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Agent Spotlight: Evan Gregory

This week's Agent Spotlight features Evan Gregory of the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency.
Status: Open to submissions.
Screen-shot-2012-06-30-at-1.40.40-PMAbout:Evan Gregory began at the agency in 2008 as an Assistant. He is accepting clients, for more information see his AAR Proflie Association of Authors Representatives or visit him on Twitter.” (Link)
About the Agency:
“The Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency was established in 1984 by Ethan Ellenberg who was a contracts manager for Berkley and associate contracts manager for Bantam. Since its inception the agency has represented several bestselling authors, career novelists, and professional writers. In addition to new and published authors, the agency also represents rights on behalf of publishers and literary estates. The agency is an independent full-service agency with robust sales in subsidiary rights and partnering agents all over the world. The agency is a member of the Association of Authors Representatives, an affiliate member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s of America, and an associate member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, The Romance Writers of America, and the Mystery Writers of America.” (Link)
Web Presence:
Ethan Ellenberg Agency website.
AAR Profile.
WeBook profile.
Literary fiction, horror, mystery/thrillers, science-fiction, fantasy, women’s literature, narrative nonfiction, arts/cinema/photography, biography, business/investment, cooking/food/wine, health/diet, history, nature/ecology, parenting/family, politics/current affairs, pop culture, entertainment, science/technology, sports, travel/world cultures, children’s books including picture books, early readers, middle grade, and young adult. (Link)
From His Manuscript Wish List:
For Non-fiction:
"I wish I had more non-fiction about emerging technologies and how to reckon the changes in technology with our humanity. I want non-fiction about understanding the human condition in light of medical discoveries. I want non-fiction that turns the tables on quackery, bias, and poor reasoning. I want a treatise on personal privacy, encryption and security in the digital age written by an expert in cryptography, privacy, or both. I want to read some adventurous non-fiction about people going remote places and doing exciting things while avoiding turning it into some Eat, Pray, Love personal journey. Challenges you face should be mostly external (sub-freezing temps, high altitudes, storms, fires, ravenous wildlife, conflict zones) If you’re a scientist or an academic, it’s better than if you’re just an outdoor enthusiast or passionate amateur. If you went to Siberia to spelunk into those giant mysterious sink-holes, that’s the type of thing I want to read about.
For Fiction:
"I want more literary fiction, but I don’t want it from @GuyInYourMFA types. I want literary fiction with a strong plot, and I don’t think that’s a contradiction. I want literary fiction that explores sub-cultures, that delves deep into otherness. POC and LGBTQ authors are not just welcome, but encouraged to submit. Work should be challenging, passionate, and purposeful. I feel like so much of literary fiction can be read in NPR voice, yours would be too urgent and emphatic for that. Terry Gross should have an easier time reading Wu Tang lyrics aloud.
"Give me books about modern intelligence gathering. I want Le Carre for post Snowden era. Undermine our understanding of the established order, show us conspiracies within conspiracies, and a plucky protagonist who isn’t Jack Bauering his way through problems, but is actually smarter than bad guys, and maybe even smarter than the reader. Also looking for thrillers that aren’t jet-setting around the world. You have a thriller that remains set in and captures the character of Cape Town, or shows us the seedy underbelly of Ottowa (not sure one exists there, but if it does, I’d like to read about it) then that’s my kind of book.
"I wish for more weird fantasy. To be more specific, I wish for deeply, unnervingly, weird fantasy. I wish for fantasy that would scarcely be recognized as fantasy. All a fantasy really requires is a fantastical setting, a system of magic, a hero (or heroine), and a quest. It doesn’t all have to be European-medieval analog swords and chivalry. Works can transgress current fantasy tropes, or ignore them entirely, but I wish for better than the current crop of GRRM clones I’ve been seeing. As with literary fiction, POC and LGBTQ voices not just welcomed but encouraged."From an Interview (07/2012):
