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Agent Spotlight: Kirsten Wolf

This week's Agent Spotlight features Kirsten Wolf of  MacKenzie Wolf.
Status: Ms. Wolf is currently closed to submissions. Check the agency website to learn when she reopens to submissions.
Kirsten_headshot_bw About: "Kirsten Wolf is a graduate of University of Massachusetts Amherst and Boston University School of Law. A native of Boston, MA, Kirsten relocated to New York in 2003 and began her career in publishing. After several years as an assistant, associate agent, and contracts manager, Kirsten founded Wolf Literary Services, a literary agency and consulting company, in 2008. As Wolf Literary has grown over a decade in business, Kirsten has become a trusted and invaluable resource for numerous companies throughout the industry.
"Kirsten now brings that wealth of experience to MacKenzie Wolf, as the head of the consulting division and the legal and financial guru of the team. Currently dedicating her time to consulting for media agencies, publishers, and independent artists, Kirsten 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 their interests are being safely looked after.
"Kirsten is not currently accepting submissions.
"Bar Admissions: Massachusetts, New York" (Link)
About the Agency:
“MacKenzie Wolf is a full-service literary agency and legal consulting company, born of a shared passion for stories that are both urgent and timeless. We pride ourselves on providing multi-faceted and individualized service—including representation at the forefront of entertainment law—that encompasses all our clients’ creative and career goals.
"Core to MacKenzie Wolf’s business is the recognition that offering our clients legal and strategic services in addition to traditional book representation is vital in the face of a changing publishing landscape. Our team is creative, nimble, and highly engaged; we don’t just sign up projects, we sign up creators, and we believe that good representation is integral to an enduring career.
"Our agency division is headed by partner Gillian MacKenzie, who brings to the company her established list from the eponymous agency she ran successfully from 2005 to 2018. MacKenzie Wolf books run the gamut from international and New York Times bestsellers to critically praised indie darlings, from award-winning contemporary fiction to forward-thinking narrative nonfiction and memoir, from vibrant children’s favorites to stories by bold, category-defying voices. We also represent an array of lauded illustrators and animators, and a growing list of independent editors and ghost-writers. MacKenzie Wolf titles are united by authentic storytelling, compelling writing, fresh perspectives, and ideas that redefine how we see the world.
"Our legal and financial consulting division, unique among literary agencies, puts us at the forefront of current issues in publishing. Kirsten Wolf, Esq., an attorney with over fifteen years’ experience in the publishing industry, including ten running her own agency Wolf Literary Services, runs the consulting division, working with a varied and ever-growing list of literary agencies, publishers, and independent artists. We have extensive experience with a full complement of publishing and publishing-adjacent agreements, including international book contracts, collaboration agreements, book-to-film options, and much more.
"From concept to execution, our agents work closely with clients across all aspects of their literary careers. Our detailed editorial approach, cross-disciplinary expertise, and extensive network of contacts mean we are especially situated to serve our clients’ many needs. We are their tireless champions in finding their perfect publishing match, in addition to providing attentive management of translation, audio, and film & TV rights; industry-leading contract negotiation; advice on the side project they just haven’t stopped thinking about; and assistance with all the administrative day-to-day of being a writer/creator.
"At MacKenzie Wolf we are our clients’ fiercest advocates and biggest fans.” (Link)
Web Presence:
MacKenzie Wolf website.
Agency Twitter.
Agency Instagram.
Publisher's Marketplace page.
Twitter @awearyaweary.
What She's Looking For:
From Her Agent Query page:
"Kirsten Wolf is open to both 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."What She Isn't Looking For:
“She is not currently considering academic non-fiction or business books.” (Link)
Editorial Agent?
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): Ms. Wolf is currently closed to submissions.
Send a query letter and the first 50 pages for fiction or a proposal for non-fiction. Attachments can be attached or included in the body of the email.
Please address your query to a specific agent.
See the MacKenzie Wolf website. for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.
Response Times:
The agency only responds if interested. (Link)
Worth Your Time:
No agent interviews found.
Please see the MacKenzie Wolf Literary website for additional contact and query information.
Profile Details:
Last Updated: 6/11/2020.
Agent Contacted for Review? Yes.
Last Reviewed By Agent? N/A.
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. The information found herein is subject to change.


Ann Marie Wraight said...

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!

Unknown said...

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

Anne R. Allen said...

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.

Martina Boone said...

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!

Hannah said...

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

Vegetarian Cannibal said...

I'll be bookmarking her as well!

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

Unknown said...

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...


Casey McCormick said...

Hi Kate,

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

mittens1 said...

Ms. Wolf is now with Levine/Greenberg Literary Agency

Casey McCormick said...

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.