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Kerry Sparks, Agent, Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. Kerry represents PBs, MG, and YA and is particularly interested in finding romantic YA, school stories, quirky MG, and narratives with a cinematic element. She tends to shy away from werewolves and zombies, but will read anything with a strong voice and compelling characters. Recent sales include debut YA author Jennifer Salvato Doktorski’s Dead Lines about a teen obit writer (Jen queried Kerry after the Rutgers 2009 conference!) and the PB book The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein. Kerry is open to receiving submissions from conference attendees with no time constraints.
Joanna Stampfel-Volpe, Agent, Nancy Coffey Literary and Media Representation. Joanna has been with Nancy Coffey Literary and Media Representation for over two years, and she represents all genres of juvenile fiction particularly MG and YA. Her previous sales include The Haunting Emma series (Bloomsbury Children’s) by Lee Nichols, The Duff (Poppy, September 2010) by Kody Keplinger, Divergent (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins) by Veronica Roth, Sway (Hyperion, Spring 2012) by Amber Turner, and The Rotten Adventures of Zachary Ruthless series (HarperCollins) by Allan Woodrow. Joanna has also sold a number of audio books and has just finished negotiations on her first film option. Joanna is looking for clients who are as enthusiastic about writing and reading as she is, and is currently building her list. When she’s not reading (which is almost never), she enjoys cooking, watching movies, playing Guitar Hero and hanging with her husband and her Chihuahua, PeeWee. Joanna will be open to receiving submissions post-Rutgers.
Julie Strauss-Gabel, Associate Publisher, Dutton Children’s Books. Julie’s titles include Printz Medal Winner Looking for Alaska, Printz Honor Book An Abundance of Katherines, and Edgar Award Winner Paper Towns all by John Green; Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan; If I Stay by Gayle Forman; Morris Award Finalist Hold Still by Nina LaCour; The Children’s Choice Award Winning Winnie Years series by Lauren Myracle; and Grace by Elizabeth Scott. Among her upcoming titles are Matched by Ally Condie, A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, and Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma. Julie acquires MG and YA and is drawn to strong, literary voices with commercial appeal. She is probably not the best fit for nonfiction, high fantasy, or historical.
Becca Stumpf, Agent, Prospect Agency. Becca joined Prospect Agency in 2006 and is currently looking for adult, YA, and MG literary and commercial fiction, with a special interest in Urban Fantasy/Fantasy/SciFi novels with broad appeal. Becca falls hard for high concept plots that balance drama, wit, and intrigue in equal parts, and has a long-standing weakness for anti-heroes, fringe-dwellers, and the occasional scoundrel…provided such characters are richly drawn and demonstrate some serious soul (and a sense of humor doesn’t hurt!). For more about Becca, check out her agent biography at www.prospectagency.com. Becca will be open to receiving submissions post-Rutgers.
Kari Sutherland, Assistant Editor, HarperCollins Children’s Books. Kari focuses primarily on commercial teen fiction—both paranormal and realistic. She co-edited Firelight by Sophie Jordan, and was part of the editorial team for the bestselling Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard. She is currently editing several supernatural projects as well as the next suspenseful mystery series from Sara Shepard, The Lying Game. She is not acquiring PBs or MG fiction, but is interested in YA novels with fresh voices, likeable characters, and compelling plots. While she is not adverse to nonfiction or historical fiction, it would need to have an exciting hook that will appeal to teens and an engaging narrative style. She is a member of Young to Publishing. Kari will be open to receiving submissions for up to six months post-Rutgers.
Emily Sylvan Kim, Agent, Prospect Agency. After working at Writers House Literary Agency, Emily founded Prospect Agency in 2005 with the vision of an agency that provided a touchstone for authors, editors, and agents in an ever changing marketplace. The agency has grown to include four agents hailing from diverse publishing backgrounds who represent a variety of material from PB illustrators to edgy YA. Some of the projects Emily represents include 2008 National Book Award Finalist The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp (Knopf), Rocky Road by Rose Kent (Knopf), 2010 YASLA Finalist The Great Wide Sea by Madaline Herlong (Viking), Struts and Frets by Jon Skovron (Abrams), and the upcoming Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs (Walker.) Emily is currently looking for MG and YA novels. She has a special interest in books for boys and novels that have large commercial appeal but lots of literary heart. She will be open to receiving submissions post-Rutgers.