Posted by: Kathy Temean | February 16, 2018

Agent of the Month: Scott Treimel – Interview Part Two

Scott Treimel is February’s Agent of the Month.

He is closed to unsolicited submissions, but if you are a follower of my Writing and Illustrating blog you can submit a full picture book manuscript or a query with the first three pages of a chapter book, middle grade, or young adult novel in the month of February.

PLEASE NOTE – changed information in green:

To take advantage of this opportunity, please use this email address: kathy(.)temean@gmail(.)com. You MUST put SCOTT TREIMEL FEBRUARY SPECIAL SUBMISSION in the subject box and note you are a follower.

Of course format your submission using one inch margins, 12 point New Times Roman font, double spaced, plus don’t forget your name, address, and contact information.

DEADLINE: February 28th. Please check last Friday’s post for the first page guidelines.

See bottom of the page for guidelines to participate in the First Page Critiques.

S©ott Treimel NY is a full-service boutique agency representing the intellectual property rights in the work of authors and illustrators of books for children and teens, only: Picture books – Chapter books – Middle Grade books – Young Adult novels – Non-fiction and fiction – all genres. He also represents selected children’s illustrators.


We ended with this question last week. Any pet peeves? and Scott saying, “Lordy, do I ever!”

Scott, will not have time to write up his list of pet peeves, since he is very busy with all the submissions I have been forwarding to him. So here is a tidbit of information that I think you will find useful.

Here is Scott with an opinion on narration and verb tense, simple past vs. present. 

I find present tense asserts a lighter, lesser hold on readers, almost as if the narration disappears. authors choose present tense thinking to enhance the immediacy of a story. in fact, present tense lightens the storytelling’s architecture, taking a measure of gravitas with it. Simple past tense narration memorializes something that happened and, by implication, merits telling; present tense records what is happening, which may or may not be equally worthy. 

Do you let people know if you are not interested in what they sent?


How long does it usually take to respond to requested material?

From one hour to six months.

Have you noticed any common mistakes that writers make?

They are too close to their work and cannot understand it as a reader does. They detail physical movement needlessly. They do not imagine as deeply or freely as they might.

Do you have an editorial style?

Suffice to say I dislike logy (lacking physical or mental energy or vitality; sluggish; dull; lethargic) writing .

Do you give editorial feedback to your clients?


Have you ever represented a children’s book illustrator?


How long is your average client relationship?

STNY is twenty-four years old, and clients rarely leave us (although sometimes we let clients go), so I cannot answer: it depends when our client relationship begins.

What is your typical response time to email/phone calls with your clients?

From immediately to a couple days.

How do you like to communicate (email vs. phone)? And how often do you communicate during the submission process?

Email and phone, the frequency being case-by-case.

What happens if you don’t sell this book?

I retire it. Rarely, a ms might get a second chance if, say, a writer’s career takes off and editors clamor for him or her or an element in the ms. (characters, theme, setting) experiences a boom when it was previously a bust.

How many editors do you go to before giving up?

From a few to twenty-five(ish). Some projects, by their nature, have few prospects than others. Novelty books, e.g., generally have fewer prospects than middle-grades.

What do you think of digital books?

I am rankled by the royalties publishers pay.

Do you handle your own foreign/film rights contracts or does your firm have someone else who handles those contracts?

We might work in concert with our foreign and film sub-agents or, on occasion, we will handle the business directly.

Do you see any new trends building in the industry?

I am an authors advocate. Over time I have seen the power of editors and the value of authors diminish.

You have poured so much of yourself into helping the writers at the Avalon Writer’s Retreat improve their manuscripts. It seems like you have a real passion and a hands on skill in pushing a manuscript to the next level. Would you like to be invited to other writer’s retreats, workshops, and conferences?

Right now I would consider, in order of preference, Retreats, Workshops, and Conferences. I relish working with writers with a ms in front of us.


In the subject line, please write “FEBRUARY 2018  CRITIQUE” and paste the text in the email, plus attached it as a Word document to the email. Please make sure you include your name, the title of the piece, and whether it’s a picture book, middle grade, or young adult, etc. at the top on both the email and the Word document (Make sure you include your name with the title of your book, when you save the first page).

REMEMBER: ATTACH THE WORD DOCUMENT AND NOT GET ELIMINATED!Your First Page Word document should be formatted using one inch margins and 12 point New Times Roman font – double space – no more than 23 lines – only one page.Send to: kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail(dot)com.PLEASE FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES: Your submission will be passed over if you do not follow the directions for both the pasted email and the attached Word doc. This is where most people mess up.

DEADLINE: February 16th.
RESULTS: February 23rd.

Please only submit one first page a month, but do try again if your first page wasn’t one of the pages randomly picked. Thanks!


Talk tomorrow,



  1. I miss seeing you, Scott! It’s nice to “hear” your voice through Kathy’s interviews 😀 And what a great opportunity this is for people!
    P.S. thanks for the reminder of two great words!… loby and rankle 😀 😀 😀

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  2. Hi Kathy, I started following your blog and am excited by the opportunity to submit to Mr. Treimel. I do have a question though – you talk about formatting, but I’m not sure whether to copy/paste in the body of the email or attach for that particular submission. Thanks!


  3. Scott Treimel is the ultimate author’s representative. His articulate remarks pertaining to present verses past have had a profound impact on my perception of YA books. He’s deeply immersed in every level of literature from grammar, dialog, to thematic issues. Brilliant.


  4. Scott is a guru extraordinare for aspiring writers and established writers! He is dedicated and sincere in his guidance. His experience makes him spot on in his editing. Thank you Scott for participating in Kathy’s event. And thank you Kathy for your continuous excellence in bring readers great info.


  5. Scott is a phenomenal agent. He really cares about writers and always provides insights to support a writer’s understanding and growth. He is the best of the best.


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