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Sarah Yake
Frances Collin Literary Agency
NAAMAH by Sarah Blake Riverhead April 9, 2019 "[A] wild and superbly intelligent reimagining.... " --Joan Silber, The New York Times Book Review. "A poetic debut of biblical proportions." *starred* Kirkus review

Sarah Yake has been with the agency since 2005 and handles foreign and sub-rights as well as her own client list. She has been a sales rep for a major publisher and a bookstore manager. She currently teaches in the Rosemont College Graduate Publishing Program and holds an MA in English Literature.

Please note that we are closed to queries until October 1, 2019. When we are open to queries, Sarah welcomes literary and commercial fiction and is especially interested in work where the arts intersect. She loves books about women, solitude, wilderness, and any combination(s) thereof and would love to see more work that incorporates the visual arts and prose by authors who are also poets. Details can be found below under "submission requirements" and even more details can be found on the Manuscript Wish List page:

The agency represents the Estates of John Williams (STONER, BUTCHER'S CROSSING, AUGUSTUS), Vonda N. McIntyre (DREAMSNAKE) and Esther Forbes (JOHNNY TREMAIN), among others.

Fran Collin is the Trustee for the Estate of Rachel Carson (SILENT SPRING, THE SENSE OF WONDER, THE SEA AROUND US, THE EDGE OF THE SEA and UNDER THE SEA-WIND).

Formerly the Marie Rodell-Frances Collin Literary Agency. Celebrating 71 years as an agency!

years experience: 25 in the industry
General fiction, Biography, Literary Fiction, Hybrid work, Commercial Fiction, CNF
Sarah Blake, Nadine Darling, Kirsten Kaschock, Wendy Sparrow/Wendy Laine, Christopher Merkner, Barbara Hambly, Marilyn Hacker, Caroline Stevermer, Ann S. Epstein, Ana Veciana-Suarez, the Estate of John Williams, the Estate of Rachel Carson, the Estate of Vonda N. McIntyre, the Estate of Esther Forbes, the Estate of Oliver La Farge, the Estate of Robert Bright and the Estate of Hal Borland.
NAAMAH by Sarah Blake, Riverhead April 9, 2019: “[A] wild and superbly intelligent reimagining . . . It also left me with an abiding admiration for the writer’s charged powers of imagination.” —Joan Silber, New York Times Book Review. "A new myth-making triumph" -Lidia Yuknavitch. "A poetic debut of biblical proportions." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review,

SECRETS OF SKIN AND STONE by Wendy Sparrow writing as Wendy Laine. June 5, 2017 Entangled Teen. #ownvoices YA debut.

Nadine Darling's debut SHE CAME FROM BEYOND! Winner of the Mclaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize! The Overlook Press, paperback November 22, 2016 (hardcover October 2015). Wall Street Journal, Saturday/Sunday December 10-11, 2016, Books of the Year, "Who Read What This Year," chosen by John Bloom: "each sentence is a perfect little confection of wry wordcraft emanating from a wise and deeply disturbed place"

"Darling crafts a debut novel that’s truly like nothing else." Kirkus; "Darling’s debut offers an enjoyable blend of wackiness and wisdom." Publishers Weekly; "The stories of Lorrie Moore have met the world of 'The Simpsons,' the 'Halloween' franchise and 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' — and then some — and the result is a beautifully strange, unexpected love-child: Nadine Darling’s debut novel 'She Came From Beyond!'" Matt Mullen, WBUR

Vonda N. McIntyre's THE MOON AND THE SUN: Paramount Pictures release, date to be announced. 1998 Nebula Award winner. Rights licensed in the UK, France, Italy, Turkey, Russia, Spain, Hungary, Germany, Thailand, and China.

John Williams: STONER (called "a perfect novel" by Morris Dickstein in The New York Times June 17, 2007); over 2 MILLION copies sold world-wide and counting. 50th Anniversary Hardcover edition published by New York Review Books in November 2015. Vintage UK edition was the WATERSTONES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2013; a #1 best-seller in Holland; two years on the Der Spiegel hardcover/mass market best-seller lists in German; best-seller in the UK, France, Italy, Israel, Spain, Denmark, Norway and in the Catalan language. Published in Turkey, Bulgaria, Brazil, Korea, China (both Complex Character and Simplified Character), Poland, Finland, Sweden, Russia, the Czech Republic and Argentina, Greece, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Albania, Slovakia, Serbia and in Arabic.

BUTCHER'S CROSSING, best-seller in Holland and Germany (Der Spiegel Hardcover Bestseller list, 2015); also published in the UK, Italy, Israel, Spain, Denmark, Korea, France, Portugal, Sweden, Chinese (both Complex character and Simplified character), Brazil, Norway, Finland and in the Catalan language.

AUGUSTUS (National Book Award 1973), Just published by DTV in Germany on September 23, 2016; #1 best-seller in Holland September 2014! Reissued by New York Review Books August 2014. Translations in print or forthcoming in Italy, Spain, Israel, Bulgaria, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Korea, China, Greece, Croatia and in Catalan and Latin!

NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT, Williams' first novel. Translations in print in Holland, Italy, Germany, and forthcoming in the UK.

Barbara Hambly's MURDER IN JULY, #15 in the Benjamin January mystery series, August/December 2017 (starred PW review), and PALE GUARDIAN, #7 in her vampire series, Severn House, December 2016/April 2017.

