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Janet Reid
New Leaf Literary & Media
110 West 40th Street, #2201, New York, NY 10018
646-688-4997
http://www.jetreidliterary.com
twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Janet_Reid
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I'm looking for narrative non-fiction; history; biography, current events. I'm also looking for non-fiction for middle grade readers.

I'll be glad to look at a query for just about anything. I've got clients who write Science Fiction, urban fantasy, womens' fiction, literary fiction, and horror. I'm drawn (as we all are) to voice and style. A book that makes me laugh and gasp is probably a good bet for something I want to read.

My wish list includes a Taylor Branch like treatment of the second wave of the feminist movement. I'd kick down doors to get my hands on that.

I'm also looking for smart stylish thrillers. If you're the next Patrick Lee, I want you.

When in doubt, query me. The worst thing that will happen is you hear no.

I don't handle poetry, plays, screenplays or other labors of love.

Questions about publishing and other topics of interest are addressed on my blog

I also maintain a blog that helps writers with query letters and revisions

I'm a member of AAR; Mystery Writers of America (NYC chapter); International Thriller Writers; Sisters in Crime; Biographers International Organization; the American Historical Association; the Civil War Round Table of NY; and, the Women's National Book Association (NYC chapter.)


years experience: a lot
GENRES & SPECIALTIES
Mystery, Suspense/thriller, Biography, History
TRADE REFERENCES
Jeff Somers describes me as Surrounded by brimstone and smoke. I'm not sure if that's good or bad. He also kills me in one of his books. I take that as a compliment.

Sean Ferrell has been known to wonder if his agent is insane

A client who shall remain nameless said "you're probably the perfect agent, possibly in league with occult forces" but that was also the same week another writer said "I gave Janet Reid the opportunity to represent me and she blew it."

LEADING CLIENTS
Patrick Lee

Sean Ferrell
Jeff Somers
Laird Barron

Terry Shames

Cornelia Read

Lee Goodman

Deb Vlock

Thomas Lippman

Robin Becker
Bill Cameron
Gary Corby

Stephanie Evans

Deb Vlock
Dana Haynes

Phillip DePoy

Warren Richey
Kennedy Foster

Jeff Marks
Robert Stubblefield

BEST-KNOWN PROJECTS
SWIFT TO CHASE: stories by Laird Barron, singled out by PW for one of the top ten new SFF/horror titles for Fall 2016.

PURGATORY CHASM (Minotaur: 2011) by Steve Ulfelder--honored with a nomination for Best First Novel by MWA, and winner of Best First Novel from Romantic Times!

RUNNER by Patrick Lee
GUN METAL HEART by Dana Haynes

THE BREACH (Harper 2010) by Patrick Lee

WE ARE NOT GOOD PEOPLE by Jeff Somers

MOST RECENT SALES/ FORTHCOMING BOOKS
Fiction: Mystery/Crime
Shirley Jackson Award-winning author of The Croning Laird Barron's BLOOD STANDARD, to Sara Minnich at Putnam, in a very nice deal, for publication in May 2018,

Non-fiction: Biography
Hilary Holladay's WAKING IN THE DARK, the first full-scale life of Adrienne Rich, the revered, often controversial, and enormously influential poet, essayist, and lesbian-feminist activist, to Nan Talese at Nan A. Talese, in a nice deal, for publication in 2019

Fiction: Mystery/Crime
Terry Shames's A RECKONING IN THE BACK COUNTRY, the next in the Samuel Craddock series, to Dan Mayer at Seventh Street, in a nice deal, for publication in 2018, by Janet Reid at New Leaf Literary & Media.

