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, WaverlyPlaceLiterary@aol.com, 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.

Specs

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