Posted by: Kathy Temean | October 8, 2021

October Agent of the Month: Janine Le – Sheldon Folgeman Agency

I’m happy to announce October’s Agent of the Month – Janine Le from the Sheldon Fogelman Agency

Janine Le

Sheldon Fogelman Agency

Janine Le joined the Sheldon Fogelman Agency in 2010 and continues to assist in rights, contracts, and accounting as she expands the list of clients with whom she works. She enjoys the balance of creative-minded and business-minded work and knew she had found her niche in the field when she interned at an agency and realized the agent is the author’s biggest advocate. Janine graduated from Bucknell University with honors in English (Creative Writing) and completed NYU’s Summer Publishing Institute. She is accepting submissions for fiction and narrative nonfiction picture books through YA. She has served as faculty for SCBWI events and is also open to conference opportunities.

What She Wants:

Across the board:

  • stories and illustrations with emotional resonance!
  • originality (unique twists, fresh styles/approaches)
  • great voice (we see through a distinct point of view that draws the reader in)
  • engaging writing (rich sensory details, puns, or interactivity that add to the story)
  • like poetry, I love when form matches content in all genres
  • swift reads (compelling voice, well-paced plots rather than non-stop action. Shorter book/chapter word counts)
  • writers and artists who take their craft seriously and wow with revisions
  • diverse perspectives (BIPOC, Latinx, disabled, chronically ill, neurodiverse, immigrant, refugee, adoptee, multiracial, religious minority, LGBTQIA, etc.)

Some particular interests:

  • joyful stories (though I always welcome tough subjects, I’d like to see more joy in my inbox)
  • contemporary (romance, adventure, coming-of-age)
  • historical featuring less common settings
  • fantastic elements (surrealism, magical realism, mythology, mysticism rather than high fantasy or hard sci-fi)
  • narrative non-fiction, including subjects that broaden children’s views on science & culture (especially story-driven)
  • novels-in-verse
  • well-developed secondary characters (glimpses of each character having their own story)
  • humor that doesn’t rely on gags or the protagonist being the butt of the joke
  • complex relationships (characters navigating hurdles in friendships/dating/family relations rather than always-the-loner stories or characters who accept abuse)

For illustrators:

  • expressive characters
  • visual narratives
  • styles that are softer yet bright & vivid
  • strong use of light and shading, texture, backgrounds, layouts
  • professional artists crossing into kidlit
  • author-illustrated picture book dummies and graphic novel proposals

Fun facts about me:I love nature & the outdoors (you can find me hiking with my family)

I also love sports. As a kid I tried swimming, diving, soccer, dance. I ran track and cross country in middle and high school, briefly did college cycling, and got into rock climbing as an adult, including multi-pitch outdoor climbs (love when a team or hobby plays a big role in a character’s growth and care more for good sportmanship, effort, and enjoyment than winning)

High school and college gigs included babysitting, Dairy Queen employee, hospital volunteer and then paid housekeeper, bike shop employee (love to see teen characters with jobs and appreciate middle class or struggling families)

I am a white, third-gen American-born mom in a biracial, first-gen family. (love to read about all sorts of characters/families and particularly love to see culture reflected in the foods, traditions, and stories/memories we share)

I was raised Catholic and am open to characters who grapple with religion if the stories fit in the trade market

See Pinterest, username janinehauber, for what I’m reading/watching or Instagram, username janine_hauber_le, for miscellaneous pics

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to submissions @ (no spaces)

  • If you are a picture book writer, we recommend you include two (2) independent manuscripts (i.e., not two in the same series). Please do not submit any additional manuscripts unless specifically requested. If you are not an illustrator, please do not include images in your submission.
  • If you are an illustrator, please include a picture book dummy or graphic novel proposal. You may also link us to your online portfolio, if applicable. Otherwise, please attach a limited sampling of examples of your work to your submission.
  • If you are a novelist, you may include the first three (3) chapters of the work and a plot synopsis. Please do not submit the entire work or include chapters from more than one work, unless specifically requested.

Max file size 5 MB. Please include my name in the subject line. See website for further info.

Guidelines & Details

Vital Info



In the subject line, please write “OCTOBER 2021 FIRST PAGE CRITIQUE” Example: Paste the text in the email, plus attached it as a Word document to the email. Please make sure you put your name, the title of the piece, and genre: a picture book, chapter book, middle grade, or young adult, Non-fiction, contemporary, historical, Sci-fi, fantasy, etc. at the top on both the email and the Word document (Make sure you include your name with the title of your book, when you save the first page).

PLEASE name the Word document file by putting 2021 October  – Your Name – Title of first page. Thank you.

REMEMBER: ATTACH THE WORD DOCUMENT AND NOT GET ELIMINATED! Your First Page Word document should be formatted using one inch margins and 12 point New Times Roman font – double space – no more than 23 lines – only one page.

Send to: kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail(dot)com. Sending it to my hotmail account will probably keep me from seeing it and including you in the running.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES: Your submission will be passed over if you do not follow the directions for both the pasted email and the attached Word doc. This is where most people mess up.




Talk tomorrow,



  1. Thanks for sharing!


  2. Thanks, Kathy!


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