Finding a Children’s Genre Agent

Q: I have been writing children’s stories for the past couple of years and would like to find an agent. One of my stories is health-related and addresses the issues of a young child living with a chronic medical condition. Where do you suggest I look to find an agent who handles such books? -Kellie

A: One way would be to check the bookstore for children’s titles that deal with similar subjects. First check the author’s acknowledgments, because they sometimes thank their agents there.

If not, make note of the author’s name and the publisher, then call the publisher and ask to speak to someone in the contracts department. That person should be able to let you know the author’s agent, if she has one. It’s a matter of public record.

Otherwise, you may want to check directories such as the Guide to Literary Agents (Writer’s Digest Books), or Literary Marketplace, both of which you should be able to find in the library. Another route you could take would be to find and contact your local chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators (SCBWI). It’s an active and widespread organization that may be able to help.

Anne Bowling
Editor of 2001-2005 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Markets
Writer’s Digest Books