SUBMISSION INFORMATION AND GUIDELINES
The Seymour Agency is currently OPEN to submissions.
Nicole Resciniti accepts queries in the following genres:
Action/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Cozies and Amateur Sleuth, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and YA/Children's/MG and all Romance, Women's Fiction, Inspirational and Cookbooks.
To query Nicole Resciniti:
Julie Gwinn accepts queries in the following genres:
Women's Fiction, Romance (contemporary, historical, suspense, inspy. Amish) Spec Fiction and Fantasy, Mysteries and Suspense, Inspirational Fiction and Non-fiction, Historical Fiction.
To query Julie Gwinn:
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Poteet accepts queries in the following genres:
Romance (suspense, historical, contemporary), Cozy Mystery,
New Adult and Young Adult
Please no Poetry, Picture Books, or Literary Fiction novels.
To query Lizzie Poteet:
Tina Wainscott accepts queries in the following genres:
Prescriptive, Self-Help, and Spirituality Non-fiction.
To query Tina Wainscott:
Jennifer Wills accepts queries in the following genres:
Picture Books and Cookbooks. For Fiction, Middle Grade and Young Adult: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror/Suspense, or contemporary and upmarket Women's Fiction with a sense of humor. For Non-Fiction: Narrative Non-Fiction and Memoir.
To query Jennifer Wills:
Lynnette Novak accepts queries in the following genres:
In adult fiction: thrillers, psychological suspense, horror, contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and mysteries (traditional, amateur sleuth, and cozy).
In young adult fiction: thrillers, psychological suspense, horror, mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, and contemporary.
In middle grade fiction: fantasy, sci-fi, action/adventure, mystery, contemporary, horror, and humor.
In children’s fiction: picture books (non-rhyming preferred).
To query Lynnette Novak:
Lesley Sabga accepts queries in the following genres:
For Fiction, Young Adult and Adult: Fantasy, Women's Fiction, Book Club Fiction, all Romance and Mysteries/Thrillers.
For Middle Grade: Fantasy, Contemporary, Historical, Humor, Action/Adventure, mysteries.
To query Lesley Sabga:
Michael L Joy accepts queries in the following genres:
In Adult Fiction: Mystery, Crime, Suspense, Thrillers, and Graphic Novels (in script form)
In Non-Fiction: Art, Music, Pop Culture, True Crime, Business Self-Help, Graphic Novels
To query Michael L Joy:
For email queries, a one page letter will suffice. No attachments, please. All of The Seymour Agency Agents prefer email queries and ask that you paste the first five pages of your manuscript into the bottom of your email.
Be sure to include:
A great pitch for your book, 3-5 lines long. This helps us to immediately see what the hook is, as well as what the story is about.
Contact Information and Bio
References (conference, recommendation, etc.)
In the interest of protecting the environment, please forward all submissions electronically.
Please query one agent at a time, however if that agent passes on a project please feel free to query another Seymour agent.
We make a conscious effort to reply to every query we receive. If you do not receive a request for additional materials within three weeks, you should assume that we are not interested in that particular project.
Please know that our opinion is but one, and another agent may feel differently. We wish you the very best in all of your writing endeavors! Thank you for your interest in The Seymour Agency!
HELPFUL ADVICE FOR AUTHORS WHO ARE SUBMITTING
First impressions count. Use spellcheck and format your manuscript properly
(1" margins, 12pt font, Header with title, page #, author name).
Beware of typos.
Avoid passive writing.
Do your homework. Know your target audience and genre.
Be unique. Every theme/storyline has been done before. What makes your manuscript different?
Edit. Edit. Edit. Make sure your story begins in the right place, that secondary characters don't steal the show, and the tension escalates.
Every agent/editor/reader wants a book they can't stop reading, be mindful of pacing.
Create characters a reader will care about.
Typing "The End" is only the beginning. Be prepared to promote and market both your book and your brand. For example, blogspots and websites build readership and establish an online presence.
Networking through writing groups and formal organizations (ACFW, RWA, MWA, FWA) can introduce you to new friends, critique partners, and offer resources tailored to your genre.
Develop your craft and DON'T STOP WRITING. Writers improve with every manuscript, and completing more books increases your odds of achieving publication.