Fiction: Mystery/Crime
Loretta Sue Ross's DEATH AND THE VIKING'S DAUGHTER, the next book in the Auction Block series in which the death of a Viking reenactor reopens an old unsolved murder, to Terri Bischoff at Midnight Ink, in a nice deal, for publication in 2018

Non-fiction: Reference
Jeff Somers's WRITING WITHOUT RULES: Unconventional Strategies to Write and Sell Your Novel on Your Own Terms, advice on building a writing career, to Rachel Randall at Writer's Digest Books, in a nice deal, for publication in 2018

Non-fiction: Parenting
Essayist and PT blogger Deborah Vlock's WHAT DO I DO NOW, on the day to day challenges, with reality-tested solutions and guidance, for parents of young children who are suicidal; suicide is the third leading cause of death among middle-schoolers, to Suzanne Staszak-Silva at Rowman & Littlefield, in a nice deal,

Fiction: Mystery/Crime
Gary Corby's DEATH ON DELOS, the seventh book in the series sends the hero to the island of Delos where Athens keeps her treasury; another has decided the treasury will be safer in Athens; needless to say the Delosians do not agree, to Juliet Grames at Soho Press, in a nice deal, for publication in 2017

Non-fiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
Jill Farinelli's INTO THE TEETH OF DEATH, about the harrowing journey of the ill-fated Princess Augusta in 1738, and through it a look at the larger story of the first wave of non-English immigrants to America: the Germans, to Stephen Hull at University Press of New England,

Digital: Fiction: Backlist
Phillip DePoy's EASY, TOO EASY, EASY AS ONE, TWO, THREE, DEAD EASY, and DANCING IS EASY, to Endeavour Press, in a nice deal,

International rights: Fiction
Czech rights to Laird Barron's THE BEAUTIFUL THING THAT AWAITS US ALL, to Jakub Nemecek at...

Fiction: Mystery/Crime
Phillip Depoy's COLD FLORIDA, in which a Jewish car thief on the run from the Brooklyn authorities, ends up in Florida as an unlikely, but tenacious, child protection office is called upon to find missing infant only to discover missing doesn't always mean whereabouts unknown, to Faith Black at Severn House, in a nice deal, for publication in 2016,

Fiction: Mystery/Crime
Gary Corby's DEATH EX MACHINA, the fifth book in the Mean Streets of Classical Athens series, in which a theatrical murder during the sacred festival of Dionysus sends classical Athens into uproar, and SINGER FROM MEMPHIS, the sixth book in the series, which travels to ancient Eqypt as the three top agents of the classical world are in a race to find the sacred insignia — the crook and flail — of the last Pharaoh of Egypt; whoever wins will decide the fate of Egypt, again to Juliet Grames at Soho Press, in a nice deal, for publication in 2015

Fiction: Mystery/Crime
Macavity Award winning Terry Shames The Necessary Murder of Nonie Blake, the fifth book in the Sam Craddock series to Dan Mayer at Seventh Street Books.

Fiction: General/Other
Phillip DePoy's A PRISONER IN MALTA, the first in a new series featuring a young Christopher Marlowe, who is recruited by Walsingham to help thwart an intricate plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I, to Keith Kahla at Minotaur, in a two-book deal, for publication in Winter 2016, by Janet Reid at FinePrint Literary Management (World).

Fiction: Mystery/Crime
Loretta Ross's DEATH AND THE RED-HEADED WOMAN, while preparing a house for auction, a dead body adds some questionable value to the estate, to Terri Bischoff at Midnight Ink, in a nice deal, in a three-book deal, for publication in Winter 2015, by Janet Reid at FinePrint Literary Management (World).

Fiction: Debut
Jim Ringel's WOLF, pitched as the story of a man and his dog viewed through the prism of Salvador Dali, to Curiosity Quills Press, for publication in May 2014, by Janet Reid at FinePrint Literary Management (NA).

Non-fiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
SAUDI ARABIA ON THE EDGE author Thomas Lippman's HERO OF THE CROSSING, a fresh appraisal of the role of Anwar Sadat in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, drawing on previously classified material and personal knowledge and relationships with all the key players to put a critical period of history in full context for the first time, for publication in 2015, to Potomac Books, by Janet Reid at FinePrint Literary Management.

