Full Agent Profile: Eddie Schneider


Eddie Schneider

JABberwocky Literary Agency
queryeddie [at] awfulagent.com

Literary Fiction | Science Fiction | Fantasy | Humor/Satire | Historical Fiction | Young Adult | Multi-Cultural | Offbeat/Quirky | Middle Grade | Graphic Novels

History | Science | Adventure/True Story | Narrative | Nature/Ecology | Cultural/Social Issues | Juvenile

  • This agent accepts queries

    • With major changes underway here in the US, both in terms of reading technology and demographics, what I desire most are books that are groundbreaking, genre-defining, and better reflect the population as a whole.
    • No matter the genre, I have a strong interest in working with authors who bring fresh and diverse voices to the literary conversation, especially those who come from historically marginalized groups.
    • The genres I represent, and the types of books that most interest me within a given genre, follow.
    • Literary fiction – I’m an avid reader of literary fiction, and what lights up my cerebral cortex here are more plot-driven novels with a strong emotional core, which engage in areas beyond and outside the middle-class concerns endemic to a large swath of books published in this genre. Two examples of (non-client) novels I particularly enjoyed are Ruth Ozeki’s A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING and Junot Díaz’s THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO.
    • Science fiction - I love science fiction, and what I particularly enjoy are novels in which the characters and writing show the same level of thoughtful attention as the -ologies being explored. Two examples of (non-client) novels that I enjoyed in this vein are Ursula K. Le Guin’s classic THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS and David Mitchell’s CLOUD ATLAS. I am very much interested in SF written from non-Western cultural perspectives, and one good non-client example of that is G. Willow Wilson’s ALIF THE UNSEEN.
    • Fantasy – With fantasy, my favorite novels have tended to be those that toe both the real world and the fantastic. In any case, I go for stories with intricate, imaginative settings that are internally consistent, address political and social concerns, and have often found myself preferring tight writing to florid. Two examples of (non-client) novels that I particularly enjoyed like this are Octavia Butler’s KINDRED and Susanna Clarke’s JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL. I’m especially interested in fantasy novels set outside the Northern European milieu from which the genre originated.
    • Young Adult – My favorite YA novels have sophisticated characters and concepts, while embracing the intensity of emotion that characterizes a lot of the best YA fiction. Within YA, my tastes range from the speculative (e.g. Paolo Bacigalupi’s SHIP BREAKER) to contemporary (e.g. Sherman Alexie’s THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN) to thriller. Maureen Johnson’s THE NAME OF THE STAR is a recent favorite of mine.
    • Middle Grade – Middle grade novels have a special resonance for me, because the genre has such incredible breadth. Here, I’m also interested in both realistic/contemporary and sf/fantasy. Two examples of (non-client) novels that I really enjoyed are Nancy Farmer’s THE EAR, THE EYE, AND THE ARM, and Rebecca Stead’s WHEN YOU REACH ME.
    • Science – I have wide-ranging interests here that include the physical, earth, life, medical, and social sciences. Science books most likely to appeal to me tend to deal with specific topics, and sometimes unlikely ones. Example of (non-client) books in this vein that I enjoyed are Rebecca Skloot’s THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, and especially Mary Roach’s STIFF.
    • History – I am interested in histories that focus on a single subject, rather than wide-ranging works about a time or place. I particularly enjoy historical biographies, including those where the biography’s subject is an artifact or commodity. An example of a (non-client) book in this vein that I enjoyed is Jack Weatherford’s GENGHIS KHAN AND THE MAKING OF THE MODERN WORLD.
    • Narrative nonfiction – Here, I’m interested in memoirs that take on issues that extend beyond those in the author’s own life (two non-client examples I enjoyed being Rory Stewart’s THE PLACES IN BETWEEN and Christopher McDougall’s BORN TO RUN), travel narratives that are socially engaged and possess an individual stamp (one great non-client example being Bill Bryson’s A WALK IN THE WOODS), and in ‘nonfiction novels’ (one non-client example I was disturbed by being Dave Eggers’ ZEITOUN).
    • Graphic novels – Few things are better than a truly great graphic novel, where the writing and the art are both at the highest standard. Here, I’m looking for work that’s both awe-inspiring and totally engrossing, and am only interested in author/artists, or an established author-artist team. I’m interested in both fiction and non-fiction, realistic or speculative, for adult, YA or middle grade. A couple non-client examples of graphic novels I really enjoyed are Marjane Satrapi’s PERSEPOLIS and David Mazzuchelli’s ASTERIOS POLYP.
    • Comics – What I’m after here are projects that either are, or are influenced by, comic strips and webcomics. What will most catch my eye are comics that are both humorous and incisive. Some examples are Nicholas Gurewitch’s THE TRIAL OF COLONEL SWEETO, and Allie Brosh’s HYPERBOLE AND A HALF (though a more polished art style will generally get further with me).
    • When querying with a graphic novel or comic, please feel free to include 2-3 images representative of your art, pasted in the body of your email below your query letter. A link to your online portfolio is also good.
    • Special note: Since it still needs (and may always need) to be spelled out, please note I am eager to consider queries by persons, or featuring protagonists, of any race, color, creed, religion, national citizenship/origin, gender or sexual orientation, disability, age, or physical appearance. Further, I will not attempt to editorially limit the presence of characters in any of the above in order to sell a project, and will support any client who has been discriminated against by a publisher or editor because of such status, in the hopefully unlikely event that this might occur.


