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agent : lori@ravenliterary.com
Lori Steel
Raven Quill Literary Agency

Lori represents fiction and non-fiction for young readers. Across all age groups and genres, Lori seeks stories with authentic, unforgettable voices that reflect the diverse world we inhabit, instill the possibility of hope, and illuminate the shared human experience. She represents fiction and non-fiction for all young readers from picture books to young adult and is actively building her list in all genres except horror.

More specifically, for MG/YA, Lori is interested in representing contemporary stories that make enduring connections and reflect the ever-changing world inhabit. She would love to see meticulously researched historical fiction that flips conventional interpretations and extends the conversation—along with narrative non-fiction that illuminates a little-known slice of history or unique perspective. For fantasy, she finds it hard to resist folklore-inspired tales and earthy world building. In all genres, she has a soft spot for settings that seep off the page, stories with musical themes, unconventional structures, and verse novels.

For Picture Books, Lori is particularly interested in manuscripts crafted with spare text, play with structure, and utilize collusion to engage participation with an emphasis on texts that don’t underestimate young readers. She is searching for whimsical, lyrical, surprising, and/or humorous stories that young readers will beg to read over and over again.

Raven Quill Literary Agency was established in 2020 by founder, Jacqui Lipton, to represent children and young adult writers. We provide individually tailored and dedicated representation for creators of books that share new messages, create a sense of joy and wonder, and make a difference in the world.


GENRES & SPECIALTIES
Juvenile fiction, Children's books, YA
SPECIALIZED TRAINING, WORK EXPERIENCE, HONORS
Lori joins the Raven Quill Literary Agency as Agent after working with young readers’ literature for more than a decade. Her experience runs the gamut from school librarian to freelance editor to intern/assistant with two kidlit agencies. She holds bachelor’s degrees in history and education, and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
KEY PERSONNEL
Jacqui Lipton, founder/agent
Kelly Dyksterhouse, agent
Kortney Price, agent
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Submit query letter and 10pages of your project (or full manuscript if a picture book) using the online webform found at Ravenliterary.com. Please note our submisson policies found on our website.*Emailed queries will be deleted.