This week's Agent Spotlight features Scott Treimel of Scott Treimel NY.
Status: Accepting submissions.
About: “Scott Treimel has worked for a literary agency, a literary scout, two book publishers, a newspaper syndicate, a book club, and a movie studio, either buying, selling, packaging, editing or creating intellectual property—all for children. S©ott Treimel NY opened in 1995. His clients include teen thriller author Gail Giles, picture book author/illustrator Janie Bynum, Canadian Governor Award-winner and HarperCanada author Arthur Slade, picture book virtuoso Barbara Joosse with sales over 1.4 million, and legendary author/illustrator Cyndy Szekeres whose sales have topped 14 million.” (Link)
You can also view Mr.Treimel’s work history via this link on the Scott Treimel NY blog.
About the Agency:
“S©ott Treimel NY is a full-service ‘boutique’ (small) agency representing the intellectual property rights in the work of authors and illustrators of books for children and teens, only. STNY's client list includes well-known talent and novice creators we believe can sustain long-term careers. We are especially proud of the original talent we discovered and the careers we launched.
“We are members of the Association of Authors Representatives, the Authors Guild, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. We adhere to the principle that our clients' interest is always paramount. Our chief responsibility is to maximize the value of our clients' work and protect their fiduciary interests. […]” (Link)
“Our Agency clause, providing for our commission, is inserted to all agreements we negotiate. I avoid author-agents contracts because I figure life is too short to be stuck with someone you don't like.” (Link)
What He's Looking For:
Children’s books, board books through young adult, fiction, non-fiction, and illustration.
From an Interview (2007):
“Imaginative and well-crafted manuscripts! I want contemporary young chapter, middle grade, and teen novels.” (Link)
What He Isn't Looking For:
“STNY does not represent adult work, screenplays, or toy-only projects, and we do not answer such solicitations.” (Link)
According to a 2010 blog post, STNY is not looking for picture book authors. (Link)
“…no fairies, rainbows, unicorns. Ever.” (Link)
“…please, no more stories about bullies, zombies, and yes, vampires!” (Link)
See this post, Pet (Writerly) Peeves, for some language peeves.
Yes. Mr. Treimel requests revisions as needed, edits manuscripts for submission, and likes to work with authors on developing their careers.
Kevan Atteberry, Janie Bynum, John Cusick, Ame Dyckman, Gail Giles, Barbara Haworth-Attard, Jeffry W. Johnston, Barbara Joosse, J. C. Phillipps, Janice Repka, Arthur Slade, Cyndy Szekeres, David Ward, Charlotte Zolotow, among many others.
As of this posting, Mr. Treimel is listed on Publisher’s Marketplace as having made 1 deal in the last 12 months and 4 overall. Deals include 1 young adult, 2 middle grade, 1 international rights.
NOTE: PM is usually not a complete representation of sales and Mr. Treimel does not appear to report his deals.
Online-Form: Yes (only).
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
See the Scott Treimel NY website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.
The agency has a stated response time of 30 days. Stats available on the web show Mr. Treimel usually responds within this time-frame with occasional instances outside of it. His response time on requested material appears to be one to two months.
What's the Buzz?
Scott Treimel is a top-notch agent with a fabulous stable of clients and sales. His clients seem thrilled with his representation and are happy to praise him. The agency specializes in kidlit, is highly recommended by P&E, and adheres to the AAR Canon of Ethics.
Worth Your Time:
Agent Interview with Scott Treimel at Alma Fullerton’s site (03/2007).
Selected Blog Posts:
Cafeteria Mystery Meat (12/2010).
Manuscript Makeovers by Claudia Mills (11/2010).
Submission Statistics (03/2010).
My Favorite Novel (12/2009).
Query Questions – addresses the agency’s exclusive policy (06/2009).
Advice from E.B. White (10/2008).
Petey, STNY's official dog (10/2008).
See the Scott Treimel NY blog for more plus a lot of client news and features.
Around the Web:
Agent Panel Discussion from the 2009 NJ SCBWI June Conference, including Scott Treimel, at Diary of Children’s Book Writer (06/2009).
Scott Treimel NY at P&E ($, AAR, Highly Recommended).
Please see the Scott Treimel NY 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.