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Full Agent Profile: Michael Stearns



NAME

Michael Stearns

AGENCY
Upstart Crow Literary
AAR MEMBER
No
EMAIL
michael.submission@gmail.com
AGENCY WEB SITE
http://www.upstartcrowliterary.com/



FICTION GENRES
Young Adult | Children's | Middle Grade
NONFICTION GENRES

CURRENT STATUS
  • This agent is closed to queries
  • MORE INFORMATION

    SPECIAL INTERESTS
    • He exclusively handles children's books
    • He specializes in children's books, most specifically lightly comic adventure and horror for middle-graders, as well as high quality commercial fiction for teen readers—especially light girl-centric fantasy
    • His tastes run the gamut from picture books for the very young right up through cutting-edge teen fiction, but the common elements of all the projects he handles are a careful use of language, an often wry quality to the writing, and a fearless wedding of more literary aims with genre plotlines
    • In terms of genre books, he's much more interested in non-Tolkienesque fantasy, paranormal romance, comic coming-of-age, and thrillers (all with some literary spin).
    • He responds well to wit; not dorky funny but genuine wit.
    • He's interested in both teen and middle grade fiction: in terms of teen fiction, he is looking for: realistic, humorous coming-of-age stories; Regarding middle-grade fiction, he is a big fan of traditional children’s fantasy: real-world stories with one fantastic element
    • For picture books, he is relying on referrals only and he is only signing a few writers whose work he knows and trusts; that said, he is looking primarily for language-driven stories for the very young
    DOES NOT REPRESENT
    • Generally, he won’t be drawn to more issue-oriented books
    SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

    FACTS/TIDBITS
    • Former editorial director and foreign acquisitions manager for HarperCollins Children's Books
    • Former senior editor, director of paperback publishing for Harcourt Children's Books
    EDUCATION


    NEW DEALS
    PAST/PRESENT CLIENTS



    LINKS
    http://cwim.blogspot.com/2008/05/new-agent-interview-michael-stearns.html
    This is his interview on the CWIM blog
    http://astheworldstearns.wordpress.com/
    This is his blog
    PREVIOUS AGENCIES
    Firebrand Literary