This week's Agent Spotlight features Adriana Dominguez of Full Circle Literary.
About: "Adriana Dominguez has over 10 years of experience in publishing, most recently as Executive Editor at HarperCollins Children's Books, where she managed the children's division of the Latino imprint, Rayo. Prior to that, she was Children's Reviews Editor at Críticas magazine, published by Library Journal. She has performed editorial work for many important children's and adult publishers, both on a full time basis and as a freelance consultant, on English and Spanish language books. She is also a professional translator, and has worked on a number of translations of best-selling children's books. Adriana is based on the East Coast (New York), and interested in building a strong list of children's picture books, middle grade novels, and (literary) young adult novels. On the adult side, she is looking for literary, women's, and historical fiction, and in the area of non-fiction, for multicultural, pop culture, how-to, and titles geared toward women of all ages. When not working - which is rare - Adriana can be found at the nearest airport, waiting to be whisked away from it all; along with publishing, travel is her biggest passion!" (Link)
Status: Accepting submissions and actively building her list.
What She's Looking For:
From the website:
"[I am] interested in building a strong list of children's picture books, middle grade novels, and (literary) young adult novels. On the adult side, I am looking for literary, women's, and historical fiction, and in the area of non-fiction, for multicultural, pop culture, how-to, and titles geared toward women of all ages." (Link)
From an Interview (09/2009):
"I am very open to bilingual projects, particularly on the children's side; I have edited a great many bilingual children's books in my previous lives and believe that they serve a very real purpose in the lives of both Latino and Anglo parents and children. I also happen to know that the market craves them more than most people think. I am willing to read queries written in Spanish because I am fully bilingual and want to help as many Latino writers as possible get published. However, I'd look at those queries with the intention of submitting the works to publishers in English, or bilingually, so the writer in question would have to be willing to have his or her material translated before submitting a full proposal to me." (Link)
Ms. Dominguez reports (via e-mail) she is actively seeking MG/YA historical fiction.
What She Isn't Looking For:
"Please note: we do NOT represent genre fiction (science fiction, fantasy, westerns, crime, horror, mystery, thrillers, detective novels, category romance) screenplays or poetry. Out of respect for our time, please do not send submissions in these areas; we will not respond to such queries." (Link)
"Glorious prose is definitely the best way to impress me! I treasure good writing, strong voices, and compelling stories. Additionally, I often find myself wanting to work with writers who have done their homework and know that building a platform before seeking publication is essential in today's competitive publishing market. Beyond that, I would love to find exciting new concept- and character-driven material." (Link)
"Whether as editor, book reviewer, or translator, my goal has always been the same: To be involved in the development of quality books that enrich people’s lives and bring something new to the market. And as a Latina myself, I am especially interested in helping publishers to increase their output of books of all kinds written by Latinos." (Link)
"I am looking to build long-term relationships. The amount of time and effort I generally devote to my authors would not be worthwhile otherwise, as we often spend long periods of time working on manuscripts and polishing them until they are ready to present to publishers. By the time all that work is done, whether the manuscript in question is sold or not, I have generally fallen in love with the author's work, which means that I am fully invested in my clients' long-term success." (Link)
About the Agency:
"We are a full-service boutique literary agency, offering a full circle approach to our authors. We work with a wide range of nonfiction books, literary fiction, as well as children's books, middle grade and young adult books. Full Circle Literary's unique approach to the agenting relationship helps build authors one step at a time. We know the time and effort you put into your writing. Our underlying policy is that we only sign work we are as enthusiastic about as you are. We use our diverse expertise in book publishing to help build long-term careers for our clients. We'll support you up to and through the publication process. We'll see it through... full circle." (Link)
"I dislike emails that ask questions whose answers can be easily found on our agency website. [...] I am also a stickler for grammar, so typically, a poorly written query, or one that contains grammatical and/or typographical errors directs my attention elsewhere." (Link)
Yes. "...we often spend long periods of time working on manuscripts and polishing them until they are ready to present to publishers." (Link)
Voces - Ms. Dominguez's blog.
As of this posting, Ms. Dominguez is listed on Publisher's Marketplace as having made 1 four-book deal in the last 12 months and 1 overall. Recent deals include 4 picture books.
NOTE: PM is usually not a complete representation of sales, and Ms. Dominguez reports she has sold six picture books/board books with more announcements to come.
E-mail: Yes (only).
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
"To submit, send a brief, one-page query (in the body of the email, no attachments please) describing your book project and author highlights. You may also include the first 10 manuscript pages or complete picture book manuscript text in the body of the email. No phone queries, please! Include the name of the agent in the subject line if you are directing specifically to Adriana Dominguez or Stefanie Von Borstel. Currently, Lilly Ghahremani is not accepting general submissions." (Link)
See the Full Circle Literary website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.
"In terms of my personal preference, I simply need to know, from the query letter alone, what the project/book is about. I would suggest that authors belonging to critique groups bring their query letters to their groups to have them evaluated by others and most importantly, to make sure that they make sense. It is sometimes difficult to tell when you are so close to a project, and having that feedback can help you to write your proposal from the perspective of the reader, rather than that of the writer." (Link)
"Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for response. We will notify you if we are interested in representing your project or if we will be requesting additional materials (such as sample chapters or a proposal). Unfortunately we cannot respond personally to every query and submission we receive." (Link)
Though information is limited, Ms. Dominguez's average response time on queries seems to be about 2 weeks and 1-2 months on requested material.
What's the Buzz?
The buzz on Ms. Dominguez is quiet but positive. She's only been agenting since late 2009 but has over 10 years of experience in publishing, many in editorial positions. Full Circle Literary is a respected agency with a strong multicultural and green line, and Ms. Dominguez has made several sales as an agent. While she has a strong desire for multicultural projects, she also seems to be seeking contemporary, historical, and literary children's books.
Worth Your Time:
Q&A with Literary Agent Adriana Dominguez at musings (05/2010).
Interview with Literary Agent Adriana Dominguez at examiner.com (09/2009).
Interview with Adriana Dominguez at BronzeWord Latino Authors (08/2009).
Interview with an Editor, Adriana Dominguez at Jeff Rivera Writing and Book Marketing Tips (10/2008).
Select Blog Posts:
2009 Wrap-up including Ms. Dominguez's favorite books of the year.
Around the Web:
There is an Info and Upcoming Appearances page on the site worth checking out.
Please see the Full Circle Literary website for contact and query information.
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