Here they are ladies and gentleman- the fabulous agents that will be joining us for our upcoming Halloween contest, Trick or Treat with Agents. Well, sort of- they’re here in costume anyway. Participating agents will post comments under their costumed disguises and give as many treats, aka manuscript requests, as they wish. Submission window opens October 24th at 11 AM EDT and agent identities will be revealed October 31st at 6 PM EDT. See guidelines here.
JEM- Our pink-haired, 80's rock star of an agent represents MG, YA, and Adult. Right now, JEM is looking for anything besides paranormal. She would really love to see more YA contemp, historical, or high fantasy, Adult contemporary romance, and hilarious MG. This rock star is desperate for a story about storm chasers.
Ms. Harlequin-this black and white masked agent represents PB to YA. (note no PB accepted in this contest) She's disinclined toward edgy, issue-driven YA. She would love to see YA thrillers and fast-paced plots that keep you guessing; strong literary writing; memorable and unforgettable characters. She loves big lush settings, epic plot lines, exotic locations, and storylines that take her by surprise. Ms. Harlequin loves strong voice-driven projects and beautiful, literary writing. She wants stories that matter, that make you think, that lodge inside your head and heart and linger beyond the final page.
"Accio all the Romance!" Ms. Hermione Granger is especially on the lookout for LOVE, whether it's YA or Adult. She's particularly interested in paranormal or historical/regency romance. She'd also love to see YA contemporary and MG with fantasy/sci fi elements. However, Hermione is completely over MG characters with magical powers. She'd love to see time travel, mythology, dystopian, or stories about competition. Please note Hermione is not into stories that occur after marriage/kids.
Batman- this masked superhero represents MG to Adult, but is especially looking for MG and YA soft science fiction and fantasy (including their sub-genres) with smart, strong characters and a unique twist. Batman would fly into the night for light-hearted, funny, and moving contemporary YAs with a raw, authentic teen voice.
Last, but certainly not least is our scariest costume by far, THE JABBERWOCKY. This agent's disguise is fitting because The Jabberwocky's favorite manuscripts are usually a combination of dark and whimsy. This Lewis Carroll inspired monster is looking for science fiction, where the science is a major element, and fantasy, where the world is not so different from our own. Anything that explores a subculture, devastating love stories, quirky stories with a strong literary context, and anything whimsical and fun that lets kids be kids. Stories for young girls that celebrate their innocence, characters who are anti-heroes and misfits. And most importantly, dark content of any kind.