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Agent Spotlight: Kerry Sparks

This week's Agent Spotlight features Kerry Sparks of Levine Greenberg Literary Agency.

Kerry Sparks About: “Kerry Sparks grew up in a rainy, rural Oregon town. After spending her formative years building tree forts, swimming in the river, and navigating life as a middle child, she made the move to Southern California for some sunshine. During her six years in Los Angeles, Kerry produced a play, published a short story, graduated college with honors, worked in various facets of the film industry, and ate a lot of delicious food.

“In addition to her passion for words, Kerry has a love for film, road trips, running, and bubble tea. Although she enjoys the luxuries of gargantuan cities she has lived in, Kerry has yet to find a bookstore as impressive as Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon.” (Link)

Status: Accepting submissions, actively building her list.

What She's Looking For:

Interests: Children’s books (picture books through young adult), fiction and nonfiction, and select adult non-fiction projects (heath and lifestyle).

From her Website Bio:

“Kerry loves to be transported and surprised when reading both fiction and nonfiction. She is looking for great YA and middle-grade fiction, both commercial and literary, with a fresh voice and compelling story (although she tends to shy away from the paranormal) and enjoys the occasional picture book. In non-fiction, Kerry is most drawn to health and lifestyle books with a prescriptive focus.” (Link)

From her SCBWI Bio:

“Kerry Sparks is actively looking for YA fiction, middle grade fiction, and picture books, but is also interested in finding great non-fiction for a young audience. She enjoys working on stories that are often simple but have complex characters. She is particularly interested in picture books with a fresh voice, literary YA, narratives with a cinematic element, YA/Adult crossover, and slightly-edgy middle grade. She tends to shy away from paranormal, although if the story grabs her, she’s in!” (Link)

From Conference Notes (11/2010):

“Kerry represents PBs, MG, and YA and is particularly interested in finding romantic YA, school stories, quirky MG, and narratives with a cinematic element. She tends to shy away from werewolves and zombies, but will read anything with a strong voice and compelling characters.” (Link)

What She Isn't Looking For:

Adult fiction, screenplays.

About the Agency:

"Founded in 1989 by author and academic entrepreneur James Levine, we have grown into a firm of thirteen people with offices in New York and San Francisco.  We work in every category of fiction and non-fiction.

"We represent people, not just individual projects; more than selling books, we work as our clients' creative and business partners throughout the entire publishing process. Our goal is to develop and guide talent to its fullest expression across a variety of media-books, film and television, audio, and electronic formats.

"Most of our titles are published by imprints of the major houses-Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Penguin Group, Hachette Book Group, Macmillan, etc-but we have also done business with almost fifty independent and/or university presses.

"Our strong foreign rights department works internationally with a respected network of co-agents to place our titles with leading foreign publishers, and we are regular participants at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the London Book Fair, and Book Expo America." (Link)

Dislikes (Don'ts):


Editorial Agent?

Yes, the entire agency is. "We offer service in four broad areas: editorial development, business representation, collaborating writers, and publicity & marketing strategy." (More info)

Web Presence:

Levine Greenberg Agency website.


AgentQuery, QueryTracker.


There is a page on the Levine Greenberg website featuring the agency’s client list and another with select MG & YA agency titles

Ms. Sparks clients include: Jennifer Salvato Doktorski, Deena Limpoli, Jenny Lundquist, Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein, Malina Saval, Kristina Springer, among others.


As of this posting, Ms. Sparks is listed on Publisher’s Marketplace as having made 2 deals in the last 12 months and 2 overall (with another 2 deals under her maiden name, Kerry Evans).  Recent deals include 2 young adult, 1 middle grade, and 1 picture book.

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

Query Methods:

E-mail: Yes.

Snail-Mail: No.  

Online-Form: Yes.

Submission Guidelines (always verify):

Send a query to the agency e-mail addy addressing Ms. Sparks, attaching no more than 50 pages.  OR, fill out the online form addressing Ms. Sparks in the summary (and let her know you found her here!).

See the Levine Greenberg Lit website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines. 

Response Times:

The agency only responds if interested, usually within three seeks. Ms. Spark’s response time on requested material seems to be within a week to a month.

What's the Buzz?

Kerry Sparks is a relatively new agent who deserves some notice.  She’s been an agent with Levine Greenberg (recommended on P&E) since 2008, has already made a good handful of sales, and is actively looking for clients and building up the agency’s children’s list. Her clients seem very pleased so far.

Worth Your Time:


None that I could find online.

Around the Web:

Interview with Elizabeth Fisher, the Levin Greenberg rights manager at Divine Secrets of the Writing Sisterhood (12/2010).

Client Deena Limpoli’s re-agented (with Kerry Sparks!) story at Author 2 Author (10/2009).

See the “How We Work” page on the Levine Greenberg website for detailed agency info.

Levine Greenberg Literary Agency on PE (recommended).

Levine Greenberg Literary Agency thread on AbsoluteWrite.


Please see the Levine Greenberg Literary Agency 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.


  1. Thanks for the info. Too bad she shies away from paranormal.

  2. Another terrific spotlight, Casey! You pull together the best information for agents. I especially love that you have a "buzz" section. Well done.

  3. Theresa, might be worth a shot if you have a great story and strong voice.

    Thank you, Carol!

    Ms. Sparks has reviewed her profile.

  4. Nice spotlight. Informative and interesting. Thanks.

  5. Great spotlight. I'm going to add her to my list. I'm glad to see that she didn't say she's not looking for fantasy. Now if I can just get that query letter right.

  6. Thanks, Casey. It's good to know we can ask to submit to her since their website doesn't suggest you can request to submit to a particular agent.

  7. Casey...

    I've only just found you, and it's been a merry meeting! Thanks for your hard, hard work and for the valuable service.

    I've been whittling down my submission list this week, and you've helped me determine that I've made some good choices.

    Thank you I'll be adding a link on my blog and resources page soon!

  8. Thanks for the spotlight, Casey! (I like the "buzz" section, too - it gives me a much better sense of the potential quality of agenting than anything else out there.)

    And Whoa - new picture! I like, I like!

  9. Thank you, Chris, Cleemckenzie, Natlie, Thermocline, and Ishta.

    Richard, welcome! Best of luck as you begin to submit.

  10. Hi Casey - just came across your blog via a link from Shannon Messenger's blog. And - wow! In-depth agent info is totally what I'm looking for! Can't wait to dig more into your blog for some great info. Thank you! :)

  11. Casey, Thanks as always girlfriend for great information. I will definitely have to check Kerry out. Oh, and did I tell you I love your new do? (Smiles)

  12. Hi Donea! Welcome! I'm so glad you found Lit Rambles. Let me know if you have any questions!

    Thanks Buffy! It takes awhile to curl my hair like that but I love it!

  13. Casey with your hard work you leave us to get on with the writing, talk about handing it to us on a plate - thank you!

  14. Thanks Casey! I'd never heard of this agent before. I'm sure she'll get flooded with ms!

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  18. Casey, I just found you via SCBWI and want to thank you for this. I just had a productive and exciting conversation with Kerry today about my first picture book and wanted to do some agent research.