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Agent Spotlight: Stefanie Sanchez von Borstel

This week's Agent Spotlight features Stefanie Sanchez von Borstel of Full Circle Literary.
Status: Accepting submissions.
clip_image001About: "Stefanie Sanchez Von Borstel is co-founder of Full Circle Literary, an entrepreneur, and mom with 25 years of experience in trade book publishing. Prior to agenting, she worked in editorial, publicity and trade marketing with Penguin and Harcourt Children’s Books. She enjoys tapping her publicity and marketing background to champion writers and artists. Stefanie represents children’s books from toddler to tween, and select adult nonfiction.
"In adult nonfiction, her focus is on lifestyle books about creativity, wellness, and nature. Recent adult nonfiction she represents: Find Your Artistic Voice: The Essential Guide to Working Your Creative Magic by Lisa Congdon (Chronicle) and I Love Birds! by Jennifer Ward illustrated by Alexander Vidal (Roost Books).
"Children’s books Stefanie represents have been awarded a Caldecott Honor, Sibert Medal, Schneider Family Book Award, Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor, Charlotte Zolotow Award for Best Picture Book of the Year, The Christopher Award, New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year, Pura Belpré Awards and Honors, NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor for Best Nonfiction, and Agatha Award for Best Mystery for Children. Some of Stefanie’s clients include Monica Brown and John Parra, creators of award-winning picture books Waiting for the Biblioburro and Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book; Caldecott Honor recipient Juana Martinez-Neal author-illustrator of Alma and How She Got Her Name: Rafael López illustrator of #1 NYT Bestsellers The Day You Begin and Just Ask!; poet Carmen Tafolla, author of Pura Belpré Honor and Charlotte Zolotow Award-winning picture book What Can You Do With A Paleta?; and Jennifer Ward’s science/nature picture books including How to Find a Bird. Recent releases include: Juana Martinez-Neal’s Fry Bread (written by Kevin Noble Maillard, Roaring Brook Press) which was awarded the 2019 ALA Sibert Medal, Susie Ghahremani’s Little Muir’s Song (by John Muir, Yosemite Conservancy), and Rafael López’s Just Ask! (written by Sonia Sotomayor, Penguin) which was awarded the 2019 ALA Schneider Family Book Award for Young Children.
"Award-winning middle grade clients include Celia C. Pérez, author of Strange Birds and The First Rule of Punk, named to multiple “Best Book of the Year” lists including Kirkus, School Library Journal, Horn Book, and NPR among others; Diana López, author of Confetti Girl, Coco: A Story of Music, Shoes and Family, and Lucky Luna; and Monica Brown’s awesome chapter book series Sarai and the Meaning of Awesome, co-authored with 12-year-old “Soy Yo” celebrity Sarai Gonzalez!
"Stefanie also represents a growing list of award-winning illustrators including Juana Martinez-Neal, Susie Ghahremani, Lisa Congdon, Estelí Meza, Christine Almeda, Adriana M. Garcia, Rafael López, John Parra, and Alexander Vidal. She is always thrilled to work with creatives that have a distinct style or expertise that can crossover to both children’s and adult markets. When not reading, Stefanie is probably enjoying sunsets with her family.” (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)
Web Presence:
Full Circle Lit website.
Full Circle Lit blog
What She's Looking For:
From Her Bio Page on the Agency Website:
"Stefanie is open to submissions in the following categories only (Jan 2020): illustrators, graphic novels, contemporary middle grade. In the meantime, read this SCBWI Exclusive Interview and check back for submission updates.
"Middle grade fiction (contemporary or historical) with memorable characters that stay with you. Middle grade is my happy place and it’s a joy to represent Diana López’s Confetti Girl and Lucky Luna; Celia C. Pérez’s The First Rule of Punk and Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers (both named ALA Amelia Bloomer Books); and The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by debut author Adrianna Cuevas coming in summer 2020. I’d love to bring more exciting debut middle grade writers to my list!
"Illustrators/Author-Illustrators timeless books with gorgeous artwork and lyrical writing that will be read again and again. I am honored to represent author-illustrator picture book debuts: Susie Ghahremani’s Stack the Cats, and Juana Martinez-Neal’s 2019 Caldecott Honor Book Alma and How She Got Her Name. I am especially committed to successfully building women of color illustrators in kidlit."
"Full Circle has had some exciting middle grade debuts this year, and I warmly welcome middle grade manuscripts exploring themes of identity, family, community, and social justice. I’d love to find a middle grade with a touch of magic or a manuscript that explores the joys of life such as cooking or family traditions. I’ve also had the honor of working with exciting author-illustrator debuts by SCBWI members Juana Martinez-Neal and Susie Ghahremani, and I’d love to bring more women of color illustrators and author-illustrators to children’s books."
What She Isn't Looking For:
Romance, historical fiction, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, westerns, poetry, screenplays, cookbooks, or rhyming picture books. (Link)
Editorial Agent?
The agency supports its clients through all phases of the publishing process, including editorial support when needed.
There is list of select client titles on the agency website. Some of Ms. von Borstel's clients are listed in her bio above.
Query Methods:
E-mail: No.  
Snail-Mail: No.
Online-Form: Yes.
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
The agency only accepts submissions via QueryManager. (Link)
See the Full Circle Literary website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.
Response Times:
The agency only responds if interested, usually within 8 weeks.
What's the Buzz?
Full Circle Literary is a well established and respected agency that prides itself on its full circle approach. They are big supporters of diversity in books and actively seek multicultural and diverse projects. Ms. von Borstel’s clients seem very happy with her representation. Her experience and sales recommend her.
Worth Your Time:
None that I could find except for the interview listed above.
Around the Web:
Please see the Full Circle Literary website for contact and query information.
Profile Details:
Last updated: 6/7/2020.
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 literature. 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.


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