Kirsten Kaschock: SLEIGHT (Coffee House Press), her debut novel; THE DOTTERY, published by U Pittsburgh Press, chosen by D.A. Powell for the Donald Hall AWP Award; CON SCI-FI: A PRIMER, Subito Press 2017.

Wendy Sparrow's 3-book Taming the Pack series (including book #2, THIS WEAKNESS FOR YOU, 2015 Holt Medallion Award of Merit recipient), Entangled.

Poet and author of the unauthorized Kanye West lyric biography MR. WEST Sarah Blake's NAAMAH, a literary reimagining of the story of the wife of Noah, the little-known woman who effectively rescues life on earth in the wake of the great flood, all while mourning her lost lover, interacting with guises of the divine, and grappling with her own will to survive, to Cal Morgan at Riverhead, in a pre-empt, by Sarah Yake at Frances Collin Literary Agent (World).

Rachel Carson was included in the Library of America in March 2018. Oxford UP reissued THE SEA AROUND US with a new Introduction by Sylvia Earle in November 2018.

John Williams will be included in the Library of America in 2020.

Wendy Sparrow writing as Wendy Laine's SECRETS OF SKIN AND STONE, pitched as Beautiful Creatures meets True Blood, when a girl with OCD and a secret meets a teenage gargoyle who has been summoned to Hidden Creek to rid the sleepy town of shades, and he discovers a very human mystery that could derail his birthright, to Kate Brauning at Entangled Teen, for publication in Summer 2017 (World English).

THE MOON AND THE SUN by Vonda N. McIntyre (Film forthcoming): UK (Jo Fletcher Books/Quercus), Spanish (Ediciones B), German (Bastei Lubbe), Tukish (Ithaki), French (Le Livre de Poche), Russian (Azbooka-Atticus), Hungarian (Maxim), Thai (Amarin) and Simplified Chinese (Winshare).

STONER by John Williams, best-seller in France in a translation by French author Anna Gavalda (Le Dilettante, J'ai Lu and Loisirs) and also a best-seller in Spanish (Ediciones Baile del Sol), Latin American Spaniah (Fiordo), Italian (Fazi), Hebrew (Yedioth), #1 best-seller in Dutch (Lebowski), over 1 year on the Der Spiegel bestseller list in Germany (DTV), the UK (Vintage), Catalan (Ediciones 62), Turkish (Koton Kitap), Portuguese/Brazil (Editora Absurdaventura), Portuguese/Portugal (Dom Quixote), Norwegian (Cappelen Damm), Danish (Lindhardt & Ringhof) Chinese (CM Publishing Co. Ltd., Complex Chinese Character rights, ex. Mainland China) Bulgarian (Labyrith), Russian (Astrel), Finnish (Bazar), Swedish (Natur and Kultur), Korean (Random House), Simplified Chinese Character (Horizon Media,ex. Hong Kong and Macau), Polish (Sonia Draga), Greek (Gutenberg), Slovene (Mladinska), Romanian (Polirom), Czech (Kniha Zlin), Croatian (Fraktura), Latvian (Zvaigzne ABC), Lithuanian (Baltos lankos), Slovak (Artforum), Albanian (IDK), Spanish/Argentina (Fiordo Editorial via Ediciones Baile del Sol), Arabic (Dar Athar), Ukrainian (Ranok) and Turkish (Yapi Kredi).

BUTCHER'S CROSSING by John Williams, published in Italian (Fazi) and Dutch (Lebowski), Spanish (Lumen/Random House Mondadori), German (DTV, March 2015),in the UK (Vintage UK), Danish (Lindhardt & Ringhof), Hebrew (Yedioth), Turkish (Yapi Krdei), Chinese (Horizon Media), Brazil/Portuguese (Absurdaventura), Finnish (Bazar), Swedish (Natur & Kultur), Norwegian (CappelenDamm), Korean (Opus), French (Piranha), Bulgarian (Labyrinth), and Serbian (Plato).

AUGUSTUS by John Williams, new US editon New York Review Books. #1 bestseller in Dutch (Lebowski). Published in Italian (Fazi), Hebrew (Yedioth), Spanish (Ediciones Pamies), Catalan (Ediciones 62), Bulgarian (Labyrinth),in the UK (Vintage), German (DTV), Latin (Lebowski), Norwegian (CappelenDamm), Swedish (Natur and Kultur), Danish (Lindhardt & Ringhof), Finnish (Bazar), Greek (Dardanos), Croatian (Fraktura), Chinese (Horizon and Chi Ming), Korean (GU-Fic), French (Piranha), Portuguese/Brazil (Editora Radio Londres), Ukrainian (Ranok), Turkish (Yapi Kredi) and Japanese (Sakuhin Sha).

NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT by John Williams, New US reprint edition February 12, 2019 from New York Review Books! US Audio, Blackstone 2018. Holland (Lebowski), Italy (Fazi), Germany (DTV), the UK (Vintage Classics), Turkish (Yapi Kredi) and in the Catalan language (Ediciones 62).

Sarah Yake, AAR, AWP, #Binders, Authors Guild
Fran Collin, AAR
**Please note that we are currently closed to queries. We regret that any queries sent at this time will be deleted unread. We plan to reopen to queries on October 1, 2019** At that time, we ask that writers send a query email describing the project AND paste the first 5 pages of the manuscript into the body of the email. We look forward to hearing from you in the future: (Please send queries to that email address. Any queries sent to another email address within the agency will be deleted unread.)