I graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in English. I began my career at Writers House in 2013 with an internship. Before becoming an Agent, I was the assistant to CEO, Amy Berkower and then to founder, Al Zuckerman. I also briefly worked as an assistant at The Agency Group. I've been lucky enough to work with a variety of best-selling and award winning authors across all genres. I am now in the process of actively building my client list.
My passion is YA fiction. I love creative and epic fantasies in the vein of Sarah J. Maas or Leigh Bardugo. But I am also drawn to contemporary YA with multi-dimensional female characters like those of Rainbow Rowell, Julie Murphy and Melina Marchetta.
I also love middle grade of any kind, but especially books that deal with themes of friendship, adventure, or encountering tragedy for the first time. My favorites are Sharon Creech and Gail Carson Levine.
I do not want to receive text-only picture book submissions. I will only review author/illustrator combinations, or standalone illustration work.
In adult fiction, I am looking for historical, romance, women’s fiction, fantasy, and sci-fi.
I don't do a lot of nonfiction, but am open to humor, pop culture, history, and anything feminist.
Please do not send me literary fiction, stories featuring angels/demons, adult thrillers, and works with themes of suicide or drug addiction.
**Please peruse my Twitter page before sending me a submission. I update it regularly with query tips and special requests.** https://twitter.com/SWekstein
Writers House was founded in 1973 with a vision for a new kind of literary agency, one that would combine a passion for managing a writer's career with an integrated understanding of how storytelling works. With this two-pronged philosophy, Writers House has played a critical role in developing the careers of hundreds of novelists and non-fiction authors. We believe in offering our clients not only our expertise in negotiating contracts, but in contributing to all phases of the editorial and publishing processes. Our goal is to maximize the value of our clients' work by providing hands-on editorial and marketing advice, as well as leading the way in branding, licensing, and selling film/TV, foreign, audio, dramatic and serial rights.