Fiction: Mystery/Crime
Jeff Somers's CHUM, to Benjamin LeRoy at Tyrus Books, in a nice deal, for publication in 2013, by Janet Reid at FinePrint Literary Management (NA).

Fiction: Debut
Lee Goodman's debut INDEFENSIBLE pitched as "evocative of Scott Turow" to Emily Bestler at Emily Bestler Books, in a very nice deal, for publication in 2013, by Janet Reid at FinePrint Literary Management (world).

NF-Reference
Phillip DePoy's THE TAO AND THE BARD, a union of the two great poetical traditions -- each verse of the Tao paired with lines of dialogue from the plays of Shakespeare, to Cal Barksdale at Skyhorse for publication in 2013, in a nice deal.

Mystery/Crime
Gary Corby's SACRED GAMES, the next book in the Athenian Series featuring an investigator who walks the mean streets of Classical Athens, to Juliet Grames at Soho Press, in a nice deal, for publication in 2013

Fiction: Urban fantasy
Jeff Somers's TRICKSTER, first in a new urban fantasy series featuring a cadre of mages operating just under the radar of human society, to Adam Wilson at Pocket, in a very nice deal, at auction, for publication in 2013,

Fiction: Thriller
NYT bestselling author of The Breach, Patrick Lee's new high-octane thriller RUNNER featuring ex-special forces operative Sam Dryden, to Keith Kahla at Minotaur, in a major deal, in a pre-empt, for publication in early 2014

NF-Memoir
Richard Gilbert's I WAS A M/AD MAN, the behind-the-scenes look at a one of the real life Mad Men who pushed the boundaries of print advertising, and led the fight to protect commercial free speech, and creator of the iconic Some Toys Hate War ad, to Mary Cummings at Diversion Books.

Fiction: Thriller
Dana Haynes's ICE COLD KILL and untitled sequel, featuring a former Shin-Bet agent, now freelance, with a murky past and deadly skills, in a thriller pitched as "La Femme Nikita if written by Robert Ludlum," to Keith Kahla at Minotaur, in a good deal, for publication in spring 2013

Fiction/Debut:
Winner of the 2010 William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers Stephanie Evans's FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH, in which a Church of Christ minister discovers that listening is not just "an act of love;" it's dangerous, to Shannon Jamieson Vazquez at Berkley, in a nice deal, for publication in Spring 2012.

Literary Fiction:
Sean Ferrell's (NUMB) second novel MAN IN THE EMPTY SUIT to Juliet Grames at Soho Press. World English.

NonFiction: Contemporary issues
National Journal correspondent Marc Ambinder and The Atlantic contributor D.B. Grady's SECRETS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AND WHAT YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO KNOW, a portrait of the inner workings of the most secretive levels of the federal government, to Eric Nelson at Wiley, at auction, by Janet Reid at FinePrint Literary Management (NA).

Mystery/Crime
Bill Cameron's DAY ONE, the third novel to feature former cop Skin Kadash, this time in a multi-skeined story about a troublesome unsolved murder that gathers to a bloody standoff in Portland's Mt. Tabor Park, to Ben Leroy at Tyrus Books, in a nice deal, for publication in Summer 2010

Fiction: Thriller
Dana Haynes's CRASHERS, in which a jetliner crashes in the lush lovely Willamette Valley of Oregon, triggering a response from the NTSB team of "crashers"-the investigators; usually they have months to find the cause of the crash; this time it's 70 hours, to Keith Kahla at Minotaur, in a good deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in Spring 2010

Memoir:
Robin Becker's BRAINS: a zombie memoir, the first-person account of a college professor-turned-zombie who retains his sentience and recruits others like him on a heroic quest to fend off the living while searching for the meaning of un-life, to Gabe Robinson at Harper, in a nice deal, for publication in Summer 2010.

