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Agent Spotlight: Tamar Rydzinski

This week's Agent Spotlight features Tamar Rydzinski of the Context Literary Agency.
Status: Open to submissions.
TRAbout: Tamar Rydzinski is the president of Context Literary Agency. " Tamar has always had a strong love for the written word. Her goal for her authors is to reach their audience wherever they are, and she is proud of helping them stay ahead of the curve. Tamar began her career at Sanford Greenburger Associates. She then joined Laura Dail Literary Agency, where she became vice president and director of subrights." (Link)
Web Presence:
Context Literary Agency website
Twitter @trydzinski.
What She's Looking For:
From the Agency Website:
"Tamar is looking for Middle-grade and young adult fiction and non-fiction of all types; adult commercial fiction (political espionage is not a good fit); adult narrative non-fiction."
From Her Manuscript Wish List:
"The most important thing for me when reading a manuscript is connecting to the protagonist, and I find myself connecting to characters who know (or learn) their self worth. If there’s a relationship, I want the people in the relationship to respect each other. This applies to all the manuscripts I seek to represent, whether adult or children’s. I am open to reading anything middle grade or above, except for prescriptive nonfiction. I’m probably not the right agent for humor either, though I love books that are humorous. I love interesting settings. I love books that make me think about a topic in a completely new way. Finally, I love books that are epic — epic love, epic adventure, epic failure, epic after school job, epic sibling rivalry, etc. If you can make the mundane epic, that’s amazing."What She Isn't Looking For:
Any genres not listed above.
Editorial Agent?
There is a list of clients aon the agency website.
Ms. Rydzinski’s clients include: Laura Andersen, Amy A. Bartol, Dan Bennett & Jaida Jones, Nina Berry, Robin Constantine, Julie C. Dao, Bruce Goldfarb,  James, Danielle L. Jensen, Crystal Maldonado,Wing Merlin, among others.
Query Methods:
E-mail: No.
Snail-Mail: Yes.
Online-Form: No.
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
Send a query letter with a short bio and the first five to ten pages pasted in the body of the email. No attachments.
See the Context Literary Agency for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.
Query Tips:
Via Twitter:
#query pet peeve: "[name]'s life seemed perfect." I see this all the time. It's a cliché and no one has a perfect life #querytip” (Link)
Response Times:
Worth Your Time:
Interview with Agent Tamar Rydzinksi at Publishing Crawl (05/2017).
Query Questions with Tamar Rydzinksi at Michelle Hauck (07/2013).
Please see the Context Literary Agency for additional contact and query information.
Profile Details:
Last Updated: 5/28/2020.
Agent Contacted for Review? Yes.
Last Reviewed By Agent? 6/4/2020.
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/teen 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.


  1. I've heard of Tamar. I'm glad I read more about her here.

  2. Great spotlight. Tamar accepts MG. That is wonderful for us who write MG.

  3. Cool spotlight. It's nice to see that there are agents who can represent YA and adult fiction, because sometimes I fantasize about getting published in both those areas.

  4. Another great spotlight. Thanks so much for this blog.

  5. She's looking for science fiction - interesting!
    No perfect life. Check.

  6. Your spotlight very interesting as always. It's good to know the about the way an agent works and I like hands on editors. Let's put it this way . . . I need a hands on editor. :-)

  7. Your spotlights are a must-read for me each week! Thank you for finding these agents and giving us such specific, needed information about them! If I could, I might kiss you, but I can't so...*hug*

  8. I love your interviews. Passed this one to Lupe.

  9. Wonderful spotlight this week!