Jennifer Laughran

Literary Agent

Andrea Brown Literary Agency

I’m a literary agent for children’s books. Also a life-long bookseller. Also there’s a podcast in the mix. she/her 🏳️‍🌈😘 header art by @cuddlefishpress

Jennifer Laughran
@literaticat
Literary Agent
I’m a literary agent for children’s books. Also a life-long bookseller. Also there’s a podcast in the mix. she/her 🏳️‍🌈😘 header art by @cuddlefishpress
29 MSWL
252 AskAgent
11 Queries
4 Tips

I spent the bulk of my morning going through the #AskAgent tumblr and answering old questions and new - and there were still like 100 questions. Some VERY old, many repeats. So... I took the nuclear option and deleted all of them. Starting a clean slate! literaticat.tumblr.com

Jennifer Laughran
@literaticat
Literary Agent
I’m a literary agent for children’s books. Also a life-long bookseller. Also there’s a podcast in the mix. she/her 🏳️‍🌈😘 header art by @cuddlefishpress
29 MSWL
252 AskAgent
11 Queries
4 Tips

There are SO MANY pen-name questions in the #AskAgent

Authors: Publish under *whatever name you want*! You just have to tell your agent your legal name so they can PAY YOU. (A lot of people asking if it's OK to... lie about their identity to their agent? Um...no??? What? No!)

Jennifer Laughran
@literaticat
Literary Agent
I’m a literary agent for children’s books. Also a life-long bookseller. Also there’s a podcast in the mix. she/her 🏳️‍🌈😘 header art by @cuddlefishpress
29 MSWL
252 AskAgent
11 Queries
4 Tips

Lots of times people ask "why do chapter books seem to always be series" so I wrote down everything I know on the topic! #chapterbooks #askagent

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Jennifer Laughran
@literaticat
Literary Agent
I’m a literary agent for children’s books. Also a life-long bookseller. Also there’s a podcast in the mix. she/her 🏳️‍🌈😘 header art by @cuddlefishpress
29 MSWL
252 AskAgent
11 Queries
4 Tips

Yet another "do authors need a website" question. Honestly, the meteor can't come fast enough. #AskAgent

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Jennifer Laughran
@literaticat
Literary Agent
I’m a literary agent for children’s books. Also a life-long bookseller. Also there’s a podcast in the mix. she/her 🏳️‍🌈😘 header art by @cuddlefishpress
29 MSWL
252 AskAgent
11 Queries
4 Tips

Over on the #AskAgent Tumblr, I've enlisted the help of my friend Editor @mmanlove to get through some of these questions. She is smarter and more eloquent than me! Yay!

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Jennifer Laughran
@literaticat
Literary Agent
I’m a literary agent for children’s books. Also a life-long bookseller. Also there’s a podcast in the mix. she/her 🏳️‍🌈😘 header art by @cuddlefishpress
29 MSWL
252 AskAgent
11 Queries
4 Tips

Ask and you shall receive! there's a new pinned post on the #AskAgent Tumblr that has some good tips, such as, how to do a keyword search in the blog, how to get notified about new posts, as well as best practices for asking questions. Woohoo!

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Jennifer Laughran
@literaticat
Literary Agent
I’m a literary agent for children’s books. Also a life-long bookseller. Also there’s a podcast in the mix. she/her 🏳️‍🌈😘 header art by @cuddlefishpress
29 MSWL
252 AskAgent
11 Queries
4 Tips
Jennifer Laughran
@literaticat
Literary Agent
I’m a literary agent for children’s books. Also a life-long bookseller. Also there’s a podcast in the mix. she/her 🏳️‍🌈😘 header art by @cuddlefishpress
29 MSWL
252 AskAgent
11 Queries
4 Tips

There are some WILD questions on the #AskAgent Tumblr today and I live for it.

By the way I have a fair backlog of questions, but it's always fine to ask. I'm much more likely to answer questions that haven't been asked 300 times before! :-)

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Jennifer Laughran
@literaticat
Literary Agent
I’m a literary agent for children’s books. Also a life-long bookseller. Also there’s a podcast in the mix. she/her 🏳️‍🌈😘 header art by @cuddlefishpress
29 MSWL
252 AskAgent
11 Queries
4 Tips

Meanwhile, my #AskAgent Tumblr today is full of Thought Experiments. What if Stephen King called me up and demanded I be his agent? What if Jo Rowling asked me to sell HP books 8-14, but I couldn't tell anyone? What if I went back in time? WHAT IF...

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Jennifer Laughran
@literaticat
Literary Agent
I’m a literary agent for children’s books. Also a life-long bookseller. Also there’s a podcast in the mix. she/her 🏳️‍🌈😘 header art by @cuddlefishpress
29 MSWL
252 AskAgent
11 Queries
4 Tips

An #AskAgent about dark themes in YA books! Please note: I read this question before bed and I had nightmares about it. If your book is about MUTILATION, please for the love of god do NOT send it to me, I will cry! I AM A SCAREDY-CAT!!!

