Wednesday, July 23, 2008

BookStop Literary Agency & What They're Looking For

Looking for an agent? The BookStop Literary Agency specializes in children's books (picture and up), middle grade, and young adult. Both founder Kendra Marcus and agent Minju Chang are interested in hyphenated American characters, specifically Asian- and African- and Hispanic or Latino, and anything quirky, unique, or 'smart' will land you their attention.

When Ms. Marcus says, "BookStop is always thrilled to find manuscripts with unforgettable and vivid voices," she means it. They've published a poop book and another about a baby crocodile who just wants to eat a child.

In a nutshell: Kendra knows the voice she's looking for and she's very specific about it. If your story doesn't "sound" like the child in her head, she'll make no bones about it...and spare no feelings. Minju, on the other hand, is soft-spoken and kind, almost apologetic about not wanting to see your work. Although I didn't find anyone at the PNWA conference who had their work requested by BookStop Literary Agency, it doesn't mean they're not "actively seeking." And, after all, I didn't have the chance to talk to everyone regarding his/her experience with this agency.


Anonymous said...

I'll be meeting with Minju Chang at this year's PNWA conference. Any advice? Feel free to email me. You can find my email on my wordpress blog.