Little GOLDen Book members of 12 x 12 will be able to choose one of two agents to submit their manuscript to each month.
Alexandra Weiss of Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency will be accepting picture book submissions from 12 x 12 GOLD members October 1-15. Wendi Gu of Janklow and Nesbit will be accepting picture book submissions from 12 x 12 GOLD members October 16-31. Alexandra’s profile appears first, followed by Wendi’s. Please read BOTH and then decide who would be the best fit for your work.
A little bit about Alexandra:
“Alexandra Weiss is an Associate Literary Agent at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Publishing from Columbia College Chicago, and currently resides in the Windy City. She has written for online publications and media websites such as Bustle as a Books and Features Writer, and has held several different positions within the Marketing and PR world. Previously, she was an Acquisitions Editor for an award-winning fiction and non-fiction anthology. Before joining as an Agent, Alexandra interned with JDLA for over two years. She has also interned for boutique book publicist, Kaye Publicity, where she assisted with numerous book publicity campaigns.
Here are a few resources for Alexandra:
- Check out her website
- Alexandra’s profile on the JDLA website
- Find her Manuscript Wishlist (#MSWL) here
- Follow Alexandra on Twitter
- Alexandra’s interview on Quick Brown Fox
- Check out her articles on Bustle
A little bit about Wendi:
“Wendi Gu of Janklow and Nesbit Associates grew up in the sleepy suburbs of Chicago and studied Creative Writing at Northwestern University. As an undergraduate, she interned with children’s book agent Brenda Bowen at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, and continued working there as a literary assistant after graduation. She soon began representing her own picture books, middle-grade, and young adult titles with a special interest in girl power, family relationships, and the immigrant experience. She likes stories that root for the underdog. Her favorite books have voices that range from warm and lyrical, to witty and deadpan. She is lucky enough to work with authors of new and forthcoming titles like Sterling, Best Dog Ever by Aidan Cassie (FSG Books for Young Readers, Spring 2018) and Paper Son: The Story of Tyrus Wong by Julie Leung and illustrated by Chris Sasaki (Schwartz & Wade, Fall 2019).
For illustration, she enjoys elegant and eclectic color palletes, and looks for nuanced character expression and dynamic composition. She is very interested in unconventional illustration mediums like cut paper and photo illustration. Wendi is always on the lookout for nonfiction picture book biographies on little-known heroes in history.
She has a hands on, editorial approach to agenting. On the weekends, she works at Dou Yoga in Brooklyn.”
- Wendi’s profile on the Janklow & Nesbit website
- Follow Wendi on Twitter
- Wendi’s Manuscript Wishlist (#MSWL)
- 12 x 12 member Johnell DeWitt interviews Wendi HERE
- Wendi’s interview at Kirkus (Wendi refers to her previous agency in this article.)
- Our own Jami Gigot is represented by Wendi.
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 Alexandra Weiss from October 1st – October 15th at 6pm ET/3pm PT.
Submissions will only be accepted for Wendi Gu from October 16th – October 31st at 6pm ET/3pm PT.
Please double check the times on your submissions. Anything received before or after the submissions window is open will be disqualified and you will not be able to submit again this month.
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