Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 31, 2021

Agent Ann Rose at Prospect Agency

ANN ROSS AT PROSPECT AGENCY:

I am a California native who now resides in Texas after a stint in Florida. Each place has its pros and cons, but I can say that I left my heart in San Diego and dream of going back one day (although that will probably never happen). My degree is in Communication from San Diego State University, and my resume holds a gamut of jobs from Life Guard to Business Systems Analyst/Portfolio Manager, but books have always been my passion. I’m excited to finally merge my love of literature with my past professional experiences as a literary agent with Prospect. It is my honor to help authors build successful, sustainable careers.

I fell in love with young adult books when my niece asked me to read with her and I remain devoted to YA of all genres. I am looking for characters who aren’t afraid to stand up for their convictions and beliefs — whether they fight with their fists or their words. I’m also open to all genres of middle grade, and especially love stories that push the MG boundary by exploring topics that affect middle graders but aren’t always broached in stories written for them. In the adult arena, I adore swoony romances, light sci-fi or fantasy, commercial fiction, and heartwarming — or heart wrenching — contemporaries. I’m always looking for unique voices, diverse perspectives, vivid settings, and stories that explore tough topics. Dark and edgy is totally okay too. Above all I’m looking for compelling characters who make me think in new ways, and laugh and cry, hopefully in the same story!

My clients know I’m ready to roll up my sleeves to help create the best books possible, from brainstorming at the idea stage all the way through submissions and beyond. I love attending conferences, and sharing my knowledge of the publishing industry. I am a member of the SCBWI, YARWA and RWA.

WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR:

YA of all genres: But especially stories that have heart and humor. I want you to transport me to new worlds–even if those “worlds” are in the middle of Iowa. But especially if its fantasy, I really want you to take me there and show me something I haven’t seen before.  I’d love some fantasy that’s based on something other than western cultures. I’m always looking for strong character who are willing to stand up for their convictions–whether it be with their brains or their brawn.

Give me fabulous friendship stories (and some no so fabulous ones). LGBTQIA+ stories!!! I’d still really love a story where two girls are running against each other for class president and then they fall in love.

In both YA and MG: I don’t shy away from stories that deal with issues kids are dealing with today. I will say, if you are going to discuss topics like suicide make sure you’ve done your homework–proper language matters.

I’d love to see more YA thrillers–not necessarily gore but a story that keeps me on the edge of my seat, guessing until the very end. I’m still looking for my YA version of CLUE (and if it has three different endings, even better.) Which means mystery is a go for me, too.

I’d love some YA that deals with toxic masculinity.

A funny how to survive high school book with tips and tricks how to make the most out of your four years would be good.

Show me characters who are beautifully flawed doing the wrong things for all the right reasons.

Give me body positive MC’s.

Unique sports books: crossfit, ultimate Frisbee, rock climbing, mountain biking, roller derby, and even speed walkers.

Oh, and twins: good twins, evil twins, twins that get along, twins that don’t, rom-coms where twins switch places and hijinks happen… anything goes.

Historicals: that tackle things other than WW2–bonus points if there are badass women in history.

MG of all genres, especially ones that push the boundaries of middle grade

All of the above from the YA section pretty much goes for MG, too. There’s not topic off limits here either, just make sure it’s handled in the best possible way. I’d love to see a camping book–and not just where the kids are running around all a muck, but fun camping stories with responsible councilors and s’mores! Sibling stories. Show me supportive older siblings and in tack family units. Families of all shapes and sizes, too. Unicorns? Do you have one in your book or gnomes? Then I want to see it. Kids doing amazing things–like being on competition reality shows and solving climate change. Show me your kid activists, and kids doing things for their communities. Bring me new twists on old troupes.

In the adult arena I’m a little more picky.

I love swoony romances: Any heat level from mild to hot, but not extra spicy. (So, no erotica.) I love slow burns, and enemies to lovers will never grow old. Give me fun and unique meet-cutes. I’d love a romance that starts with texting the wrong number. LGBTQIA+ romances–everyone deserves their happy ending. Give me stories where I’m dying for the characters to get together–don’t make it too easy. Give me your “soft boys” that don’t have six pack abs or the perfect hair.  

Light sci-fi or fantasy: If it’s epic, it’s probably not my jam in the adult arena. I’m not really looking for Tolkien world building or understanding how to build a flux capacitor. Retellings in fresh ways.

Commercial fiction: Heartwarming (or heart wrenching) contemporaries–bonus points if it’s both I’m always looking for unique voices, diverse perspectives, vivid settings, and stories that explore tough topics.

Give me your dark and edgy stories with unlikable characters–that underneath are totally likable. Above all I’m looking for VOICE. It’s the characters themselves that will make me fall in love or not. Plot can be fixed if you have just the right characters to tell the story. 

