How to Submit
The Andrea Brown Agency ONLY accepts email submissions and ONLY accepts children’s literature submissions (picture books through young adult). If you have consulted a guidebook that says otherwise, please note that our guidelines changed in 2007, and our website reflects our current policies.
- Visit the agents’ bios page and choose only one agent to whom you will submit your e-query.
- Send a short email query letter to that agent with QUERY in the subject field. (By putting “Query” in the subject line, you will receive an automated email, confirming that your submission was received.)
- Your query letter should include publisher submission history and previous publishing credits, if applicable.
- After your query letter, paste in a short sample of your writing. Your writing sample needs to be pasted into the email (we do not open attachments except in the case of illustrations). See below for what type of sample material to include, based on the type of project you are submitting.
- If the agent is interested in reading more of your work, she will contact you and give you specific instructions about how to send the rest of your material.
You are free to submit to agents at other agencies at the same time, but it is a professional courtesy to let us know, up front, that yours is a multiple submission. If you receive an offer of representation from another agent, please let us know immediately so we can respond accordingly. Please be sure to enclose a contact phone number as well as your email address.
What to include in your submission
(all text must be pasted into the body of your email; no text attachments):
- Picture book writers—query letter and full manuscript text
- Illustrators—query letter and 2-3 illustration samples (in jpeg format), link to online portfolio, and text of picture book, if applicable
- Fiction—query letter and first 10 pages
- Non-fiction—query letter, proposal, and sample chapter
- Graphic novels—query letter, summary, and 2-3 sample page spreads in .jpg or .pdf format
If we are interested in your work, we will certainly follow up by email or by phone. However, if you haven’t heard from us within 6 to 8 weeks, please assume that we are passing on your project. We do understand and appreciate the effort that goes into getting your work out, and we wish we had time to respond personally to all submissions. Unfortunately, this is no longer a business reality given the amount of material we receive.
PLEASE DO NOT CALL TO FOLLOW UP.
- Be professional and courteous in your approach to any agent. Agents do form an impression based on your e-query, and you want it to be a good impression. Do not write your query in a rush. Take the time to write it well. Make sure your query and manuscripts are polished and error free.
- Remember, no attachments, with the exception of jpeg illustrations from illustrators.
- Remember, a “no” from one of our agents is a “no” from the agency as a whole. If your work is rejected, please do not resubmit the same work to another agent at our agency. However, you may submit a new work to another agent, or to the same agent. And, if the work is significantly revised, you may resubmit it after 6 months.
- Please do not call to query us. It is not possible to gauge your writing ability by talking to you on the phone.
- Look carefully at our bios and choose the right agent for your work.
Message to Authors
Unfortunately, publishing is a business that necessarily involves a lot of rejection, at every stage. One of the most difficult things for us as agents is to have to say no. Yet, we can take on only a small fraction of all the work we see, and this is simply a business reality.
We say no for many reasons—because of changing trends in the market; because we already have something similar on our list; because we know of similar published or forthcoming titles; because something isn’t right for us; because although something may be strong, well-written and even publishable, we didn’t fall in love with it.
Try to keep “No” in perspective. This is a highly subjective business and another agent may adore your work. All it takes is one “Yes.” We wish you success in finding that “Yes,” whether with us or another agent and publisher. We appreciate your thinking of us, reading our website and giving us the opportunity to see your work.
—Andrea Brown, Laura Rennert, Caryn Wiseman, Jennifer Rofé, Kelly Sonnack, Jamie Weiss Chilton, Jennifer Laughran, Jennifer Mattson, and Lara Perkins