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AGENT SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW WITH LINDSAY DAVIS AULD AND QUERY CRITIQUE GIVEAWAY


Today I’m thrilled to have agent Lindsay Davis Auld here. She is a literary agent at Writers House.
  
Hi­ Lindsay! Thanks so much for joining us.
  
About Lindsay:

1. Tell us how you became an agent, how long you’ve been one, and what you’ve been doing as an agent.
Thanks so much, Natalie! I’ve always loved stories, but I fell in love with children’s books again while working as a fourth-grade teacher in the Teach for America program. I found that I especially looked forward to the part of each day when we’d read a book together as a class, and I loved seeing my students get excited and inspired by stories. It made me want to be a part of bringing children’s and YA books into the world.
My first job in children’s publishing was at Harcourt Children’s Books. I then joined Writers House as Steven Malk’s assistant, where I had the chance to work with some of the very best authors and artists in the industry. I eventually began building my own list, and, before taking time off to start a family, I helped launch the careers of several bestselling and award-winning authors. I rejoined Writers House in 2018, and I’m actively building my list of authors and illustrators.



About the Agency:

2. Share a bit about your agency and what it offers to its authors.



Writers House is a leading full-service literary agency and is known for providing an extraordinary amount of individual client attention combined with the benefits of full-service foreign rights and subsidiary rights departments. It offers the many resources of a large company and the personal attention of a small agency. 

What She’s Looking For:
3. What age groups do you represent—picture books, MG, and/or YA? What genres do you represent and what are you looking for in submissions for these genres?
I am open to picture books through YA—including middle grade, chapter books, and graphic novels. I'm particularly drawn to mysteries, fantasy, historical fiction, friendship stories, romance, magical realism, adventure, and books with humor. I would love to see submissions from diverse or underrepresented authors. I’d also be excited to see illustrated MG and graphic novel submissions.
 4. Is there anything you would be especially excited to see in the genres you are interested in?
As someone who adores animals and has always been an environmentalist at heart, I’d love to see more submissions with an environmental element or streak, perhaps in the vein of Hoot by Carl Hiassen, The Last Wild by Piers Torday, or The Line Tender by Kate Allen. 
What She Isn’t Looking For:
5. What types of submissions are you not interested in?
Screenplays
 Editorial Agent:
6. Are you an editorial agent? If so, what is your process like when you’re working with your authors before submitting to editors?
Yes, I love working with clients to develop their story, and to help ensure a book is as strong as possible before it’s submitted to editors. My process tends to vary depending on what works best for each author or artist. For a MG or YA project, I’ll usually chat with the author about the book before sending an editorial letter with suggestions and thoughts on how the manuscript could be strengthened. After they’ve had time to work on the revision, we’ll discuss again and work on more 
minor changes and tweaks until it feels ready to share with editors.

Query Methods and Submission Guidelines: (Always verify before submitting)

7. How should authors query you and what do you want to see with the query letter?
I accept queries via email only (please see my submission guidelines below). Just as a manuscript can have a fantastic narrative voice, I believe the best query letters do as well. My favorite queries tend to give a sense of the author’s unique style and approach by mirroring the tone, voice, and rhythm of 
their work.

8. Do you have any specific dislikes in query letters or the first pages submitted to you?

Sometimes writers forget to put their name in the query, and, as I always like to address the author 
directly in my response, it can be tricky when it’s not included in the letter.

Response Time:

9. What’s your response time to queries and requests for more pages of a manuscript?
My response time can range from a few minutes to a few weeks, but I usually respond to most queries within two weeks. If it’s been longer than three weeks, writers are welcome to send me an 
email to follow up.

Clients:

10. Who are some of the authors you represent?
Since re-joining Writers House in 2018, some of the amazing authors and illustrators I have been honored to represent include: Cory Anderson, Linzie Hunter, Al Rodin, Jasmyn Wright, Edwina Wyatt, Lisa Stringfellow, Lisa Tolin, Rachel Stubbs, Jonathan McKee, Jody Lee Mott, and Sandra 
Salsbury.

