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Agent Spotlight: Bree Ogden

This week's Agent Spotlight features Bree Ogden of D4EO Literary Agency.
Status: As of 5/20/2020, Ms. Ogden no longer is an agent at D4EO Literary Agency. On Twitter and her blog, she says she is an agent at Red Sofa Literary, but she is not listed as agent on their website. I do not believe that she is an agent anymore.
Bree About: “Bree Ogden is the newest addition to D4EO Literary Agency, after having been an associate literary agent at Martin Literary Management for nearly 2 years representing children’s, YA, and graphic novels.
Bree graduated with her BA in Philosophy from Southern Virginia University where she served as editor-in-chief of the University’s newsmagazine. She was awarded Most Valuable Player and Editor of the Year, as well as SVU’s Pioneer Award, an honor the University awards to two students each year. She then received her MA in Journalism with an emphasis in editing and expository writing at Northeastern University where she worked on both the New England Press Association Bulletin, and also served as the features editor of the premier campus music magazine, Tastemakers Magazine.
Bree has spent many years working as a freelance journalist and currently co-operates the macabre children’s magazine Underneath the Juniper Tree where she serves as Editorial Director.” (Link)
About the Agency:
“Bob Diforio launched D4EO Literary Agency in 1989 after a long career at New American Library. Today D4EO is a full-service, four-agent literary agency representing authors of a very broad range of commercial fiction and non-fiction for children, young adults, and adults. Books represented by the agency have topped the The New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and agency authors have received awards that include the Daphne de Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense and the Nero Award.
“With over 1,000 published books under contract, the agency has launched the writing careers of more than two hundred authors. The agency is based in Connecticut with associate agents in Seattle (Mandy Hubbard, Kristin Miller and Bree Ogden) and Destin, FL (Joyce Holland).” (Link)
Web Presence:
D4EO website.
D4EO PM page.
This Literary Life (blog).
What She's Looking For:
Genres / Specialties:
Middle grade, Young Adult, New Adult fiction (readership: ages 18-30), Graphic Novels, YA Nonfiction, and Art books. (Link)
From her Blog (11/9/11):
“Bree’s wish list: (don’t limit your queries to these!)
Young Adult:
  • Dark (not angst-ridden)
  • Realistic
  • Psychological horror (with no paranormal elements)
  • Hard sci fi. Meaning no fantasy, or magical realism at all
  • A Dexter-ish type YA black comedy
  • A Roaring Twenties historical for YA
  • A manuscript written in the era of Mad Men with panache and style
  • A unique and theme-driven art book” (Link)
From a Blog Post (11/2011):
“While watching my all time favorite movie for about the 700th time, all I could think was, “Man I wish someone would query me with an idea this great.”
“The movie? Drop Dead Gorgeous. The ultimate dark comedy.
“Irreverent wit, delicious irony, awesome stereotypes, catty girls, odd jobs, laughable idols, low-life expectations, dark, twisted, absurd, small town life. Absolute perfect storm. If you have anything like this…you know what to do.” (Link)
From an Interview (01/2011):
“She is especially interested in darker plots (think Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay) and loves dystopian, unique and fresh supernatural elements. Science fiction graphic novels and graphic novels that challenge the reader to think as well as have a great visual hook, stories that are very visual in nature, and books with a philosophical hook are equally of interest. “ (Link)
From an Interview (09/2010):
“I'm looking for quite a bit...all very different from what is out in the marketplace right now. I just finished reading a series of devilish books from the Harlequin Vintage series, i.e., Kiss Your Elbow, I'll Bury My Dead, You Never Know with Women, etc. I would love--with a capital L--a manuscript with that sort of vintage noir drama but set in a modern day. Think femme fatale, film noir, dark and mysterious. Which leads to my next desire...I would love something along the lines of Mad Men. And of course I love zombies, but those are very hard to write well.
“I've never been a huge sugary romance fan, so if you are submitting a romance to me, it has got to have grit, realistic conflict, and maybe not so much of a happy ending? I also think that a faux memoir, middle grade or young adult, if done well, could be amazing. I would love to see that in my inbox. And even more so, I would LOVE a real memoir told in graphic novel form.
“And of course, I love quirky boy-centric middle grade, always! I am always and forever looking for great middle grade. It is my favorite genre to represent.” (Link)
What She Isn't Looking For:
Poetry, short stories, screenplays, paranormal, fantasy (including urban fantasy), romance (unless there is a superb dark, psychotic element), magical realism, world building. (Link)
Editorial Agent?
“It all depends on the writer. I’ve had a few clients that didn’t need anything from me other than to sell their book. I’ve had some clients that I’ve suggested significant changes to their manuscripts. I’ve had other clients that I have walked through the entire process from basic book description to book proposal to marketing plan to mock book covers. I don’t do much editing though. I would never take on a manuscript that needed significant editing. I talk to most of my clients several times a week, both phone and email. It is very important to me that my clients and I are always on the same page. I want my clients to succeed, so that means being there for them as much as they need me.” (Link-Defunct)
Michelle L. Brown, D.M. Cunningham, JoAnna Haugen, Bharti Kirchner, Tymothy Longoria, J. David McKenney, Gregg Olsen, Rebekah Joy Plett, Ron Rutler,  Ketch Tavern, among others.
Query Methods: N/A Ms. Ogden is no longer a literary agent.

E-mail: Yes (only).
Snail-Mail: No.
Online-Form: No.
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
Paste a query and the first five pages of your MS in the body of an e-mail. No attachments.
For complete, up-to-date submission guidelines see the D4EO website.
Response Times:
What's the Buzz?
Bree joined the D4E0 Literary Agency in November of 2011 after nearly two years at Martin Literary Management.  She has a growing list of clients who seem to adore her and is actively seeking new talent.
You can find Ms. Ogden on Twitter, at her blog, and at conferences throughout the year.
Please see the D4EO website or Ms. Ogden’s blog for contact and query information.
Profile Details:
Last updated: 5/20/2020.
Agent Contacted For Review? Yes.
Last Reviewed By Agent? 11/9/11.
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.



Ooh... thinking... planning... plotting.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for all the research. You did ALOT. Wish Bree liked high fantasy. Sigh. But she sounds like a great agent.

Stephsco said...

So much information, thank you! I want to follow Bree's twitter just to see what she reads. It sounds like we have similar taste. Whether I can ever WRITE that is another story... :)

Barbara Watson said...

Wow. Lots of great information and background here. Thank you for all the time you spend researching agents. You provide such a complete picture of them and what they are interested in.

Matthew MacNish said...

Bree is awesome. She puts up the coolest stuff on Facebook, and she lives in one of the most beautiful places in the world (right near where I'm from, originally).

Thanks, Casey!

Theresa Milstein said...

Thanks for the info. I'm about to query, so she's up on my list. I love coming to this blog because you're so thorough!

erica and christy said...

Wow, that's a lot of info. And man, I really need to finish my creepy MG ghost story!! Thanks, Casey!

Krista Van Dolzer said...

Thanks for this spotlight, Casey. I've been looking for more information on Ms. Ogden, so this is extremely helpful.

Missed Periods said...

This is such a great resource.

Amy Jarecki said...

Casey - Your blog is awesome! I have used it as a reliable research tool many times. I am looking forward to seeing one of your novels! My debut is coming out in Decmeber :-)


Books4Learning said...

Wow! This is a very helpful website, especially for aspiring writers. :)

syeds said...

Good stuff to change writing styles.

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Casey McCormick said...

Thanks so much, everyone! Good luck to those of you querying Bree.