Laurel Symonds

Literary Agent

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  • Young adult fiction
  • Middle grade fiction
  • Picture book and chapter book author-illustrators
  • Children’s illustration
  • Children’s nonfiction
  • Children’s and young adult graphic novels
  • Adult fiction
  • Adult nonfiction

I began my publishing career in the editorial department of HarperCollins Children’s Books/Katherine Tegen Books in New York City. In the past decade, I have also held positions in the marketing department at a small publishing house, in a library, and as a bookseller at one of the nation’s best independent bookstores. I joined The Bent Agency in Fall 2018. What I love most about agenting is being the author’s number one cheerleader through all these parts of the publication process.

On a personal note, when I’m not reading, I enjoy baking, hiking, and spending time with my dog, Sherlock. Raised in rural New England and having spent a decade in New York City, London, and Chicago, I’m thrilled to have recently settled in the Pacific Northwest.

I am seeking young adult and middle grade fiction with a special interest in contemporary and fantasy-with-a-twist. I look for engaging voices, commercial hooks, and immersive worlds. My YA tastes are pretty commercial whereas my middle grade tastes can skew more literary and I’m especially interested in middle grade that might lend itself to illustration.

For picture books, graphic novels, and other illustrated work, my tastes are diverse, ranging from sophisticated to quirky to gently humorous. I am interested in art in all mediums, but especially appreciate a smart use of color and perspective.

I also represent select nonfiction for children and young adults, especially projects about STEM or history with age-appropriate hooks and series potential.

In every category, I am seeking voices that have previously been underrepresented and stories that have been overlooked.

With a background that has allowed me to work in many sides of the publishing industry, I’m looking forward to partnering with you on your publishing journey!

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