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Upcoming conferences

April 25, 2014, 9:00 am to 12 noon.  I will be at the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) 43rd Annual Writers Conference 

In NYC, the Roosevelt Hotel

ASJA members will meet with editors, literary agents, content and brand agencies, and others who currently use freelance writers.


Areas of interest and query guidelines

NOTE: Only accepting queries through referrals and the upcoming ASJA conference at this time.



  • 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.

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  •  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, Women in Music, 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.

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.



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.

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.  Her writing encompasses short stories and fiction for young adults, blogging on cyber safety, and articles for Girlosophy.