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Agent Spotlight: Lucy Carson

This week's Agent Spotlight features Lucy Carson of The Friedrich Agency.

Status: Open to submissions.

Lucy-Carson-Jacobia-Dahm_Photography-001-199x300About: “Lucy Carson, The Friedrich Agency, graduated from The University of Michigan and promptly joined The Friedrich Agency in early 2008, where she is now a full agent as well as the Director of Sub-Rights for the company. In addition to brokering domestic publishing deals for her own clients, Lucy also oversees all foreign and film business for the agency list. During her five years with The Friedrich Agency, Lucy has worked with such authors as Sue Grafton, Lisa Scottoline, Ruth Ozeki, Terry McMillan, Jane Smiley, and Elizabeth Strout. Her list is focused on fiction and (narrative) non-fiction for both adults and teens.” (Link)

About the Agency:

“The Friedrich Agency was formed in 2007 by Molly Friedrich, and is located in New York City. We represent a small list of beloved writers, mainly in the categories of literary and commercial fiction for adults and young adults, as well as narrative non-fiction and memoir.” (Link)

Web Presence:

The Friedrich Agency website.

The Gentle Diva (agency blog).

Twitter @LucyACarson.

QueryTracker.

AgentQuery.

What She's Looking For:

Genres / Specialties:

"Literary & Commercial Adult Fiction, Young Adult and Middle Grade,
Narrative Non-Fiction, and Suspense fiction." (via e-mail 1/14)

From an Interview (1/2014):

“She’s always on the lookout for YA and MG fiction (though nothing younger), but is also actively build her narrative non-fiction list, as well as upmarket fiction for adults, especially upmarket suspense.” (Link)

From an Interview (2/2011):

“I’m generally a bit more wide-ranging in my taste than Molly […], so I tend to gravitate towards the more commercial fiction […]. I love literary, too! But if I grow, I should grow in a non-competitive direction, I feel. So since I’m an indiscriminate reader, I’m building in a more high-concept, commercial direction. I’d say the only subgenres I’m less interested in are speculative and erotica.” (Link)

What She Isn't Looking For:

Picture books, screenplays.

Editorial Agent?

Clients have mentioned doing revisions for Ms. Carson; otherwise unknown.

Clients:

There is a list of agency clients on the website.

Ms. Carson’s clients include: Anna Banks, Robin Epstein, Lori Goldstein, Jessica Khoury, William Ritter, Josh Sundquist, John Verdon, Matthew Vincent, among others.

Query Methods:

E-mail: Yes.

Snail-Mail: Yes.

Online-Form: No.

Submission Guidelines (always verify):

Send a query by e-mail or snail-mail. No unsolicited manuscripts. No attachments. Query only one agent at agency.

See The Friedrich Agency website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.  

Query Tips:

“We consider synopses to be one feature of a query letter. This definition of query letter is pretty traditional—your letter should introduce you to the agent formally, providing a balance of information about your writing experience, any life experience that relates to your writing, and the project itself. Therefore, the ‘synopsis’ aspect here should be a matter of several sentences, no more than two paragraphs, as the full letter shouldn’t be much longer than a page.” (Link)

Put the title, genre, and word count info before the query synopsis.(Link)

Response Times:

Stats on the web suggestion a response range of just days to about six weeks for queries and one to three weeks for requested material.

Ms. Carson strives to respond to all queries with at least a form rejection.

What's the Buzz?

Lucy Carson is the daughter of agency founder Molly Friedrich. Since joining The Friedrich Agency in 2008, Ms. Carson has become a full agent as well as the Director of Subrights. She has a strong list of sales and her clients seem quite happy with her representation.

I recommend following her on Twitter @LucyACarson where she tweets regularly and occasionally participates in events like #litchat and #pitmad.

Worth Your Time:

Interviews:

Agents Like Us - Lucy Carson at Valerie Cole Reads (01/2014).

Literary Agent Lucy Carson Reports from Bouchercon 2013 at Book Country (09/2013).

LitChat: Lucy Carson, Literary Agent at Storify (06/2013).

PitchFest Interview & Feedback – Lucy Carson with The Friedrich Agency at Pitch University (06/2011).

Literary Agent Interview: Lucy Carson of the Friedrich Agency at Guide to Literary Agents (02/2011).

Around the Web:

See the News & Links page on the agency website for contests and happenings.

The Friedrich Agency at P&E.

The Friedrich Agency thread at AbsoluteWrite.

Lucy Carson and The Friedrich Agency in the 2014 Writer’s Market.

Ms. Carson’s agent profile at Poets & Writers.

Client William Ritter’s agent story at his blog (12/2013).

Client Lori Goldstein’s agent story at her blog (09/2013).

Client Jessica Khoury’s query at AQ Connect (2011-12).

Client Anna Banks agent story at her blog (02/2011).

Client Anna Banks on the Submission Process at Pants on Fire (08/2011).

Contact:

Please see The Friedrich Agency website for additional contact and query information.

Profile Details:

Last Updated: 1/23/14.

Last Reviewed By Agent? 1/23/14.

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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. The information found herein is subject to change.

15 comments:

  1. Such a great place to start a search for agents!

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  2. She sounds like a good fit for my book! Definitely adding her to my agents-to-query list! :)

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  3. Always think highly of your interviews. Very well done.

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  4. Thank you for this. I have many of your spotlights bookmarked.

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  5. What a great post! So wonderful of you to share this information with everyone. :)
    ~Jess

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  6. Ooh! She sounds like a wonderful agent. I'm going to have to point non-fiction writing friends her way.

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  7. Super spotlight. I'm excited Ms. Carson is interested in middle grade. Thank you.

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  8. Lucy sounds perfect for me. And happy to see that she is interested in Middle Grade. Adding her to my list.

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  9. Another great spotlight. Thanks, Casey!

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  10. Thanks for this thorough spotlight. I'm adding her to my list.

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  11. Thanks for posting this. I perk up when I hear about agents out there who represent kidlit AND adult fiction.

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  12. I don't see many other blogs with posts like these, they're really informative and just all round interesting! haha Thanks :)

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  13. Thanks for the heads up on her.

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  14. Your blog is my favorite pre-query research stop. The comprehensive listings allow me to obtain a better understanding of the agents' personalities, and help me edit my queries individually for each agent. Thank you for the help!

    Also, as a note, Carson and Friedrich seem to have an average 2-month response time, sometimes longer. Hold out hope, everyone!
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