Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Literary Agent April Eberhardt

For Inside the Publishing World Wednesday, let’s get to know April Eberhardt of April Eberhardt Literary.

April’s education includes a BA from Hamilton College in Anthropology and French, plus a MBA from Boston University in Marketing and Finance. She worked for 25 years as a corporate strategist and consultant before entering the literary world as a head reader for Zoetrope: All-Story, a literary magazine. This was followed by five years as an agent at two San Francisco agencies. She is a busy lady, spending her time between San Francisco, New York and Paris.

I met April at the PNWA Summer 2012 conference in Seattle.

What is she looking for?  “Women’s book club fiction that will prompt discussion.”
She will also take a look at young adult works that focus on the relationships between mothers and daughters.

One of her favorite challenges is working with 1st time self-published authors that have done well, and then helping them down the more traditional paths.

Her advice to writers- “Use freelance editors to help you edit.”

From her website-" A self-described "literary change agent," April Eberhardt founded her own agency in order to assist and advise authors as they navigate the increasingly complex world of publishing. As readers and publishers choose among the many ways literature is being delivered in the new millennium, authors need a literary agent who understands both the traditional and electronic marketplaces, along with the evolving options for agent-assisted independent publishing."

She gives first priority to queries sent from conferences she’s attended. Queries should be sent by email to . For more information check out her website- .


  1. She sounds awesome even though she's not looking for upper MG fantasy, which I write.

    Happy Holidays Dorine!

  2. She sounds like a great agent and I love that she takes queries from conferences she's attended first. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Jess. One of the big reasons I go to conferences are the contacts.