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Agent Spotlight: Taylor Martindale

This week's Agent Spotlight features Taylor Martindale of Full Circle Literary.

Status: Accepting submissions, actively building her list.

About: "Taylor Martindale is a new member of Full Circle Literary, actively acquiring primarily young adult projects. She began agenting with the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency, and prior to that, was the submissions coordinator at Bliss Literary Agency. She is a graduate of The College of William and Mary, where she studied English and Hispanic Studies.

"Taylor is looking for children’s/young adult fiction and non-fiction, women’s fiction, and select non-fiction projects. She is interested in finding unique and unforgettable voices and characters that stay with you long after a story has finished. For contemporary YA, she would like to find both the uplifting/romantic and the gritty stories. She loves working with multicultural projects that teach teens about other people’s lives – both at home and abroad. In paranormal/fantasy/urban fantasy, she is looking for new and intriguing concepts with characters who make their worlds alive and engaging. She is also interested in women’s fiction – multicultural, historical, and contemporary. More than anything, Taylor is looking for character-driven stories that bring the world vividly to life (whether it’s fantasy or not), and voices that refuse to be ignored. When looking for non-fiction projects, Taylor uses much the same approach, and hopes to find authors with fresh ideas and perspectives, with writing that is accessible, entertaining, and compelling. She is looking for teen non-fiction, memoir, and how-to projects.

"When not working, Taylor can be found traveling, cooking, spending time with loved ones, or (surprise!) lost in a good book.” (via e-mail, soon to be here)

About the Agency:

"We are a boutique literary agency, offering a unique full circle approach to literary representation. Our diverse experience in book publishing includes editorial, marketing, publicity, legal and rights, which we use to help build authors one step at a time. We work with both published and unpublished writers and our staff has a knack for finding and developing new talent. We've cultivated Pura Belpre Award and Honor winners, Americas Book Award and Honor winners, and Charlotte Zolotow Award winners. Our authors have been featured on National Public Radio, Good Morning America, Martha Stewart Living, Design*Sponge, Ohdeedoh, Working Mother magazine, Parents magazine, The New York Times and other national media.

“Full Circle Literary works with a variety of creative prescriptive and narrative nonfiction books, literary fiction for adults and teens, as well as middle grade and children's picture books. Our underlying policy is that we only sign work we are as enthusiastic about as you are. We'll support you through the publication process... full circle.” (Link)

Web Presence:

Full Circle Lit website.

Full Circle Lit PM page.

Full Circle Lit blog.

Twitter.

Goodreads.

LinkedIn.

QueryTracker.

What She's Looking For:

From Her Bio (as above):

“Taylor is looking for children’s/young adult fiction and non-fiction, women’s fiction, and select non-fiction projects. She is interested in finding unique and unforgettable voices and characters that stay with you long after a story has finished. For contemporary YA, she would like to find both the uplifting/romantic and the gritty stories. She loves working with multicultural projects that teach teens about other people’s lives – both at home and abroad. In paranormal/fantasy/urban fantasy, she is looking for new and intriguing concepts with characters who make their worlds alive and engaging. She is also interested in women’s fiction – multicultural, historical, and contemporary. More than anything, Taylor is looking for character-driven stories that bring the world vividly to life (whether it’s fantasy or not), and voices that refuse to be ignored. When looking for non-fiction projects, Taylor uses much the same approach, and hopes to find authors with fresh ideas and perspectives, with writing that is accessible, entertaining, and compelling. She is looking for teen non-fiction, memoir, and how-to projects.” (Link)

Via Twitter (11/2011):

“I'd really like to see more contemporary YA in my inbox. Unique concepts, memorable characters... Send them my way!” (Link)

From an Interview (10/2011):

“I'd like to see some dynamic YA that I can fall in love with -- contemporary, character-driven stories; unique concepts in fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal, and some sci-fi; and dynamic multicultural stories. I'd love to see a ghost story that really gets under my skin. I love stories about real teens dealing with real life, and I want to hear new voices in this area. I am a very voice- and character-focused reader and agent, so if you can get my attention with compelling personalities, you've got my hooked. Overall, I'm just looking to go crazy over something, no matter what it's about.” (Link)

From an Interview (06/2011):

“I am definitely interested in middle grade! I do represent some middle grade authors, and am always looking for those special projects that are a good fit for me. I will say that I am focused more on the older end of the genre, but what’s most important to me is that I’m able to feel passionate about a manuscript—whether it’s what I thought I was looking for or not.”

“I have a particular interest in Hispanic/Latino stories and border stories, but I’d really like to see a broad range of multicultural stories. I love learning about new cultures, and I think YA books are such a great venue through which to teach kids about other peoples and places of the world, other worldviews.” (Link)

From an Interview (04/2010):

"I have to say that what I am particularly looking for are characters. Engaging, deep characters whose voices light up the page and stick in your head even when you’re not reading. Those characters who make the plot captivating because of who they are, not what is going on around them. The relationships that make you laugh and cry and long to touch some part of the world around you… ” (Link)

What She Isn't Looking For:

Picture books, poetry, short stories, screenplays, educational books, workbooks, foreign language books, science fiction, business, science, nature, religion / spirituality. (Link / Link)

Editorial Agent?

