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agent :
Linda Camacho
Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency
273 Charlton Avenue, South Orange, NJ 07079

Before I moved to Gallt & Zacker Literary, I was with Prospect Agency and held various roles on the publishing side. After graduating from Cornell in 2005, I interned at Simon & Schuster and Writers House literary agency, and worked at Penguin and Random House. Somewhere in there, I got an MFA in creative writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Besides books, I love chocolate, travel, and far too much TV. In terms of submissions, I'm pretty omnivorous. I indulge in a variety of categories and genres, ranging from picture book to adult, from clean and lighthearted contemporary to edgy and dark fantasy.

• MG and YA, both commercial and literary
• Graphic novels (writer-illustrators only)
• Select Picture Books (writer-illustrators only)
• Adult fiction across all genres (particularly romance/women's fiction, upmarket/book club fiction, and literary horror)
• Diversity of all types (ethnicity, disability, sexuality, etc.)


Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dykeman; illus. Zachariah O'Hora
If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano; illus. Erin E. Stead
The Arrival by Shaun Tan
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
Stolen by Lucy Christopher
Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis-Clause
Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
El Deafo by Cece Bell (graphic novel)
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
• March trilogy by John Lewis et al. (graphic novel)

• Rules of Scoundrels series by Sarah Maclean
• Forbidden Hearts series by Alisha Rai
Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas
Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe Fannie Flagg
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
Dietland by Sarai Walker
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore (nonfiction)
Hunger by Roxane Gay (nonfiction)
The Sculptor by Scott McCloud (graphic novel)
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (graphic novel)

General fiction, Romance, Fantasy/science fiction, Juvenile fiction, Women's fiction, Upmarket fiction, Select narrative nonfiction
Melissa de la Cruz's THE ISLE OF THE LOST, book one of the Descendants series, adapted by Robert Venditti, illustrated by Kat Fajardo, to Hannah Allaman and Emily Meehan at Disney-Hyperion, for publication in fall 2018, by Jason Grode at Grodehouse Management and Production for the adaptor, and Linda Camacho at Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency for the illustrator (world).

Jamie L.B. Deenihan's WHEN GRANDPA GIVES YOU A TOOLBOX, in which a boy who wants a dollhouse doesn't quite get what he asked for, illustrated by Lorraine Rocha, to Christina Pulles at Sterling Children's, in a nice deal, for publication in spring 2020, by Linda Camacho at Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency for the author, and by Stephanie Fretwell-Hill at Red Fox Literary for the illustrator (world).

Adriana Herrera's AMERICAN DREAMER, in which a New York City-bred, Dominican-American entrepreneur strikes out to bring Afro-Caribbean cuisine to the wilds of Upstate New York and falls for a shy, handsome, small-town librarian along the way, to Kerri Buckley at Carina Press, in a four-book deal, by Linda Camacho at Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency (world English).

2014 New Visions Award finalist Yamile Saied Mendez's ON THESE MAGIC SHORES, about a girl who wants to be a normal kid and grow up to be the first Latina president of the U.S., but with her mom missing and no family to help her, she fights to keep her sisters safe and out of foster care—with the help of a friend and some fairy dust, to Stacy Whitman at Tu Books, in a nice deal, for publication in 2020, by Linda Camacho at Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency (NA).

Olivia Valcarce and Aimee Friedman at Scholastic have acquired Yamile Saied Méndez's BLIZZARD BESTIES, in which a 12-year-old girl teams up with new friends at a ski resort to rescue her brother who might be stranded in a blizzard. Publication is scheduled for 2019; Linda Camacho at Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency handled the deal for world rights.

Author-illustrator Brenna Burns Yu's THE LOST EGG, the second book in the Hazel & Twig series, following this year's THE BIRTHDAY FORTUNE, featuring Korean-American mice sisters who find an egg and want to take it back home and keep it as a pet, to Andrea Tompa at Candlewick, by Linda Camacho at Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency (world).

