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Agent Spotlight: Kirsten Wolf

This week's Agent Spotlight features Kirsten Wolf of Wolf Literary Services, LLC.

Status: Accepting submissions.

Kirsten_headshot_bw About: "Kirsten Wolf is the founder and owner of Wolf Literary Services. A graduate of University of Massachusetts Amherst and Boston University School of Law, Kirsten spent the better part of the ’90s putting herself through college and law school doing a wide variety of jobs, ranging from working as a professional chef to managing an engineering firm.

“In 2003, Kirsten relocated to New York from Boston and began her career in publishing as an assistant at Anderson Grinberg Literary Management. After working for over four years under Jill Grinberg as associate agent, contracts manager, and foreign rights manager, she opened her own company, Wolf Literary Services, in 2008. Kirsten now operates as the financial and legal guru of Wolf Literary, spending the bulk of her time consulting for media agencies, publishers, and independent artists. She prides herself on guiding her clients through the confusing, confrontational, and sometimes downright dull parts of the media world in the most painless way possible, while always making sure that the client is assured that their interests are being safely looked after. She’s also a lot more fun than the previous two sentences would suggest, even if she doesn’t have cool tattoos like Adriann." (Link)

About the Agency:

“Wolf Literary Services is a full-service literary agency specializing in dynamic, quirky books written for all ages. As an agency, we have a deep respect for the place where “low” art meets high art—we like a good story, regardless of genre.

“We specialize in the kinds of books that meaningfully connect with their readers—the stories that keep you up all night so you know what happens next. We are excited by books that are provocative within a familiar context—we love writers that can subvert a reader’s expectations.

“WLS provides our clients with support, experience, and the assurance that their literary careers are in reliable hands. We believe in passionate representation, open-minded mediation, and a quality, professional presence in an unpredictable industry.” (Link)

Web Presence:

Wolf Literary website.

Wolf Literary blog.

Publisher's Marketplace page.

Twitter @awearyaweary.

Agency Twitter @WolfLiterary.

Agency Facebook.

AgentQuery.

QueryTracker.

What She's Looking For:

Genres/Specialties:

General fiction, romance, fantasy, science fiction, picture books, middle grade, young adult, computers/technology, history, lifestyle, humor, cookbooks (Link).

From Her Publisher’s Marketplace Page (as of 1/14):

“Fiction and non-fiction for all ages, though is most interested in children’s, middle grade, and young adult books.

“She is actively seeking new and inventive picture books, young adult featuring believable, honest voices, and is especially keen to acquire fresh, original middle grade.

“Regarding adult fiction, she is looking for commercial women's fiction, particularly romance and erotica, and gothic/horror novels, as well as aggressive and provocative speculative/edgy fiction.

“Regarding adult non-fiction, she is drawn to new stories told in new ways, such as smart pop culture and humor books, the website/blog-to-book format, and very recent history, especially of things like the internet and the way the world has changed over the past 25 years. Because of her background as a chef, she is eager to acquire cookbooks and food writing in general.” (Link)

What She Isn't Looking For:

“She is not currently considering academic non-fiction or business books.” (Link)

Editorial Agent?

The agency is editorial as a whole; otherwise unknown.  

Clients:

A list of clients is available on the agency website.

Ms. Wolf’s clients include: Susan Colasanti, C.K. Kelly Martin, Reade Scott Whinnem, among others.

Query Methods:

E-mail: Yes (only).

Snail-Mail: No.  

Online-Form: No.

Submission Guidelines (always verify):

Send a query letter and the first 50 pages for fiction or a proposal and sample pages for non-fiction.

Queries should be directed to queries(at)wolflit(dot)com.

See the Wolf Literary Services website and Ms. Wolf’s Publisher's Marketplace page for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.

Response Times:

“Please be advised that due to the large number of queries we receive, it is not always possible for us to respond to every one; we assure you that we are reading your material and will be in touch if we are interested.” (Link)

When Ms. Wolf does respond, stats on the web suggest it’s  usually within days to a couple months.

What's the Buzz?

Kirsten Wolf maintains a small list of clients in addition to consulting and co-agenting for various media agencies, publishers, artists, and literary agencies.

According to her PM page, she’s actively seeking new PB, MG, and YA clients.

Worth Your Time:

Interviews:

No agent interviews found.

Law Blog Q&A: Kirsten Wolf, Law School Naysayer at Law Blog (01/2008).

Around the Web:

Kirsten Wolfe at P&E.

Wolf Literary Services at P&E.

Wolf Literary Services thread at AbsoluteWrite.

Ms. Wolfe is the contracts manager for the Levine Greenberg Literary Agency and a co-agent for the Gillian MacKenzie Agency.

Contact:

Please see the Wolf Literary website for additional contact and query information.

Profile Details:

Last Updated: 1/24/14.

Last Reviewed By Agent? N/A.

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Have any experience with this agent? See something that needs updating? Please leave a comment or e-mail me at agentspotlight(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. The information found herein is subject to change.

10 comments:

  1. YES! I finally managed to be first to comment!
    I found this post to be of great interest as I am working on some adult fiction as well as young adult.
    Wouldn't it be great to have one agent who handles virtually the whole spectrum of genres...
    This lady will be receiving a query from me in the summer!
    THANKS AGAIN CASEY!

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  2. I'm with Ann, she looks like she's the all-around agent. She's definitely going on my list! Thanks Casey! :)

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  3. Casey, your comprehensive profiles are always a superb resource. Thanks so much for this. Finally, somebody who reps adult women's fiction! I'd like to echo Ann Marie and Amanda: since I write both YA and women's I sure would like the opportunity to find one agent who reps it all.

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  4. Casey, thanks for providing writers with such comprehensive resources. This post was very helpful in gathering information about Kristen Wolf's current wish list. She certainly is an agent to keep in mind!

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  5. Oh, I'm bookmarking her for future reference! Thanks!

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  6. I'll be bookmarking her as well!

    Thank you for making a blog like this. It really comes in handy.

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  7. Thanks for the fantastic info as always, Casey! One question: "Send a query letter in the body of an e-mail and the first 50 pages." Does this mean 50 single-spaced pages, or double-spaced? I feel like this should be obvious, yet...

    Thanks!

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  8. Hi Kate,

    Double spaced is usually preferred. It's much easier on the eyes!

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  9. Ms. Wolf is now with Levine/Greenberg Literary Agency

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  10. mittens1, Ms. Wolf is the contracts manager for Levine/Greenberg but she still has her own agency, Wolf Literary Services. Writers should query her there.

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