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Agent Spotlight: Lucienne Diver

This week's Agent Spotlight features Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency.
Status: Open to submissions.
lucienne_diver About: “Lucienne Diver joined TKA in 2008, after spending fifteen years at New York City’s prestigious Spectrum Literary Agency. With her sharp eye and gift for spotting original new voices, Lucienne is one of the most well-respected agents in the industry. A lifelong book addict, she graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Potsdam with dual majors in English/writing and anthropology. She thus came well-equipped for her work as an agent.
“Over the course of her dynamic career she has sold over seven hundred titles to every major publisher, and has built a client list of more than forty authors spanning the commercial fiction genres, primarily in the areas of fantasy, science fiction, romance, mystery, suspense and erotica. Her authors have been honored with the RITA, National Readers' Choice Award, the Golden Heart, and the Romantic Times Reader’s Choice, and have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. A publishing veteran, Lucienne has superb industry knowledge, numerous editor relationships, and a keen understanding of the foreign rights market. She is a member of the Association of Authors Representatives, RWA, MWA and SFWA.” (Link)
About the Agency:
"In 1996, Deidre Knight founded The Knight Agency. Since that time, The Knight Agency has become one of the most successful agencies in the country with a multitude of titles appearing on the
New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists every year. Collectively, the Knight Agency team has sold more than 2,500 titles to a broad spectrum of houses.
"As an agency, we believe the reason for our success is our ability to foster strong relationships
with our clients in a partnership that is committed to seeing their career grow and prosper in today’s
rapidly evolving marketplace. The Knight Agency offers a comprehensive range of services, including editorial refinement, branding consultation and strategy, in-house subsidiary rights and publicity support.
"We specialize in narrative nonfiction, memoirs, young adult, literary, mystery, fantasy, science fiction, multicultural and inspirational fiction, self-help, health, financial/business titles, women’s fiction, romance and more.
Web Presence:
Knight Agency website.
Knight Agency Twitter.
Ms. Diver’s website.
Ms. Diver’s blog.
Ms. Diver’s Twitter.
Ms. Diver's Instagram.
Publisher’s Marketplace page.
AgentQuery, QueryTracker.
What She's Looking For:
Genres / Specialties:
General fiction, Mystery, Romance, Suspense/thriller, Fantasy/science fiction, Young adult, Juvenile fiction (Link)
From the agency website: "My list is incredibly full at the moment. Still, I can’t bring myself to stop reading anything with a unique premise, particularly involving concepts that are relevant to the sociopolitical challenges of today and particularly with diverse voices."
From a Client Post (06/2012):
“I’ve got a pretty full list, though I can rarely resist taking on something truly unique and wonderful. I work with a lot of paranormal fiction, which I adore (fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, steampunk), but I’m also a big fan of suspense and forensics. I’d love to see something more mainstream along these lines, whether middle-grade, YA or adult. (For example, the last novel that I read was I HUNT KILLERS by Barry Lyga.)” (Link)
From an Interview (08/2011):
“I’ve got a very full list at this time, so I’m not actively looking for any particular type of work. That said, I’m always happy to be blown away by something new. There’s nothing more exciting than selling someone’s first novel. I represent all kinds of commercial fiction: fantasy, science fiction, mystery, suspense, romance and young adult. I’m looking at middle-grade as well, since I’ve become a big fan of the genre via reading alongside my son.” (Link)
Editorial Agent?
Yes, but it depends on the project.
“I think that if anything, agents are more relevant than ever. There are so many things for writers to consider, so many directions and so much advice out there (good and bad) that in addition to being an author’s advocate, we’re important to guide an author’s career on the straightest path to success. Whether we’re talking about electronic, audio, film, foreign, serial or initial print publication rights, we’re talking about contracts, terms, definitions like ‘net’ sales, non-compete and reversion clauses…all kinds of things that it’s important to get right so that a writer doesn’t find him or herself boxed in down the line.” (Link)
There is a list of agency clients on the website. 
Ms. Diver’s clients include: DD Barant, TJ Bennett, Carol Berg, Laurie Brown, Rachel Caine, J. Kathleen Cheney, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Molly Cochran, David B. Coe, Beth Cornelison, Donn Cortez (a.k.a Don DeBrandt), Keith R.A. DeCandido, Vicky Dreiling, Doranna Durgin, P.N. Elrod, Lynn Flewelling, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Roberta Gellis, Christie Golden, Steven Harper (a.k.a. Steven Piziks), Jasmine Haynes, Christina Henry, Faith Hunter, N.K. Jemisin, Tammy Kaehler, Susan Krinard, David Mack, Janet Mullany, Debra Mullins, Ramez Naam (for his fiction), Chloe Neill, Patti O’Shea, Amy Christine Parker, Steven Piziks (a.k.a. Steven Harper), Kalayna Price, Isabel Sharpe, Wm. Mark Simmons, Kira Sinclair, Susan Sizemore, Rob Thurman, Karen Whiddon.
Query Methods:
E-mail: No.
Snail-Mail: No.
Online-Form: Yes.Submission Guidelines (always verify):
Query through Query Manager on the agency website. No attachments. No additional material. Only submit to one agent. They will share a query if they believe it is a better fit for another agent.
See The Knight Agency website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.
Response Times:
The agency’s stated response time is two weeks for queries.
What's the Buzz?
Lucienne Diver is a highly respected agent with over 18 years of experience.  She’s sold an incredible number of titles, and her clients seem very happy with her representation. Given her full list, she isn’t taking on many new authors, but she’s definitely worth a shot. You might just be the next writer to blow her away. 
Worth Your Time:
Agent Interviews:
Agent Q&A: Lucienne Diver at California Dreaming (02/2015).
Podcast at The Once & Future Podcast (08/2014).
Interview with...Lucienne Diver at The Writing Kraft (06/2012).
Crits for Water Interview: Author/Agent Lucienne Diver (04/2012).
Wednesday Interviews Literary Agent & Author Lucienne Diver on YouTube (04/2012).
7 Questions for Literary Agent Lucienne Diver at Middle Grade Ninja (08/2011).
Lucienne Diver Explains How to Get a Literary Agent, YouTube video (03/2011).
Interview with Lucienne Diver at Mad Genius Club (03/2010).
Ask the Agent: Lucienne Diver, Q&A by Barbara Vey at PW (01/2010).
Blog Stuff:
For quick links to past articles and guest posts Ms. Diver has done, go here
Around the Web:
The Knight Agency on P&E ($, Highly Recommended).
Lucienne Diver on P&E ($, AAR).
The Knight Agency thread on AbsoluteWrite.
Read through the agency website pages including “News,” and “Recent Deals.”
You can sign up for the agency newsletter.
Please see The Knight Agency website for contact and query information.
Profile Details:
Last updated: 5/1/20.
Agent Contacted For Review? Yes.
Last Reviewed By Agent? 7/18/11.
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 awesome spotlight. I'm SO excited because Lucienne Diver will consider MG and loves fantasy. She sounds like an amazing agent. Thanks for all the resources to check out.

Hope you get to slow down this weekend.

Barbara Watson said...

Complete profile. Thank you.

Laila Knight said...

It's always a pleasure to hear of an agent who represents fantasy and sci-fi, as well as paranormal. Thanks for the info.

Martha Ramirez said...

AW you added Lucienne. Thanks for filling my request. She's such a fabulous person!

Amy Parker said...

So glad you've added Lucienne to your site. She is a great agent and author in her own right. I just wanted to add that she is one of those people who will give it to you straight, but in the nicest possible way and is truly interested in helping writers write better.