Stephanie Rodriguez's DOODLES FROM THE BOOGIE DOWN, pitched as autobiographically inspired, following a young Latina in the Bronx, who navigates friendships and a strict mother as she carves out a place for herself in the world as a budding artist, to Joanna Cardenas at Penguin, for publication in spring 2020, by Linda Camacho at Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency.

Monica Kulling's IN THE PEA PICKERS CAMP, providing a look at the family behind Dorothea Lange's famous "Migrant Mother" photograph, to Sarah Dvojack illustrating, to Kristen Nobles at Page Street, for publication in Fall 2019, by Karen Grencik at Red Fox Literary for the author, and Linda Camacho at Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency for the illustrator (world).

Jamie LB Deenihan's WHEN GRANDMA GIVES YOU A LEMON TREE, illustrated by Lorraine Rocha, in which a child hopes for an electronic toy as a birthday gift, but receives an unexpected surprise, to Christina Pulles at Sterling Children's, for publication in spring 2019, by Linda Camacho at Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency for the author, and Stephanie Fretwell-Hill at Red Fox Literary for the illustrator.

Ali Fisher at Tor Teen has acquired FIVE MIDNIGHTS IN JULY by Ann Dávila Cardinal in a two-book deal. A twist on a Caribbean boogeyman myth set in contemporary Puerto Rico, the novel features a girl who is forced to spend the summer with her police commissioner uncle. While following his investigation into a series of grisly murders, she uncovers an ancient evil beyond the rule of law. Publication is set for 2019; Linda Camacho at Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency handled the deal for world English rights.

Yamile Saied Mendez's WHERE ARE YOU FROM?, illustrated by Jaime Kim, in which a girl who is asked where she's really from turns to her abuelo for the answer, to Clarissa Wong at Harper Children's, at auction, in a very nice deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in summer 2019, to Linda Camacho at Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency for the author and Claire Easton at Painted Words for the illustrator (world).

Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu's graphic novel based on their webcomic MOONCAKES, which follows long-lost childhood crushes as they struggle through bills, family, and the supernatural in ways that only a witch and a werewolf can, to Andrea Colvin at Lion Forge, with Hazel Newlevant editing, for publication in 2019, by Linda Camacho at Prospect Agency (world).

2017 RWA Golden Heart finalist Christina Hovland's CONFESSIONS, in which a television executive and a news reporter must pretend to be engaged on a hidden camera honeymoon, to Tera Cuskaden at Entangled Amara, for publication in spring 2018, by Linda Camacho at Prospect Agency (world).

VCFA alum Mary Lambert's debut OUT THE WINDOW, which follows a girl struggling to navigate friendships and her first crush, help her little sister, and maintain her own uncluttered life while living with a hoarding mother, to Emily Seife at Scholastic, for publication in 2017, by Linda Camacho at Prospect Agency (world English).

• Latinx in Publishing
• POC in Publishing

• Romance Writers of America NY - Agent of the Year, Golden Apple Award 2016
• Featured in Latino Leaders Magazine, September 2015

International Rights: Ellen K. Greenberg,
Please email, and in the subject line, please write your last name and the title of your manuscript.

Then, in the body of the e-mail, include a query letter with the following:

• Who you are (please include your website if you have one)
• What your manuscript is about or a description of your artistry
• How you came to write that story or draw those illustrations
• Why you are querying that specific agent
• A sample of your work keeping the following in mind:
• If you are a writer, include the first 2000 words (or less, for full picture book texts) pasted in the body of the e-mail (no attachments).
• If you are an illustrator, author/illustrator, or graphic novelist, please include a link to your website or online portfolio.
• If you have a dummy or sample illustration pages available and they cannot be accessed online, you are welcome to attach that as one PDF.

Otherwise, again, do not include attachments.

We endeavor to respond to all queries within 4-6 weeks. If we haven’t done so in that timeframe, please feel free to nudge me.

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