“Our agency represents a lot of genre fiction, so those are the submissions we tend to get the most. Don’t get me wrong, I love that stuff, but not at the exclusion of everything else. I love non-fiction about science and I love working with academics, but I have to hunt that stuff down, it hardly ever shows up in my inbox. I also want more literary fiction, but then every agent says that. I get a few mystery, crime, and thriller submissions, but I want more. Please, however, keep sending me your SF, and your fantasy, and your YA, and your MG novels. I can never get enough.”
“I tend to prefer YA/MG fantasy over contemporary, though I enjoy both. Perhaps that’s just because as a kid I was a bigger fan of Madeline L’Engle than Beverly Cleary.”
“I love picture books, but it is a small and very competitive market. I went to an art school (albeit not for art), so I have a keen eye for good illustration, and thus I am very picky. It’s also tough because sometimes I’ll like an illustrator but often I won’t like their story. It’s a delicate balance, and it’s hard to do right. Nonetheless, I invite children’s book authors and illustrators to give it a shot and submit to me. I also enjoy graphic novels, so please send them my way.” (Link)
What He Isn't Looking For:
Christian, poetry, short stories, screenplays, stage plays, puzzles, games, textbooks,  (Link, Link).
Editorial Agent?
There is a list of Ethan Ellenberg Agency clients on the website.
Mr. Gregory’s clients include: Alan Averill, Noah Beit-Aharon, Patty Blount, Patricia S. Bowne, Adam Connell, Coscom Entertainment, Adam Harmon, Jeff Howe, Brian Jay Corrigan, Marko Kloos, Dr. Travis Langley, B.V. Larson, Robin S. Rosenberg, among others.
Query Methods:
E-mail: Yes.
Snail-Mail: Yes.
Online-Form: No.
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
For fiction, paste a query letter, 1-2 page synopsis, and the first 50 pages of your manuscript into the body of an e-mail or send via post with SASE.
For non-fiction, paste a proposal and sample chapters in the body of an e-mail or send via post with SASE.
For picture books, paste your completed manuscript and sample illustrations (if applicable) in an e-mail or send via post with SASE.
For illustrators, send a portfolio of your work and a link to any online portfolio via e-mail or post with SASE (no original artwork).
See Mr. Gregory’s AAR profile and the Submission page on the agency website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines. There are detailed submission guidelines on the agency website, including some dos and don’ts, as well as a page of articles on publishing.
Response Times:
The agency only responds if interested. If you haven't heard anything in 6 weeks, you can assume that they are not interested.
What's the Buzz?
Evan Gregory joined The Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency in 2008.  He began building his client list early 2011 and continues to seek new talent. 
Worth Your Time:
7 Questions for Literary Agent Evan Gregory at Middle Grade Ninja (04/2017)Q&A With Evan Gregory at Women Writers, Women Books (03/2017)
Literary Agent Interview: Evan Gregory of The Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency at Guide to Literary Agents (07/2012).
Around the Web:
An Interview with Jeff Howe - A QueryTracker Success Story (05/4/2013)
An Interview with Noah Beit-Aharon - A QueryTracker Success Story.Contact:
Please see the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency website for contact and query information.
Profile Details:
Last updated: 5/5/20.
Agent Contacted for Review? Yes.
Last Reviewed By Agent? N/A.
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.


middle grade ninja said...

But will he face the 7 Questions? ...Scratches chin...

Thanks, as always, for posting!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks so much for the spotlight, Casey. Evan sounds like an awesome agent and he likes fantasy and middle grade. I'm adding him to my list.

Stella said...

Oh good, somebody who likes fantasy. Thanks for the spotlight. These are so informative.

The Pen and Ink Blogspot said...

Thank you, Casey. Passing to Lupe. He has stuff that might fit.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Thank you Casey for this agent highlight. Happy to see that somebody likes fantasy :)

Anonymous said...

It's great getting to know Evan.

I know the agency has been around for a long time. I remember querying them back in the mid-90's.

Leslie S. Rose said...

Hooray for Evan's open arms to genre fiction.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

I love that you continue collecting all this fantastic info for everyone here. What a resource! This is where I found my agent. Thank you!

Evan Gregory said...

I will gladly face the 7 questions.