This week's Agent Spotlight features Nicole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency.
Status: Open to submissions.
About: “After a lifetime of battling an addiction to books, Nicole Resciniti admitted she had a problem. The signs had been there all along—tailoring her work schedule to accommodate reading, staying awake at night to finish a novel or sneaking spare moments to skim extra pages. Various jobs (sales, SAT tutoring, high school Marine Biology teacher) couldn’t offset the obsession. But how does one balance a love of books with the practicalities of a successful career?
“Mary Sue Seymour offered the answer: become a literary agent.
And Nicole seized this amazing opportunity.
“Do you have the next book to feed her habit? A smart, tight read she won’t be able to put down? A signature voice she’ll fight to represent?
“HEA’s are a must for romance. Mainstream suspense, thrillers, mysteries, YA and inspirational novels are welcome. A consummate science geek and card-carrying Mensa member, Nicole would love to find the next great science fiction/fantasy novel or action/adventure masterpiece.
“Nicole is a member of AAR, ACFW, RWA, and Mensa. She holds degrees in biology, psychology, and behavioral neuroscience.” (Link)
About the Agency:
“The Seymour Agency strives to offer aspiring and established authors the representation they need to thrive in the publishing world. From foreign rights to film rights and everything in between, we provide emotional, professional, promotional, and editorial counsel to each of our authors.” (Link)
What She's Looking For:
Christian, inspirational, non-fiction, romance (including category), action/suspense/thriller, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, and YA/children's. (Link)
From Her Bio (above):
“HEA’s are a must for romance. Mainstream suspense, thrillers, mysteries, YA and inspirational novels are welcome. A consummate science geek and card-carrying Mensa member, Nicole would love to find the next great science fiction/fantasy novel or action/adventure masterpiece.” (Link)
From an Interview (02/2012):
"I am actively looking for more YA/MG and more romance. I would LOVE to find more UF/sci-fi/fantasy—with a fresh premise. I can’t say there is anything that I don’t want to see because if the voice is really great, I’ll consider it." (Link)
From an Interview (02/2011):
“I represent all genres except erotica and poetry. Romance is a huge portion of the market, so I'm always excited to see a romance query in my inbox. And I'm a sucker for HEAs. Sci-fi and fantasy intrigue me.
“In any genre, the voice needs to stand out and the premise must be fresh. Everything--I mean everything--has already been done. What new twist does the author spin on the same tale?”
“I'm always on the lookout for romance with a balance between action and sexual tension. I'd really like to find good historical romance. Thrillers/mysteries that provide more than a police procedural. The YA paranormal market is pretty saturated, so something without wings or fangs. I enjoy mysteries with humor.” (Link)
What She Isn't Looking For:
“The Seymour Agency does NOT represent poetry or erotica.” (Link)
“I may work with a client on a manuscript several times before it’s ready for submission. Editing is a big part of the job.” (Link)
See both interviews linked below.
Ms. Resciniti’s clients include: Macy Beckett, Amanda Carlson, Marisa Cleveland, Carey Corp, Jen J. Danna, Amanda Flower, Jeff Gunning, Melissa Landers, Lorie Langdon, Lea Nolan, Cecy Robson, Kaitlyn Schulz, Julie Ann Walker, among others.
As of 03/2012, Ms. Resciniti is listed on Publisher’s Marketplace as having made 13 deals in the last 12 months and 13 overall. Recent deals include 4 debut, 3 women's/romance, 2 mystery/crime, 1 sci-fi/fantasy, 2 young adult, 1 digital.
NOTE: PM is usually not a complete representation of sales.
E-mail: Yes (only).
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
E-mail a one page query letter with the first five pages of your manuscript pasted below. No attachments.
Note: “Simultaneous submissions are acceptable for queries and partials. However, we only review complete manuscripts on an exclusive basis.” (Link)
See the Seymour Agency website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.
“My best advice is to start with a hook and make the rest of the query mirror the back cover of a book--with a really tight blurb and a sprinkling of info about an author's credits/accomplishments.” (Link w/more)
See the “Pre-Published” page on the Seymour Agency website for query tips as well.
“If you do not receive a request for additional materials within three weeks, you should assume that we are not interested in that particular project.” (Link)
Ms. Resciniti usually responds to queries within days to a couple weeks when interested. Her response time on requested material ranges from days to a few months.
What's the Buzz?
Nicole Resciniti is a passionate new agent who is actively building her client list. She’s already sold a handful of projects, and her clients seem more than pleased with her representation. In children’s, I believe she is mainly interested in young adult but also accepts middle grade submissions.
Follow her on Twitter @NicLitAgent for writing tips and more.
Worth Your Time:
Agent Interview: Nicole Resciniti of the Seymour Agency at Honestly YA (02/2012).
Interview with agent Nicole Resciniti at Rookie Riter (10/2011).
Interview with an Agent: Nicole Resciniti at Mother. Write. (Repeat.) (02/2011).
Around the Web:
“Exposing My Agent,” a praise post by client Marisa Cleveland (06/2011).
Please see the Seymour Agency website for contact and query information.
Last updated: 3/23/12 (updated sales, added interview).
Agent Contacted For Review? Yes.
Last Reviewed By Agent? 12/15/11.
Have any experience with this agent? See something that needs updating? Please leave a comment or e-mail me at agentspotlight(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.