Becky LeJeune is an associate literary agent with Bond Literary.
Becky is an associate agent at Bond Literary Agency, a Denver-based agency run by Sandra Bond. Prior to joining the agency, Becky spent time working as a bookseller, a freelance cookbook editor, and an acquisitions editor for a small, regional press. She is a graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute.
Becky is actively building her client list, and is interested in cookbooks and YA and adult submissions in the following genres: horror, mystery/suspense/thriller, historical fiction, sci fi, fantasy, and general fiction. She enjoys plot driven narratives with unique settings, strong world building, and well-developed characters.
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Laurel Symonds is a literary agent with The Bent Agency.
I began my publishing career in the editorial department of HarperCollins Children’s Books/Katherine Tegen Books in New York City. In the past decade, I have also held positions in the marketing department at a small publishing house, in a library, and as a bookseller at one of the nation’s best independent bookstores. What I love about agenting is being the author’s number one cheerleader through all these parts of the publication process!
I am seeking young adult and middle grade fiction with a special interest in contemporary and fantasy-with-a-twist. I look for engaging voices, commercial hooks, and immersive worlds. My YA tastes are pretty commercial whereas my middle grade tastes can skew more literary and I’m especially interested in middle grade that might lend itself to illustration.
For picture books and graphic novels, I am especially seeking authors-illustrators who bring a unique vision. My tastes are diverse, ranging from sophisticated to quirky to gently humorous. I am interested in art in all mediums, but especially appreciate a smart use of color and perspective. I am not the right fit for “issue” books, rhyming texts, or overly sentimental stories.
In every category, I am seeking voices that have previously been underrepresented and stories that have been overlooked.
With a background in both editorial and marketing-sales, I’m looking forward to partnering with you on your publishing journey!
Emily S. Keyes is a literary agent with Fuse Literary.
Emily joined Fuse Literary in 2013. Previously she worked at the L. Perkins Agency as a contracts manager and associate agent. Before entering the world of agenting, she worked in the contracts department of Simon & Schuster, Inc where she handled copyright, reversion of rights and assisted with author contracts. In 2008, she graduated from New York University’s Center for Publishing. She uses her knowledge of contracts, copyright and the publishing business to benefit her clients and the Fuse team.
Emily was born in New Haven, CT to a pack of feral lawyers. She attended the University of Connecticut as an undergraduate. Then she had a series of bookselling jobs and worked, briefly, at Yale University Press before she moved to New York to pursue her dream of working in the big publishing industry. Back when she had time for fun, she spent her time blogging about Sweet Valley at 1bruce1 (remember LiveJournal?) and shouting at her friends about the indignities female comic book characters suffer.
The “S” stands for Suzanne, which is her mother’s name and may seem pretentious but is actually to distinguish her from this Emily Keyes in search engines.
Emily loves reading books that make her feel like she is entering someone else’s brain. Voice and emotion are very important to hook her on a project. She loves all types of young adult and middle grade books. Her #MSWL right now includes a diverse YA fantasy in a non-western setting, particularly those based on real historical periods, middle grade stories that kids will WANT to read (if your goal is to “teach kids stuff”, I probably don’t want to read it), upmarket women’s fiction, and unique science fiction and fantasy.
Emily is also looking for a select list of commercial fiction which includes fantasy & science fiction, women’s fiction, along with pop culture and humor titles. She is not looking for poetry, short stories, screenplays or anything that is “publishable” and not amazing.
Keely Boeving is an Agent with WordServe Literary. After receiving her B.A. in English from the University of Virginia, she went on to attend the Denver Publishing Institute and then began her career in New York working in the editorial department at Oxford University Press, where she acquired books for the trade history list. She moved back to Colorado in 2014 and began her own freelance editorial company before joining WordServe the following year. She lives in Denver with her husband and their twins.
For general fiction, she will consider contemporary and literary fiction; as well as middle grade and YA (no fantasy, please).
For adult nonfiction, Keely is looking for well-researched nonfiction books in the areas of health and wellness, business (especially books targeting women in the workplace), parenting and family life, social justice, and religious studies; as well as projects from diverse and under-represented voices. She is also seeking narrative nonfiction and memoir.
For the Christian market, she is seeking books in the areas of Christian Living, spiritual transformation, devotion and worship, and women’s topics including motherhood, relationships and marriage, work-life balance, and calling.
She is not looking for thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, or picture books.
Tina Wainscott is a literary agent with The Seymour Agency.
Tina is the USA Today bestselling author of over 30 novels with romantic thrills and suspenseful chills. She’s been published with houses such as St. Martin’s Press, Harper Collins, Hachette, and Random House since 1995, so she understands the business from the author’s perspective. As an agent, she’s looking for self-help nonfiction that inspires people to reach for their best and overcome life’s challenges.
A Note from Tina:
“As I considered becoming an agent with this amazing agency, I knew what my area of interest would be as soon as Nicole mentioned ‘self-help’ as one of the categories on which they wanted to focus. Though I continue to write fiction, I am also invested in my own soul journey.
“I love the feeling of reading a book that helps me transform, to see the world through a new perspective and its challenges in a new light. The idea of helping writers share their vision with others when it comes from their heart is thrilling!
“I’m looking to work with a select few authors who have an idea that fits into self-help/ personal transformation/spiritual growth but also have that special something to stand out in a crowded market. If you have a provocative idea, a grasp on your platform, and a fabulous title and hook, I’d love to see it! Diversity is welcome!
“Please limit queries to self-help/non-fiction books. No memoirs (unless it specifically aims to use your life/experience as a teaching tool or you are someone of note), poetry, or children’s books, and please, no fiction. Even spiritual fiction.”