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Agent Spotlight: Jennifer Carlson

This week's Agent Spotlight features Jennifer Carlson of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency.
Dunow, Carlson, Lerner About: "Jennifer Carlson has been agenting since 1997. Previously, she worked at Henry Dunow Literary Agency and Harold Ober Associates. She works with narrative nonfiction writers and journalists covering current events and ideas and cultural history, as well as literary and upmarket commercial novelists. On the children’s side, her clients are primarily young adult and middle grade fiction writers with a very select number of picture book projects. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, she divides her time between Brooklyn and Minneapolis." (From the agency website)
Status: Accepting submissions.
What She's Looking For:
Literary Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Children's; Short Stories. (Link, Link)
Per AgentQuery:
“She enjoys high-quality fiction with a modern edge.” (Link)
What She Isn't Looking For:
Picture books, YA fantasy, screenplays, poetry.
About the Agency:
“Henry Dunow, Jennifer Carlson, and Betsy Lerner formed Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency in 2005. The agency represents literary and commercial fiction, a wide range of nonfiction, and children's literature for all ages. The agency works with established networks of co-agents to represent translation rights in all foreign territories in addition to film, television, and audio rights.” (From the agency website)
Dislikes (Don'ts):
Editorial Agent?
Web Presence:
Dunow, Carlson, & Lerner website.
AgentyQuery, QueryTracker.
Update 1/17/2023:
There is a list of Dunow, Carlson, & Lerner agency clients on the website.
Ms. Carlson’s clients include: Kevin Brockmeier, Robert Neuwirth, Marisa de los Santos, David Teague, Debbie Nathan, David Schickler, among others.
Query Methods:
E-mail: Yes.
Snail-Mail: Yes.
Online-Form: No.
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
E-mail: Send a query letter with 10 pages pasted below. No attachments.
Snail-Mail: Send a query letter. Include a SASE or return e-mail address.
Please see the Dunow, Carlson & Lerner website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.
Response Times:
While the agency tries to respond to all snail-mail queries, their e-query response policy is as follows:
“Due to the volume of inquiries the agency receives, we are unable to respond to all emailed queries. We apologize in advance for this inconvenience.” (From the agency website)

What's the Buzz?
There isn’t a lot of Internet buzz out there on Ms. Carlson and information on her agenting style is limited, but the agency is extremely well-respected and established. She has thirteen years of experience, a faithful client list, and sales with big houses. Her interest in children’s is mainly in MG and YA but includes a select number of picture books as well.
Worth Your Time:
Around the Web:
Please see the Dunow, Carlson & Lerner website for contact and query information.
Profile Details:
Last updated: 1/17/2023
Agent Contacted for Review? Yes when updated 12/21/2017
Last reviewed by agent: 1/7/2018
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 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.


Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for the great spotlight, especially right before the holidays. Have a happy holiday!

Casey McCormick said...

You're welcome, Natalie. Thank you for always commenting!

Ms. Carlson has reviewed her profile.

Katharina Gerlach said...

Merry Christmas for you. May your wished come true, soon.

Beth said...

Another great spotlight, Casey. She sounds like an intriguing choice.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, and much happiness over the holidays. Thanks for being such an inspiration!

Thermocline said...

Thanks for this Spotlight, Casey. Keeping busy right up to Christmas.

The $ on the P&E link was a nice inclusion. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this spotlight. I was researching this agent tonight and came across your page:)