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Agent Spotlight: Alyssa Reuben

This week's Agent Spotlight features Alyssa Reuben of Paradigm Literary and Talent Agency.

Status: Open to submissions.

f5b777626bd096bd8a29c25734822677_Reuben-NEW150x150About: “Alyssa Reuben represents a range of both adult and children’s genres. For children’s, she gravitates toward contemporary Middle Grade and YA with a strong voice but a high concept, or an interesting paranormal twist has been known to catch her eye. For nonfiction, her categories include pop-culture, lifestyle, quirky histories, food, narrative and memoir. On the fiction side, her tastes are extremely wide ranging between literary and commercial. She’s a sucker for a coming-of-age story or a good romance arc.” (Link)

About the Agency:

“At Paradigm Publishing, we believe that an artist who is successful in reaching the public in one medium, should also reach an audience of dedicated readers through book publishing. That philosophy is at the heart of what we do in the book division of the agency: we work with clients who are active in multiple media platforms-television, film, the internet, and retail business-to develop book properties that will build and enhance a client's brand.

“That's why we brainstorm with our colleagues in each division of the agency, drawing on their experience and expertise in film, music, and theater to develop successful book careers. Paradigm's East and West Coast divisions work closely to coordinate our artist's careers, to time the release of a book with a new album, the upcoming season of a television series, or capitalize on the media from a film release in order to turn a book publication into a multimedia event. Paradigm has developed innovative and groundbreaking books that tie-in to television series; we have coordinated a book's publication with Grammy Award winning artist's album release and tour; we have developed books that grow out of a client's retail franchise.

“In addition, Paradigm is committed to developing the careers of up-and-coming literary talent as well as our most respected, award-winning authors in both fiction and nonfiction. Paradigm has a proven track record servicing all aspects of a client's literary career, providing hands-on editorial guidance and working closely with publishers to ensure that writers gain a competitive edge in today's publishing marketplace.” (Link)

Web Presence:

Paradigm Agency website.

Twitter.

AgentQuery.

QueryTracker.

What She's Looking For:

Genres/Specialties:

Fiction: Literary Fiction, Chick Lit, Commercial Fiction, Women's Fiction, Humor/Satire, Romance, Family Saga, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Multi-Cultural, Adventure, Offbeat/Quirky, Middle Grade.

Non-Fiction: History, Celebrity, Biography, Religion, Food & Lifestyle, Drama/Music, Multi-Cultural, Cookbooks, Memoirs, Travel, Adventure/True Story, Dating/Relationships, Current Affairs, Women's Issues, Pop Culture, Film & Entertainment, Cultural/Social Issues, Humor, Journalism, Narrative, Memoir. (Link, Link)

From AgentQuery (and as above):

“She represents a range of both adult and children’s genres. For children’s, she gravitates toward contemporary Middle Grade and YA with a strong voice. But a high concept, or an interesting paranormal twist has been known to catch her eye. For nonfiction, her categories include pop-culture, lifestyle, quirky histories, food, narrative and memoir. On the fiction side, her tastes are extremely wide ranging between literary and commercial. She’s a sucker for a coming-of-age story or a good romance arc.” (Link)

What She Isn't Looking For:

Unknown.

Editorial Agent?

“Paradigm has a proven track record servicing all aspects of a client's literary career, providing hands-on editorial guidance and working closely with publishers to ensure that writers gain a competitive edge in today's publishing marketplace.” (Link)

Clients:

There are lists of bestsellers and prize winners and new releases on the agency website.

Ms. Reuben’s clients include: Colleen Clayton, Carly Cylinder, Melissa Joan Hart, Moses Gates, Emily Liebert, Kathy McCullough, Bob Saget, Alena Smith, The Betches, Alecia Whitaker, among others.

Query Methods:

E-mail: Yes (only).

Snail-Mail: No.

Online-Form: No.

Submission Guidelines (always verify):

Send a query letter and the first ten pages in the body of an e-mail. Include contact information. No attachments.

See the Paradigm Literary and Talent Agency website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.  Ms. Reuben’s contact information can be found at AgentQuery and QueryTracker.

Response Times:

Due to the volume of submissions received, the agency only responds if interested (Link). However, Ms. Reuben does send some rejections, often with the help of an assistant and usually within 1-3 months.

What's the Buzz?

Alyssa Rueben has been with Paradigm Literary and Talent Agency for nearly six years. They are a large entertainment agency, representing many big names across multiple medias. In children’s, Ms. Reuben is interested in middle grade and YA and open to new talent.

I recommend following her on Twitter @Areubey.

Worth Your Time:

Interviews:

None found online.

Around the Web:

Paradigm Literary and Talent Agency thread at AbsoluteWrite.

Successful Queries: Agent Alyssa Reuben and “Hidden Cities” (Memoir / Travel) at Guide to Literary Agents (03/2013).

Partial quotes by Alyssa Reuben from Create Your Writer Platform by Chuck Sambuchino at Google Books (2012).

The Quintessentially Questionable Query Experiment with former client Stephanie Bowman at Matthew MacNish’s blog (07/2010).

Contact:

Please see the Paradigm Literary and Talent Agency website and the query databases above for contact and query information.

Profile Details:

Last updated: 4/25/13.

Last Reviewed By Agent? 4/29/13.

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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.

14 comments:

  1. I like these agent spotlights. Eye-opening. It's neat to check out the clients of the agent there also...I notice one of hers is Melissa Joan Hart ...Sabrina :)

    Jill

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  2. Another awesome spotlight though it doesn't sounds like Alyssa's looking for middle grade high fantasy.

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  3. Love these spotlights. Thanks for taking the time to do them.

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  4. I think it's great that she's open to so many different genres.

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  5. Alyssa sounds like a wonderful agent and I think it is great that she reads so many different genres. Spotlighting agents is such a terrific idea. :)
    ~Jess

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  6. Thanks. She sounds like a good fit for me.

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  7. Great info on Alyssa. Thanks so much! :-)

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  8. I had a full with Alyssa that turned into an R&R and can attest Alyssa has a strong editorial eye and passion for the YA market. She really is fabulous. I'd really recommend querying her. :-)

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  9. Alyssa requested a fullMS which I sent her over a YEAR ago. I sent a few follow up emails to find out if she'd had a chance to read it but she never got back to me:(

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    1. That's a bummer, Creepy Query Girl. Thanks for the input.

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    2. I've had the exact thing happen to me with two agents in the course of six years. Not common but unfortunately it happens.

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  10. I love coming-of-age stories. I'm pleased to meet Alyssa.

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  11. Thanks again for another great spotlight, Casey!

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