This year 12 x 12 Little GOLDen Book members will be able to choose one of two agents to submit their manuscript to each month. Liza Fleissig from Liza Royce Agency will be accepting picture book submissions from 12 x 12 Gold members March 1-15. Jill Corcoran from Jill Corcoran Literary Agency will be accepting picture book submissions from 12×12 Gold members March 16-31. Liza’s profile appears first, followed by Jill’s. Please read BOTH profiles AND their individual guidelines in the Membership Forum. Submit to the one you feel would be the best fit for your work.
Neither agent this month had a specific list of things they are/are not looking for in picture book submissions. They both indicated that in order for a manuscript to sell it has to be 1) fantastic (Translation: Make sure your manuscript is the very best it can be before submitting), 2) concise (My advice: Although the upper limit in the guidelines is 1000 words, I would take a good hard look at any fiction PB that is more than 750 words to see if it could be cut more), and 3) IF it rhymes, the rhyme must be flawless (My advice: Unless you have already published poetry and/or rhyming picture books and therefore know for certain you are an expert rhymer, you should get a professional critique before submitting a rhyming manuscript).
I don’t envy you GOLD members having to make the tough choice between these two awesome agents!
I love this picture of Liza because it captures her personality so perfectly. Doesn’t she look like she could host a talk show? She’s so smart, funny, and engaging. I first met her in 2012 at the NJ-SCBWI conference. I participated in her first pages session (where my own ms was on the table). I learned so much about picture books in that session. I felt like a sponge soaking up all of the juicy goodness. She not only gave me excellent feedback on that ms, but continued the conversation with me for a half hour afterward. So she’s also generous and very passionate about her work.
From NJ-SCBWI’s Bio on Liza:”Liza Fleissig, with her partner Ginger Harris-Dontzin, opened the Liza Royce Agency (LRA) in early 2011. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business with a BS in Finance, and the Benjamin N. Cadozo School of Law with a JD, Liza brings 20 years of litigation and negotiating experience to the field.On the children’s side of publishing, being a mother to a preschooler girl and a pre-teen boy, she is interested in everything from picture books to middle grade and young adult.“
Additional links to information on Liza:
- Profile for upcoming Thrillerfest in July 2014.
- Hear from others who have submitted to Liza on Absolute Write.
- Follow Liza on Twitter.
- Follow Liza Royce Agency on Twitter.
- J. David Bell’s journey to being signed with Liza on Bell’s Yells
- Liza’s bio on Red Room.
- How I Landed an Agent by Darlene Beck Jacobson on Kathy Temean’s blog.
- A successful query letter blog post by C.H. Griffin.
- One of Liza’s clients has an upcoming picture book.
- Interview with one of Liza’s clients with two pictures book coming out.
- Liza gives advice on Jacket Flap.
I met Jill last year at the faculty dinner during SCBWI-LA’s summer conference. We sat on the sofa and chatted for long enough that we both agreed we’d better go mingle so as not to appear rude. Suffice it to say it was a meeting of the minds on the publishing industry, entrepreneurship, and the desire to see more great books in the hands of children. I was impressed by Jill’s open-mindedness and enthusiasm about the future of publishing and her ideas about how agents can creatively serve their clients in the midst of all these changes. As a fellow writer, she also understands the author from the inside-out. I am also grateful for the amount of time Jill dedicates, via her blog, twitter, and now her Path to Publishing Facebook group, to sharing her extensive knowledge on the craft of writing and the business of publishing with fellow authors.
A little about Jill from the Jill Corcoran Literary Agency website:
“I represent Picture Books, Chapter Books, Middle Grade and Young Adult plus a select list of adult non-fiction.
Prior to becoming an agent, I worked at Mattel, LA Gear, Leo Burnett Advertising and my own company, LAUNCH! New Product Marketing. With an English degree from Stanford University and a Marketing and Finance MBA from the University of Chicago School of Business, I have marketed everything from Barbies to Disney toys, Kellogg’s cereal to LA Gear shoes. But when I started writing books for children, and then agenting them, I knew I found my true calling.
In August 2013, after 4 years agenting with the wonderful Ronnie Ann Herman of the Herman Agency, I decided to strike out on my own and create the Jill Corcoran Literary Agency.
Through her new venture A Path to Publishing, Jill conducts writing workshops with Martha Alderson (aka The Plot Whisperer) INCLUDING ones dedicated solely to picture books. They offer both intensive and advanced level workshops, but authors who want to take the advanced course must first do the intensive. They just completed their first set of workshops and testimonials will be coming soon. The next picture book course starts at the end of March and is limited to eight writers, so be sure to check it out soon!
Full submission guidelines for Liza and Jill are posted in the Membership Forum. Please note Little GOLDen Book Members may only submit to ONE of these agents. Please choose the agent who is the best fit for you and your manuscript.
Submissions will only be accepted for Liza Fleissg from March 1st – March 15th at 6pm EST/3pm PST.
Submissions will only be accepted for Jill Corcoran from March 16th – March 31th at 6pm EST/3pm PST.
Not a member of 12 x 12 yet? Say it isn’t so! You can find out more about registration here, but you better act quickly. Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Eastern February 28, 2014 (that’s today!), and won’t reopen until 2015.