M-E Girard Wins Lambda Literary Award!

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ECLA client M-E Girard won the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Children’s/Young Adult literature for her young adult novel, Girl Mans Up (HarperCollins, 2016).

It’s not the only recognition the book has gotten, either!

 Lambda Literary Award Winner 
Entertainment Weekly Best YA Book of 2016
Children’s Book Council Books Best Book of 2016
 Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Coming-of-Age Novel of 2016 and Best Teen Book of 2016 with Unforgettable Protagonists
Publishers Weekly Fall 2016 Flying Starts
William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist 

We are very proud to represent M-E Girard!

Buy Girl Mans Up on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at your local bookstore.

How to Write & Sell the YA novel class now registering!

In a special edition of Mandy’s HOW TO WRITE & SELL THE YA NOVEL class, Mandy has teamed up with ECLA client Dawn Ius!

Full information is here.


A highlight:

-Multiple lectures that cover many YA topics

-Dawn (a multi-published YA author working with Simon & Schuster) with critique your first ten pages.

-Mandy will critique your query and your first 5 pages– the same submission package she asks for from writers who wish to query her. But unlike the form request or rejection she sends in reply to submissions, Mandy will give you specific feedback and tell you whether she would’ve requested or rejected your submission–and why.


Registration is now open, and the class typically sells-out.


Hope to see you January 30!


Happy Birthday, ECLA!

It’s Emerald City Literary Agency’s first birthday!



And what a year it has been! Since our launch, we welcomed established, New York based agent Linda Epstein, giving us a bi-coastal presence, and promoted agency assistant Lindsay Mealing to Junior Agent.


But wait… there’s more!

  • Along with Linda’s existing client list (who were all welcomed to ECLA!), she signed new clients Tracy Banghart (writing PB & YA) and Jenna Gavigan (writing PB & MG).
  • As Lindsay builds her first list, she signed several really exciting authors! ECLA welcomed Rae Chang (YA Fantasy), Mary Jackson (YA Contemporary), James Wolanyk (Adult Fantasy), Stephanie Eding, (YA Historical Fiction), Darcy Jacobsen (YA Science Fiction), and Talia Vance, (YA Paranormal)
  • Mandy Hubbard, agency founder, brought along her list of established authors and signed a few new clients as well, including Shyla Stokes (Contemporary YA) and Tara Carter, whose debut has already sold to Macmillan (Feiwel and Friends) for publication in 2018.


Onto the deals! In our first year, ECLA sold the following books:

  • Lisa Rosinsky’s debut, INEVITABLE AND ONLY, a realistic contemporary YA, to Rebecca Davis at Boyds Mills Press. It’s the story of sophomore Acadia Greenfield, whose world gets turned upside down when her father brings home a daughter the exact age as Acadia, whom he didn’t know he had, and this half-sister seems to be replacing Acadia at home, at school, and in the heart of her long-time crush. Publication is planned for spring 2018.
  • Miriam McNamara’s debut, a LGBTQ young adult historical fiction, The Unbinding of Mary ReadeIt’s based on the true story of a girl who disguised herself as a boy in order to sail with the infamous pirates Anne Bonny and “Calico” Jack Rackham. Publication is slated for fall 2017.
  • In a mid-six-figures deal, Brigid Kemmerer’s A CURSE DARK AND LONELY, in which a prince is cursed to relive the autumn of his eighteenth year after spurning the wrong woman, until he can convince another to love him; when the commander of his guard abducts a tough-as-nails teen from our world, she is pulled into his cursed land…and the only way out is to fall in love, to Bloomsbury
  • Cyn Balog’s ALONE, pitched as The Shining for teens, in which a girl and her family are isolated in a crumbling old mansion for the winter–until a group of stranded teens arrive seeking shelter from a snow storm, and what looked like sanctuary unravels into something far more sinister, to Sourcebooks
  • Dawn Ius’s third book, LIZZIE, a contemporary retelling of the Lizzie Borden hatchet murders, in which Lizzie is a modern day teen working for her tyrannical parents at the family’s bed and breakfast, and when a new maid arrives Lizzie finds herself falling in love–until her parents try to tear them apart, sparking Lizzie’s descent into madness, to Pulse (Simon & Schuster)
  • Sarah Henson’s debut, DEVILS WITHIN, pitched as American History X for teens, in which a teen flees the white supremacist compound where he grew up and struggles to overcome the racist beliefs he was taught since birth, all while hiding from the dangerous men who want him dead, to Sky Pony
  • JC Davis’s debut CHEESUS WAS HERE, in which a cynical girl discovers the imprint of Jesus on a babybel cheesewheel, and while the entire town believes in the series of miracles that follow, she’s determined to prove it’s all a big fraud, because if miracles existed her little sister would still be alive, to Sky Pony
  • T. E. Carter’s debut I STOP SOMEWHERE, pitched as ALL THE RAGE meets THE LOVELY BONES, about a teen girl trapped between life and death in the wake of a vicious assault, who must watch as the town–and her father–searches for her, to Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan).
  • Two picture books which will be announced when illustrators have been attached to them (at Random House and Bloomsbury)
  • Two MG novels to Knopf (announcement upon finalization of the title(s)
  • Six figure deals with Harper and Hyperion (announcements to come).
  • Foreign rights sales for multiple titles across the globe, including sales to the U.K., Germany, France, Spain, Brazil, Turkey, Argentina, Mexico, and beyond!

