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Caryn Wiseman
Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc.

The Andrea Brown Literary Agency Inc. has been in business since 1981, and was the first agency to represent both writers and illustrators. We have sold well over 2000 books, and have made deals with every major trade publisher and most of the small independent publishers. Writers Digest Magazine named us one of the top twenty-five literary agencies taking on new talent. We represent clients at all stages of their careers; from first time writers and illustrators to established, best selling and award-winning authors and illustrators with many published books to their credit.

As a mid-size literary agency celebrating its thirtieth year in the publishing business, we bring the best of both worlds to the table: the personal client attention of a small agency and the clout of a larger one. We invest a great deal of care in each project and each client. We devise a strategy at every stage of the writing process, from conception, to editorial, to publication, that is tailored to the client and will enable us to find the best publisher for his or her books. We are seeking long-term relationships with writers and illustrators whose careers we can develop and whose talent we can foster.

Our agents have backgrounds in New York publishing, editing, academia, business, teaching, and film, and one of our strengths as an agency is that we work collaboratively. Our clients have the benefit not only of their individual agent's expertise but also the benefit of the combined experience and vision of the group.

We're looking for fresh, different, and new. As a largely West Coast based agency, we follow in a tradition of West Coast innovation in our passion for discovering new voices and sparking new trends. We're a part of the NY-centered publishing world but also cultivate the advantage of an insider's/outsider's perspective. We have access, standing, and visibility but also think outside the box. Our agents make regular trips to New York, attend industry conventions, and participate as faculty at writers' conferences all over the country. We ensure a high profile for our clients and keep our fingers on the pulse of publishing.

In conjunction with the Henry Miller Library, our agency runs the Big Sur Children's Writing Workshop and the Big Sur Fiction Workshop. For more information, go to our website:

years experience: 9
Juvenile fiction, Children's books
Caryn represents Tom Angleberger, author of NYT and national indie bestsellers THE STRANGE CASE OF ORIGAMI YODA and DARTH PAPER STRIKES BACK (Abrams/Amulet), and Nate Evans, co-author of the NYT bestseller THE JELLYBEANS AND THE BIG DANCE and its sequels (Abrams/Amulet). She also represents bestselling and award-winning authors R.A. Nelson, Ben Mikaelsen, Randi Reisfeld, Cheryl Bardoe, Jennifer Berne, Debbie Levy, Brenda Ferber, Cece Bell, Amjed Qamar, Toyomi Igus and illustrator Michele Wood. Award-winning books include HORTON HALFPOTT by Tom Angleberger (2012 Edgar nominee), DARTH PAPER STRIKES BACK by Tom Angleberger (2011 ABC Best Books), THE STRANGE CASE OF ORIGAMI YODA by Tom Angleberger (2011 ALA Notable and Kirkus Best Books of 2010), A YEAR OF GOODBYES by Debbie Levy (2010 Kirkus Top Ten Book of the Year and 2010 Sydney Taylor Notable Book), ME, FRIDA by Amy Novesky (2010 Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor Award—illustrated by David Diaz and 2011 ALA Notable), and RIDING INVISIBLE by Sandra Alonzo (2011 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults).
Some recent and soon-to-be released titles include FAKE MOUSTACHE by Tom Angleberger (Abrams/Amulet), TIME BETWEEN US by Tamara Ireland Stone (Disney-Hyperion), CROSSING BACKWARDS by Laura Lascarso (Atheneum/S&S), FLUTTER by Gina Linko (Random House), the JO SCHMO chapter book series by Greg Trine (Harcourt/HMH), THE GATHERING DARK by Christine Johnson (Simon Pulse/S&S), ZEKE WILSON'S GUIDE TO MIDDLE SCHOOL chapter book series by Mike Knudson (Viking/Penguin), CRANKEE DOODLE by Tom Angleberger and Cece Bell (Clarion/HMH), and ON A BEAM OF LIGHT: The Story of Albert Einstein, by Jennifer Berne (Chronicle).
Caryn holds an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA, and a BS from the University of Virginia. Caryn's fifteen years of business experience prior to joining the Agency emphasized editing and writing as well as sales, negotiation and client management.
film/foreign: Taryn Fagerness, Taryn Fagerness Agency,
Andrea Brown, President
Laura Rennert, Senior Agent
Caryn Wiseman, Senior Agent
Jennifer Rofe, Agent
Kelly Sonnack, Agent
Jennifer Laughran, Agent
Jamie Weiss Chilton, Agent
Jennifer Mattson, Associate Agent
We accept email queries only. Please direct your e-query to ONE agent at our agency, and include the following:

Picture books—query letter and full manuscript text
Fiction—query letter and first 10 pages
Non-fiction—query letter, proposal, and sample chapter
Illustrations—query letter and 2-3 jpegs with pictures of children and animals

Due to the heavy volume of submissions received, we are no longer able to reply to every query. If we are interested in your work, we will contact you within 4-6 weeks.