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

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

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

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

December 18th, 10 pm. The FuMP broadcast release of Jess's song "Jewish Boys,"

December 23rd. Jess with her choir at Sweet at The Slipper Room, 167 Orchard Street,

Dec. 24 - Lemonade Stand Variety Show, 239 Third Avenue, Manhattan, 9:30 pm, Tix $10

Jan 2 9th Annual 50th First Jokes at The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn.

Jan 7 - Lemonade Stand Variety Show, 239 Third Avenue, Manhattan, 9:30 pm, Tix $10

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.

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.