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Agent Spotlight: Adriana Dominguez

This week's Agent Spotlight features Adriana Dominguez of Full Circle Literary.
Update on 3/6/2022: Adriana is now a senior agent at Aevitas Creative Management. Check their website for her submission guidelines. 
AdriCrop(2) About: "Adriana Dominguez has 20+ years of experience in publishing. Prior to becoming an agent, she was Executive Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, where she managed the children’s division of the Rayo imprint. Before that, she was Children’s Reviews Editor at Críticas magazine, published by Library Journal. Adriana has performed editorial work for both children and adult publishers. She is also a professional translator, a member of the Brooklyn Literary Council that organizes the Brooklyn Book Festival, and one of the founders of the Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference in New York City. Adriana is based in New York.
Adriana represents children’s books for all ages. She has a long trajectory of publishing underrepresented authors and illustrators, and welcomes submissions that offer diverse points of view. Books that she has edited or represented have been awarded the Pura Belpré Medal, the Coretta Scott King Honor and the MPIBA’s Reading the West Award among others, and been finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the NAACP Award. Her list includes national and international bestsellers, and titles counted among the “Best of the Year” by Amazon, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, The New York Public Library, The Chicago Public Library, Parents.com, Salon.com, and others.
On the children’s side, Adriana represents fiction and narrative nonfiction as well as author/illustrators. Her growing list of illustrators includes Juliet Menendez, Jacqueline Alcantara, Ana Aranda, Tania de Regil, Rafael López, John Parra, Lorena Siminovich and Lila Quintero Weaver. Her author client list includes award winners and best sellers such as Michaela and Elaine DePrince, Katheryn Russell-Brown, and Angela Cervantes. Some recent exciting debuts: Silver Meadows Summer by Emma Otheguy (Knopf), My Year in the Middle by Lila Quintero Weaver (Candlewick), Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist by Sylvia Acevedo (HMH), A New Home by Tania de Regil (Candlewick), and Shauna LaVoy Reynolds’ Poetree (Dial/Penguin) a 2019 Kids Indie Next Book.
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 and her family, travel is her biggest passion! Follow Adriana on twitter at @VocesBlog"
Status: She is closed to submissions except for requested conference and contest submissions.
What She's Looking For:
From the website:
"Illustrators I’m interested in artists with distinctive styles, and on bringing more diverse illustrators into the market. Representative illustrator debuts have upcoming picture books and illustrated novels with NorthSouth Books, Lee & Low Books, Nancy Paulsen Books, and Candlewick, among others. Recent deal: We Need Diverse Books Illustrator Mentorship Award winner Jacqueline Alcantara to illustrate JUMP AT DE SUN by Alicia Williams, a picture book biography of the inimitable Zora Neale Hurston, to Caitlyn Dlouhy at Caitlyn Dlouhy/S&S. Adriana Dominguez at Full Circle Literary brokered the deal for world rights.
"Picture books that are funny or endearing, with an element of the unexpected. I love twists, strong concepts, and diverse points of view. Picture books that make you wonder, “How didn’t anyone ever think of this before?!”
"Contemporary or historical middle grade and young adult novels Authentic voices that grab a hold of readers and won’t let go. Characters and stories that touch reader’s hearts and provide relief with a chuckle. I gravitate toward concept-driven contemporary, and historical novels that teach me something that I feel I must share with others. Novels that stay with readers long after the book is put down.
"Narrative nonfiction I represent a number of award-winning and best selling biographies and memoirs, such as Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown, Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina by Michaela and Elaine DePrince, and Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist by Sylvia Acevedo. I’m always interested in children’s biographies and memoirs by authors with strong platforms, for all ages."
"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:
"Full Circle Literary is a full-service literary agency, offering a full circle approach to literary representation. Our team has diverse experience in book publishing including editorial, marketing, publicity, legal and rights, which we use collectively to build careers book by book.
We work with both award-winning veteran and debut writers and illustrators, and our team has a knack for finding and developing new and diverse talent. We work with writers and illustrators from development of concepts and proposals for submission to championing a book into the hands of readers. Our titles have received awards and honors from the American Library Association, National Book Critics’ Circle, Children’s Book Council, Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators, National Council of Teachers of English, International Reading Association, and many more." (Link)
Editorial Agent?
Yes. "...we often spend long periods of time working on manuscripts and polishing them until they are ready to present to publishers." (Link)
Web Presence:
Full Circle Lit website.
Full Cirlce Lit blog.
There is list of select client titles on the website.  Ms. Dominguez's clients include Alma Flor Ada, Reyna Grande, and Lorena Siminovich, among others.
Query Methods: Closed to Submissions
E-mail: No (only).  
Snail-Mail: No.
Online-Form: Yes.
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
See the Full Circle Literary website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.
Query Tips:
"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)
Response Times:
The agency response time is eight weeks. If they are interested, they will request additional information.
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:
Tips From 5 Literary Agents Representing Latino Authors at NBC News (03/2016)
A Cafe Chat With Adriana Dominguez at Eastern Penn Points (11/2014)
Ask the Pro at Writer's Digest (12/2011)Q&A with Literary Agent Adriana Dominguez at musings (05/2010).
Select Blog Posts:
Writing With Cultural Authenticity at The Official SCBWI Blog (08/2019)
Please see the Full Circle Literary website for contact and query information.
Profile Details:
Last updated: 5/1/20.
Agent Contacted For Review? Yes.
Last Reviewed By Agent? .
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.


Thermocline said...

I had some information on her, but this really rounds out the details. Thanks, Casey!

ali cross said...

I love how she says "glorious prose". I don't write literary fiction myself, but I sure enjoy reading it. TFS!

Beth said...

As always, you've provided a great profile, Casey. She's on my wish list!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great profile. She sounds fabulous for someone who writes multicultural stories. I met Lilly Ghahremani, one of the founders of Full Circle, at an Ann Arbor Book Festival conference. She was so nice and gave a super workshop on how to write a query letter. Full Circle sounds like a great agency.

Ammie said...

Thank you so MUCH FOR DOING this spotlight! I have been looking for an agent who specializes in multicultural interests for children. As a former teacher in the Bronx, my book is based on children from my old hood and we need more multicultural literature in the classrooms. I just queried her, I hope she requests to see some material. THANK YOU so much for posting on her! Great work, Casey!

Jan Markley said...

Thanks for the profile, that's helpful.

Casey McCormick said...

Thank you for the great comments, everyone!

Good luck Ammie! I hope you have just the kind of project she's looking for.

Ms. Dominguez has reviewed her profile and made a couple changes. She IS looking for historical YA/MG as well as what's listed above.

Buffy Andrews said...

Thanks Casey for all of your hard work. Have a terrific weekend. Blessings, Buffy

Jennifer Foushee said...

Casey - your agent spotlights are so helpful. You rock! Thanks!

nilki said...

Thanks for linking to the Q&A on Musings. This is such a wonderful blog-I'm adding it to my resources for writers list at Musings!

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