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Agent Spotlight: Tina Dubois

This week's Agent Spotlight features Tina Dubois (formerly Wexler) of International Creative Management (ICM).
Status: Accepting submissions.
Tina Wexler About: "Tina Wexler is an agent at ICM, representing writers in both the children’s and adult marketplace. Prior to joining ICM, she was with the Ellen Levine Literary Agency/Trident Media and the Karpfinger Agency. She is from southern Maine, holds an MFA in poetry, and lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband." (Link defunct)
About the Agency:
"With one of the most prestigious literary departments in the world, ICM Partners represents a wide range of writers, including authors of bestselling fiction and non-fiction books, prominent newspaper and magazine journalists, as well as recipients of the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and many other literary honors. For each of the last several years, ICM has represented more than 100 titles on The New York Times Best Sellers list. In addition to selling publication rights, ICM’s New York literary agents work closely with ICM agents in Los Angeles to seek out opportunities for film and television adaptations. For foreign rights, ICM works in partnership with Curtis Brown in London, who sell UK and translation rights to ICM books. In recent years, ICM has joined forces with two outside literary agencies: Rafe Sagalyn in Washington, DC and Gelfman/Schneider in New York." (Link)
Web Presence:
ICM website.
AgentQuery, QueryTracker.
What She's Looking For:
Children's and adult fiction and non fiction with a focus on middle grade and YA fiction and nonfiction (Link)
From Her Manuscript Wish List:
"My interests range from contemporary realistic to high fantasy. I'm looking for diverse voices/#ownvoices. I'm keen to read complicated love stories, intricately-plotted mysteries/thrillers, socially-responsible alternate histories and historical adventure. Lyrical prose, complex family dynamics, a cutting sense of humor, feminist overtones, and a touch of magic: all pluses."What She Isn't Looking For:
Screenplays (Link)
"With fiction, what jumps out at me first is the premise--is this a story I'm interested in hearing?--though it's far less important to me than the voice--how is this story being told and is it engaging? The voice needs to be alive, pull me in, demand I keep reading. It needs to do more than just tell me what's happening. It needs to have a distinct point of view. It's the story's voice that is hardest to master; I can work with an author on plotting, on pacing, on the mechanics, and often do if I feel enthusiastic enough about the work, but I can't help with voice. That comes from within, from the characters, from I don't know where." (Link)
Editorial Agent?
Yes, she makes revision requests and editorial suggestions as needed.
Ms. Wexler’s clients include Leslie Dahl, Robin Friedman, Donna Gephart, Timothy Mason, Susan Runholt, Kurtis Scaletta, Laurel Snyder, among many others.
Query Methods:
E-mail: Yes.
Snail-Mail: No.
Online-Form: No.Submission Guidelines (always verify):
E-mail: Query with five pages pasted in the body of the e-mail.  No attachments. (Link)
Response Times:
What's the Buzz?
Ms. Wexler is active on the web, attends conferences regularly, and is said to be one of the nicest agents out there. Great (happy) clients, frequent sales, good response times, great word of mouth and agency—sounds like a fab agent! I recommend following her on Twitter.
Worth Your Time:
Interviews and Guest Posts:
Tina Wexler and Jessica Lawson Guest Post at Literary Rambles (09/2017).
Tina Wexler and Jessica Lawson Guest Post at Literary Rambles (06/2015).
Tina Wexler and Skila Brown Guest Post at Literary Rambles (04/2014).
Interview at LitRejections (Date unknown).
SCBWI Exclusive with Tina Wexler at SCBWI Insight (Date unknown).
Interview with the Agent: Tina Wexler of ICM at Gina Damico’s site (03/2012).
2011 Conference Series- Faculty Q & A with Tina Wexler at Chinook Update (04/2011).
TINA WEXLER: An Über-Cool Literary Agent Interview at Stories are Good Medicine (10/2010).
7 Questions For: Literary Agent Tina Wexler at Middle Grade Ninja (07/2010).
Q&A with Tina Wexler of ICM here at Literary Rambles (07/2010).
Agent Interview with Tina Wexler on Tagged at Class of 2K10 (03/2010).
Pre-Conference Interview (SCBWI-NY) with Tina Wexler at Alice Pope's CWIM Blog (02/2010).
Around the Web:
Tina Wexler - The Five Things Your Manuscript Needs To Succeed (08/2011).
Agent Tina Wexler On: 6 and 1/2 Ways to Impress an Agent (08/2011).
Agent Panel: Tina Wexler at the SCBWI Blog (08/2011).
Tina Wexler: Hook, Line, and Sinker! at the SCBWI Blog (08/2011).
Dear Editor/Agent, video at Leigh Fallon’s site (07/2011).
Please see one of the query databases above or Ms. Dubois' Manuscript Wish List for contact and query information.
Profile Details:
Last updated: 6/9/2020.
Agent Contacted For Review? Yes.
Last Reviewed By Agent? 3/18/10.
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 and/or teen 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.


