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Agent Spotlight: Eddie Schneider

This week's Agent Spotlight features Eddie Scheider of JABberwocky Literary Agency.
Status: Open to submissions.
Schneider About: "Eddie Schneider (Twitter: @eddieschneider) is the Vice President of JABberwocky Literary Agency, which he joined back when the nerve center was still Joshua Bilmes’ living room.
"These days, the agency is in a real office, sandwiched between Grand Central Station and Times Square in midtown Manhattan, and the bustling new digs only serve to motivate Eddie in his pursuit of great authors, both new and new to JABberwocky.
"Eddie is an Iowa graduate, where he studied fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. He has an M.S. in Publishing from New York University, and his client list includes Hugo, Andre Norton, Philip K. Dick, and Bram Stoker Award winners, as well as New York Times bestselling authors Brandon Sanderson, Daniel José Older, and Alison Wilgus.
"When he isn’t agenting, reading, or editing, he has been known to run ultramarathons, and is technically an award-winner himself, although his form wouldn’t necessarily get rave reviews.” (Link)
About the Agency:
"JABberwocky Literary Agency, established in 1994 by Joshua Bilmes, is the world's leading agency for fantasy and science fiction, and our interests extend beyond these to many areas of trade fiction and non-fiction.” (Old Link)
Web Presence:
JABberwocky website.
Publisher’s Marketplace page.
Website / Blog.
#mswl on Twitter.
AgentQuery, QueryTracker.
What He's Looking For:
From His Bio Page:
What I’m looking for
"Major changes are underway here in the U.S., both in terms of reading technology and demographics, and any time something comes along to disrupt the status quo, it presents huge artistic and economic opportunities. This dovetails nicely with what I desire most—books that are groundbreaking, genre-defining, and reflect the whole spectrum of human experience.
"No matter the genre, I have a strong interest in working with authors who bring fresh and diverse voices to the literary conversation, especially those who come from historically marginalized groups. All people should be able to see themselves reflected in the stories they read, as well as in those who pen them.
"The genres I represent, and the types of books that most interest me within a given genre, follow."
"Literary fiction – I’m an avid reader of literary fiction, and what lights up my cerebral cortex here are more plot-driven novels with a strong emotional core, which engage in areas beyond and outside the middle-class concerns endemic to a large swath of books published in this genre. Two examples of (non-client) novels from the last few years that I particularly enjoyed are Ruth Ozeki’s A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING and Louise Erdrich’s ROUND HOUSE.
"Science fiction – I love science fiction, especially SF set in the near future, often with social or cultural commentary, as well as the occasional space opera. Two examples of (non-client) novels that I enjoyed in this vein are Ursula K. LeGuin’s classic THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS and Octavia Butler’s PARABLE OF THE SOWER. I am very much interested in SF written from non-Western cultural perspectives, and one good non-client example of that is G. Willow Wilson’s ALIF THE UNSEEN.
"Fantasy – With fantasy, my favorite novels have tended to be those that toe both the real world and the fantastic. In any case, I go for stories with intricate, imaginative settings that are internally consistent, address political and social concerns, and have often found myself preferring tight writing to florid. I’m especially interested in fantasy novels set outside the Northern European milieu from which the genre originated. Two examples of (non-client) novels that I particularly enjoyed like this are Octavia Butler’s KINDRED and Susanna Clarke’s JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL.
"Young Adult – My favorite YA novels tend to be both character- and concept-driven, while embracing the intensity of emotion that characterizes a lot of the best YA fiction. A couple (non-client) favorites published in recent years include Laini Taylor’s DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE and AMERICAN STREET by Ibi Zoboi.
"Middle Grade – Middle grade novels have a special resonance for me, because the genre has such breadth. Here, I’m also interested in both realistic/contemporary and sf/fantasy. Two examples of (non-client) novels that I really enjoyed are Dianna Wynne Jones’ classic HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE and Rebecca Stead’s WHEN YOU REACH ME.
"Science – I have wide-ranging interests here that include the physical, earth, life, medical, and social sciences. Science books most likely to appeal to me tend to deal with specific topics, and sometimes unlikely ones. Examples of (non-client) books in this vein that I enjoyed are Rebecca Skloot’s THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, and especially Mary Roach’s STIFF.
"History – I am interested in histories that focus on a single subject, rather than wide-ranging works about a time or place. I particularly enjoy historical biographies, including those where the biography’s subject is an artifact or commodity.
"Narrative nonfiction – Here, I’m interested in memoirs that take on issues that extend beyond those in the author’s own life, travel narratives that are socially engaged and possess an individual stamp, and in ‘nonfiction novels.’
Graphic novels and comics
"Note: When querying with a graphic novel or comic, please feel free to include 2-3 images representative of your art, pasted in the body of your email below your query letter. A link to your online portfolio is also good.
"Graphic novels – Few things are better than a truly great graphic novel, where the writing and the art flow together, but are each strong enough to stand alone. I’m looking for work that’s both awe-inspiring and totally engrossing, and am only interested in author/artists, or an established author-artist team. I’m would like to see both fiction and non-fiction, realistic or speculative, for adult, YA or middle grade. A non-client example of a graphic novel I really enjoyed is Marjane Satrapi’s PERSEPOLIS.
"Comics – What I’m after here are projects that either are, or are influenced by, comic strips and webcomics. What will most catch my eye are comics that are both humorous and incisive."
What He Isn't Looking For:
Picture books, early readers.
Editorial Agent?
A list of clients can be found on the JABberwocky website.
Mr. Schneider’s clients include Tobias Buckell, Adam-Troy Castro, Frederick Durbin, Mark Hodder, Dene Low, E.C. Myers, Janci Patterson, Jon Sprunk, among others.
Query Methods:
E-mail: Yes.
Snail-Mail: No.
Online-Form: No.
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
Email queries with the first five pages of your manuscript pasted in the body of the email. A 1-3 page synopses may also be included at the very bottom, but isn't mandatory. No attachments.See the JABberwocky website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.
Response Times:
Worth Your Time:
7 Questions For: Literary Agent Eddie Schneider at Middle Grade Ninja (07/2011).
Interview with Eddie Schneider at Fear of the Dark (06/2011).
Literary Agent Interview: Eddie Schneider at Writer's Digest (03/2011).
Please see the JABberwocky website for contact and query information.
Profile Details:
Last updated: 5/30/2020.
Agent Contacted For Review? Yes.
Last Reviewed By Agent? 7/25/11.
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.


