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Agent Spotlight: Taylor Martindale Kean

This week's Agent Spotlight features Taylor Martindale Kean of Full Circle Literary.
Status: Ms. Martindale Taylor is currently closed to submissions. Check the agency website to learn when she reopens to submissions.
About: "Taylor Martindale Kean is a literary agent with Full Circle Literary, actively acquiring middle grade and young adult fiction. She is a graduate of The College of William and Mary, where she studied English and Hispanic Studies.
"Taylor is looking for young adult fiction, literary middle grade fiction, across all genres. She is interested in finding unique and unforgettable voices in contemporary, fantasy, historical and magical realism novels. She is looking for books that demand to be read. More than anything, Taylor is looking for diverse, character-driven stories that bring their worlds vividly to life, and voices that are honest, original and interesting. Clients include: Emery Lord, Anna-Marie McLemore, Aisha Saeed, Tirzah Price, David Bowles, Sylvie Lacroix, Anoosha Syed and more. When not working, Taylor can be found traveling, cooking, spending time with loved ones, or (surprise!) lost in a good book.
"Learn more about Taylor and her style of agenting on the podcast Join Me, Won’t You, Episode 17." (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 Literary
Full Circle Lit blog.
#MSWL on Twitter
What She's Looking For:
From the agency website:
"TAYLOR’S WISH LIST – currently closed to submissions
"Magical Realism in Middle Grade and Young Adult
"Young Adult fantasy with grounded and compelling world building, diverse casts, and that has smart and savvy heroes and heroines
"All Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction with characters who are engaging, imperfect and diverse
"A novel that deals with a family living in the aftermath of a serious crime"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)
What She Isn't Looking For:
Picture books
Editorial Agent?
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.
Query Methods:

E-mail: No.
Snail-Mail: No.
Online-Form: Yes.
Submission Guidelines (always verify): Ms. Martindale Kean is currently closed to submissions.
All submissions should be through their QueryManagr form.
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 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.
Worth Your Time:
Interview with Agent Taylor Martindale Kean at SCBWI Washington ((01/2018)
A Cafe Chat With Taylor Martindale Kean at EasternPennPoint (04/2017)
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 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).
Please see the Full Circle Literary website for contact and query information.
Profile Details:
Last updated: 5/16/2020.
Agent Contacted For Review? Yes.
Last Reviewed By Agent? 2/14/12.
Have any experience with this agent? See something that needs updating? Please leave a comment or e-mail me at natalieaguirre7(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.


Cambria Dillon said...

Thanks for another great spotlight, Casey!

Natalie Aguirre said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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!

Casey McCormick said...

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

Lisa Nowak said...

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.

Robin Lemke said...

Ooo, I love the Spotlight! Thanks!

Christina Farley said...

Lots of fantastic research Casey!

Christie Wright Wild said...

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!

Christie Wright Wild said...

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

Unknown said...

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

Casey McCormick said...

Thank you Robin. I finally got her profile updated!