And finally, we hosted ECLA’s first client retreat in Sequim, WA, and welcomed fifteen of our clients to #CampECLA, where we talked shop, met one on one with clients, and even made time for a hike in an old growth forest. Marshmallows were roasted, books were traded, and lifelong friends were made. To cap it all off, we hosted a Sunset Cruise for our clients on the waters of the Puget Sound, and included our foreign rights specialist, Taryn Fagerness, who happily shared her extensive knowledge about foreign rights territories around the world.

Here are a few pictures from our retreat– we swear we got some work done, too!

Happy First Birthday, ECLA!

ECLA welcomes our newest agent, Linda Epstein!

We are so excited to welcome Linda Epstein to the ECLA family!

Linda joins our ranks as agent after 4.5 years at the Jennifer DeChiara  Agency, bringing with her a fantastic list of authors as well!

She will be our eyes and ears in New York City and help expand the ECLA list to include picture books and children’s nonfiction.

You can follow Linda on Twitter @LindaEpstein and view her submission guidelines and wishlist here.

Welcome Linda!

Internship Opening

Emerald City Literary Agency is in search of an intern to read full manuscripts.

The job involves:
– 5-10 hours a week, reading full manuscripts.
– Writing a short report on what you read (2-3 paragraphs)
-Can commit to 6 months or more

The ideal candidate:
– Is interested in exploring the career of a literary agent. While you may discover it’s not for you (and that’s okay!) in an ideal world you’re looking for a foot in the door to a future career as a lit agent. This internship opened up because a current intern is being promoted. Please note, we cannot guarantee an internship is a direct path to an agent position at ECLA, but would be delighted if it worked out that way.
-Loves middle grade, young adult, and romance novels. You don’t have to love ALL three, but it’s a big bonus if you do!
-Big bonus if you are in the greater Seattle/Tacoma area, and would be interested in occasional working lunches. However, in the absence of an ideal Seattle-area candidate, remote candidates within The US/Canada are okay.
The perks are:
-Experience. Agenting is an apprenticeship type career, and if we are not able to promote you at ECLA we’re happy to assist you in finding a place where you can grow.
-Advice: I’m happy to gchat, skype, call, etc, and answer all your publishing questions periodically while we work together.
-Aforemnetioned working lunch includes… Lunch! Yes, you can be paid in delicious sandwiches.
– If you are in school, I am happy to work with your university, if they provide credit for internships.
How to apply:
-Send an email titled INTERNSHIP to Mandy@EmeraldCityLiterary.com
-Include a list of your top 5-10 favorite books (YA, MG or romance)
-Include any relevent work experience
-tell us why you are drawn to literary agenting as a career.