Querying Song of the Day: “A-Punk” by Vampire Weekend
What Agents Want is a new series in which we will research what trends/topics agents are looking for right now. We’ll give you information on the trend/topic and the agent that is looking for this specific type of project. The better to query with, my dears.
This week, we are gonna discuss a topic in YA that is picking up steam…pun intended. Yes, we’re delving into steampunk. A few of our bloggy pals have already discussed this topic, helping me and Pam to better understand it. Holly broke down exactly what the steampunk genre is all about here. She explains that steampunk is generally novels that are set around the nineteenth century and Victorian-era Britain where technology and fictional or magical elements are incorporated. And Alicia took us inside a steampunk museum here. She got to see a steampunk pinball machine AND she gives some good steampunk music suggestions.
There are several agents that are looking for steampunk novels. Amongst them is Kathleen Ortiz of Lowenstein Associates. It even says on their website that steampunk is one of the genres that Kathleen is desperately seeking.
- It meshes science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction
- It involves an era where steam is still used (as a source of energy)
- Usually set in the 19th century and Victorian era Britain
- Science fiction and fantasy are prominent features
- It is influenced by Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Mark Twain, and Mary Shelly
- Usually features technology and innovations in the style that Victorians would have seen them
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare
Kathleen Ortiz was an editorial assistant and interactive media designer for the young adult section at Ballinger Publishing before becoming a literary agent with Lowenstein Associates. At Lowenstein, Kathleen represents Middle Grade (MG), Young Adult (YA), and adult novels as well as being the Foreign Rights Manager. Some of Kathleen’s clients (according to QueryTracker.net and Kathleen’s blog) include: Jamie Reed (Kathleen just sold her YA Paranormal Soul Impulse!!!), Dawn Rae Miller, Jennifer Walkup, and Sarah Fine.
So…if you have already written and polished your steampunk novel, OR if you are planning to write one (and you swear to polish, polish, polish it) then query Ms. Ortiz. How? Send an e-query to: firstname.lastname@example.org . Include the word QUERY and the title of your novel in the subject line. Address the query to Ms. Ortiz and paste the first ten pages into the body of the e-mail. DO NOT ATTACH your pages. The agency responds to all queries and usually does so in two to four weeks. For more detailed information on submissions, go here.
Did you know about steampunk before reading this post? Or better yet, have you already started a WIP in this genre???