Please submit to us at info [at] jillgrinbergliterary [dot] com. We are accepting submissions in all categories for: adult fiction and nonfiction, and children’s fiction and nonfiction (picture books, chapter books, middle grade, young adult).

Query Guidelines

Address your submission directly to the agent you would like to consider it.

Your email subject line should follow this general format: QUERY: [Title of Project] by [Your Name] / [Age Category/Genre] / ATTN: [Name of Agent].

Please paste your query letter in the body of the email and attach your materials as a docx. file. Do not attach zip. folders, Pages files, links to Google Docs, or links to download materials from file sharing sites. You will receive an auto-response confirming your submission was received.

For all fiction submissions, please send a query letter and the first fifty (50) pages of your manuscript. If we are interested in reading more, we will reach out to request the full manuscript.

For all nonfiction submissions, please send a query letter and complete proposal. Your nonfiction proposal should include an overview of the project, proposed chapter summaries, a sample chapter, comparable titles, your biography, and bibliography of any additional works. You may also include promotional ties/materials if relevant.

Picture book submissions should include the full text. If you are working with an illustrator or have illustrated your own book, please provide full-color images or the fully illustrated text. If applicable, you can provide a link to the illustrator’s online portfolio.

Graphic novel submissions should include a full pitch package, including the project overview, full synopsis, comparable titles, character profiles, and sample script pages. If you are illustrating your own text, please include fully illustrated sample pages.

Keep in mind…

Please research our agents and their lists before submitting to determine who is best suited to your project. JGLM agents who are open to queries have listed what they are interested in representing below their bio on our “Who We Are” page. You can also find recent deal news on this site, our Publishers Marketplace page, and on Twitter. We share queries and materials internally, so please do not send identical queries to all our agents. A pass from one agent on a project is generally considered a pass from all of us, so please do not immediately re-query another JGLM agent with the same project if you receive a pass.

If you receive an offer of representation from another agent or agency, we appreciate you letting us know by following up on your materials and including OFFER OF REPRESENTATION in your new subject line.

If you are submitting as part of a Twitter or online pitch event, please be sure to mention the hashtag or name of the event in your subject line, and include your pitch/Tweet in the query letter.

If you received a direct or personal referral to our agency from one of our clients or another industry professional, please note their name in the subject line of your email.

Starting in 2020, we will no longer be accepting hard copy submissions by mail. Any hard copy materials received after December 2019 will be discarded unread.

While we endeavor to respond to every query, due to the volume of submissions we receive and our commitments to our existing client list, it may not always be possible. If we decide to pursue your submission, we will be in touch with you. We appreciate your understanding, and we look forward to reading your work.

For All Other Inquiries

If you have a question, inquiry, or request that is not addressed on this site, please reach out to us at info [at] jillgrinbergliterary [dot] com. Be sure to include the word “INQUIRY” in the subject line of your email so that it gets directed appropriately.