Monday, October 3, 2011

The Agent = Ammi-Joan Paquette of Erin Murphy Literary Agency

This month's agent was Ammi-Joan Paquette of Erin Murphy Literary Agency! If you'd like more information about Ms. Paquette (besides what you can glean from her QueryTracker page and agency website), you might follow these other links:

Ms. Paquette's author website
Absolute Write's subforum on Ms. Paquette's agency

And now for a few quick blurbs.

From Erin Murphy Literary Agency's "About" page: "Joan joined EMLA in spring 2009 as an associate agent after working in the editorial area of educational software development. In the last few years she has placed dozens of manuscripts with editors and is especially passionate about connecting with and launching the careers of debut authors. As the “East Coast branch” of EMLA, Joan works from her home office in Massachusetts, with long-distance support from the main Flagstaff office. She represents all forms of children's and young adult literature, but is most excited by a strong lyrical voice, tight plotting with surprising twists and turns, and stories told with heart and resonance that will stand the test of time.

An EMLA client herself, Joan is also the author of a picture book, THE TIPTOE GUIDE TO TRACKING FAIRIES (Tanglewood, 2009), a mid-grade novel NOWHERE GIRL (Walker, 2011), and several other books due out in the next few years. When she is not on the phone, answering e-mail, or writing, you will most likely find Joan curled up with a book. Or baking something delicious. Or talking about something delicious she's baked. Really, after books and food, what else is there worth saying?"

From Erin Murphy Literary Agency's submission policy: "EMLA is closed to unsolicited queries or submissions. We consider queries that come to us by referral from industry professionals we know, and individual agents are open to queries from attendees of conferecnes where they speak. If you have met us at a conference or have a referral please paste your query into the contact form on this page. Please note that we are no longer responding to unsolicited queries or submissions sent in hard copy form via post or other means, and those sent via e-mail will receive a form rejection."

You should note that the Erin Murphy Literary Agency is generally CLOSED TO UNSOLICITED QUERIES AND SUBMISSIONS. However, if Ms. Paquette mentioned she wasn't necessarily interested in the manuscript you submitted to "An Agent's Inbox" but was interested in seeing future work, YOUR QUERY NO LONGER QUALIFIES AS UNSOLICITED. That's huge, guys. HUGE. So make sure you add Ms. Paquette to your to-query-someday lists if you're in that group.

That's all for now! Winners coming up sometime in the next couple of hours...


Michael G-G said...

That is impressive, Krista. You got connections!

This is a stellar agency, and Ms. Paquette represents one of my fave books of last year, Trent Reedy's Words in the Dust.

I was particularly impressed by the speed at which the agent (now no longer secret) got down to business and with the comments she gave. Good luck to all the winners!

Leigh Ann said...

I've said it once and I'll say it again - you are a rock star.

I'm sure she'll clarify...but if Ms. Paquette said she *might* or *would probably* read on, that DOES NOT count as a solicitation, correct?

Thanks again for another amazing round! You not only got a fabulous agent, but a wildly talented bunch of writers to submit. It was a blast.

Janet Johnson said...

Wow, you do have connections! Awesome agent. And I, too, was really impressed with how fast she got through FIFTY of these. Amazing!

Janice Sperry said...

Wow. I'm in that group. (Breathe) My next manuscript is no where near complete. I've got to get to work!

Lori M. Lee said...

Very cool. Best of luck to everyone, and thanks so much to both Krista and Ms. Paquette for putting this together!

Krista Van Dolzer said...

Michael, it's not so much that I have connections but that I'm good at sending e-mails:) I swear, all I do is ask; it's these awesome agents who take the time to answer.

Leigh Ann, I went back and read Ms. Paquette's comments on your entry, and I would say, go for it! I think she definitely left the door open for you, so if you think Ms. Paquette would be a good fit for you and your manuscript, I'd give it a try.

Yes, Janet, kudos to Ms. Paquette for burning through these entries - and leaving meaningful feedback along the way.

Good luck with that next project, Janice (and with this one, too)!

You're so welcome, Lori!

A.L. Sonnichsen said...

Yay for Joan Paquette! She is so awesome. The winners are very lucky, indeed!


Krista Van Dolzer said...

Ditto, Amy!