Posted by: Kathy Temean | May 24, 2017

Agent Looking for Clients – Roseanne Wells

Roseanne Wells

Associate Agent

Roseanne Wells joined The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency as an associate agent in 2012. Previously with the Marianne Strong Literary Agency, she has also worked as a proofreader and a special sales/editorial assistant. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with degrees in Literature and Dance. An avid reader, Roseanne discovered her passion for book publishing during her internship at W. W. Norton, and she approaches agenting as a writer’s advocate, editor, and partner. She is a member of SCBWI and a volunteer for Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in Soho, NYC. You can find her on Twitter @RivetingRosie.

What I’m looking for:

In all categories, I’m eager to see diverse and underrepresented authors, marginalized stories, and crossing or blending genres.

Adult Nonfiction: I’m looking for authors who have a unique story to tell, have built a strong platform, and are dedicated to reaching their audience. I like narrative nonfiction, select memoir, science (popular or trade, not academic), history, religion (not inspirational), travel, humor, food/cooking, pop culture, and similar subjects. I’m also interested in fresh, modern self-improvement that not only inspires but energizes readers to action in this rapidly evolving world.

Adult Fiction: I’m interested in strong literary fiction that emphasizes craft and style equally, and doesn’t sacrifice plot and character for beautiful sentences; science-fiction and fantasy; con/heist stories, especially featuring art, jewelry, or tech; and smart detective novels (more Sherlock Holmes than cozy mysteries).

Children’s: I’m eager to see diverse voices and marginalized stories, unique narrative structures that support the story, and unreliable narrators. I’m looking for young adult and middle grade of all genres that connect me to a strong main character and a singular voice. I’m also open to picture books, especially from author/illustrators. I love cranky, mischievous characters that grow throughout the narrative, and stories that are fun and hilarious for children (and the adults who will read them 500 times). Nonfiction picture books in STEM, science, arts, and biographies are a big plus for me. I’m not interested in rhyming picture books or overly sweet and sentimental stories. 

How to submit

Please email a one-page query letter to queryroseanne@gmail.com. Please include “Query” and your title in the subject line of the email, your contact information, and the first 20 pages pasted into the body of the email below the letter. Picture book authors should send one manuscript; I may request more if I’m interested. Illustrators should copy and paste artwork into the body of the email and send an expanded link (no bit.ly/vren23 type of links) to an online portfolio. No attachments will be opened. You will receive an automatic message once you submit. I only accept email queries, and any queries sent by regular mail will not be considered.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. I met Roseanne at NJ SCBWI fall craft weekend. She is so knowledgeable, funny, and seems like a real author advocate.

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  2. I have something, maybe 2!

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  3. Nice to meet you, Roseanne! I’m a budding novelist who has been working as a freelance writer since about 2013. I hope you’ll pop over to visit my blog at http://www.sweetgumlife.com . I write about “Life with a Little Southern Twist!”

    Best regards,
    Stephanie

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