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 topics related to medical, health, psychology, science, technology, finance, business, politics, religion/spirituality, abuse or victimhood, sports, pets, cooking, food or true crime.

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

  • Mysteries, thrillers, suspense novels

  • Mainstream fiction, excluding category romance, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, religious/spiritual fiction, 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.


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 2013 Literary Market Place and Writers' & Artists' Yearbook as Muse Literary Management. Agency name change took place in September.

Associations: AWP, Biographers International Organization, Historical Novel Society, Children's Literature Association, Association of Booksellers for Children, 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 
May 28-31, 2014  BookExpoAmerica, NYC

April 26, 2014, 12 noon to 4:00 pm.  One-on-one appointments with writers at the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) 43rd Annual Writers Conference, NYC's Roosevelt Hotel

Jessica Delfino's Traveling Road Show and her new book!

Dirty comedic musician Jessica Delfino is now on tour in England--lucky girl! On Sep. 19th she'll appear at New Hampshire's Stargaze Women's Music Festival in Barrington, NH. 

Called "Lower East Side's Queen of Obscene" by The Village Voice, Jess is one of the creators of NY Funny Songs Fest.

Jess recently completed a new memoir about her crazy life before & after she became famous. Rising stars who are new to NYC (or out-of-towners are thinking of moving here) will want to read about her journey to success in the comedy world and how she became a savvy New Yorker.

She has appeared on the Russell Brand radio show, Loose Ends programme on BBC4, Dr. Demento radio program, Edinburgh Fringe Fest, Fox News Red Eye with Greg Gutfield, on stage with Weird Al Yankovic in the Apocalypse tour & much more. She wrote songs for the feature film What Would Jesus Buy? produced by Morgan Spurlock, and appears regularly in NYC at Joe's Pub, UCB and Ars Nova.

She's a riot!  Follow her @JessicaDelfino and on Facebook.

I met Jess at a Women in Music mixer and lucky me, she had just finished writing a book!  I'm thrilled to represent her, and eager to see her book published. Fans of performing arts memoir and biography will love reading about her, as well as women and ambitious young people who are new to NYC.  Learn where her jokes & humor come from and what Jess & her famous stand-up comic friends go through as solo acts and as guests in live revues & on TV. She also tells how she found her great rental apartment and a husband--a great apartment and a husband!! That alone will make you want to buy the book.

Rick Allen, New Orleans B3 King

Rick Allen on iTunes
Starbacker is the story of New Orleans B3 king Rick Allen, former side musician for Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Dr John, Etta James and Howlin' Wolf.  Born in Whittier outside Los Angeles, Rick began playing drums at age five, guitar at seven, piano at nine and Hammond organ at 11.  "My parents couldn't afford an organ, so I practiced in department stores and churches.  Once I was arrested for playing blues on a pipe organ. I was placed in Juvenile Hall and my father had to pick me up the next day."

Rick with the Bonnevilles, 1961 (age 18)

It's the candid story of a life saved by music, from a childhood in crime-ridden eastern Los Angeles to a musician who found his voice on the Hammond organ, touring America with rock & blues legends, sitting in with lifelong idols in unexpected encounters in bars and clubs.  Through scrapes with bandmates & rivals, nightclub thugs, bouts with poverty and drugs, beatings from police with their own code of justice, Rick redeemed himself to musicians and foes alike with his playing.  New and established musicians will gain wisdom form his stories about making music for a living, winning and losing gigs, and the secrets he relied on when he had to prove himself, sometimes outplaying those who thought they were the best. "A real musician can always tell when someone can really play."

At Jazz & Heritage Festival
In 2000 Rick was nominated for a Grammy as a musician on The Dukes of Dixieland album, Gloryland.  He lives with his wife in the bayou country of south Louisiana.

You can hear Rick's playing on a Bonnie Bramlett concert at New York's famous nightclub, The Bottom Line.

His album, B3 King of New Orleans, is available on iTunes.

Follow @OrganGrinderBlu on Twitter.

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.