WHAT I’M NOT LOOKING FOR:

Horror (I don’t love all the blood and guts stuff)

Erotica

Non-fiction Picture Books

Poetry (books in verse are the exception)

Screenplays

Novellas

Stories that start with a character waking up

Stories with graphic rape

Misogynist stories

Stories that depict animal cruelty – if the dog dies, I don’t want it

Books set in the 80s-90s – Unless there’s a darn good reason. If you can pick up the plot and move it present day, you probably should.

Fun facts about me: I love to workout–but I hate to sweat. Fall is my favorite season. Ice cream is my favorite food, aside from cereal. I had two surgeries in one year–I don’t recommend this. I love to sleep .My dream is to one day go to Italy and eat all the spaghetti. I prefer staying in to going out, coffee to tea (although I’ll take a nice earl gray with some cream and sugar), and I’m the world’s worst runner. Like seriously if a rabid dog was chasing me, I’d give up the left leg.

My clients are more than just clients. We’re family and call ourselves the Rosebuds. “If you mess with a Rosebud you get the thorns.” – Tom

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions should be emailed using our submission portal: https://www.prospectagency.com/submit.html 

We request a query letter, three chapters and a brief synopsis.

Your query letter should include your name, the date, contact information and a brief description of the work.

Include only relevant personal information: previous publications, writing education, etc. For previously published authors, please also give a brief overview of your career thus far and your goals for the future.

If you are submitting a picture book text, please submit the entire manuscript.

Illustrators should provide a link to their URL.

Because we request more than just a query letter, we spend a lot of time with every submission.

We consider character development, plot, voice, and most importantly, the writing.

Please make sure the work you submit is edited, proofread, and at a mature stage of development. We do not accept re-submissions, edited or otherwise.

Electronic Submission Guidelines

  • We accept Word (.doc), PDF (.pdf), HTML (.html, .htm), and Text (.rtf, .txt) formats.
  • Important: submit all material in a single document.
  • Be sure to include a synopsis and query letter with your email and contact information at the beginning of the manuscript body (3 chapters or first 30 pages).
  • If you are submitting a picture book, please include the entire picture book in PDF format.
  • Please submit no more than one (1) manuscript at any given time. Submitting multiple manuscripts to this agency will invalidate your submission. This includes submitting to more than one agent.
  • We welcome new manuscripts; however, unless requested, we do not accept revisions. Do not resubmit declined manuscripts (to any agent), revised or otherwise.
  • You can expect to receive a confirmation email within an hour of submitting. Be sure not to filter out emails coming from prospectagency.com.
  • All fields required unless indicated otherwise.

Guidelines & Details

ann@prospectagency.com
@annmrose
Website

Fiction: Action/Adventure, Children’s, Commercial, Fantasy, Humor, LGBTQ, Middle Grade, New Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult
Favorite sub-genres: Contemporary Romance, Fantasy YA, Funny MG, Humor, Humor YA, LGBT YA, LGBTQIA, MG Fantasy, MG adventure, MG contemporary, Magical Realism, Middle Grade, Science Fiction YA, Women’s Fiction, YA Science Fiction, Young Adult, science fiction

I’d like the next…
We Are Okay
Sex Education
I’d love a NA version of the Netflix show The OA but one that actually makes sense.
Queer Retellings
Feminist Stories
YA version of CLUE
Twins stories of all kinds
Diverse stories by diverse authors

My favorites include…
Books:
The Awesome, We Were Liars, The Wishing Heart, Hush Hush series, The Lunar Chronicles, We Are Okay, The Distasters, Poet X, Cracked Up to Be, The Duff, Spanking Shakespeare, Twenty Boy Summer, Harry Potter, The Mortal Instrument Series, The Hunger Games (except book 3–we won’t talk about that one), Belzhar, 500 Words or Less, The Boy Book, Out of the Blue, The Next to Last Mistake, More than Music, The Prince and the Dressmaker…

TV:
Younger, Grey’s Anatomy (yes, I still watch this), Naked and Afraid, Cutthroat Kitchen, Stranger Things, The Good Place, Basically any forensic show, Anne with an E, Myth Busters, Adam Ruins Everything, Sex Education,  Atypical, New Girl, Sugar Rush…

Movies:
Ever After, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Miss Potter, Notting Hill, Mr. Right, Pitch Perfect, She’s the Man, Elf, The Italian Job, About Time, The Holiday, While You Were Sleeping, Dumplin’, Wonder Woman, Inside Out, Hidden Figures, Down with Love, Moulin Rouge, Drop Dead Gorgeous, The Blind Side, Save the Last Dance, Mona Lisa’s Smile,  Ten Things I Hate About You, The Big Sick…

*******

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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