Representing books with charisma for adults, teens and children

Representing books with charisma for adults, teens and children

Representing books with charisma for adults, teens and children

Areas of interest and query guidelines

  • Narrative nonfiction memoir/biography about extraordinary people and experiences, travel, history, home & lifestyle, New York, Americana, pop culture, music and the arts. Not interested in medical, health, psychology, science, technology, finance, business, politics, religion/spirituality, abuse or victimhood, accidents, sports, pets, cooking, food or true crime.

Three Lives Bookstore
  • Multicultural and international fiction that's relatable to American readers

  • Mysteries, thrillers, suspense novels that are satisfying but not predictable. Will look favorably on crime novels that don't begin with a murder. Not interested in serial killers or gruesome description.

  • Mainstream fiction, excluding category romance, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, religious/spiritual fiction, accidents or medical diagnoses as inciting incidents, gratuitous sex and violence or the sentimental

  • Historical fiction

  • Literary novels

  • Short story and poetry collections with popular appeal

  • Children's and teen multicultural fiction, mysteries & thrillers, historical fiction, animal stories, fantasy grounded in reality, narrative and informative nonfiction for the trade market. Note to picture book writers: Will only consider writers who have at least three complete manuscripts that have been critiqued in workshops.

Query Guidelines

Please send one- to two-paragraph synopsis and description of your background. Email queries 24/7 to literary agent Debbie Carter,, with no attachments. In the subject line of your email write Q: followed by a description of your book. Unsolicited manuscripts will be discarded.  Multiple submissions ok.

NOTE:  If I don’t respond within two weeks, please try again.


I deal with publishers large and small. One-year contract offered when writer and agent agree that the manuscript is ready for submission; manuscripts in development are not bound by contract.  Commission is standard 15% domestic, 20% foreign and subrights.  No reading or editorial fees.  All expenses (postage and photocopying, if any) are pre-approved by client.  Although not a member of the AAR, the agency follows AAR recommended business practices.

Listed in the Literary Market Place and Writers' & Artists' Yearbook.

Associations: AWP, Biographers International Organization, Historical Novel Society, International Thriller Writers, The Authors Guild.

Prior to starting her agency in 1998, Ms. Carter trained with an AAR agent and worked in the music business in A&R and artist management.  She holds a BA in English and music from College of Arts and Sciences, NYU.

Recent conferences

Last of the cherry blossoms at Brooklyn Botanic Garden 

December 4, 2014  Winter Networking Session,  Lubin School of Business and Arts & Entertainment Industry Network, Pace University, NYC

April 30, 2015, 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm.  One-on-one appointments with writers at the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) annual writers conference, NYC's Roosevelt Hotel

May 27-29, 2015  BookExpoAmerica, NYC

Anne Shelby

Anne Shelby's story collection for children, The Adventures of Molly Whuppie and Other Appalachian Folktales (ages 8-12) won an Aesop Accolade from the American Folktale Society and a Delaware Diamond, awarded by students in grades 3-5. The project began with a grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, which called for Anne to develop her own stories from traditional Appalachian tales with girls and women as heroes.  She performs her stories at festivals, schools and libraries. A newly illustrated edition was just published China.

Hear Anne read "Molly Fiddler" on Soundcloud
Her Scholastic/Orchard picture books appear on recommended reading lists for Sesame Street Workshop, PBS Kids, Trumpet Book Club, as well school and libraries. Homeplace was a School Library Journal Best Book, Literary Guild selection and New York Public Library pick.  We Keep a Store was an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists.  The Man Who Lived in a Hollow Tree was published by Atheneum/S&S in spring '09.  What to Do About Pollution was published in Korea in 2012.

Molly Whuppie
Chinese edition
As a member of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, she is an active campaigner.  She contributed to Missing Mountains, a collection of essays, fiction and poetry by authors from the Authors Mountaintop Removal Tour.

Anne holds a B.A. from St. Andrews Presbyterian College and an M.A. from University of Kentucky.  She teaches English at Eastern Kentuckian University.

Anne and Debbie met at Appalachian Writers Workshop in Hindman, KY in 2003.

Follow Anne Shelby on Facebook on her writer page.

Alison Stegert

At the Mogollon Rim outside Payson, Arizona
Alison Stegert, an American ex-pat living in Australia, is the author of a contemporary middle grade novel about an American exchange student in China.  Originally from Maryland, Alison's travels began in high school as an AFS student in Italy at seventeen.  While at University of Pittsburgh, she went to Beijing on scholarship and graduated with a degree in political science, with minors in East Asian Studies and Mandarin Chinese.  She returned to Taiwan as an EFL teacher, where she met her future husband, an Australian.  She's a high school guidance counselor and mother to three teenage daughters. Follow her on Goodreads and Pinterest.