Yes. "I am very hands-on with revisions when necessary, because I feel part of my job is to help an author put together the best book they can. If I believe in something, I’m not afraid to take on a project that needs work. I also see my job as working to develop an author’s career, not just his or her current book." (Link)

Quotables:

"What I expect from an agent-author relationship is positive and productive collaboration. I love working with authors who are dedicated to learning about the publishing process and who are really interested in working with me to grow a career. My other expectation, and what I work to foster with my clients, is clear and honest communication." (Link)

Pet-Peeves:

"One query pet peeve that does drive me crazy, though: Starting off with a rhetorical question. Those are never answered the way you planned--occasionally coming off as very strange--and that creates a spot of weakness in your letter." (Link)

Clients:

There is list of select client titles on the agency website.

Ms. Martindale’s clients include: Annie Cardi, Debra Driza, Ninja Girl, Emery Lord, Richard Moore, Aisha Saeed, among others.

Sales:

As of this posting, Ms. Martindale is listed on Publisher’s Marketplace as having made 2 deals in the last 12 months and 2 overall. Recent deals include 2 YA.

NOTE: PM is usually not a complete representation of sales.

Query Methods:

E-mail: Yes (only).

Snail-Mail: No.

Online-Form: No.

Submission Guidelines (always verify):

“Send a 1-page query letter (in the body of the email, no attachments please) including a description of your book, writing credentials and author highlights. Following your query, please include the first TEN PAGES of manuscript text within the body of the email. For nonfiction, include a proposal with one sample chapter.

“You may include the name of the agent in the email subject line, if you're directing to a specific agent.”

See the Full Circle Literary website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.

Query tips:

There are a number of great tips from Ms. Martindale in this interview at GotYA.

Response Times:

The agency only responds if interested. If interested, expect a response within 6-8 weeks. Response times available on the web suggest Ms. Martindale generally responds to queries within that time frame, often sooner. Her response time on requested material is sometimes longer.

What's the Buzz?

Taylor Martindale has been an agent for over two years now and the buzz continues to be positive. She has made two contemporary YA deals in the last year and as far as I know these are her first two. Her clients seem very happy with her representation. Of note, she is no longer accepting picture book submissions.

Make sure you follow Ms. Martindale on twitter @TayMartindale for updates, news, and a great glimpse at her personality.

Worth Your Time:

Interviews:

Contest interview with Taylor Martindale at Operation Awesome (10/2011).

Agent Advice Interview with Taylor Martindale at Guide to Literary Agents (06/2011).

Interview with an Agent: Taylor Martindale at Mother. Write. (Repeat.) (07/2010).

Interview with YA agent Taylor Martindale at GotYA (04/2010).

Blog Stuff:

Ms. Martindale will be posting on the Full Circle blog occasionally.

Recent post: “Taylor’s Tips for the New Year” (01/12).

Around the Web:

Full Circle Literary thread on AbsoluteWrite.

Full Circle Literary on P&E.

Follow the Full Circle Lit blog for client updates and news.

See which conferences Ms. Martindale has scheduled for 2012 so far in this post.

Client Debra Driza's How I Got My Agent post on her blog, Houndrat (03/2010).

Contact:

Please see the Full Circle Literary website for contact and query information.

Profile Details:

Last updated: 2/14/12.

Agent Contacted For Review? Yes.

Last Reviewed By Agent? 2/14/12.

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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.

11 comments:

  1. Thanks for another great spotlight, Casey!

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  2. Great spotlight. If I ever write a YA urban fantasy, I'll definitely consider Ms. Martindale, especially since she is also looking for multicultural stories.

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  3. I've had a package sitting on my desk for a week waiting to go out to Ms. Martindale. Then last night, I read on Twitter that she's now accepting e-queries and I wanted so bad to @reply her and say YAY! Needless to say, the package is recycling and the e-query was sent out not long after. She sounds wonderful...here's hoping!

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  4. Ms. Martindale has reviewed her profile. The agency will be going paperless next week. Make sure you e-query!

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  5. Oh good, another agent looking for women's fiction. Even though you focus on YA and MG, I often find agents here to pass along to my friend who writes for an adult market.

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  6. I love your spotlights! I made a note that you have listed 7 agents so far that accept picture books. I hope you continue to find even more!

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  7. I feel dumb now. Just realized there are 51! I had to go to "older posts" to find them. THANKS!!!

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  8. UPDATE: Taylor Martindale is now at Full Circle Literary: http://www.fullcircleliterary.com/AboutUs.htm

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  9. Thank you Robin. I finally got her profile updated!

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