Posted by: Kathy Temean | June 19, 2019

Agent Carrie Pestritto

Carrie Pestritto Agent at Laura Dail Literary Agency

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.

Find her on Twitter at @literarycarrie and read her blog here.

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. Something dark and sinister about a cult in the vein of Martha Marcie May Marlene… 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 notinterested 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.

Fiction: Children’s, Historical, Middle Grade, Mystery, Picture Books, Romance, Thriller, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: Biography, Memoir, Pop Culture, Psychology

Favorite sub-genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary YA, Cozy Mystery, Gothic, Historical Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Upmarket Women’s Fiction, YA Fantasy

Submission Guidelines

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

LDLA accepts email submissions only, so please follow the directions below closely. We do our best to answer every query letter within 2-4 weeks. If you receive a manuscript request, response time is closer to 8-10 weeks. Please wait to follow up until after the full length of time has elapsed. However, if you receive an offer of representation from another agent, please let us know immediately so we can respond within the timeframe you require.

Please only submit to one agent at a time* with one project at a time, making sure that your manuscript or proposal is complete and ready to be sent if requested. You may submit to another agent if one passes.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. It’s great that you’re sharing this. I just found your blog while looking for other writing blogs to follow- and as someone who’s new to this field, it’s incredibly helpful to find the right people to help (half the time, I never know where to begin!)

    I tend to bookmark the blogs that really help me when I write, and I’ll definitely save this one so I can have this kind of information on hand. Thank you again for posting this- entirely grateful, and looking forward to reading more!


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