Links and Contact Info:

11. Please share how writers should contact you to submit a query and your links on the Web.
I accept email submissions only. Queries can be sent to: lauld@writershouse.com
Please send a query, along with the first 10-15 pages of your manuscript pasted into the body of the email. For illustrators or graphic novelists, I prefer a link to a dummy or portfolio, or an attached PDF that is less than 3 MB. I do read each query carefully and will respond as soon as possible. If I haven't responded within three weeks, please feel free to follow up. I look forward to reading your work!
Links:



Thanks for sharing all your advice, Lindsay.

­Lindsay is generously offering a query critique to one lucky winner. To enter, all you need to do is be
a follower (just click the follower button if you're not a follower) and leave a comment through May 9th. If your e-mail is not on your Google Profile, you must leave it in the comments to enter either contest. If you do not want to enter the contest, that's okay. Just let me know in the comments. Please be sure I have your email address.

If you mention this contest on Twitter, Facebook, or your blog, mention this in the comments and I'll give you an extra entry. This is an international giveaway.

Have any experience with this agent? See something that needs updating? Please leave a comment or e-mail me at natalieiaguirre7@gmail.com

Note: These agent profiles and interviews presently focus on agents who accept children's fiction. Please take the time to verify anything you might use here before querying an agent. The information found here is subject to change.

58 comments:

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Nice interview! A writer not including her name in a query is a lot like a kid not putting her name on her homework. Sometimes it's the little things!

R's Rue said...

I appreciate this interview. So informative.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I love animals, too.

I've received submissions without names. And emails.

nashvillecats2 said...

Great interview Natalie. Wonderful to read.

Take care.

Yvonne.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey, she was one of our amazing judges for the IWSG's Voyagers!

Ilona Bray said...

I hadn't read much about Lindsay before, so really appreciate the insights here!

mshatch said...

Thanks for this. I always enjoy these author/agent interviews!

Aryn said...

Thank you for the generous offer! I always love reading how different agents approach the role.

Kiley said...

Thank you for sharing! I shared on Twitter as well. My email address is orchardka@gmail.com.

Jemi Fraser said...

We all make mistakes - but forgetting a name on a query is a biggie!!

Jenni said...

Great interview! It's always interesting hearing about agent's process and what they're looking for.

Sherry Ellis said...

I couldn't imagine an author not putting his/her name in a query letter. I guess it happens!

BetW said...

I find it refreshing, Lindsey, that you respond in such a timely manner when so many agents and editors don't respond at all. Interesting interview. Thank you for offering a critique to the lucky winner.

Deb Buschman said...

Thanks for the wonderful interview. I too love animals and tend to write them into my picture books. Thank you so much for offering a critique.

Julie S said...

Great interview and thank you for the query critique opportunity - I shared it on Twitter too :) The information on Lindsay Davis Auld's favorite queries is really good to know.

Kim A. Larson said...

Wonderful interview, Ladies. Thanks for providing a critique, Lindsay.

Thompson McLeod said...

Love it! Thanks for the interview abd the opportunity.i did Rt. Ck out my blog as well http://booksbypamelathompson.blogspot.com

A_M_Duperre said...

Lindsay seems like a great agent to work with! I can’t wait to query her in the future!

kendall calvert said...
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kendall calvert said...

^Technical errors^
Lindsay's a dream agent! 10/10 will be triple checking that I've included my name in all queries going forward. kwcalv at gmail dot com!

kendall calvert said...

(Not so sound too thirsty with three comments in a row but I also shared via twitter @klaa27)

Sara Kapadia said...

Hello! Thank you for this. Shared via twitter @sarakapadia
My email is sarakapadia@gmail.com

Malia said...

Thank you for this query offer! Lindsay sounds like an amazing agent who I'll definitely query for my environmentally focused chapter book. Thanks for the interview!

Catherine said...

Thanks so much for the query critique opportunity! I enjoyed this interview!

Jenny Mattern said...

Lindsay seems genuinely kind—a wonderful character trait in a literary agent! Thanks for doing this interview.

Charlotte said...

This is a wonderful interview!! Lindsay sounds like a dream agent! Shared this blog post on my twitter! @cwbrindley / charlotte.w.brindley@gmail.com

Vanessa said...

