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Jennifer Laughran
Andrea Brown Literary Agency

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 thousands of 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 more than thirty years 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, bookselling, 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:

Juvenile fiction, Children's Books Only, Young Adult/Teen Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction
GEORGE by Alex Gino / Scholastic - Stonewall Book Award Winner, Children's Choice Award Winner, Lamda Award Winner
THE UNWANTED by Don Brown / HMH - YALSA Best Book, Sibert Medal
FOX + CHICK 1: THE PARTY by Sergio Ruzzier / Chronicle - Geisel Honoree
MESMERIZED by Mara Rockliff / Candlewick - Orbis Pictus Honoree, Golden Kite Honor Book
THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY by Stephanie Oakes / Dial - Morris Award Honoree, Golden Kite Honor Book
ART OF SECRETS by James Klise / Algonquin Young Readers - Edgar Award Winner
DEAD ENDS by Erin Jade Lange / Bloomsbury US + Faber UK - Shortlisted for Waterstones Prize
BUTTER by Erin Jade Lange / Bloomsbury US + Faber UK - Shortlisted for Waterstones Prize
BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z by Kate Messner / Bloomsbury - Winner of the EB White Readaloud Award
FLASH BURNOUT by LK Madigan / HMH - Winner of the ALA Morris Award for Debut Author, PW Flying Start
OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW by Kate Messner / Chronicle - NYT Notable, NYT Best Illustrated

The ASHES Trilogy by Ilsa J Bick / Egmont USA
LIZARD MUSIC by Daniel Pinkwater / NYRB Children's Classics Collection
The RANGER IN TIME series by Kate Messner / Scholastic

ROAR LIKE A DANDELION by Ruth Krauss and Sergio Ruzzier / HC Fall 19
NAKED MOLE RAT SAVES THE WORLD by Karen Rivers / Algonquin Fall 19
DRAGON THIEF by Zetta Elliott / RandomKids Fall 19
INSECT SUPERPOWERS by Kate Messner / Chronicle Fall 19
BILLIE JEAN! by Mara Rockliff / Putnam, Fall 19
TAMING OF THE SHOE by Sarah Darer Littman / S&S Fall 19
FRESH NEW FACE OF GRISELDA by Jennifer Torres / LittleBrown, Fall 19
FEVER YEAR by Don Brown / HMH, Fall 19

UP VERSES DOWN by Calef Brown / Holt, Spring 19
GOOD BOY by Sergio Ruzzier / S&S, Spring 19
CORPSE & CROWN by Alisa Kwitney / Harper/Inkyard, Spring 19
HOW TO WALK AN ANT by Cindy Derby / Roaring Brook, Spring 19
VAMOS! LET'S GO TO THE MARKET by Raul the Third / HMH/Versify Spring 19
LOVE AND OTHER CURSES by Michael Thomas Ford / Spring 19
IVY & THE GOBLINS by Katherine Coville / Knopf, Spring 19
BIG IDEAS #1 - ROCKET TO THE MOON by Don Brown / HMH Spring 19
BRIAR, ROSE, AND JACK by Katherine Coville / HMH Spring 19

THE CHAOS OF NOW by Erin Jade Lange / Bloomsbury, Fall 18
HIDDEN PIECES by Paula Stokes / HarperTeen, Fall 18
LOWRIDERS, BLAST FROM THE PAST by Cathy Camper and Raul Gonzalez / Chronicle, Fall 18
YOU ARE THE EVERYTHING by Karen Rivers / Algonquin, Fall 18
ANYTHING BUT OKAY by Sarah Darer Littman / Scholastic, Fall 18
THE UNWANTED by Don Brown / HMH, Fall 18
DRAGONS IN A BAG by Zetta Elliott / Knopf, Fall 18
ELLA AND MONKEY AT SEA by Emilie Boon / Candlewick, Fall 18
FERGUS AND ZEKE AT THE SCIENCE FAIR by Kate Messner / Candlewick, Fall 18

BREAKOUT by Kate Messner / Bloomsbury, Summer, 18
MABEL AND SAM AT HOME by Linda Urban / Chronicle, Summer 18
FLOR AND MIRANDA STEAL THE SHOW by Jennifer Torres / LittleBrown, Summer 18
FRUIT BOWL by Mark Hoffmann / Knopf, Summer 18

THE BRILLIANT DEEP by Kate Messner / Chronicle, Spring 18
SUPERGIRL 2 by Jo Whittemore / Abrams, Spring 18
SUPERNORMAL SLEUTHING SERVICE 2 by Gwenda Bond and Christopher Rowe / HC/Greenwillow, Spring 18
FOX AND CHICK by Sergio Ruzzier / Chronicle, Spring 18
ROAD TRIP WITH MAX AND HIS MOM by Linda Urban / HMH, Spring 18
BACK FROM THE BRINK by Nancy Castaldo / HMH, Spring 18
BACKYARD FAIRIES by Phoebe Wahl / Knopf, Spring 18
POSSIBILITY OF WHALES by Karen Rivers / Algonquin, Spring 18
CADAVER AND QUEEN by Alisa Kwitney / HarlequinTeen, Spring 18

We handle film and performance rights and foreign rights, and have an established network of co-agents with whom we work.
Andrea Brown, President
Laura Rennert, Executive Agent
Caryn Wiseman, Senior Agent
Jennifer Laughran, Senior Agent
Jennifer Rofé, Senior Agent
Kelly Sonnack, Senior Agent
Jamie Weiss Chilton, Senior Agent
Jennifer Mattson, Agent
Kathleen Rushall, Agent
Lara Perkins, Agent
Jennifer March Soloway, Associate Agent
Taryn Fagerness, Subrights Manager
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
Nonfiction: 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 to 6 weeks.
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