Posted by: Kathy Temean | February 15, 2011

TWO LITERARY AGENTS

Here is a little information about two of the ten agents attending the New Jersey SCBWI Conference in June.

MOLLY JAFFA – FOLIO LITERARY – www.foliolit.com

Molly has been working closely with Folio authors’ projects since 2008, and is now aggressively and selectively building her list of clients. She is thrilled to be part of the recent launch of Folio Jr., a division within the agency dedicated to developing and nurturing the careers of YA and children’s authors. In addition to agenting, Molly utilizes her editorial background, previous work experience in the e-publishing industry, and intimate knowledge of the Folio list in her position as Subsidiary Rights Associate. She actively pursues sales of all unsold subsidiary rights, helping Folio clients’ books reach wide audiences in as many formats as possible.

WHAT MOLLY IS LOOKING FOR:

Fiction:I focus exclusively on middle grade and young adult fiction. I’m looking for books that challenge the reader intellectually and emotionally, from the high-concept and fantastical to the frank, fresh, and contemporary. I love fiction set in another country, time, or place (real or imagined!) that opens up a rich new world for the reader to discover. Stories featuring characters with strong passions, talents, or smarts – or characters in search of theirs – resonate with me. I’d also like to see: Edgy YA that’s not afraid to explore complex social issues, historical fantasy, smart adventures (I’d love a modern-day Indiana Jones with a female protagonist!), dystopian fiction, and – most importantly – books with a voice that makes the reader think, “This narrator gets me.”

CHRISTINA HOGREBE – JANE ROTROSEN AGENCY – www.janerotrosen.com

A native of Northeastern Pennsylvania, agent Christina Hogrebe grew up on a steady diet of Anne of Green Gables and Sweet Valley Twins books, for which she was nearly laughed out of the English department at Franklin & Marshall College and the University of Denver Publishing Institute, who graduated her anyway. Inspired by her favorite chick lit heroines, she left the wilds of PA in search of dirty martinis and adventure, landing on the doorstep of Jane Rotrosen Agency, who, sensing a kindred spirit, hired her as one of publishing’s many over-eager assistants in 2003. Christina annoyed mentor Meg Ruley with reader’s reports until they promoted her to agent soon thereafter.  She enjoys hearing from published and unpublished authors.

WHAT CHRISTINA IS LOOKING FOR:

I’m interested in most genres of YA fiction, including but not limited to realistic (including GLBTQ), romance, paranormal, adventure, historical and mystery. Her taste in reading does not tend toward epic fantasy, nor does Jane Rotrosen represent picture books or middle grade fiction.  You can learn more about Jane Rotrosen Agency at www.janerotrosen.com.

Hope to meet you at the conference.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Thank you for sharing. I won’t be attending, as I didn’t know about it until I read this blog, but it is always great to learn a little more about the agents we seek the attention of. Thank you again for posting!

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    • Amkuska,

      Are you looking for an agent? What do you write?

      Kathy

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  2. This is only one of the many, many things I love about the NJ-SCBWI Conference, the fact that the editors and agents who come are a mix of those we expect, know and love, plus a wide range of new people who we should know. Also the fact that the editors and agents are not sequestered away from the rest of us regular folks, but encouraged to mingle and share their knowledge so we can continue to learn. The published authors, too, offer an incredible wealth of information and encouragement. I never would have gotten this far without those authors reaching out to me, plus the editors and agents I learned from, and the workshops, and the intensives, and the camaraderie, and having a faculty member at my lunch table, and I could go on forever.

    Can’t wait!

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