So excited! Wonderful interview! Lindsay sounds amazing!

My email vanessa.peay@gmail.com

Molly said...

Thanks Lindsay!

I've shared this post on Twitter.

My email is molly.beth.wilder@gmail.com

Janet Frenck Sheets said...

Thank you for the interview! I'd love a chance to win a query critique. (jesheets@alaska.edu)

Carolyn Chambers Clark said...

Great interview. Would love to have a critique of my YA historical fantasy novel by Ms. Auld.

@RhondaLBrown2 said...

You love children's book and helping fledgling authors. I find that encouraging. I write for Early Readers and would love a critique of one of my stories. Thanks.
rlbrown1028@gmail.com

DMS said...

What an interesting interview! I am amazed that authors sometimes forget to put their own name in their queries. :) Thanks for sharing!
~Jess

Rosi said...

Ha. I can't imagine sending a query without my name. That is just crazy. Thanks for another informative interview. I will pass on the query critique since I recently won one here.

Natalie Aguirre said...

For Angie Quantrell. Great interview. :)

I also tweeted about the post.

Thank you!

angelecolline@yahoo.com

Sandhya said...

This was very informative. Thanks! Will tweet as well - Sandhya authorsandhya@gmail.com

Raimey Gallant said...

The first book I ever wrote was a YA with an environmental theme. I've moved on from it, though. :)

MichiReads said...

I've loved to be included for my newest YA! Thanks for doing this!

Nick Wilford said...

Another great interview. I like that Lindsay started as an agent by working with children.

Melissa Miles said...

Thanks for the chance to enter! I've also been a fourth grade teacher, and it's such a crucial age for building literacy skills and a love of books! These interviews are so helpful in finding out the personalities and working styles of different agents. Thank you for your efforts in conducting them!

Jay Linden said...

Wonderful to hear that you are an environmentalist at heart - I'd love to see more MG novels with environmental themes. Thanks for including me in the critique giveaway.

Liesbet said...

Another interesting interview. Always nice to read about people who love animals. I can’t believe some writers forget to sign their emails... Over the last year, I’ve contacted a couple of agents at Writers House in regards to my travel memoir. I’m always interested in a query critique. :-)

Pat Danna said...

Great interview. Would like to query Lindsay with my middle grade historical fiction. Thanks for the information.

Pat Danna said...

Just mentioned this contest on my twitter page.
@Patsy_Danna. Thanks for letter me enter the contest.

Tracy J Hora said...

Thank you for a great interview and critique opportunity. I love learning about agents through these interviews. I've also shared on Twitter. tracyhora (at) att (dot) net

June McCrary Jacobs said...

Thank for you sharing this interesting interview, Natalie and Lindsay. I always enjoy reading about how agents work and what they are seeking to represent.

Patricia T. said...

I enjoyed your interview with Lindsay. I studied with Steven Malk at an SCBWI Conference in LA. He's wonderful. I like what she's looking for and how prompt Lindsay is in responding. Quite remarkable with the volume of queries she receives.

Rosi said...

I always enjoy and learn from your agent interviews. Thanks for this one. I will pass on the giveaway since I won recently.

rena traxel said...

Another great sounding agent from Writers House.

Rachna Chhabria said...

I always love reading these agent spotlight interviews :)

Jenifer McNamara said...

Reading about agents again after editing, editing and editing. Liked the interview and that there's an opportunity for a critique.

Natasha K said...

Great interview! And thank you for the opportunity to enter this contest.

I also shared the contest on my twitter account! :)

Unknown said...

Would love a query critique! I tweeted about it, too. You can email me through my website aealexander.com

Meghan said...

Thanks for sharing this great interview!

chasrdh said...

Thanks for sharing! I also shared on twitter @chasady_smith

Danica said...

Great interview and thank you for the opportunity.

Neesa said...

Great opportunity

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Enjoyed the interview. My kitties would like it too, if they could read. Thanks.

ignatiusmusonza.blogspot.com said...

Loved the interview, quite informative. I love animals and am actually an ex- National parks and wild life ranger. Would really love to work with you if my query makes the grade.