    • Eddie Schneider (Twitter: @eddieschneider) is the Vice President of JABberwocky Literary Agency, which he joined in 2008, back when the nerve center was still Joshua Bilmes’ living room.
    • These days, the agency is in a real office, sandwiched between Grand Central Station and Times Square in midtown Manhattan, and the bustling new digs only serve to motivate Eddie in his pursuit of great authors, both new and new to JABberwocky.
    • Eddie is an Iowa graduate, where he studied fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. He has an M.S. in Publishing from New York University, and his client list includes Hugo, Andre Norton, Philip K. Dick, and Bram Stoker Award winners, as well as New York Times bestselling authors Brandon Sanderson and Alison Wilgus.
    • When he isn’t agenting, reading, or editing, he runs ultramarathons, and is technically an award-winner himself, although his form wouldn’t necessarily get rave reviews.
    • Graduate of the University of Iowa (BA), New York University (MS)

    Fiction | Young Adult
    SKIPPED by Janci Patterson

    Fiction | Science Fiction | Young Adult
    FAIR COIN and QUANTUM COIN by E.C. Myers

    Fantasy | Middle Grade
    THE STAR SHARD by Frederic S. Durbin

    Fiction | Middle Grade
    GUSTAV GLOOM (6 book series) by Adam-Troy Castro

    Fantasy | Young Adult
    VODNIK by Bryce Moore

    Fantasy | Young Adult
    STEELHEART by Brandon Sanderson

    Fiction | Fantasy
    The Memoirs of Lady Trent (#4-5, for the series that began with A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS) by Marie Brennan

    Literary Fiction | Science Fiction
    SHERWOOD NATION by Benjamin Parzybok

    Literary Fiction | Fantasy
    SIGNAL TO NOISE by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

    BLOOD & IRON (4 books) by Jon Sprunk

    MIDIAN UNMADE: TALES OF CLIVE BARKER'S NIGHTBREED by Del Howison, Joseph Nassise and Clive Barker

    HALF-RESURRECTION BLUES (3 books) by Daniel José Older

    THE MARS CHALLENGE by Alison Wilgus

    Middle Grade
    I AM DRUMS by Mike Grosso

    Shadow's Son; Shadow's Lure
    Author:   Jon Sprunk
    Genres:   Fantasy
    Publisher:   Pyr

    The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack
    Author:   Mark Hodder
    Genres:   Fantasy | Historical Fiction
    Publisher:   Pyr
    Winner of the 2011 Philip K. Dick Award

    The Executioness
    Author:   Tobias S. Buckell
    Genres:   Fantasy
    Publisher:   Subterranean

    Z is for Zombie and V is for Vampire
    Author:   Adam-Troy Castro
    Genres:   Humor | Horror
    Publisher:   Harper Voyager

    A Natural History of Dragons
    Author:   Marie Brennan
    Genres:   Fantasy
    Publisher:   Tor

    Half-Resurrection Blues
    Author:   Daniel José Older
    Genres:   Fantasy
    Publisher:   Ace/Roc

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