Welcome to the October edition of Agentopia! For more information and to see other Agentopia posts, click here.
This month Dr. Uwe Stender from the President TriadaUS Literary Agency is in the spotlight.
Literary Agent Uwe Stender is interested in all kinds of commercial fiction, especially: Mysteries, Young Adult, Middle Grade and Women's Fiction. He is considering literary fiction, but only if it has a strong narrative. He is also interested in all kinds of non-fiction projects.
His favorite five novels right now are "Eleanor And Park," "Thirteen Reasons Why," "Code Name Verity,"High Fidelity," "The Big Sleep."
Uwe also kindly answered a few questions for our readers...
What are you looking for in YA submissions right now?
I connect with great narrative voices, so that is a must. I also love clever plots, especially when they have a component that is timeless (i.e. a heartbreaking love story like "Romeo and Juliet"), yet not overtly derivative.
What's an immediate turn-off in a query, something guaranteed to get the author rejected?
If the query just rambles and does not get to the point right away.
What's the story got to have to make you want to represent it?
If it makes me laugh or cry A LOT, and/or if I forget about anything else while reading, then it grabbed me emotionally to the point that I would move heaven and earth to represent it.