Feb 15 Agents

Little GOLDen Book members of 12 x 12 will be able to choose one of two agents to submit their manuscript to each month. We are kicking off 2015 with PHENOMS in the agenting world. In fact, I met Liza, Ginger, and John for the first time at the same conference a few years ago. All I can say is I am glad I don’t have to choose between them. They are all whip-smart, dedicated, passionate, and FUN! Show ’em your best stuff, people! 🙂

Liza Fleissig and Ginger Harris will be accepting picture book submissions from 12 x 12 Gold members February 1-14. John Cusick from Greenhouse Literary will be accepting picture book submissions from 12 x 12 Gold members February 15-28. Liza & Ginger’s profiles appear first, followed by John’s. Please read BOTH and then decide who would be the best fit for your work.

Ginger Harris and Liza FleissigLiza Fleissig & Ginger Harris

Liza Fleissig and Ginger Harris-Dontzin opened the Liza Royce Agency (LRA) in early 2011.

Liza is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business with a BS in Finance, and the Benjamin N. Cadozo School of Law with a JD, Liza brings 20 years of litigation and negotiating experience to the field. On the children’s side of publishing, being a mother to a preschooler girl and a pre-teen boy, she is interested in everything from picture books to middle grade and young adult.

Ginger graduated from Boston University with a BA and Nova Southeaster University, Shepard Broad Law Center Law School with a JD, Ginger also brings 20 years of litigation and negotiating experience to the field. On the children’s side of publishing, being a mother to a preschooler boy, she is interested in everything from picture books, to middle grade and young adult.

Liza & Ginger were both featured agents last year during 12 x 12. You can find their previous profile posts here and here. Below are some additional resources for Liza & Ginger:

  • 12 x 12 Member Kaye Baillie signed with Liza Royce last year. Check out her How I Got My Agent post here.
  • Liza does First Page critiques on Kathy Temean’s blog here.

John Cusick

John Cusick

A little bit about John from the Greenhouse Literary website:

John Cusick joined Greenhouse in January 2013 after several years with a small New York agency, where he began as an assistant and rose to be an agent with a fast-developing client list. As well as being a YA author in his own right, John is a sought-after speaker on writing, both at writers’ conferences and via webinars.

What John is seeking: Fiction by North American authors, from Picture Books and Middle Grade through Young Adult. When I asked John what kind of picture books he looks for, this is what he said:

“I’m seeking authors and author/illustrators. I like punchy, funny picture books with great characters. Story is very important to me, so I’m also looking for strong plot arcs with conflict and surprising endings. For word-count, I’m seeking projects under 800 words.”

John was a featured agent in 2013 and 2014. You can see his extensive profile posts here and here. Below are a few updated resources for John:

  • John talk picture with Heather Ayris Burnell here.
  • Be sure to check out his blog!
  • John explains How to Lose an Agent in 10 Steps here.
  • Interview with Squam Lake Writing Retreat here.

Full submission guidelines for Liza, Ginger and John will be posted in the Membership Forum. Please note Little GOLDen Book Members may only submit to ONE of these agents. Please choose the agent who is the best fit for you and your manuscript.

Submissions will only be accepted for Liza Fleissig and Ginger Harris from February 1st – February 14th at 6pm EST/3pm PST.

Submissions will only be accepted for John Harris from February 15th – February 28th at 6pm EST/3pm PST.

Good Luck!

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Clarification: Is JOHN HARRIS a typo and the same person as John Cusick? Or is he related to Ginger Harris? or is it a third /fourth person?
    Above it says: (note name of 3rd agent):
    “Submissions will only be accepted for Liza Fleissig and Ginger Harris from February 1st – February 14th at 6pm EST/3pm PST.
    Submissions will only be accepted for *****John Harris***** from February 15th – February 28th at 6pm EST/3pm PST.”

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