Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 20, 2014

Agent Opportunity – Andrea Brown Literary


This fun January illustration was sent in by graphic artist and illustrator Jeff Davis. Jeff has worked with some of the finest high technology teams in the business, and has delivered high quality graphics, multimedia and print materials to some of the world’s most recognizable companies. He is known for his crisp corporate design to his fantasy art, rich in color and detail.

Most of us would love to be represented by Andrea Brown Literary. They have a stellar reputation, but it is very hard to get your foot in the door. With that in mind, I was excited to see an opportunity with them.

lara-perkins-200Lara Perkins is an Associate Agent and Digital Manager at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. She has been with the agency for over three years, working closely with Senior Agent Laura Rennert, with whom she jointly represents a number of clients, in addition she is now starting to building her own list. 

Lara is a fan of smart and raw young adult fiction, character-driven middle grade fiction with a totally original, hilarious voice, and so-adorable-she-can’t-stand-it picture books, preferably with some age-appropriate emotional heft. She’s a sucker for a great mystery and is passionate about stories that teach her new things or open up new worlds. More than anything, she has a soft spot for the wonderfully weird, the idiosyncratic, and the entirely unexpected.  

Recent deals, together with Laura Rennert, include Matthew Ward’s middle grade novel, THE FANTASTIC FAMILY WHIPPLE, sold in a two book, six-figure deal to Razorbill, and P.J. Hoover’s young adult novel, SOLSTICE, forthcoming with Tor Teen in June 2013.

Lara has a B.A. in English and Art History from Amherst College and an M.A. in English Literature from Columbia University, where she studied Victorian Brit Lit. In her pre-publishing life, she trained to be an architect, before deciding that books, not bricks, are her true passion. She spent over a year at the B.J. Robbins Literary Agency in Los Angeles before coming to Andrea Brown Literary.

How to contact: lara [at] Andrea Brown Literary only allows writers to query one agent per agency, so please do not query Lara if you have queried other Andrea Brown agents in the past. The Andrea Brown Agency ONLY accepts email submissions and ONLY accepts children’s literature submissions (picture books through young adult).

Submission Directions:

  • Send a short email query letter to Lara with QUERY in the subject field. (By putting “Query” in the subject line, you will receive an automated email, confirming that your submission was received.)
    • Your query letter should include publisher submission history and previous publishing credits, if applicable.
  • After your query letter, paste in a short sample of your writing. Your writing sample needs to be pasted into the email (we do not open attachments except in the case of illustrations). See below for what type of sample material to include, based on the type of project you are submitting.
  • If Lara is interested in reading more of your work, she will contact you and give you specific instructions about how to send the rest of your material.

You are free to submit to agents at other agencies at the same time, but it is a professional courtesy to let them know, up front, that yours is a multiple submission. If you receive an offer of representation from another agent, please let them know immediately so they can respond accordingly. Please be sure to enclose a contact phone number as well as your email address.

What to include in your submission (All text must be pasted into the body of your email; NO text attachments):

  • Picture book writers—query letter and full manuscript text
  • Illustrators—query letter and 2-3 illustration samples (in jpeg format), link to online portfolio, and text of picture book, if applicable
  • Fiction—query letter and first 10 pages
  • Non-fiction—query letter, proposal, and sample chapter
  • Graphic novels—query letter, summary, and 2-3 sample page spreads in .jpg or .pdf format

Here is what they say about their Response Time:

In the past, it has been our policy to respond to every query. We regret that, because of the high volume of queries we receive, this has become increasingly difficult for us. Within a week, our agency can receive close to three hundred queries and often times more than one agent is involved in the review process.
If we are interested in your work, we will certainly follow up by email or by phone. However, if you haven’t heard from us within 6 to 8 weeks, please assume that we are passing on your project. We do understand and appreciate the effort that goes into getting your work out, and we wish we had time to respond personally to all submissions. Unfortunately, this is no longer a business reality given the amount of material we receive.


  • Be professional and courteous in your approach to any agent. Agents do form an impression based on your e-query, and you want it to be a good impression. Do not write your query in a rush. Take the time to write it well. Make sure your query and manuscripts are polished and error free.
  • Remember, no attachments, with the exception of jpeg illustrations from illustrators.
  • Remember, a “no” from Lara is a “no” from Andrea Brown Literary as a whole.  This is important: If Lara rejects, you can not resubmit the same work to another agent at Andrea Brown. However, you may submit a new work to another agent, or to the same agent. And, if the work is significantly revised, you may resubmit it after 6 months.
  • Please do not call Andrea Brown to query them. It is not possible to gauge your writing ability by talking on the phone.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. I like Jeff’s penguins and your informative post. 🙂


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