This week's Agent Spotlight features Jennifer Carlson of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency.
About: “Jennifer Carlson has been agenting for thirteen years. 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 lives in Brooklyn, New York and is a member of the Literary Council of the Brooklyn Book Festival.” (Link)
Status: Accepting submissions.
What She's Looking For:
From her Bio:
“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.” (Link)
“She enjoys high-quality fiction with a modern edge.” (Link)
What She Isn't Looking For:
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, narrative nonfiction, memoir, popular culture and young adult fiction. In addition to representing publishing rights, 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.” (Link)
There is a list of Dunow, Carlson, & Lerner agency clients on the website.
Ms. Carlson’s clients include: Kevin Brockmeier, Paula Chase, Marisa de los Santos, Gwendolen Gross, Debbie Nathan, Robert Neuwirth, Maggie Pouncey, Jessica Powers, Jon Raymond, Paul Reyes, David Schickler, Mary Quattlebaum, and David Teague, among others.
As of this posting, Ms. Carlson is listed on Publisher’s Marketplace as having made 1 deal in the last 12 months and 30 overall. Recent deals include 1 women’s/romance. Past children’s deals include 4 middle grade, 3 young adult, and 2 picture books.
NOTE: PM is usually not a complete representation of sales.
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
E-mail: Send a query letter only. No attachments.
Snail-Mail: Send a query letter only. Include a SASE or return e-mail address.
Please see the Dunow, Carlson & Lerner website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.
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.” (Link)
Ms. Carlson’s response time on queries, when she responds, appears to be just days to a month or so. Response times on requested material are usually within one to two months.
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 is a member of the AAR, 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:
If you have a subscription to Writer’s & Poets the Aug 2010 issue featured a Q&A with Jennifer Carlson. The page also says you can buy the back issue.
Around the Web:
Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency thread on AbsoluteWrite.
Please see the Dunow, Carlson & Lerner website for contact and query information.
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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.