Heather Kelly said...

Great spotlight as always, Casey!

Unknown said...

As always, I appreciate your thorough information.

Corey Schwartz said...

I met her at an SCBWI dinner and really liked her! (Too bad she doesn't acquire PBs)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for the great info. Too bad she's not looking for high fantasy. She looks like she'd be a great agent.

Tahereh said...

your agent spotlights saved my life so many times, bestie. these are awesome.

thanks, again, and always.

Unknown said...

Sounds like a great agent. Awesome spotlight as always.

Casey Something said...

Ms. Wexler has reviewed her profile. I've made a couple small changes, and it's now stamped with approval.

Thank you for the great comments, everyone!

Unknown said...

Another one to add to my list - thanks Casey! :)

Thermocline said...

Alas, she already rejected my MS, but she was very quick about it. Which one of us does that say more about?

I'm going with "her."

Stina said...

Thanks for doing these spotlights, Casey! You really do make our lifes easier. We owe you big time. :)

Buffy Andrews said...

Thanks so much Casey for all of the great information you continue to provide. I don't know how you do it all girlfriend but I'm sure glad you do.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Casey--Great job. Your blog is such an asset to writers. Thanks for all of your hard work.

Ann Marie Wraight said...

These Spotlights are always thorough and well organised. I especially find submission guidelines and pet peeves helpful. You can really get a taste of someone's personality when they tell you what they DON"T like.
I will definitely try querying this lady in the summer!
YASOO from Greece

Haste yee back ;-) said...

BEE KEEPING -- In Brooklyn??? Almost as good as Farms in Berkeley, CA! Good thing Brooklyn's too cold for Africanized Bees.

I used to make my own Ant Farms, catch the ants as well. (Ya gotta have a queen to keep it all goin' though). Same with Bees. Fascinating societies, no identity crisis or existential anxiety - everybody knows their place in life and seems happy with that harmony.

I always felt the movie ALIEN was based on a souped-up colony of Bees... Great hobby, Ms. Wexler.

Haste yee back ;-)

Hannah said...

Thank you for these spotlights! I'm not at the stage yet in my writing but it's great information to put in the back of my mind.

Melissa Sarno said...

I just wanted to thank you for doing these spotlights. They are incredibly helpful.

Corinne Duyvis said...

Your spotlights have been invaluable over the years. Thank you so much for putting so much work into them. I rely on them probably to the point of obsession.

I did have a question regarding Tina, though: where did you find the information that it's OK to re-query after a month? I'm coming up on a month on Thursday, and Tina seems great, but I don't want to come across as impatient.

Thank you!

Casey McCormick said...

Hi Corinne,

I did a quick search through my links and couldn't find where she indicated it's okay to re-query after a month. For the moment, you might want to hang in there a bit longer and I'll keep looking.


Casey McCormick said...


I wasn't able to find the link. She did review the profile in 2010 and didn't mention anything about that line, so I'm assuming she was good with it. Until I'm able to update, you might want to check out some of her recent interviews. I know there are new ones since this profile was last updated. Good luck!


Marsha Sigman said...


FYI: Tina said it was cool to re-query if no response after a month in the comment section of the interview over on Gretchen McNeil's blog.

Cyber-Stalking is my new hobby.ha

Casey McCormick said...

Thank you, Marsha! I was starting to think I'd never seen it. : p

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Anonymous said...

Here's a somewhat recent interview that I didn't notice in the spotlight: http://www.writeforapples.com/2013/08/querysignsubmit-with-tina-wexler.html#.UhTRhD9pIdM