The Directory of Literary Agents
7 Insider Secrets to Get a Top Agent, Publisher, and Book Deal
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Literary Agent Directory
Important: Visit each agent’s website (links in their listings below) to see if they’re open to submissions before querying.
Melanie Kroupa is a literary agent with Rubin Pfeffer Content, LLC. has had the pleasure of working with wonderfully creative authors and illustrators for many years, creating books for children and YA at publishers such as Houghton Mifflin, Joy Street Books/Little Brown, the Atlantic Monthly Press and Farrar, Straus and Giroux, often under her Melanie Kroupa Books imprint. She also developed and taught the course “Editing Books for Children and YA” in the Simmons Children’s Literature Program.
Among the books, she has edited are Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose (winner of the National Book Award, a Newbery Honor Book, and a Sibert Honor Book), Forgotten Fire by Adam Bagdasarian (a first novel and National Book Award finalist); My Name is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson (a National Book Award finalist) and Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood, a first book/memoir by Ibtisam Barakat (a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year).
Picture books she’s edited include many best-selling Arthur books by Marc Brown, as well as Hush! by Minfong Ho, illustrated by Holly Meade (A Caldecott Honor Book), Janice Harrington’s The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County illustrated by Shelley Jackson (four starred reviews), and Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen by Cari Best, illustrated by Christine Davenier, (a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year).
Melanie is now happily representing a small select group of authors including Lynne Bertrand, whose first novel, City of the Uncommon Thief, was recently hailed as “a literary Rubik’s cube…genre-defying fiction at its finest” by BOOKPAGE (Starred Review). She looks for a distinctive, compelling voice, strong characterization, and fiction and non-fiction that create a strong emotional response. Most of all, she loves discovering new voices – and nurturing them.
This literary agent represents:
FICTION: Chapter Book * Children’s Fiction * Juvenile Fiction * Middle Grade Fiction * Picture Book * Young Adult Fiction *
NONFICTION: Juvenile * Middle Grade * Young Adult *
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