It’s time for a new year of 12 x 12 submissions! Hooray! 2020 Little GOLDen Book members of 12 x 12 will be able to choose one of two agents to submit their manuscript to each month.
Jennie Dunham of Dunham Literary will be accepting picture book submissions from 12 x 12 GOLD members February 1-15. Charlotte Wenger of Prospect Agency will be accepting picture book submissions from 12 x 12 GOLD members February 16-29. Jennie’s profile appears first, followed by Charlotte’s. Please read BOTH and then decide who would be the best fit for your work.
Jennie Dunham – Dunham Literary LLC
A little bit about Jennie:
“Jennie Dunham has been a literary agent in New York since May 1992. In August 2000, she founded Dunham Literary, Inc. She represents literary fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. Her clients have had both critical and commercial success. Books she has represented have appeared on the New York Times Bestsellers list in adult hardcover fiction, children’s books, and children’s book series. Her clients have won numerous awards including: New York Times Best Illustrated Book, The Schneider Family Award, Boston Globe Horn Book Honor, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist.”
We asked Jennie what she’s looking for in picture books. Here’s what she had to say:
“In general I like:
- quirky, plucky, unusual characters – full of real emotions, making mistakes, and individual hopes, desires, and dreams
- strong narrative arc- unexpected twists, a rise in the climax, and a satisfying ending
- fresh premise- a story I don’t feel like I’ve read already, a different “take” on a topic
- strong voice
- own voice
- sense of playfulness, both in the story and in the use of language
“I like creative non-fiction that sheds new light on a topic, person, or event, especially if it shows a different perspective than readers have seen before. In both fiction and non-fiction I like diverse characters from less-represented cultures and heritages and stories that are unique to them.”
- Jennie will be on faculty at Highlights this Spring
- Interview with the Writers League of Texas
- Jennie is on faculty at The Writers Hotel in June
- Find a sampling of books Jennie has represented on Publishing Help
- Follow Jennie on Twitter.
Charlotte Wenger – Prospect Agency
A little bit about Charlotte:
“Born and raised in Pennsylvania and Virginia, Charlotte Wenger grew up with a bookish, editorial mind but was first drawn to publishing work in college. She then worked for a publishing services company in Philadelphia until shipping up to Boston to earn her MA in Children’s Literature from Simmons. After gaining editorial, sales, and agency experience, she became an associate editor for Page Street Kids, where she loved working with debut talent and building relationships with authors and illustrators. She brings the same mindset to agenting, valuing the developmental and relational work that goes into creating successful stories and fostering long-lasting collaborations. She also serves on the national advisory board of the Mazza Museum, the world’s largest collection of original artwork by children’s book illustrators, and enjoys music and adventuring outdoors in her free time.'”
When asked what’s she looking for in picture books today, Charlotte said,
“I’m drawn to both silly and more serious texts. Biographies and narrative nonfiction with atypical structures appeal to me. I’m always on the lookout for stories that leave room for illustrations to add their own layers but that aren’t so sparse that they’re confusing. I’m picky about rhyme. You can find more about what piques my interest on my Manuscript Wish List profile.”
This is Charlotte’s first year as a 12 x 12 Featured Agent. Here are some resources for Charlotte:
- Charlotte’s website includes books she’s edited and ones she acquired when she was an editor.
- Check out Charlotte’s profile on the Prospect Agency website
- Charlotte’s Manuscript Wish List
- Follow Charlotte on Twitter
- Charlotte did a three-part interview on Kathy Temean’s blog: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3
- Charlotte tackles emotional topics in picture books on ReFoReMo
- Interview with 12 x 12 member Lindsay Leslie on Cynthia Leitch Smith’s blog
- The Writers’ Rumpus Interview (This interview is from Charlotte’s days as editor but will still give insight into what she looks for in picture books.)
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. Look for submission guidelines in the Submission Station on the 12 x 12 forum.
Submissions will only be accepted for Jennie Dunham from February 1st – February 15th at 6pm ET/3pm PT.
Submissions will only be accepted for Charlotte Wenger from February 16th – February 29th at 6pm ET/3pm PT.
Please double check the times for your time zone 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.
Good luck on your 2020 submissions!
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