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Agent Spotlight: Laura Bradford

This week's Agent Spotlight features Laura Bradford of the Bradford Literary Agency.
Status: Closed to submissions as of April 2020.
Laura Bradford established the Bradford Literary Agency in 2001. She considers herself an editorial-focused agent and takes a hands-on approach to developing proposals and manuscripts with her authors for the most appropriate markets. The mission of Bradford Literary Agency is to form true partnerships with their clients and build long-term relationships that extend from writing the first draft through the length of the author’s career. Her recent sales include books placed with Penguin Random House, Grand Central, Harlequin, Kensington, Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Sourcebooks, Disney-Hyperion, and many others. She continues to actively build her client list and is currently seeking work in the following genres: Romance (historical, romantic suspense, paranormal, category, contemporary, erotic), women’s fiction, mystery, thrillers, middle grade and young adult as well as some select non-fiction. 

She is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR) and Romance Writers of America, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and she is an RWA-recognized agent.
About the Agency:
“The Bradford Literary Agency is a boutique agency which offers a full range of representation services to authors who are both published and pre-published. Our mission at the Bradford Literary Agency is to form true partnerships with our clients and build long-term relationships that extend from writing the first draft through the length of the author’s career.” (Link)
Web Presence:
Bradford Literary.
QueryTracker, AgentQuery.
What She's Looking For:
Romance (historical, romantic suspense, paranormal, category, contemporary, erotic), women’s fiction, mystery, thrillers, middle grade and young adult as well as some select non-fiction.  
From an Interview (03/2010):
On romance:
“I do more single title work than category, so that is my general preference, but I am really open to any romance subgenre except for inspirational.  I also handle mystery, thrillers, women’s fiction, urban fantasy and young adult.” (Link)
What She Isn't Looking For:
Picture books, chapter books, inspirational novels, poetry or screen plays
Editorial Agent?
“Willfully ignoring instructions can launch me into a rant (‘I know your guidelines say to do X, but I am going to do Y’).  That is the same as the author saying they have absolutely zero respect for my time or my process.” (Link unavailable)
There is a list of agency clients on the website. 
Ms. Bradford’s clients include: Lauren Dane, Megan Hart, Alison Kent, Jenn Bennett, Rachel Solomon, Tessa Bailey, Soraya Lane, Katee Robert, HelenKay Dimon among others.

As of this posting, Ms. Bradford is listed on Publisher’s Marketplace as having made 32 deals in the last 12 months and 308 overall.  Recent deals include 14 women’s/romance, 1 young adult, 3 general, 15 digital. 
NOTE: PM is usually not a complete representation of sales. 

Query Methods: As of 4/2020, Ms. Bradford is closed to submissions. She was also closed to submissions as of 4/2018 when I last checked before this update. Check the agency website to find out when she opens to submissi

E-mail: Yes.
Snail-Mail: No.
Online-Form: No.

Submission Guidelines (always verify):
Put QUERY in the subject line followed by the title of the manuscript or a short message. Your submission should contain no attachments unless requested. 
Fiction: E-mail a query letter with the first chapter of your manuscript and a synopsis in the body of the e-mail.  Include genre and word count. 
Non-Fiction: E-mail your full non-fiction proposal including a query letter and sample chapter. 
See the Bradford Literary Agency website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.
Query Tips:
Ms. Bradford prefers Times New Roman. (Link no longer available)
“I just want to see a general air of professionalism. Get to the point of what is relevant to your work...I don't really need to know your children's names and ages. I really am pretty laid back about format and form. I really don't care about margins and fonts as long as they are legible. I don't honestly care if an author addresses me as Laura or Ms. Bradford. I don't care how long your synopsis is as long as it does the job adequately. Just do your research and make sure your query follows the guidelines I DO have and I will be happy. At the end of the day the writing has to speak for itself.” (Link)
Response Times:
The agency’s (approximate) stated response time for queries is 4 weeks.
Stats on the web show Ms. Bradford responding to most queries within hours to a couple weeks and requested material within days to a couple months.
What's the Buzz?
Laura Bradford is a highly respected agent with a great track record.  She represents a number of bestselling authors and is continually ranked among the Top Dealmakers on Publisher’s Marketplace for women’s/romance and YA.  Her clients seem very pleased with her representation
I recommend following her on Twitter @bradfordlit and liking the agency Facebook page.
Worth Your Time:
Q&A With Laura Bradford at Kirkus (3/2015)
Agent Q&A: Queries at Operation Awesome (1/2013)
Countdown to Conference Interview with Agent Laura Bradford at Southern Sizzle Romance (03/2010).
Chatting With... Agent Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency at Cindy Procter-King (09/2009).
Agent Advice Interview with Laura Bradford at Guide to Literary Agency (reposted 06/2009).
Guest Posts:
Perseverance: The Hardest P, guest post by Laura Bradford at Adventures in Agentland (05/2011).
Guest Blogger: AGENT LAURA BRADFORD at Hooked on Romance (09/2009).
Around the Web:
Keep an eye on the News page of the Bradford Lit website for client news, new releases, and recent deals.
Read the General FAQ on the website.
Ask Agent Q&A transcript with Laura Bradford at Suzy Kue (05/2011).
Querying Blunders, featuring quotes and commentary from Laura Bradford at Old People Writing for Teens (03/2010).
Chase the Dream Contest, Laura Bradford shares what she looks for in a submission - YouTube video (12/2009).
Please see the Bradford Literary Agency website for contact and query information.
Profile Details:
Last updated: 10/12/17. Updated 5/11/2020 as to her submission status
Agent Contacted For Review? Yes.
Last Reviewed By Agent? 10/16/17.
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.


TimJasonWallis said...

Thanks again for all your effort ladies. I love this feature you provide. It gives me a great place to start!

Elizabeth Briggs said...


Thermocline said...

Not open to middle grade. (sigh) Thanks anyway, Casey!

Michael Di Gesu said...

HI, Casey,

Thanks for featuring Laura. She might be a good fit for my new edgy Y/A novel. There's a love triangle and the voice is strong.

Let's hope my query peeks her interest.

Shilpa Mudiganti said...

Thanks. Very informative.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Laura sounds like an awesome agent. I do wish she was looking for middle grade but glad she might be a good fit for others or if I write a YA book.

Write Life said...

Does Laura ever look like Debra Winger in that photo...remember Officer and a Gentlemen. I'm not the only one to see it, right?

Nicole Walters said...

Update, according to her website, the agency is currently looking for children's books.