOR CHICKIES and POTTYTIME FOR CHICKIES (HarperFestival/HarperCollins), and her picture book series beginning with MIMI AND BEAR IN THE SNOW (FSG/Macmillan); and Megan Bryant’s original novelty series beginning with MY SNOW GLOBE (Scholastic). In YA fiction, Jamie represents the Edgar Award nominated thrillers, FAKE ID and ENDANGERED by Lamar Giles (both HarperCollins); Holly Thompson’s novels in verse, including ORCHARDS (Delacorte/PRH); Jennifer Castle’s contemporary YA novels, including WHAT HAPPENS NOW (HarperCollins); Kristen Chandler’s YA novels, including WOLVES, BOYS, AND OTHER THINGS THAT MIGHT KILL ME (Speak/PRH); genre-reinventing YA horror/psychological thrillers, BLEEDING VIOLET and SLICE OF CHERRY by Dia Reeves (both Simon Pulse/S&S); and BAD FOR YOU (Holt/Macmillan), a graphic novel by co-creators Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham.
"Jamie’s career in children’s books began in 1998 with an editorial internship at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, followed by positions as Editorial Assistant and Assistant Editor at Bantam Delacorte Dell and Knopf & Crown Books for Young Readers, then imprints of Random House Children’s Books. After returning to her hometown of Los Angeles, Jamie pursued her love of children’s books in a new arena, as Conference Manager and Golden Kite Award director at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) prior to joining Andrea Brown Literary Agency in 2008.
Jamie received her BA in English from Columbia University. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.” (Link)
About the Agency:
“The Andrea Brown Literary Agency was founded in August 1981 and has offices in the San Francisco Bay area, San Diego, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago.
“Our agency works to bring to light the voices and perspectives of new writers as well as to nurture and develop the careers of experienced authors. Our goal, whether seeking to secure a publishing contract for a first book or a fiftieth book, is to make sure that clients are not only published, but published well.
“Our philosophy is to remain a ‘small’ agency at heart. We invest a great deal of personal care and attention in each project, and we are hands-on in all aspects of our interactions with clients. We work closely with clients in an editorial capacity and we devise a strategy at every stage of the writing process that will enable us to find the best publisher for each book. In doing so, we think about both short term and long term goals for our clients, always keeping the trajectory of a successful career in mind.
“Our agents have backgrounds in New York publishing, editing, academia, business, teaching, writing and film, and one of our strengths as an agency is that we work collaboratively. Our clients have the benefit not only of their individual agent's expertise but of the combined experience and vision of the group.
“As a West Coast based agency, we follow a tradition of West Coast innovation in our passion for discovering new voices, in our efforts to make New York publishing more inclusive of voices from other parts of the country, and in our attempt to see publishing trends that result from this broader perspective. We combine this approach with access, standing, and visibility in the publishing community at large. Our agents make regular trips to New York, attend industry conventions, and participate as faculty at writers' conferences all over the country. We ensure a high profile for our clients and actively keep our fingers on the pulse of publishing.” (Link)

What She's Looking For:
From her Bio Above:
"Jamie Weiss Chilton represents all categories of children’s books, specializing in novelty books, picture books, and YA novels. Special interests for novels include contemporary, thriller, science fiction, humor, horror, and memoir.”
You can find client books that represent her tastes on the website.
What She Isn't Looking For:
Ms. Chilton does not represent adult projects.
Editorial Agent?
Dislikes (Pet-Peeves):
"When selecting clients, she said she's not a stickler for mistakes in the format of a submission. However when a writer doesn't follow guidelines she sees a red flag in terms of how that author will work with an editor." (Link)
Web Presence:
Andrea Brown Agency website.
AgentQuery, QueryTracker.
You can find a select listing of Ms. Jamie Weiss Chilton's clients on the agency website and in her bio above.
Query Methods:
E-mail: No.
Snail-Mail: No.
Online-Form: Yes.
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
“We accept email queries only. Please direct your e-query to ONE agent at our agency, and include the following:
“Fiction: query letter and first 10 pages.”
Please see the Andrea Brown Literary website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines as well as the agency's Submission AdviceDos and Dont’s, and Tips

Response Times:
The agency tries to respond within 4-8 weeks but does not guarantee a response due to the large number of submissions they receive. If you have not heard back in 8 weeks, assume rejection. (Link)
What's the Buzz?
Jamie Weiss Chilton joined the Andrea Brown Agency in January 2008 and was promoted from associate to full agent in early 2010. She is now a senior agent and has a growing number of clients and sales and her clients seem quite happy with her representation. 
Worth Your Time:
An Interview with Agent Jamie Weiss Chilton at North Texas SCBWI (08/2017)
Agent Jamie Weiss Chilton Talks About SCBWI Writer's Retreat at Kite Tales (11/2015)
Please see the Andrea Brown Literary Agency website for contact and query information.
Profile Details:
Last updated: 6/7/20200
Agent Contacted For Review? Yes.
Reviewed By Agent? 6/16/2020.
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.


Stella said...

Thanks for yet another great interview! Your blog is a gem.

Casey Something said...

Hi Stella! They're not actually interviews (I hope you know that!) they're just profiles.

But thanks so much. I'm glad you enjoy them.

Stella said...

Oh, I see what you mean. Duh. Anyhow, I enjoy your profiles, despite the fact that nobody seems to want poetry or fantasies about a fairy. Your blog is a great source of information. Maybe one day I'll write one of those edgy modern fiction novels the editors all seem to be looking for.

Corey Schwartz said...

Thanks, Casey. She seems like a good one for me to try!

Casey Something said...

Thanks again, Stella!

It is hard to find agents that will rep poetry. Wherever your writing journey takes you, good luck! I hope you'll stick around.

Hey Corey, she definitely seems interested in PBs!

K. M. Walton said...

I really appreciate the time you take to organize all of this information. I read every one with excitement!

Sherrie Petersen said...

I think you're right about the "no response" policy. I had a no response from Caryn Wiseman. Then after I met Jamie at a conference, I queried her and got a polite, boilerplate rejection. She doesn't like fantasy, which is what I write.

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

great summary - these are so helpful

Casey Something said...

Thanks K.M., Sherrie, and Shelli!