Well, some very exciting news, folks: industry pro Molly Ker Hawn has joined the Bent Agency to open a London office and I am thrilled to bits. She’ll be repping exclusively children’s books. Her bio and submission guidelines can be found at http://www.thebentagency.com/submissions.html:
“My time in the children’s publishing industry has included editorial roles at Chronicle Books and Dial Books for Young Readers, early social media development for a major teen magazine, and serving as National Programs Director at the Children’s Book Council, the trade association of American children’s book publishers. I’ve also been a bookseller, and I’m a past board member of the United States Board on Books for Young People.
I live in London and I work with authors and publishers both in the U.K. and the U.S. I’ve bounced back and forth from America to England since I was a teenager: I grew up in Northern California, lived for a time in the West Country, read English at Cambridge University, spent many years in New York City, and now live a stone’s throw from the River Thames.”
You can query Molly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I asked her to say a few words, and so, now, OVER TO MOLLY:
Hi everyone —
The agency website’s been updated and PW’s been alerted, so now it’s officially official and I can tell the world: I’ve joined the Bent Agency! And I’m so excited I almost can’t stand it. I’m thrilled to be joining such a terrific team and I can’t wait to see what the slush pile brings. I’ve already found a manuscript that’s absolutely gorgeous, and if it’s any sign of what’s to come, then 2012 is going to be a corker of a year. On my wish list:
• Contemporary romance
• Historical fiction
• Thrillers (a fabulous historical thriller would really make my day)
• Something fun about time travel
• Science fiction, particularly for the middlegrade audience — I love a good spaceship
• Anything at all with a great sibling relationship
• Nothing with zombies, werewolves, vampires, fairies, or monsters made of spare parts
In the meantime, I’m in the middle of Jason Wallace’s extraordinary OUT OF SHADOWS, trying not to watch the HUNGER GAMES trailer more than three times a day, and waiting to hear my local council’s announcement about cuts to our public library services. The nights are getting colder here in London, perfect for holing up with a book — what will you be reading?