Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 23, 2022

September Agent of the Month: Lynnette Novak Interview Part Three


Agent Lynnette Novak at The Seymour Agency

Prior to joining The Seymour Agency, Lynnette spent 17 years freelance editing. She worked with new writers, advanced writers, as well as the New York Times and the USA Today bestselling authors.

Lynnette earned a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Manitoba, where she specialized in English and French. She excelled in Advanced Creative Writing in university and studied writing for children and teens through the Institute of Children’s Literature. She was a Pitch Wars mentor in 2015 and 2016. Both her mentees acquired an agent.

Although Lynnette was born and raised in Manitoba, Canada, she now lives in Minnesota with her husband, twin girls, and many pets. Her personal interests include reading, writing, exercising at the gym (okay, that’s a love/hate relationship), working on an assortment of crafts, all things having to do with animals (if she could own a farm, zoo, and animal shelter, she would), and enjoying time with family and friends.

She loves dark and suspenseful, mysterious twists, unique worlds, light and funny, a good love story, and lots of voice. Lynnette is always looking for diverse and LGBTQ+ authors and wants to share more of these marginalized voices with the world.

Currently looking for: (Always looking for marginalized voices, diversity, and LGBTQ+!!!)

In adult fiction: thrillers, psychological suspense, contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and mysteries (traditional, amateur sleuth, and cozy).

In young adult fiction: thrillers, psychological suspense, horror, contemporary, mysteries, and fantasy.

In middle grade fiction: contemporary, horror, fantasy, action/adventure, mystery, humor, and novels in verse.

In children’s fiction: picture books (non-rhyming preferred).

In graphic novels: chapter books, early readers, MG, and YA.

To Query:

Email for Other Concerns:

Twitter: @Lynnette_Novak



Do you have any plans to represent children’s book illustrators? Would an illustrator have to write before you would represent them?

I do represent illustrators of children’s books as well as graphic novels. Some of my illustrators also write, but that’s not a requirement.

How do you like to communicate (email vs. phone)? And how often do you communicate during the submission process?

I mostly communicate via email, but I love to call an author with an offer whenever possible. I send out monthly updates to all my clients who are on submission, but I also respond to all emails in a timely manner.

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

That depends on the book, the author, and the situation. It’s something the author and I would have to discuss together and decide the best course of action.

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?

Our agents are very close. We share editor wish lists all the time.

Would you ever send a manuscript to another agent if it was good, but not your style?

Yes, and I have done just that.

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

We try to keep as many rights as possible for our authors, so if the publisher insists on audio or digital rights, we want to make sure the royalties are fair.

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

We have specific people who specialize in these areas, but we sometimes handle those contracts ourselves.

Do you see any new trends building in the industry?

I tend to avoid trend-watching. By the time a trend is recognized as being a trend, it’s already on the way out. I’d rather focus more on what has saturated the market.

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

Go to workshops/conferences (online and/or in person), get involved in a critique group, and invest time into learning the craft. Nobody is born with that knowledge. We’ve all had to learn it. That’s just a part of the biz.

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

Yes!!! I love to attend conferences, take pitches, sit on panels, and teach workshops!!! Please invite me!!!

Thanks for having me. I had fun answering your questions!



In the subject line, please write “SEPTEMBER 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 SEPTEMBER FIRST PAGE  – 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: September 23rd. – noon EST

RESULTS: September 30th.


Talk tomorrow,


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