Sarah Laurenson said...

You so rock. Love these interviews!

kathrynjankowski said...

Great to have such a comprehensive profile of an agent who's actively looking for YA fantasy – right up my alley! I've bookmarked his agency and website.

So happy you are doing these, Casey.

Donna Gambale said...

I just want to say that these spotlights are brilliant. Sadly, Eddie doesn't sound like he's looking for what I write...but I've already found a potential agent from a previous post of yours!

Joshua McCune said...

Fantastic, as always.

Judy Croome | @judy_croome said...

Casey, this was a great, informative interview. So much so I think I'm going to query Eddie! :)

Paul Maurice Martin said...

Writing every day and using the time wisely sounds to me like sound advice for the thing of first importance. If you write nothing, you've got nothing to publish.

But number two on the list, especially for nonfiction authors - although from what I hear, this has become pretty much true for fiction as well - is make sure you have a "marketing platform." Or there will be zero interest in your work, whatever your qualifications and however great your writing.

"If you are submitting a nonfiction book proposal without a marketing platform, you are wasting your time."


Heather Kelly said...

I think, like in this case, MG is implied when an agent has listed an interest in YA. Especially since the age lines are blurry, and upper MG could also be lower YA. Anyone agree? Disagree?

Traci VW said...

Thanks again for a great spotlight! These are so helpful in my agent research. Your time in researching and writing these is greatly appreciated. :D

Anonymous said...

LOVE Eddie and JABberwocky sounds great, but someone should update their website. And sadly at the moment it says they're closed to queries. :( Guess I'll have to get my Eddie fix later.

Casey McCormick said...

Updated 11/01/10 to include new website and information.

Mr. Schneider had reviewed his profile.