The first agency I have been drawn to is The Nelson Literary Agency.
Check them out at www.nelsonagency.com . As I searched for agents that had similar interests as I do two people popped up from the same agency. This is very exciting because it means that agency as a whole would feel very comfortable.
The first person to pop up was Kristin Nelson., President and lead agent. I immediately smiled when middle grade and fantasy showed up as two of her interests. (at agentquery.com:)
- particularly interested in Literary (with a commercial bent), commercial mainstream, romance, Young Adult/Middle Grade (must be high concept and have a commercial bent), science fiction , fantasy, and women's fiction
- For non-fiction, she only handles memoir and narrative non-fiction
Next, why Google of course. Low and behold she is a supporter of the SCBWI. How can I resist that? So I head over to SCBWI.org and dig around some more. Membership has its privileges :) I like everything I see. The last and most important step - I head over to the agency website and check out the agency. She also has an awesome blog listed at the site. I spend some time flitting around, there are some good ideas for query letters in the FAQ section. So, I signed up to follow the blog. I like good advice.
So, I've spent the weekend working on a query letter to send. VERY IMPORTANT- they only accept email queries. firstname.lastname@example.org . I'm hopeful I've found a good agency to connect with.
The other agent I came across at the Nelson Literary Agency is Sara Megibow. She too has an interest in children's lit and fantasy. I was able to find info about her from the SCBWI and I swear I've heard her speak at a convention. I'm going to have to look through my old notes. She loves The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings - hello- can you say ditto. I look forward to hearing back from them.