Fiction:
Sean Ferrell's NUMB, literary action/adventure novel about a man who wanders into a circus, and discovers he feels no pain and has no memory of how he got that way; and is then discovered by fame, fortune, and a New York talent agent, to Gabe Robinson at Harper, in a nice deal, for publication in Fall 2010

Memoir
Alysia Sofios's WHERE HOPE BEGINS, memoir of the author's investigation of the 2004 Wesson Murders in Fresno, California in which she risked her reporting career and safety to help free the remaining members of the Wesson family from the psychological clutches of their murderous father and husband, to Abby Zidle at Pocket, in a significant deal.

Non-fiction: Pop Culture
Dawn Rae Downton's THE LITTLE BOOK OF CURSES AND MALEDICTIONS FOR EVERYDAY USE, the modern day guide to exacting stylish revenge using spells, incantations, hexes, imprecations, and execrations for the worst messes (and people) in your life, to Ann Treistman at Skyhorse.

Fiction: Debut
Kennedy Foster's ALL ROADS LEAD ME BACK TO YOU, in which a rancher and a ranch hand come to love each other in the austere terrain of Eastern Washington; overcoming cultural misunderstandings, the threat of deportation, the looming menace of a lien holder, and the problems of a loving family, to Abby Zidle at Pocket, in a nice deal.

Memoir
Poet, Oregon Arts fellow, and PW book reviewer Amy Minato's chronology of her "unplugged year wriggling free from a consumer life" on SIESTA LANE with seven people, eight acres, one telephone, three cars, seven unheated cabins, one main house and fifteen miles to the nearest town, to Ann Treistman at Skyhorse, in a nice deal.

Thriller
Patrick Lee's first two Travis Chase thrillers THE BREACH and GHOST COUNTRY, starring an ex-convict who's a combination of Jack Bauer and Jack Reacher, with supernatural suspense reminiscent of Dean Koontz and James Rollins, to Sarah Durand at William Morrow, in a pre-empt.

MOST RECENT RIGHTS SALES
Film rights
Laird Barron's -30-, to Reno Productions, with Philip Gelatt adapting and directing, in a nice deal, by Pouya Shahbazian at New Leaf Literary & Media on behalf of Janet Reid FinePrint Literary Management.

International rights: Fiction
Spanish rights to Laird Barron's short story THE MAN FROM PORLOCK, to Silvia Schettin at Fata Libelli, in a nice deal, for publication in 2013, by Janet Reid at FinePrint Literary Management.

International rights: Fiction
Russian rights to Laird Barron's THE CRONING, to AST, in a nice deal, by Prava I Prevodi on behalf of Janet Reid at FinePrint Literary Management.

International rights: Fiction
Italian rights to Laird Barron's THE CRONING, for their new "Modern Weird" series, to Andrea Vaccaro at Hypnos, in a nice deal, for publication in 2016, by Janet Reid at FinePrint Literary Management.

ranslation
Chinese rights to Adam Eisenberg's A DIFFERENT SHADE OF BLUE, to Lydia Jiang at Encyclopedia of China Publishing House, in a nice deal, for publication in 2013

Film
NYT bestselling author of The Breach, Patrick Lee's thriller RUNNER featuring ex special operative Sam Dryden, to Warner Brothers with Justin Lin attached to direct and Michael de Luca attached to produce, in a major deal, by Pouya Shahbazian at New Leaf Literary and Media on behalf of Janet Reid at FinePrint Literary Management.

SPECIALIZED TRAINING, WORK EXPERIENCE, HONORS
12 years of book publicity with regional and national clients.
SUB-AGENTS/ RIGHTS CONTACTS
Pouya Shahbazian: film rights
Kathleen Ortiz: translation
KEY PERSONNEL
Janet Reid
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Email queries preferred. I respond to all email that includes my name (ie not to bcc or dear agent email)

Include the word count. Include the first 5-10 pages of the narrative in the body of the email, not as an attachment.

For snail mail inquiries please include an SASE for response. We recycle manuscripts and proposals, please include only a #10 SASE.

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