Query Week: BIG ANNOUNCEMENT from Mandy Hubbard!

12 Feb

First things first…because of the success of Query Week, we’ve decided to extend Query Week into NEXT week…and we’ll be posting EVERY DAY! So, make sure to check back on Monday for more querying goodness!!!

Secondly, Mandy Hubbard was going to post today, BUT she just had some HUGE news, so she decided to hold off on her article until next week, and share the announcement with us today! From her LiveJournal:


Today I get to share some exciting news!

I have joined forces with Bob Difiorio, (D4EO Literary), where I will be representing authors of middle-grade and young adult fiction. (And yes– since many have asked– I absolutely still intend to continue my writing!)

The official announcement– which you are all free to copy and share with your querying friends, is as follows:
Mandy Hubbard has joined the D4EO Literary Agency where she will concentrate on YA and Middle-Grade fiction.

Mandy began her career in publishing on the other side of the desk: as an author. Her debut novel, PRADA AND PREJUDICE, (Razorbill/Penguin– June 2009) is in its fifth printing.  She has four other books under contract, divided among Harlequin, Llewellyn Flux, and Razorbill/Penguin.

Mandy interned at The Bent Agency before joining D4EO Literary, where she is now building her list, focusing on YA and Middle-Grade fiction.

Mandy is interested in a broad range of YA/MG, whether they be contemporary or historical, fantasy/paranormal or realistic. She loves books with a heavy focus on romance, as well as “issue books” with a strong voice. If your book has a high concept or a big hook, she wants to see it.

If your story includes portals to fantasy worlds, wizards or dragons, it’s probably not for her. Please, no chapter books, pictures books, poetry, non-fiction, or books for the adult market.

To query mandy, send your query letter, along with the first five pages of your manuscript (both pasted into the body of an email) to  mandy@d4eo.com.

Website: http://www.mandyhubbard.com/ and Blog: http://mandyhubbard.livejournal.com/


Congrats, Mandy!!! You are AWESOME!

9 Responses to “Query Week: BIG ANNOUNCEMENT from Mandy Hubbard!”

  1. Rowenna February 12, 2010 at 1:42 PM #

    Congrats!! So excited for you!

  2. cgwriter February 12, 2010 at 1:54 PM #


    So a quick question to those at LTWF (and this might sound like a silly question, so bear with me):

    The reminder that this announcement is for YA authors and not those of adult fiction got me thinking: what exactly constitutes a Young Adult work?

    Obviously, the poster child for young adult fiction at the moment (whether we want to admit this or not) is the Twilight series. But I think some might argue it borders on adult fiction, what with the references to sex, the violence, etc. Also, I recently noticed that P.C. Cast’s book “Brighid’s Quest” is listed under YA on B&N, which confuses me, because her other book in the same series that I’ve read–“Elphame’s Choice”–definitely had sex, masturbation, violence, and the like in it.

    I suppose if we stick to the common definition of Young Adult–late teens to early twenties, I believe–these are all perfectly acceptable. But I am technically a young adult, and I tend to read adult fiction; whereas when I think of Young Adult fiction, I think more along the lines of younger teenagers. It seems like a lot of people are one step above their reading level.

    So, as you can see, the lines are a bit blurry (at least for me). I’d like to try my hand at a YA, so what exactly IS a YA?

    • svonnah February 12, 2010 at 8:02 PM #

      You bring up SO many issues that I’ve been turning over in my head this past week. My novel Antebellum is out on submissions right now and we’ve heard that some feel it’s too adult to be YA… I guess that YA novels deal with issues around or about teenagers… You can have violence, drugs, and sex, as long as they are from a teen perspective with teen characters. My characters are a little older and dealing with more classically adult issues such as pregnancy and infertility, etc., so a lot of indecision comes from that.

      Essentially YA is really blurry because teens are blurry. It’s true; a lot of teens read ‘up’, but I think the genre is designed more for the Twilight and Gossip Girl types of books. Think younger teens.

    • svonnah February 12, 2010 at 8:02 PM #

      (Also, it’s Mandy, not Mary 😉

    • Mandy February 13, 2010 at 12:52 PM #

      First, off, the “common definitiono f Young Adult” is NOT late teens to early twenties. Perhaps outside literature, yes, but within YA, YA books feature protagonists in their teens- hit 20 years old, and you’re going to run into difficulties. Even an 18 year old in college can be a harder sell.

      As for content, ANYTHING Is fair game. THere are no restrictions as for violence, sex, etc. It just needs to be handled in a believabile way for a character of that age. If your main character would have sex with three guys in the first half of the book, then that’s what you need to do.

    • Vanessa February 14, 2010 at 11:51 AM #

      YA has always been tricky in that sense. Kids are ALWAYS reading up, so the YA market is often read by those younger than the intended audience (which ranges from 12 – early 20’s). Publishers have hard times defining YA. Certain books in the YA audience can lean towards the younger end of YA, and others lean towards the older spectrum of the YA audience.

      YA often shares the common theme of younger protagonists (someone in their teens usually) and are often thought of as “problem novels” or “coming-of-age novels”.

      Also, the word count is generally around the 60,000 – 80,000 word count for YA (of course, there are always exceptions, but generally it seems that YA falls in there).

      But yes, it can be a bit of a blurry line. But sometimes you can tell if a book is meant for a YA or an adult audience… and other times, it’s a bit more difficult to pin down.

      • cgwriter February 20, 2010 at 8:43 PM #

        thanks guys!! and sorry, that was definitely just a typo cause I know it’s Mandy. haha.

  3. priscillashay February 12, 2010 at 2:44 PM #

    YAY MANDY!!! That’s awesome 🙂 And…it was quick!

    @cgwriter: V.C. Andrews is YA too. YA (I’m pretty sure) is from 12-18, 20s might be pushing it, but some publishers do accept it. And sex, masturbation, and violence ARE things teens deal with nowadays so I think YA topics are broadening, becoming more modern/contemporary.

  4. Angela February 12, 2010 at 6:44 PM #

    Congratulations, Mandy! I’m so happy for you. 🙂

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