Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 26, 2018

Literary Agent Carrie Pestritto – Laura Dail Literary Agency

Carrie Pestritto – Laura Dail Literary Agency

I am looking for fresh, diverse voices in fiction and nonfiction for adults and children.

In children’s lit, I accept picture books, middle grade, and young adult submissions.

For Picture Books, I only accept non-fiction projects that explore history or current events and culture in new ways. I am especially looking for picture books about STEM and women as role models. I do not accept fiction submissions of any kind.

I’m looking for diverse contemporary or historical Middle Grade that’s fun and quirky. I like characters who deal with unique problems, and narratives showcasing acceptance. I’d love to find a story that engages reluctant readers, includes diversity, and STEM!

For Young Adult, I love narratives with a strong setting and vibrant characters in any genre. In contemporary, I love a strong voice and a great concept–send me your YA version of Crazy Rich Asians! I’d love to find a great YA mystery and/or historical YA in the vein of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.  Still on the lookout for a fresh retelling with a twist, and I’m yearning for a YA version of Yangsze Choo’s THE GHOST BRIDE. NOTE: I am heavy on YA Fantasy at the moment but I always have room for diverse and ownvoices authors! I am dying for an Asian or African mythology-based fantasy series.

For Adult Fiction, I accept mystery/thriller, chick lit, women’s fiction, romance, and historical fiction. I’d love to find a great cozy mystery with an engaging female lead and an intriguing locale. I want a quirky romance about food or baking! Always wanting a poignant millennial romance with equal parts heart and heat on a reality TV show like the Bachelor! NOTE: do not want poetry, literary fiction (unless it has crossover commercial appeal), crime fiction/police procedurals, adult science fiction or fantasy in any subgenres.

In Non-fiction, I am seeking narrative non-fiction and memoir. I look for authors that have a strong platform, such as a popular blog, published articles, or related professional experience. I love quirky memoirs that bring me into an atypical life situation and tend to gravitate toward upbeat and funny, rather than inspirational narratives. I look for narrative non-fiction that reveals little-known aspects of history or cutting edge relationship or dieting books, pop psychology, and pop science books. NOTE: I am not interested in narratives about drug abuse or cancer/illness.

In general, I don’t like premises/themes that are too obvious, e.g. the girl in a restrictive community who yearns to break free, a young person who must learn to stand up to bullies, etc., but rather ones that have more nuance and whose messages are revealed in a buildup throughout the story.

Carrie Pestritto worked at Writers House and Prospect Agency before becoming part of the LDLA team. She earned her BA in English, cum laude, from Amherst College in 2009, also spending a year studying abroad at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University.

As an agent, she loves the thrill of finding new authors with strong, unique voices and working closely with her clients.  Carrie always strives to help create books that will introduce readers to new worlds and is drawn in by relatable characters, meticulous world-building, and unusual, compelling premises.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to QUERIES [at] LDLAINC [dot] COM

  • Send a concise email query letter to: queries [at] ldlainc [dot] com
  • Along with your book’s title, please include the name of the agent you are querying in the subject field. This helps guarantee that your submission ends up in the right person’s queue. (Example subject line: QUERY: TITLE for AGENT)
  • Your query letter should include a short pitch, a short plot summary, and a short bio. Please also include publisher submission history and previous publishing credits, if applicable. If you are a debut author, do not worry.
  • After your query letter, paste the FIRST 5-10 PAGES of your novel into the body of the email. Your writing sample MUST be pasted into the email, as we do not open unrequested attachments of any kind. You may also include a synopsis, but it’s not required.

Talk tomorrow,


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