After thirteen years as an agent for books for children and teens with Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises, in 2021 Mary Cummings opened her own agency: Great River Literary. Mary often goes down to the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Paul MN to see the passing scene. She finds great joy in helping her clients polish their stories to stand out for editors and to become books that will make a difference in kids’ lives. Before becoming a literary agent, Mary was Education Director at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis where, among other accomplishments, she curated an annual festival of children’s literature and selected judges for the McKnight Award from leading editors in children’s publishing. Among her sales are board and picture books, chapter books and novels to such houses as Knopf; Philomel; Viking; Nancy Paulsen/Penguin; Balzer & Bray; HarperCollins; Walker; Little, Brown; Holiday House; Henry Holt; Feiwel & Friends; FSG; Imprint; Candlewick; Chronicle; Wiseman S & S; Beach Lane; Beaming; WorthyKids; Running Press; Random House; Abrams and others. Mary is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Association of American Literary Agents (AALA). greatriverliterary.com
For all submissions, format your work in 12 point font, with one-inch margins, and double spacing.
For PB, send one full picture book manuscript plus a 2-3 sentence pitch in the same document.
For MG, send up to 10 pages of your manuscript, plus a one-page, single-spaced synopsis. (US Letter paper size-Include synopsis in the same document; please don’t send two documents.)
⇒Please include your name on every page of your work as a header or a footer, as well as identifying information on page one: first & last name, email address, title, genre. ⇒Please SAVE YOUR FILE as Webinar Faculty Last Name_Your Last Name_TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT as a PDF or DOC or DOCx. Example: Cummings_Strocchia_PURPLE CARROTS ⇒Then send your file to Kristen at firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject should read: Webinar Faculty Last Name_Your Last Name_TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT (same as saved file name).
Submission deadline: Tuesday, January 9, 2024.
We anticipate critiques to be returned on or about Saturday, February 10, 2024.