Posted by: Kathy Temean | June 26, 2018

Agent Looking for Clients – Nicki Richesin

Nicki Richesin new agent at Wendy Sherman Associates, Inc. She began her career at Bloomsbury in London during the exciting days when J.K. Rowling was first discovered by the publisher. She has worked as a freelance editor for over fifteen years with many talented writers, as well as publishers such as Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Seal Press, and Little, Brown. She edited four literary anthologies (The May Queen, Because I Love Her, What I Would Tell Her, and Crush) featuring essays by bestselling authors including Jennifer Weiner, Lauren Oliver, David Levithan, Karen Joy Fowler, Chris Bohjalian, Amy Greene, and Kaui Hart Hemmings.

Nicki is especially interested in representing literary and upmarket fiction, young adult fiction, narrative nonfiction, and memoir. She is eager to discover authors writing about somewhat unconventional protagonists with an imaginative slant on storytelling. In young adult fiction, she has a particular fondness for coming-of-age stories that take a cue from classic literature. Nicki is drawn to memoir with a genuine voice that instantly connects with readers and takes them on a journey. She will always champion a story that investigates the true meaning of life, love, and identity. After many years of collaborating with hard-working authors, she enjoys nothing more than helping them realize their vision and telling everyone all about it.

Wendy Sherman Associates, Inc. is the home of award-winning writers and bestselling books. With a unique perspective on the publishing process, and an invaluable blend of experience in editorial, acquisitions, sales, marketing, and contract negotiations, we offer our clients a comprehensive strategy for navigating the publishing terrain.

Submission Guidelines

We only consider queries via e-mail. Please send all queries to submissions@wsherman.com. See below for instructions.

Don’t call us.  We’ll call you if we are interested in pursuing your project.

E-Mail:

Please send all e-mail submissions to submissions@wsherman.com.  We ask that you include your last name, title, and the name of the agent you are submitting to in the subject line.  For fiction, please include a query letter and your first 10 pages copied and pasted in the body of the email.  We will not open attachments unless they have been requested.  For non-fiction, please include your query letter and author bio.

Due to the large number of e-mail submissions that we receive, we can only reply to e-mail queries in the affirmative.  We respectfully ask that you do not send queries to our individual e-mail addresses, and any that we receive will be deleted unread.


Guidelines for your query:

DO:

  • Write a gripping query letter
  • Tell us why your project would be a good fit for our agency
  • Tell us why this book has an audience, and why you’re the one to write it (particularly for non-fiction)
  • Include information about your credentials to write this book, publications and prizes, awards, and conferences
  • Compare your book to other titles that are similar
  • Tell us which well-known writer’s work yours resembles
  • Limit your query to one page
  • Include a double-spaced table of contents and overview (non-fiction)
  • Include a double-spaced 1st chapter (fiction)
  • Provide us with your email, phone number, and address
  • Tell us what happens in your book. It’s not a book jacket or a movie trailer–don’t tease us, we needto know!
  • Read the books on how to find an agent – there are several. There is much valuable information that will help you throughout this process

DON’T:

  • Refer me to your website for a reading sample
  • Tell me about agents who have turned you down
  • Call to see if we received the material
  • Send me a query for something I turned down before (even if you rewrote it)
  • Tell me about several books I can choose from.  Please pick one!
  • Send to our personal email addresses.  This usually ends up in our spam filter! Please use submissions@wsherman.com
  • Drop it off in person
  • Tell me that your manuscript has been professionally edited
  • Tell me that your book would also be great as a movie—one project at a time!
  • Focus on how unpublished you are
  • Send attachments. Please paste both your sample and query letter into the body of your email. We will not open unsolicited attachments

The bottom line is: do your homework. Be as well prepared as possible. Read the books that will help you present yourself and your work in the best possible light and kindly follow our submission procedures. We have infinite respect for those writers who craft compelling query letters and follow our guidelines. Remember, there is an art to creating a truly sensational query letter!

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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