The Directory of Literary Agents
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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.
Rick Margolis is the founder and owner of Rising Bear Literary Agency. For nearly 15 years, he worked for School Library Journal, the world’s largest reviewer of books for young readers. As SLJ ’s executive editor, he has the pleasure of interviewing many remarkable children’s book creators, including Kate DiCamillo, Mo Willems, Katherine Paterson, Gene Yang, Rita Williams-Garcia, Markus Zusak, Rebecca Stead, and Jon Klassen. One of the best parts of his job was writing a monthly interview column, “Under Cover,” which highlighted new and promising authors and illustrators (like John Green, Suzanne Collins, and Stephenie Meyer) who went on to have amazing careers. Along the way, he also met many publishers and children’s book editors. Because he has read so much and so widely, he has a strong sense of the stories that appeal to them, and he knows the literary market well. And for some reason, almost every year he was able to predict the winner of the Caldecott Medal, which honors the year’s best-illustrated book.
Although he loved his stint at SLJ, he was ready for a new challenge. But not just any job would do.
He wanted to find one that felt like his true calling—one that he was wild about—and that could contribute something of value to the world. He also wanted to stay connected to kids’ books—because he loves them and because he was once a reading specialist (working with students who struggled to read) and he knows firsthand what a profound difference the right book can make in a young person’s life.
To make a long story short, after lots of praying and scores of meetings with some very insightful folks (and a fair amount of snacking), he launched Rising Bear Literary Agency, LLC, specializing in what he most love: picture books, early- and middle-grade fiction, young adult literature, and adult novels with unforgettable teen characters.
This literary agent represents:
FICTION: Chapter Book * Children’s Fiction * Juvenile Fiction * Middle Grade Fiction * Picture Book * Young Adult Fiction * New Adult *
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