Agent Pitch Webinar July 27

Our next webinar will be Pitch Critiques with Agents Sean McCarthy and Marie Lamba on Monday, July 27th at 8pm ET. Registered viewers will have a chance to submit pitches which will be read during the webinar. Sean and Marie will provide feedback! We will work through as many as time permits. Keep reading to find out more about Sean and Marie and the types of manuscripts they are interested in acquiring. More Webinar details follow.

mccarthy small headshot (1)Sean McCarthy founded his own full-service literary agency in 2013. He began his publishing career as an editorial intern at Overlook Press and then worked at the Sheldon Fogelman Agency as the submissions coordinator and permissions manager before becoming a full-time literary agent. He works on children’s books for all ages, and is actively looking to build his client list. His clients include Zachariah OHora, Hyewon Yum, Mark Fearing, Jamie A. Swenson, Dasha Tolstikova, Andrea Offermann, Kurt Cyrus, and Judith Robbins Rose. Sean graduated from Macalester College with a degree in English-Creative Writing, and is grateful that he no longer has to spend his winters in Minnesota. He is drawn to flawed, multifaceted characters with devastatingly concise writing in YA, and boy-friendly mysteries or adventures in MG. In picture books, he looks more for unforgettable characters, off-beat humor, and especially clever endings. He is not currently interested in issue-driven stories or query letters that pose too many questions.

Marie (1)Marie Lamba, Associate Agent, Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency ( Marie Lamba ( is author of the young adult novels What I Meant… (Random House), Over My Head and Drawn, and of the picture book Green, Green (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2017)Her work appears in the short story anthology Liar Liar (Mendacity Press), the anthology Call Me Okaasan: Adventures in Multicultural Mothering (Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing), and her articles appear in more than 100 publications including national magazines such as Writer’s Digest, Garden Design and RWR. She has worked as an editor, an award-winning public relations writer, and a book publicist, has taught classes on novel writing and on author promotion, and belongs to The Liars Club.

As an agent, Marie is currently looking for young adult and middle grade fiction, along with general and women’s fiction and some memoir. She is also open to submissions from picture book authors or illustrators who are already established, or whose work she has requested through conferences. Overall, books that are moving and/or hilarious are especially welcome. She is NOT interested in science fiction or high fantasy (though she is open to speculative elements and loves a good ghost story), category romance (though romantic elements are welcomed), non-fiction, or in books that feature graphic violence. To submit, please email a query to Put “Query” in the subject line of your email, and please send the first twenty pages.

About Webinar Registration:
This webinar has a small registration fee, therefore you will NOT automatically receive a link to view the recording of this webinar as a registered student. You will only be able to submit a pitch for consideration and receive the recording link if you register for the webinar and pay the fee.

Will all the webinars this year, our system only allows us to have 200 people on a live webinar, so unfortunately we won’t be able to accommodate everyone live (there are almost 900 people going to Summer School already!). If you know your schedule does not allow you to join us live, we’d appreciate it if you did not ask for a live spot – just register for the recording only option. Pitches will be drawn from all the submissions we receive, not just from the people who are watching live, so please know your pitch will be considered whether you watch the replay only or watch us live. You do not have to submit a pitch to be able to watch live, nor do you have to watch live to submit a pitch.

(Whew! What a disclaimer!)

WEBINAR REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE ON SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2015 at 6am ET. Any registrations after that time cannot be accommodated.
CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR THE REGISTRATION LINK. Because this webinar is for registered Kidlit Summer School students only, the link will not appear on the blog. If you are not currently registered for Kidlit Summer School, we cannot guarantee that you get the Webinar registration link before registration for this webinar registration closes. You can still register for summer school, however HERE. Register now so you won’t miss the next great webinar.

One final thought: we anticipate getting dozens, if not hundreds, of pitches. Please know we will get to as many as we can but we will not get to all of them.

We look forward to seeing you Monday. It is going to be great!!!


11 comments on “Agent Pitch Webinar July 27

  1. JEN Garrett says:

    What a great opportunity! Wish I could take advantage.


  2. megcason1 says:

    Thank you very much for setting this up for us!


  3. jenniferkirkeby says:

    Hi There!

    I thought I had registered, but didn’t receive an email to register for the following webinar. Can you let me know where I can sign up? Thank you for another wonderful summer with the Nerdy Chicks!

    Best, Jennifer Kirkeby


  4. rimna says:

    Can’t wait!


  5. Maria Marshall says:

    Kidlit facility, you are all awesome. thank you for arranging this excellent opportunity.


  6. Looking forward to this. Hope I’ll be able to view the live webinar.


  7. marlainagray says:

    I can’t make it, alas, but looking forward to the replay!


  8. DebbieL says:

    Thank you!


  9. Linda Crowley says:

    I don’t have a pitch – just learning what that is. Do I have to have registered to watch the recording later?


  10. carolofparis says:

    This was a great webinar. Thank you!


  11. traveling so much I’m not able to do these live! I need to plan better for next summer school…


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