Posted by: Kathy Temean | June 24, 2022

June Agent of the Month – Regina Bernard Carreno – Interview Part 3




Regina A. Bernard-Carreno , Literary Agent and Manager

Regina is a literary manager currently accepting queries for true crime, memoirs, picture books, middle grade, young adult, graphic novels, cookbooks, and lifestyle artisan books.

Regina joined Martin Literary Management in 2021. She holds a PhD in Education from the Graduate and University Center at the City University of New York, and graduate degrees in African American Studies from Columbia University and Philosophy from the Graduate Center (CUNY). She holds other degrees in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY). Alongside writing and teaching, Regina facilitates Reader Discussion Groups, Private Reading groups and has served as a reader and sometimes editor for both literary and academic journals. She has published widely in academia as well as in trade magazines. The work she hopes to accomplish as a literary manager is to help writers, as well as author-illustrators, think through their projects, see multiple opportunities where perhaps they don’t readily exist and help shape their work into successful books. Ultimately, she looks forward to championing great ideas.

Below is what Regina is looking for:

Picture Books: Regina is looking for picture books that deal with a little magical realism, immigrant stories, bilingual picture books, and stories that deal with children and their relationship to animals, earth, and the environment. She’d love to see folktales from a wide variety of places reimagined, especially from authors-illustrators.

Middle Grade: Regina is seeking chapter books and middle-grade novels dealing especially with adventures, solving mysteries, and facing/overcoming hardships and developing friendships.

Graphic Novels: Regina is looking for Middle Grade, Young Adult, and adult graphic novels. She’d love to see more writers of color telling stories of MG & YA and has her eye out for BIPOC creators in this genre. For adult graphic novels, Regina is interested in projects in the vein of Marjane Satrapi’s work and projects in that spirit telling of immigrant stories.

Young Adults: Regina would love to receive rom coms of all kinds. Think Hallmark cards and movies geared towards young adults, complete with heartbreak, friendships, and triumph.

Non-Fiction: In non-fiction, she’s open to seeing true crime projects (No crimes against children or graphic gore against women/children) as well as memoir. Regina also loves cookbooks that help the reader travel to new places. She wants to see cookbooks that have personal narratives tied to them, whether that’s a personal story woven throughout, cultural traditions and practices, and/or dishes that tie together cultural memories. She is also accepting submissions for artisanal projects such as crafting (think knitting, sewing, crafting, home-gardening/homesteading, apothecary/healing, and alternative health practices).



How do you like to communicate (email vs. phone)?

I do both when the occasion calls for it.

Once you submit a manuscript to a publisher, how often do you communicate with your client during the submission process? 

It depends on the client. Some clients want to hear every response and some would rather not deal with rejections and only want to hear a yes. I follow their lead.

What happens if you don’t sell a book and the author wants to self-publish a book? Would you be okay with that?

Then this means they likely don’t need an agent to do this.

Do you seek help from other agents at your agency to get suggestions on editors and/or publishers to submit to for the clients you sign up to represent?

Yes, we do share information across the team.

Would you ever send a manuscript to another agent at Martin Literary Management if it was good, but not what you want to represent?

Sure! It might be a treasure for a colleague.

What do you think of digital and audio books? Are they part of every sale these days?

I definitely think there is a market for digital and audio books.

Do you handle your own foreign/film rights contracts or does your firm have someone else who handles those contracts? 

We have a wonderful foreign rights agent.

Do you see any new trends building in the industry?

I see a need for more authentic voices.

Any words of wisdom on how a writer can improve their writing, secure an agent, and get published?

To improve your writing…write all the time and spend lots of time continuing to read as well.

To secure an agent, write a stellar query, join networks, communicate with others and have them review your work, then make sure you’re querying the right agent for you and your work.

Would you like to attend other conferences, workshops writer’s retreats?

Always happy to be present when I can!



In the subject line, please write “JUNE 2022 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 2022 JUNE  – 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.


DEADLINE: June 24TH. – noon EST



Talk tomorrow,


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