Posted by: Kathy Temean | December 11, 2017

Agent Looking for Clients – Rachel Horowitz

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RACHEL HOROWITZ from the Bent Agency:

Rachel represents commercial and accessible literary children’s fiction as well as select commercial women’s fiction.

I’ve spent nearly two decades in publishing, most recently as a children’s literary scout at Maria Campbell Associates, and before that, as the Director of Rights & Co-Editions at Scholastic. While at Scholastic I helped build many successful author franchises, including Maggie Steifvater, Blue Balliet, Brian Selznick and Walter Wick. I graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and was a two-time writing fellow at the Breadloaf Writing Conference at Middlebury College in Vermont.

I’m a cultural omnivore and love to binge-watch a new show, devour magazines, see a new artist; I love literature that reflects what’s happening today in an entertaining way. My taste is literary and eclectic–my bookshelves are filled with books by Nora Ephron, Carrie Fisher, Caitlin Moran, Louise Penny, Miranda July, Amy Sedaris and Alice Munro, along with poetry by Mary Karr and Elizabeth Bishop. Yet my first love is children’s books–I believe that children’s literature, more than any other genre, has the potential to influence and change lives for the better. I particularly admire the way Suzanne Collins, Philip Pullman and JK Rowling celebrate the underdog and show children and adults that appearances can often be deceiving. For YA, I appreciate authors like Rainbow Rowell, Elizabeth Lockhart, and Teresa Toten, for the way they touch on class and social dynamics in a smart, compelling way that’s also authentically teen.

I’m looking for well-crafted middle-grade stories that have heart, humor and adventure, and for YA, romance with an authentic voice.

I’ll be representing authors who write thoughtful and entertaining commercial fiction—they may reference weighty issues like female empowerment, body image, family dynamics and race relations, but my authors will make you laugh out loud. If there’s one identifying feature for my nascent list, it’s authentic, universal voices that mix pathos with humor—to borrow from Robert Harding’s Steel Magnolias, “laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.”

She is Seeking: I’m looking for humorous middle grade, and contemporary YA. I plan to represent some commercial adult fiction, most likely an adult story with a teen protagonist; I’d love to find an Age of Miracles or Glass Castle, stories that are captivating to teens but can also engage an adult reader.

Please send me:
Young adult fiction
Middle grade’s fiction
YA/Crossover fiction
Adult trade fiction with a teen protagonist
Memoir with a teen protagonist

I’m not currently considering queries in the following genres:
Adult Non-fiction
Adult Literary
New Adult (18-25)
Picture books


Talk tomorrow,


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