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Agent Spotlight: Michelle Grajkowski

This week's Agent Spotlight features Michelle Grajkowski of 3 Seas Literary Agency.
Status: Open to submissions.
clip_image001About: “From the moment Michelle Grajkowski first opened the doors to the 3 Seas Literary Agency in August of 2000, she has been living her dream. (What could be better than surrounding yourself with amazing authors and their exciting and imaginative books?)  Since then, her agency has sold almost 700 books to all the major publishing houses, and has grown from one agent to three! 
“Michelle’s client list includes New York Times Bestselling Authors Katie MacAlister, Cathy McDavid, Kerrelyn Sparks and C.L. Wilson. She primarily represents romance, women’s fiction, young adult and middle grade fiction along with select non-fiction projects with a terrific message.  She is currently looking for fantastic writers with a voice of their own.
“When not curled up with a great manuscript, Michelle loves to spend time with her husband, children and her two crazy puppies, who refuse to grow up.” (Link)
About the Agency:
"3 Seas is a full-service literary agency, and we’re all about building our authors’ careers! We represent more than 50 authors who write romance, women’s fiction, science fiction/fantasy, thrillers, young adult and middle grade fiction as well as select nonfiction titles. In the fifteen years since the agency doors were opened, our agents have successfully sold into all the major publishing houses.
"Our clients consistently appear on the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly Best Sellers lists. They have been nominated, and won, many prestigious industry awards, including, the RITA, the Golden Heart, the Holt Medallion, the RT Reviewer’s Choice, the ALA Best Book for Young Adults, the School Library Journal Best Book, and the Bookseller’s Best.
"Our agents are extremely active in the publishing industry. They take appointments and speak at numerous regional and national conferences each year, and frequently guest blog about their publishing experiences.We are so proud of the amazing, talented authors we currently represent. And, our lists are always open for fantastic writers with a voice of their own.
"3 Seas is an RWA recognized agency, and we belong to the Association of Authors' Representatives (AAR) where we strongly believe in, and adhere to, their Canon of Ethics." 
Web Presence:
3 Seas Literary Agency website.
Twitter @threeseaslit.
Ms. Grajkowski's #MSWL
3 Seas Literary Facebook page.
AAR Profile.
What She's Looking For:
Genres / Specialties:
Romance, women’s fiction, young adult, middle grade; select nonfiction. (Link)
Via E-mail (11/20/14):
“Currently, I am on the hunt for romantic suspense, women’s fiction and historical fiction. Of course, I’m also always looking for romance, young adult and middle grade fiction. Also, I would love to work on more non-fiction projects as well. Especially books geared towards entrepreneurs. I’m a huge fan of how-to/advice books as well as motivational texts as well.”
Via Twitter (11/14/14):
“I would love a gritty rom suspense, American-set Historical romances, and lots of women's fiction! #mswl.” (Link)
What She Isn't Looking For:
Screenplays, poetry, short stories, and novellas. (Link)
Editorial Agent?
There is a page of clients on the agency website.
Ms. Grajkowski’s clients include:
Laurie Marie Altom, Lindsey Brookes, P.A. DePaul, Veronica Forand, Jason Kotecki, Katie MacAlister, Tracy Madison, Cathy McDavid, Keri Mikulski, Alexis Morgan, Abbie Roads, Susan Scott Shelley, Kerrelyn Sparks, Liz Talley, C.L. Wilson, among many others.
Query Methods:
E-mail: Yes (only).
Snail-Mail: No.
Online-Form: No.
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
From the 3 Seas Literary Agency website Submissions page:
Send your query in the body of an e-mail. Put QUERY and the title of the manuscript (or short message) in the subject line. No attachments.
“Fiction: Please email the first chapter and synopsis along with a cover letter. Also, be sure to include the genre and the number of words in your manuscript, as well as pertinent writing experience in your query letter.
“Non-Fiction: Please email your full non-fiction proposal including a query letter and your first chapter. If you are uncertain how to prepare a non-fiction proposal, there are many books available on this subject.
“YA and Middle Grade: Please email the first chapter and synopsis along with a cover letter. Also, be sure to include the genre and the number of words in your manuscript, as well as pertinent writing experience in your query letter.
“Picture Books: Please email the complete picture book text. One sample illustration may be included. Please do not email all the illustrations you plan to use. We will request illustrations if needed.”
Please see the 3 Seas Literary Agency website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.
Response Times:
The agency only responds if they are interested. If you have not received a response in 12 weeks, consider it a pass.
What's the Buzz?
3 Seas Literary Agency is a well-established agency with a fantastic roster of clients and sales. While Ms. Grajkowski largely represents romance and women’s fiction, she’s open to middle grade and young adult fiction and is always looking for an amazing voice.
I recommend following her on Twitter @threeseaslit for the latest. Check out the agency’s “Tips” page for helpful advice before querying.
Worth Your Time:
Interviews and Posts:
Q&A With Michelle Grajkowski at Kirkus (Date Unknown)
Agents Are People Too With Michelle Grajkowski at Write at the Edge (Date Unknown)
So You Want To Be A Bestselling Author? Part 11: Agent or No Agent? at The Revolving Book (09/2014).
Publishing Isn’t for Sissies, guest post by Ms. Grajkowski at Anna DeStafano’s site (04/2011).
The Novel Girls Welcome Agent MICHELLE GRAJKOWSKI! at The Novel Girls (02/2009).
Please see the 3 Seas Literary Agency website for additional contact and query information.
Profile Details:
Last Updated: 5/5/20.
Agent Contacted for Review? Yes
Last Reviewed By Agent? 11/20/14.
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. The information found herein is subject to change.


Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks for sharing this profile!

M Pax said...

Lots of interesting info.

mshatch said...

Ooh, thanks; I'm writing her name down :)

J Lenni Dorner said...

Sounds like a great agent.

Leandra Wallace said...

I love this agency's name- different and fun! =)

Beth said...

It's always great to see another Agent Spotlight. Thanks, Casey!

Robyn Campbell said...

Love this agent spotlight. I see she takes PB's and MG. Someone for me to look at. Thank you.

Christine Rains said...

Awesome and thorough agent spotlight. Thank you!

Weaver said...

Great spotlight. I like this kind of thing for writers looking to mind a possible agent. No point querying someone you know wouldn't be a good match.

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

These spotlights are always so thorough and helpful.

Tammy Theriault said...

Natalie, you are amazing for keeping us in the loop! ((big hugs))

Vanessa Morgan said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this. I bookmark these spotlights. Happy Thanksgiving.