Storm Literary Agency

Boutique literary agency representing quality children's literature from exceptional authors and illustrators

First, there was a  teacher who loved books almost as much as she loved little children. Then, there was an artist who loved pirates, almost as much as he loved cats. As it turns out, that artist could also write, and that teacher loved the pirate stories he wrote. And she shared those stories with the children she taught. The children loved the pirate stories; they also loved the cats. They wanted more stories with pirates and cats. They also wanted an adventure! And the stories gave them so many adventures! And that is that: Storm Literary Agency came about because it needed to. The children requested it. And so did the cats. 

Storm Literary Agency welcomes submissions from unique and talented authors and illustrators, those who are not afraid to embrace their capacity to teach, to entertain, to engage and to honor young people who, hopefully, will be changed by the work represented here.

 
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We thank you for your interest! 

If you think you might be a good fit for Storm Literary Agency and would like us to consider your work for representation, please submit to one agent at a time while following that agent’s guidelines:

Fiction:

Essie White, Literary Agent/Partner:

Essie White is CLOSED to submissions at this time. If you are contemplating submitting when she reopens, please familiarize yourself with her guidelines:

Please send the first three chapters with an appropriate pitch and very brief synopsis to stormliteraryagency@gmail.com. No attachments please.

Victoria Selvaggio, Literary Agent/Partner:

Victoria Selvaggio is CLOSED to submissions at this time. If you are contemplating submitting when she reopens, please familiarize yourself with her guidelines:

Please email (only) to vicki.stormliteraryagency@gmail.com and put the title of your manuscript in the subject line of your email. Please send the first twenty pages of the manuscript in the body of your email (for picture book manuscripts—send the full manuscript), along with a query letter.

Jacqui Lipton, Associate Literary Agent:

Jacqui Lipton is CURRENTLY SEEKING SUBMISSIONS for middle grade and young adult, both fiction and nonfiction. While she’ll consider all genres (so please send anything!), she has a particular interest in science fiction, a good contemporary romance, retellings of classic stories, and mysteries of all kinds. She’ll consider fantasy and urban fantasy, although (sorry to say) dragons and high fantasy aren’t really her thing so if you’re the next George R.R. Martin, you might be better off submitting to someone else!

Please email (only) to: jacqui.stormliteraryagency@gmail.com with QUERY: TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT in the subject line. It’s a good idea to also include whether it’s middle grade or YA. Please send your query letter and the first twenty pages of the manuscript in the body of your email. It is fine to note any other submission-ready and/or projects you’re working on in your query letter.

Heather Cashman, Associate Literary Agent:

Heather Cashman is CURRENTLY SEEKING SUBMISSIONS for middle grade and young adult, both fiction and nonfiction. For fiction, she’ll consider all genres and loves a good genre splice. For non-fiction, anything that takes her back to those days in the library when she wanted to learn about someone, something, and somewhere new. For all writing, Heather enjoys unique characters formed from their own experiences in a unique world. The characters need to feel real with a distinct voice from the first line. Thematic elements and strong character arcs are a must. She loves commercial fiction that has a literary flair and inclusive books that bring us together as citizens of the world.

Please email (only) to: heather.stormliteraryagency@gmail.com with "Query TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT" in the subject line of your email. (No need for the quotes.) For middle grade and young adult, send the first twenty pages in the body of your email below your query letter and signature. If interested, she'll contact you for the full. Please, don't send any more information for this project than what has been requested, especially if she’s passed on your original submission. No reply to a rejection is needed. If you’ve made significant rewrites on a manuscript and it still fits Heather’s updated wish lists, you can resubmit it after six months. Links to social media platforms are appreciated.

Nonfiction:

Essie White, Literary Agent/Partner:

Essie White is CLOSED to submissions at this time. If you are contemplating submitting when she reopens, please familiarize yourself with her guidelines:

Please enclose the project proposal, pitch/hook, and sample to stormliteraryagency@gmail.com. No attachments please.

Victoria Selvaggio, Literary Agent/Partner:

Victoria Selvaggio is CLOSED to submissions at this time. If you are contemplating submitting when she reopens, please familiarize yourself with her guidelines:

Please email (only) to vicki.stormliteraryagency@gmail.com and put the title of your manuscript in the subject line of your email. An attachment of the entire proposal as a Word document (the proposal should include a sample chapter and other proposal components) is fine, but please include the cover letter in the body of your email (it should be within the proposal too).

Jacqui Lipton, Associate Literary Agent:

Jacqui Lipton is CURRENTLY SEEKING SUBMISSIONS for middle grade and young adult, both fiction and nonfiction. While she’ll consider all genres (so please send anything!), she has a particular interest in science fiction, a good contemporary romance, retellings of classic stories, and mysteries of all kinds. She’ll consider fantasy and urban fantasy, although (sorry to say) dragons and high fantasy aren’t really her thing so if you’re the next George R.R. Martin, you might be better off submitting to someone else!

Please email (only) to: jacqui.stormliteraryagency@gmail.com with QUERY: TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT in the subject line. It’s a good idea to also include whether it’s middle grade or YA. Please send your query letter, proposal, and a sample chapter in the body of your email. It is fine to note any other submission-ready and/or projects you’re working on in your query letter.

Heather Cashman, Associate Literary Agent:

Heather Cashman is CURRENTLY SEEKING SUBMISSIONS for middle grade and young adult, both fiction and nonfiction. For fiction, she’ll consider all genres and loves a good genre splice. For non-fiction, anything that takes her back to those days in the library when she wanted to learn about someone, something, and somewhere new. For all writing, Heather enjoys unique characters formed from their own experiences in a unique world. The characters need to feel real with a distinct voice from the first line. Thematic elements and strong character arcs are a must. She loves commercial fiction that has a literary flair and inclusive books that bring us together as citizens of the world.

Please email (only) to: heather.stormliteraryagency@gmail.com with "Query TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT" in the subject line of your email. (No need for the quotes.) Please send a query, signature with social media links and relevant information for your platform, and the proposal attached as a Word doc(x). The proposal should include a sample chapter.

For all submissions:

Please send only ONE project/proposal or manuscript (if requested) at a time. If we desire to read more work, we will request it. If we want to read the full manuscript of any submitted piece, we will request that as well. Please do not send additional work to us if we have passed on your original submission, unless requested to do so and/or if agent’s guidelines note different instructions.

Please submit to ONE agent at a time.

All material should include a query letter with appropriate contact information.

For Illustrators:

We love art, almost as much as we love literature. If you would like us to consider your work, please send us an appropriate query including information about yourself, and your work, as well as a link to an online portfolio. No attachments please, though, unless requested.

Opting for snail mail?

If opting to mail material, please never send an original of anything. Due to the amount of submissions we receive, we are unable to return material.

Storm Literary Agency

P.O. Box 40

Mound, MN   55364

USA

For general emails:

General emails can be directed to stormliteraryagency@gmail.com

The Querying Process:

We understand the tremendous desire to find an appropriate agent, with the hopes of subsequently securing an ideal publisher for your work. We realize there is a sense of urgency as you send your work off into the world. But we are a small agency. Our response time may be anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks (and possibly longer), depending on the projects at hand.  If we find that we are not able to represent your project, we will always attempt to provide appropriate feedback of some sort, realizing the path to publication is a journey, and not always a fast one!

Best of luck!      

~Essie