This week's Agent Spotlight features Stefanie von Borstel of Full Circle Literary.
About: "Stefanie von Borstel is a literary agent, book-marketeer, and founding member of Full Circle Literary, LLC. Prior to agenting, she worked in a variety of editorial and marketing positions with Penguin and Harcourt, and enjoys sharing insight with authors about the publishing process. She is a member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Books Writers & Illustrators), TNNA (The National NeedleArts Association), and the American Marketing Association. Stefanie regularly speaks at writing conferences, including the SDSU Writers Conference, the Writers League of Texas Conference, and the National Latino Writers Conference. [...] A native of San Antonio Texas, she enjoys a tall ice tea served with a good story, dancing flamenco, and playing in sand, dirt and water with her son." (Link)
Status: Accepting submissions.
What She's Looking For:
From her website bio:
"Stefanie is currently focusing on parenting books, crafting and how-to books. On the children’s side she is especially interested in middle grade as well as children’s books featuring diverse viewpoints and voices, especially Latino interest. She welcomes literature with a global or multicultural perspective, or work that generally provokes thought in a new and dynamic direction." (Link)
General Agency Interests:
"Nonfiction – areas we are currently reviewing include parenting, crafting, how-to, eco/green living, reference, popular culture, multicultural.
"Children’s Picture Books – especially multicultural or green/nature picture books (our list is very selective and generally does not include books written in rhyme).
"Middle grade/Young adult – multicultural, contemporary or historical.
"Fiction – literary, multicultural." (Link)
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)
According to AgentQuery, Ms. von Borstel is also not looking for cookbooks or rhyming picture books. (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)
All three Full Circle Lit agents seem to be editorial and work with their clients on revisions as needed.
There is list of select client titles on the website. Ms. von Borstel's clients include Caroline Blakemore, Christopher Cihlar, René Colato Laínez, Diana Lopez, Jennifer Ward, Jonathan Yang, among many others.
As of this posting, Ms. von Borstel is listed on Publisher's Marketplace as having made 11 deals in the last 12 months and 40 overall. Recent deals include 5 non-fiction, 5 picture books, and 1 middle grade.
NOTE: PM is usually not a complete representation of sales.
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.
"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)
Stats are limited, but Ms. von Borstel seems to have an average response time of 2 to 3 weeks on queries of interest.
What's the Buzz?
Quiet but positive. Since there are no interviews with Ms. von Borstel, information on her specific interests and agenting style are limited to what's on the Full Circle website. However, Full Circle Literary is a well-respected agency, and Ms. von Borstel has the experience, clients, sales, and praise to recommend her. Her clients seem very happy with her representation.
Worth Your Time:
None that I could find.
Around the Web:
Follow the Full Circle Lit blog for client updates and news.
There is an Info and Upcoming Appearances page on the site worth checking out.
If you have a MediaBistro membership you can check out this article, "Pitching an Agent: Door Open to Innovative Authors" on Full Circle Lit.
Please see the Full Circle Literary website for contact and query information.
Have any experience with this agent? See something that needs updating? Please leave a comment or e-mail me at agentspotlight(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.