Wow. The year is half over already! Today we bring you our Featured Agents for July. 2019 Little GOLDen Book members of 12 x 12 will be able to choose one of two agents to submit their manuscript to each month.
Ginger Harris-Dontzin of Liza Royce Agency will be accepting picture book submissions from 12 x 12 GOLD members July 1-15. Brent Taylor of Triada US Literary Agency will be accepting picture book submissions from 12 x 12 GOLD members July 16-31. Ginger’s profile appears first, followed by Brent’s. Please read BOTH and then decide who would be the best fit for your work.
A little bit about Ginger:
“Liza Fleissig and Ginger Harris-Dontzin opened the Liza Royce Agency (LRA) in early 2011. 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.”
Here is what Ginger had to say when asked what she is looking for in picture books today:
“Can’t really advise on what I’m looking/not looking for — if a manuscript is clever and something/a story not really done before, that generally sparks my interest.”
Here’s a new resource for Ginger:
- Ginger and her agency partner Liza Flessig work closely will reading submissions. It’s worth your time to read this interview with Liza on Kathy Temean’s blog from last October.
A little bit about Brent:
“Brent Taylor is a literary agent and subsidiary rights manager at Triada US. He joined the agency in 2014 to build a list of picture books, middle grade, and YA. He is interested in fiction, non-fiction, and heavily illustrated projects. Find him online at btaylorbooks.com and on Twitter @btaylorbooks.”
We asked Brent what he’s looking for in picture books. Here’s what he had to say:
“My picture book taste covers a wide range—I love projects that are lyrical and literary, or commercial, off-the-wall, and fun. I tend to reject picture books that feel derivative and get really excited when I feel like I’ve found a concept or hook that has never, ever been done before. Some of my recent favorites are The Good Egg, Julián Is a Mermaid, My Papi Has a Motorcycle, Dreamers, and Babymoon.”
- Follow Brent on Twitter
- Read more about Brent on the Triada US website
- Brent’s Manuscript Wish List (#MSWL)
- Interview on The Mixed Up Files
- Interview on LitRejections
- Interview during his time as an intern on Literary Rambles
- Agent Spotlight on KidLit411
- SCBWI Exclusive with Brent
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. GOLD members, please find full guidelines in the Submissions Station.
Submissions will only be accepted for Ginger Harris-Dontzin from July 1st – July 15th at 6pm ET/3pm PT.
Submissions will only be accepted for Brent Taylor from July 16th – July 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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