This week's Agent Spotlight features Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Literary Agency, Inc.
Status: Open to submissions.
About: “Tamar Rydzinski worked at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates prior to joining the Laura Dail Literary Agency. She graduated from Yeshiva University in 2003 with a major in literature and a minor in business.
“Tamar is not interested in prescriptive or practical non-fiction, humor, coffee table books or children’s books (meaning anything younger than middle grade). She is interested in everything else that is well-written and has great characters, including graphic novels. A fantastic query letter is essential – ‘you need to make me want to read your book, and be excited to read it,’ she says, ‘with those first couple of paragraphs.’
About the Agency:
“The Laura Dail Literary Agency, Inc, incorporated in 1996, represents commercial and literary fiction and nonfiction, including: Bestselling author and ABC Legal Analyst, Dan Abrams, Fox News anchor, Dari Alexander, Supermodel, raw foodist, author of USA Today bestselling EATING IN THE RAW, Carol Alt, Academy Award nominated screenwriter of AMORES PERROS, BABEL and 21 GRAMS, Guillermo Arriaga, #1 New York Times bestselling authors of SKINNY BITCH, Kim Barnouin and Rory Freedman, New York Times bestseller and CBS Legal Analyst, Lisa Bloom, Former United States Senator Jean Carnahan, Bestselling fiction writers, Sarah Mlynowski, Jen Calonita, Sarah Maas, and many more.” (Link)
What She's Looking For:
From her Website Bio (as above):
“Tamar is not interested in prescriptive or practical non-fiction, humor, coffee table books or children’s books (meaning anything younger than middle grade). She is interested in everything else that is well-written and has great characters, including graphic novels.” (Link)
From a 2013 Conference Bio:
“Currently Looking For: Mysteries, thrillers (especially psychological thrillers), science fiction, and fantasy in both adult and young adult formats. Women’s fiction, especially contemporary stories and narrative nonfiction.” (Link)
From an Interview (02/2012):
“I do love the epic fantasy, but I also love paranormal, historical retellings, steampunk. Um, actually, I’m not sure there’s a subgenre that I wouldn’t be interested in…
“I’m really open to anything. But I would love to see a thriller, something really dark and twisted. And one thing I love about fantasy is the openness–I find that there’s little attention given to sexual or racial mores of ‘our world’ in these other worlds and I would love to see some more of that in YA, both fantasy and not.” (Link)
From an Interview (02/2011):
“I don't represent picture or chapter books. I do an incredibly limited amount of practical nonfiction, though I do like cookbooks. I'm generally not the right agent for humor. And literary fiction would have to be very up-market to appeal to me as an agent.
“I do love YA, middle grade, women's fiction of all kinds, narrative nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy.” (Link)
From an Interview (03/2010):
“I do love fantasy of all types, though I think there is a lot of room for realistic books as well. And I am a big fan of dystopian, though I generally don’t like apocalyptic fiction. And series are generally more intriguing than stand-alones, though I definitely have stand-alones, too. I know this doesn’t truly narrow it down too much, but that’s because I love almost everything!” (Link)
What She Isn't Looking For:
Prescriptive or practical nonfiction, humor, coffee table books, children’s books (anything younger than middle grade), anything too bloody or gruesome, conspiracy theories, new age, screenplays, or poetry. (Link, Link, Link)
“My agenting philosophy is very hands-on. I usually go through quite a few rounds of editing before submitting a book to editors. And I continue to edit second and third books in a series, even if they’ve already sold, because a) I always enjoy reading my clients’ books and b) I think it’s important to have as many pairs of editorial eyes as possible on a manuscript. If your book is good, readers are unforgiving of mistakes or missteps because they’re so invested in the world you’ve created. Plus, I like to tell myself that what I think is important to my clients.” (Link)
Ms. Rydzinski’s clients include: Laura Andersen, Amy A. Bartol, Danielle Bennett & Jaida Jones, Nina Berry, Robin Constantine, Syrie James, Danielle L. Jensen, Jennifer Knight, Sarah J. Maas, Ki-Wing Merlin, Jaime Lee Moyer, among others.
E-mail: Yes (preferred).
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
Send a query letter. Synopsis and first ten pages optional. If sending by e-mail put the word “query” in the subject line and the materials in the body of the e-mail. No attachments. Include a SASE for snail-mail submissions.
See the Laura Dail Literary Agency website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.
“I know I have a tough name, but get it right! And check our agency guidelines. And make sure you read your query over and over looking for mistakes. If you don't have the patience to get your query letter right, it tells me that you don't have the patience to be a writer.
“Also, please tell me about your book in the query letter. I can't know if I want to read it if you haven't told me anything about it.” (Link)
#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)
The agency responds to all queries (unless no SASE is provided with a snail-mail submission), usually within 1-4 weeks.
What's the Buzz?
The Laura Dail Literary Agency is well respected and recommended by P&E. Ms. Rydzinski has a select list of clients who appear happy and loyal. In recent years she’s sold to Bloomsbury, Harlequin Teen, Strange Chemistry, Tor, K Teen, Avon, and Running Press Kids, among others.
I recommend following her on Twitter @trydzinski.
Worth Your Time:
Interview with Literary Agent Tamar Rydzinski at Stacey O’Neale’s site (02/2012).
Interactive Interview with an Agent: Tamar Rydzinski at Mother. Write. (Repeat.) (02/2011).
Spotlight on...Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Literary Agency at Savvy Authors (01/2011).
Literary Agent Interview: Tamar Rydzinski of Laura Dail Literary Agency at Guide to Literary Agents (03/2010).
Around the Web:
Laura Dail Literary Agency at P&E ($, AAR, Recommended).
Secret Agent Unveiled: Tamar Rydzinski at Miss Snark’s First Victim (07/2011).
Guest Blogger: Tamar Rydzinski of Laura Dail Literary Agency at Magical Musings (02/2008).
Please see the Laura Dail Literary website for additional contact and query information.
Last Updated: 6/20/13.
Last Reviewed By Agent? 6/20/13.
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