Laura Dail Literary Agency

Submissions

SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES

LDLA is always excited to find new talent. If you love our books and think your project is a good match, please consider submitting your work. But please carefully review what category* each agent represents before querying. Diversity is highly prioritized.


  • Laura Dail: Closed to submissions.

  • Elana Roth Parker: Commercial and high-concept middle-grade and young adult fiction (all genres, but maybe avoid Christmas, talking animal books, or anything nightmare-inducing); narrative non-fiction for children and teens; picture books from author/illustrators only. Read Elana's MSWL.

  • Carrie Pestritto: Narrative non-fiction; biography/memoir; commercial fiction with a literary twist; fresh chick-lit; romance; upmarket women's fiction; near-historical fiction (from about the Gilded Age on); mystery/thrillers for a female audience, as well as cozies. High-concept YA fantasy, especially diverse fantasy; diverse YA and upper MG; MG with a quirky voice; biographical, educational, or cultural picture books. Read Carrie's MSWL.

  • Samantha Fabien: Commercial and high-concept adult fiction; Non-western historical fiction (specifically on the lookout for stories set in 1600s-1800s or 1920s-1970s); Psychological thrillers; Fresh, unique rom-coms; Contemporary MG and YA (especially re-imaginings of classic tales); Grounded YA fantasy with rich characters and world building; All things diverse and #ownvoices. Read Samantha’s MSWL.

*Please note that LDLA does NOT represent screenplays, poetry, or illustrated adult books. We also do not accept queries or manuscripts in Spanish.


POLICIES AND COURTESIES

LDLA accepts email submissions only, so please follow the directions below closely. We do our best to answer every query letter within 2-4 weeks. If you receive a manuscript request, response time is closer to 8-10 weeks. Please wait to follow up until after the full length of time has elapsed. However, if you receive an offer of representation from another agent, please let us know immediately so we can respond within the timeframe you require.

Please only submit to one agent at a time* with one project at a time, making sure that your manuscript or proposal is complete and ready to be sent if requested. You may submit to another agent if one passes.

*If you are querying after a Twitter pitch contest such as #pitmad or #DVpit, and more than one LDLA agent has liked your tweet, you may query simultaneously. We just ask that you let us know if more than one of us is considering your project.


DIRECTIONS

  • Send a concise email query letter to: QUERIES [at] LDLAINC [dot] COM

  • Along with your book's title, please include the NAME OF THE AGENT you are querying in the subject field. This helps guarantee that your submission ends up in the right person's queue. (Example subject line: QUERY: TITLE for AGENT)

  • Your query letter should include a short pitch, a short plot summary, and a short bio. Please also include publisher submission history and previous publishing credits, if applicable. If you are a debut author, do not worry.

  • After your query letter, paste the FIRST 5-10 PAGES of your novel into the body of the email. Your writing sample MUST be pasted into the email, as we do not open unrequested attachments of any kind. You may also include a synopsis, but it's not required.

  • If you are an author/illustrator, we highly recommend creating an online portfolio, which you can link to in your query instead of attaching sample artwork to an email. (Recommendation: If you like the way this site looks, then you'll love Squarespace.)

  • Please do not query on a second, or third, project until we've replied to your first query.