This week's Agent Spotlight features Michelle Grajkowski of 3 Seas Literary Agency.
Status: Open to submissions.
About: “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 60 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 fourteen 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.
“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.
“Our agents are extremely active in the publishing industry. We 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.” (Link)
What She's Looking For:
Genres / Specialties:
Romance, women’s fiction, young adult, middle grade; select nonfiction. (Link)
Via E-mail (11/20):
“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):
“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, short stories. (Link)
“I am a very hands on agent, and structure my relationships based on what my authors need from me. Some of my authors call me when they are stuck in their current WIP and we brainstorm. Others just ask me to read their drafts for suggestions. And others turn their materials in straight to the editors, and just want me to work on the business aspect of their careers.” (Link)
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.
E-mail: Yes (only).
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
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.
The agency tries to respond to all queries but does not guarantee a response (Link). Stats on the web show a response range of 1-6 months with an average around 3-4 months.
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.
Worth Your Time:
So You Want To Be A Bestselling Author? Part 11: Agent or No Agent? at The Revolving Book (09/2014).
The Novel Girls Welcome Agent MICHELLE GRAJKOWSKI! at The Novel Girls (02/2009).
Spotlight Interview with Michelle Grajkowski of 3 Seas Literary (2007).
Interview with Michelle Grajkowski of Three Seas Literary Agency at Dyanne Davis’ site (2007).
Around the Web:
Michelle Grajkowski at P&E ($, AAR).
You can find upcoming conference dates on the 3 Seas Literary homepage.
Check out the agency’s “Tips” page for helpful advice before querying.
3 Seas Literary Agency in the 2014 Guide to Literary Agents via Google Books.
All Time Favorite Heroes/Heroines featuring a quote by Ms. Grajkowski at The Waterworld Mermaids (02/2014).
Publishing Isn’t for Sissies, guest post by Ms. Grajkowski at Anna DeStafano’s site (04/2011).
Please see the 3 Seas Literary Agency website for additional contact and query information.
Last Updated: 11/20/14.
Last Reviewed By Agent? 11/20/14.
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