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Agent Spotlight: Diana Fox

This week's Agent Spotlight features Diana Fox of Fox Literary LLC.
foxliterarylogo About: "Fox Literary is a boutique agency which represents commercial fiction, along with select works of literary fiction and nonfiction that have broad commercial appeal.I am actively seeking the following: young adult fiction (all genres), science fiction/fantasy, romance, historical fiction, thrillers, and graphic novels. I'm always interested in books that cross genres and reinvent popular concepts with an engaging new twist (especially when there’s a historical and/or speculative element involved).
"On the nonfiction side I'm interested in memoirs, biography, and smart narrative nonfiction; I particularly enjoy memoirs and other nonfiction about sex work, addiction and recovery, and pop culture." (Link)
Status: Accepting submissions, actively seeking new clients.
What She's Looking For:
Genres of Interest: Young adult, literary fiction, science fiction, fantasy, romance, historical fiction, thrillers, suspense, and graphic novels. She is also interested in non-fiction memoirs, biography, popular science, history, pop culture, narrative nonfiction and books about sex work, addiction and recovery.
From an Interview (11/2009):
"I'm looking for young adult fiction (all genres, for older teens as opposed to middle grade), as well as romance, science fiction/fantasy, historical fiction, thrillers, crime fiction, and graphic novels. I also represent some literary fiction. On the nonfiction side, I'm looking for memoirs, biography, history, popular science, and smart narrative nonfiction; I’m particularly interested in memoirs and other nonfiction about sex work, addiction and recovery, and pop culture." (Link)
What She Isn't Looking For:
"Fox Literary does not represent screenplays, poetry, category Westerns, horror, Christian/inspirational fiction, or children's picture books." (Link)
Editorial Agent?
Web Presence:
Publisher's Marketplace Page. FYI this operates as her website page
AgentQuery, QueryTracker.
Katharine Beutner, Gwynne Garfinkle, Hannah Harrington, Michelle Hodkin, Anna Katherine, Catherine Knutsson, Nadia Lee, Elizabeth Loupas, Mira Grant/Seanan McGuire, Christine Merrill, Claudia Gray, Prudence Shen, among others.
E-mail: Yes (preferred). 
Snail-Mail: Yes.
Online-Form: No.
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
E-mail:  Send a query letter and the first five pages in the body of the e-mail.  No attachments.  Put QUERY and the title of the work in the subject line.
Snail-mail: Send a query letter including an e-mail address. Fox only responds and requests via e-mail.  Do NOT send a SASE or unsolicited manuscript.
Please see the Publisher's Marketplace page for complete, update-to-date submission guidelines.
Query Tips:
"What catches my interest in a query letter is the same as what catches my interest in a book: good writing. The writing needs to be clean and hopefully polished, but at the very least without obvious errors in punctuation, grammar, etc. (I'm not talking about an obvious typo in an otherwise well written letter). I focus a lot on style and voice, as well as the story. I always ask that authors paste the first five pages of the manuscript into the body of the email, because sometimes the query isn't terrific but the book itself is." (Link)
Response Times:
Definitely varied.  Ms. Fox tries to respond to queries within 4 weeks and generally seems to do so.  She often sends rejections quicker than she makes requests, keeping a maybe pile as she goes through queries.  With requested material, however, I see averages around 3 months with other instances nearly a year out.  Note:  She almost always requests fulls when she requests. 
What's the Buzz?
Diana Fox has great buzz. She's known to be super nice, friendly, and an all around class act.  She maintains a small but successful clientele with a high sell-through rate, and her clients seem very happy under her representation.  Despite sometimes long, fluctuating response times, she's known to love and appreciate slush.  Definitely follow her on Twitter and her blog to get the latest updates and a great feel for her personality. 
Worth Your Time:
Diana Fox on Marketing at S.R. Johannes (03/2011).Agent Interview: Diana Fox at The Blog Realm (11/2009). 
Please see Ms. Fox's Publisher's Marketplace page, submissions post, and/or AgentQuery page for contact and query information.
Last updated: 5/2/02.
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 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.


Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for the great spotlight. Since she's not really interested in middle grade, I'll just keep her in mind if I write a YA fantasy. She sounds great for a YA person since she doesn't mind the slush pile.

Casey McCormick said...

Ms. Fox has reviewed her profile.

Thank you for commenting Natalie! She does sound great, doesn't she?

Anne R. Allen said...

You provide some of the best agent info on the web Casey! It's so great you have all those interviews linked here. I didn't know she repped adult books. I just might send her a query. Thanks!

Marsha Sigman said...

I love her. Just queried her last week and I write YA fantasy. I have every finger and toe crossed in hope.lol

On top of everything...she watches the tv show 'Supernatural'.
I am not sure she could be more awesome.

Cambria Dillon said...

As always, great spotlight Casey! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Nice spotlight, Casey...You are wonderful!

Martina Boone said...

Casey, thanks for another great post! I just learned about Diana as I typed up Michelle Hodkin's bio for our contest today. We're excited for the release of her book under Diana's representation!

Thanks again!

Carolyn V. said...

Great spotlight Casey! I love it. =)

Francis said...

Queried her on 5/24 for adult science fantasy... no answer yet, but this might be a good sign!

Nishant said...

Thanks for the great spotlight
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