Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 18, 2018

Agent Looking for Clients – Jennifer Udden

Jennifer Udden was born in Houston, TX, and spent many of her formative years hiding books under tables while she was meant to be paying attention to something else. She has a BA from Mount Holyoke College, and graduated in 2008 with a major in Politics, a minor in Chinese, and honors thesis work on anxiety in British detective fiction of the early 20th century. She has worked in fundraising for an off-Broadway theater company and joined the publishing industry in 2010 at the Donald Maass Literary Agency.  She is the co-host of the podcast Shipping & Handling ( with Bridget Smith of Dunham Literary, Inc. To query Jen, follow the directions on the submission guidelines page. She blogs at and

Jen is looking for: speculative fiction of all stripes, especially innovative science fiction or fantasy that explores worlds we haven’t seen before; contemporary/erotic/LGBT/paranormal/historical romance; contemporary or speculative YA; select mysteries, thrillers, and urban fantasies. Please, do not send to Jen: any middle-grade, chapter, or picture books; nonfiction.

Some of Jen’s most recent favorite reads include: THE FIFTH SEASON by NK Jemisin; TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG by Connie Willis; CAPTIVE PRINCE & PRINCE’S GAMBIT by CS Pacat; WOLF IN WHITE VAN by Jon Darnielle; The LYNBURN LEGACY books by Sarah Rees Brennan; DUMPLIN’ by Julie Murphy; CITY OF STAIRS by Robert Jackson Bennett.

Submission Guidelines:

To query Jen Udden specifically, e-mail queries can be sent to and put include the word “query” in the subject line. Please know that we will read and respond to every e-query that we receive, provided it is properly addressed and follows the submission guidelines below. We will not respond to e-queries that are addressed to no one, or to multiple recipients.

Your email query should include the following within the body of the email: your query letter, a synopsis of the book, and the first five pages of your manuscript. We will not open or respond to any e-mails that have attachments. If we like the sound of your work, we will request more material from you. Our response time is four weeks on queries, six to eight weeks on full manuscripts. If you haven’t heard from us within that time, feel free to check in via email.

Talk tomorrow,


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