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Jennifer Laughran
@literaticat
Literary Agent
I’m a literary agent for children’s books. Also a life-long bookseller. Also there’s a podcast in the mix. she/her 🏳️‍🌈😘 header art by @cuddlefishpress
29 MSWL
252 AskAgent
11 Queries
4 Tips

Somebody on le Tumblr #AskAgent asked me how agents and editors are doing RIGHT NOW - like, taking the temperature of publishing as it were - this is my rambling response. Spoiler: there's good news and bad news.

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Jennifer Laughran
@literaticat
Literary Agent
I’m a literary agent for children’s books. Also a life-long bookseller. Also there’s a podcast in the mix. she/her 🏳️‍🌈😘 header art by @cuddlefishpress
29 MSWL
252 AskAgent
11 Queries
4 Tips

a lot of people in the #askagent inbox ask if it’s ok if the main characters in their YA books are not young adults and I have a very nuanced answer that should really get to the heart of it:

NO

Jennifer Laughran
@literaticat
Literary Agent
I’m a literary agent for children’s books. Also a life-long bookseller. Also there’s a podcast in the mix. she/her 🏳️‍🌈😘 header art by @cuddlefishpress
29 MSWL
252 AskAgent
11 Queries
4 Tips

I'm about to go on an #AskAgent question answering spree. So if you have questions, provided they are not ridiculous, hit up the tumblr. Please for the love of god no word count questions thx love you xo

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Jennifer Laughran
@literaticat
Literary Agent
I’m a literary agent for children’s books. Also a life-long bookseller. Also there’s a podcast in the mix. she/her 🏳️‍🌈😘 header art by @cuddlefishpress
29 MSWL
252 AskAgent
11 Queries
4 Tips

I answered some #AskAgent questions on le Tumblr just now -- mostly Coronavirus related. TL;DR: Publishing is NOT stopping -- but we are all navigating a strange new landscape. Agents are taking this day by day, just as everyone else is.

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Jennifer Laughran
@literaticat
Literary Agent
I’m a literary agent for children’s books. Also a life-long bookseller. Also there’s a podcast in the mix. she/her 🏳️‍🌈😘 header art by @cuddlefishpress
29 MSWL
252 AskAgent
11 Queries
4 Tips

Somebody wrote to tell me that my latest "Best of #AskAgent " newsletter about personalizing queries was confusing. Which... part? I'm happy to clarify but I honestly THOUGHT I was being as clear as it was humanly possible to be. Maybe not! 😬 Sorry???

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Jennifer Laughran
@literaticat
Literary Agent
I’m a literary agent for children’s books. Also a life-long bookseller. Also there’s a podcast in the mix. she/her 🏳️‍🌈😘 header art by @cuddlefishpress
29 MSWL
252 AskAgent
11 Queries
4 Tips

I got really fired up about this #AskAgent question. Like, I want to reach through time and space and beat somebody up. I'M STILL MAD. "An editor said being young and attractive helps people get book deals. REALLY?!" 😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡

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Jennifer Laughran
@literaticat
Literary Agent
I’m a literary agent for children’s books. Also a life-long bookseller. Also there’s a podcast in the mix. she/her 🏳️‍🌈😘 header art by @cuddlefishpress
29 MSWL
252 AskAgent
11 Queries
4 Tips

I started a (free!) (awesome???) newsletter. This will be one weekly update containing a Best Of #AskAgent question, plus bookish news and whatnot. Subscribe to get it directly.

First up on the Best of Ask the Agent: WTF is an ARC?

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Jennifer Laughran
@literaticat
Literary Agent
I’m a literary agent for children’s books. Also a life-long bookseller. Also there’s a podcast in the mix. she/her 🏳️‍🌈😘 header art by @cuddlefishpress
29 MSWL
252 AskAgent
11 Queries
4 Tips

My #AskAgent Tumblr -- it's SO FULL of questions from people who are tying themselves up in knots. Here's the answer for all of you:

YOU ARE SERIOUSLY OVERTHINKING THIS. Please go outside and take some deep breaths of fresh air. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, PLEASE BE GOOD TO YOURSELF.

Jennifer Laughran
@literaticat
Literary Agent
I’m a literary agent for children’s books. Also a life-long bookseller. Also there’s a podcast in the mix. she/her 🏳️‍🌈😘 header art by @cuddlefishpress
29 MSWL
252 AskAgent
11 Queries
4 Tips

My #AskAgent Tumblr in a nutshell:
"Is it true you should only get an agent who lives in NYC?"
(I don't live in NYC.)

"If I queried and then I changed two words should I send an updated version?"
(No.)

"How many words are in a book"
(Just make it book length pls.)

Jennifer Laughran
@literaticat
Literary Agent
I’m a literary agent for children’s books. Also a life-long bookseller. Also there’s a podcast in the mix. she/her 🏳️‍🌈😘 header art by @cuddlefishpress
29 MSWL
252 AskAgent
11 Queries
4 Tips