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Jenna Pocius & Natascha Morris – 12 X 12 Featured Agent June 2018

Jenna Pocius & Natascha Morris – 12 x 12 Featured Agent June 2018

Little GOLDen Book members of 12 x 12 will be able to choose one of two agents to submit their manuscript to each month.

Jenna Pocius of Red Fox Literary will be accepting picture book submissions from 12 x 12 GOLD members June 1 -15. Natascha Morris of BookEnds Literary will be accepting picture book submissions from 12 x 12 GOLD members June 16-30. Jenna’s profile appears first, followed by Natascha’s. Please read BOTH and then decide who would be the best fit for your work.

GOLD members: Please check the Submission Station section of the forum for additional instructions from each agent.

Jenna Pocius

Jenna Pocius

A little bit about Jenna from Red Fox Literary‘s website:

“Agent Jenna Pocius of Red Fox Literary has a background in children’s editorial and is also a children’s book author. During her time as an editor she acquired everything from board books to YA novels, and many of her books have gone on to receive numerous starred reviews and awards, including The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits by Douglas Florian and the Behind the Legend series.

Jenna is looking for character-driven novels with strong voice and world-building, clever picture book texts with heart, and nonfiction that sheds light on little-known but significant stories. She is also a sucker for animal stories, especially dogs.”

Here’s what Jenna is looking for in picture books:

“I’m looking for picture books with STEM connections, stories that highlight diversity and female empowerment in organic ways, and texts with strong emotional arcs and writing.  I’m not looking for alphabet or counting books, or poetry collections. “

Here are some resources for Jenna:

  • 12 x 12 Member Johnell DeWitt did an interview with Jenna HERE
  • Jenna wrote a post for ReFoReMo with Carrie Charley Brown and Kirsti Call HERE
  • Critiques by Jenna (from her time at Bloomsbury Publishing) on the Kathy Temean’s Free Fall Friday
  • Find Jenna on Twitter.

Natascha Morris 200x300Natascha Morris

A little bit about Natascha from the BookEnds Literary website:

Natascha Morris spent most of her childhood in a leather chair with her nose in a book. Formerly an editorial assistant at Simon & Schuster, her passion for books across genres and her desire to find amazing talent drove her to make the transition from editorial to literary agent at BookEnds Literary.

Her editorial philosophy stems from the idea that all books should be well written and entertaining. Some of her favorite authors include Molly Idle, Sherwood Smith, Ann Rinaldi, Sabaa Tahir, and Meg Cabot. A Texas native, Natascha can often be found hunting for the best Tex-Mex in New York. Outside of reading, she is interested in urban farming and cooking.

Natascha is looking for artists that speak to her creatively.”

Here is what Natascha is looking for in picture books today:

“I am looking for quirky, humorous picture books with a commercial hook and narrative nonfiction. I’m trying to steer clear of quieter picture books at the moment.”

Natascha was a Featured Agent in 2017. You can see her previous profile post HERE. Below are a few more updated resources for Natascha:
  • Check out Natascha’s most recent posts on the BookEnds Literary website
  • Several 12 x 12 members are represented by Natascha, including Teresa Robeson, Joana Pastro, Jill Richards Proctor, and Viviane Elbee
  • 12 x 12 member Johnell DeWitt got a 2nd interview with Natascha HERE
  • Interview on Literary Rambles
  • Natascha participated in a 1st 5 pages workshop in May. These manuscripts are YA and MG, but you might find her agent comments helpful to get a feel for what she’s looking for and her editorial style: May Workshop

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 Jenna Pocius from June 1st – June 15th at 6pm ET/3pm PT.

Submissions will only be accepted for Natascha Morris from June 16th – June 30th at 6pm ET/3pm PT.

Good Luck!

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