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Agent Spotlight: Mandy Hubbard

This week's Agent Spotlight features Mandy Hubbard of Emerald City Literary Agency.
Status: Currently closed to submissions until she catches up. Update on 8/12/2021: Mandy is open to submissions.
M8-2 About: “Emerald City Literary Agency launched in 2015, by agency founder Mandy Hubbard.
"Mandy began her publishing career on the other side of the desk–as an author. Her debut novel, Prada and Prejudice, was published by Penguin’s Razorbill books imprint in 2009, and went on to appear in TIME magazine and Entertainment Weekly. She has since written 10 other novels, published by Harlequin, Flux, and Bloomsbury. Her work has been translated into a half dozen languages and optioned for film.
"Mandy joined D4EO Literary Agency in February of 2010, where she began building her list. A few months later she sold her first book in a 4-way auction. The following year, she brokered her first six figure deal. By the end of 2015 she’d sold nearly 70 novels to major publishers, and was ready to launch Emerald City Literary Agency.
"Today, Mandy represents a diverse list of YA and MG novels, including Ashley Shuttleworth’s A DARK AND HOLLOW STAR (A debut YA Urban fantasy with a queer cast of badass characters coming from Simon & Schuster in 2021), Brigid Kemmerer’s A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY, a New York Times Bestselling fantasy novel published by Bloomsbury, and a slate of contemporary YA and MG novels by Cyn Balog, T. E. Carter, Kelly Jones, and more." (Link)
About the Agency:
"Emerald City Literary Agency is a boutique, full-service literary agency founded in Seattle, Washington– otherwise known as the Emerald City, hence the agency’s name. ECLA now has offices in both Seattle and New York.
"Our location isn’t the only reason we chose our name. In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy and her new friends are in search of their greatest desires… and they head to The Emerald City to find them.
"The desire to be published might just be the biggest dream you can imagine. And if you found this website, then you must have something in common with Dorothy and her trio of new friends, because you’re on a journey to find someone who can grant your greatest wish.
"We want the chance to partner with you–to help you down the yellow brick road to the place of your dreams." (Link)Web Presence:
Emerald City Literary Agency Website.Publisher's Marketplace.
Manuscript Wish List.
Blog (No longer posts there).
QueryTracker, AgentQuery.
What She's Looking For:
Genres / Specialties:
Middle Grade, Young Adult.
From her Website:
“I  represent a broad range of books for Young Adult and Middle Grade audiences, whether they be contemporary or historical, fantasy/paranormal or realistic.
“I particularly love books with a heavy focus on romance, books that make me laugh out loud, and ‘issue books’ with a strong voice.” (Link-Defunct)
Current Wishlist (as of 3/2012):
“Historical YA romance, a la THE SEASON or THE LUXE. Bring on the corsets, scandals, and love stories! 
“Genre-blending Sci-fi or fantasy.
“Magical realism MG
“Laugh-out-loud funny YA or MG.” (Link-Defunct)
From a Blog Post (10/2010):
“Five things I'd LOOOOVE To find in the slush pile:
“1) Something really super fun and funny. Like a high school comedy movie, but you know, as a book. Like Robin Mellom's debut, DITCHED, which was pitched as The Hangover for teens.
“2) A historical with intrigue and romance, a la THE LUXE or THE SEASON or whatnot. Bonus points if it A) has any royalty or titled people in it, and B) is based on a real historical figure. I just read PRISONERS OF THE PALACE, and would love something like it. I also LOVED Alisa Libby's THE KING'S ROSE, based upon King Henry the VIII's fifth wife.
“3) A book dealing with Anorexia. Or on the flipside, obesity and a teen struggling to overcome it.
“4) A total tearjerker, aka, a "weepie." Think: BEFORE I DIE (Downham)  or SING ME TO SLEEP (Morrison).
“5) A suspense or mystery.
“5 1/2) (Yes I am cheating) A great middle grade set in the real world, but with some fun magical realism elements.
“Remember-- I only represent Middle Grade and Young adult, so all of the above would need to be for those audiences.” (Link)
From a Contest Interview (09/2010):
“I would love something that is hysterically funny-- YA or MG, I don't care. Make me laugh and I'm yours. Other wants: Something literary a la John Green or Sarah Dessen. A scandalous historical a la THE LUXE.” (Link)
What She Isn't Looking For:
Picture books, adult books, screen plays, short stories/novellas, or previously published books (including self-published works or rights-reverted books) (Link)Editorial Agent?
You can find a list of Ms. Hubbard's clients on the agency website and her Goodreads shelf.
Query Methods: Currently closed to submissions until she catches up. Check the Emerald City Literary Agency to find out when she reopens and her specific query requirements

E-mail: No.
Snail-Mail: No.
Online-Form: Yes.
Submission Guidelines (always verify): 
See the Emerald City Literary Agency website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.
Response Times:
What's the Buzz?
Mandy Hubbard became an agent at D4E0 Literary Agency after interning for The Bent Agency and then opened her own agency. If you’re writing MG or YA, give her a shot when she opens to queries!
I recommend following on Twitter for more insight into her personality and agenting style. 
Worth Your Time:
(Agent) Interviews and Posts:
Mandy Hubbard of Emerald City Literary Agency at Writing and Illustrating (02/2018)
How to Become an Agent in Two Easy Steps at Publishing Crawl (09/2012)
Interview With Mandy Hubbard at The Write Path (03/2012)
Interview: Author/Agent Mandy Hubbard at Ramblings of a Drifting Mind (07/2010).
Interview with Agent Mandy Hubbard at Day By Day Writer (03/2010).
Q&A with Author and Agent Mandy Hubbard by Paige Crutcher at Examiner (03/2010).
Agent Interview: Mandy Hubbard of D4EO Literary at Cynsations (02/2010).
Selected Blog Posts:
Ms. Hubbard has too many excellent blog posts to list.  Please peruse her labels and archives.
Gems include:
The Epic Post on Trends (YA & MG) (05/2011).
That Thing You Want to Know… (05/2011).
Five Things Friday: The Wishlist Edition (10/2010).
The Evolution of a Pitch (10/2010).
Big Announcement! (02/2010).
Mystery Agent Revealed: Mandy Hubbard – see contest pitch winners chosen by Ms. Hubbard at Operation Awesome (09/2010).
Please see the Emerald City Literary Agency website for contact and query information.
Profile Details:
Last updated: 5/9/2020.
Agent Contacted For Review? Yes.
Last Reviewed By Agent? 6/16/11.
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.


Theresa Milstein said...

Thanks for the info. I'll add her to my list.

I've noticed everyone is looking for funny. Wish I did more with humor.

Stephsco said...

WOW! What a lot of information in this post. It's so helpful to read. Glad that some agents are looking for funny, it's what I like, too.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Wow! You did a ton of work on this spotlight. Thanks so much. Since she likes middle grade & fantasy, I'm going to add her to my list.

Brittany said...

Thanks for this spotlight! I haven't heard of her or the agency yet, so I'll definitely check them out.

Unknown said...

Thanks for doing this spotlight. I really enjoyed Mandy's book You Wish. Good to know she's looking for Middle Grade too.

Creepy Query Girl said...

lots of great info on Mandy here- thanks!

The Pen and Ink Blogspot said...

I love your thoroughness. Thank you

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Great spotlight! You guys are the best!!!