Querying Middle Grade: How to Grab an Agent's Attention and Keep It On Demand Webinar

Querying Middle Grade: How to Grab an Agent's Attention and Keep It On Demand Webinar

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  • You are a writer who is currently querying middle grade projects
  • You are a writer who would like to learn more about the middle grade category
  • You are a writer who is receptive to constructive criticism
  • You are a writer who is uncertain whether your story is middle grade or young adult


It might seem as though getting a children's book published is easy,just look at JK Rowling! In reality, however, children's books (and middle grade books in particular) are among the most challenging works of literature to craft. Nailing the narrative voice of middle grade, and finding the right balance of character, heart, and plot to keep child (and adult!) readers invested in your work is an art. And then you have to boil all that down into a cover letter for an agent or a publisher to read.

Literary agent, Brooks Sherman has a keen interest in middle grade fiction, both as an agent and as a reader. He shares with you his insights into the craft of storytelling for middle grade readers, offering concrete strategies for how to write openings that hook the reader and query letters that succeed in grabbing an agent's attention. He explains the guidelines for what constitutes a middle grade story, and what the current children's book marketplace looks like.


  • The proper format and length of a query
  • What agents mean when they talk about a compelling opening
  • The guidelines for what constitutes ‚Äúmiddle grade"
  • What the current market for middle grade looks like
  • How to approach a story's moral without coming off as preachy
  • How to find the right agents for your writing


Brooks Sherman is a literary agent with FinePrint Literary Management, a full-service literary agency based in New York City. For his children's list, he is seeking middle grade novels of all genres (but particularly fantasy adventure and contemporary), and is open to YA fiction of all types except paranormal romance.

Recent sales include Heidi Schulz's debut middle grade novel HOOK'S REVENGE (Disney*Hyperion, Fall 2014), Emma Trevayne's YA novel CHORUS (Running Press Kids, Spring 2014) and middle grade fantasy FLIGHTS AND CHIMES AND MYSTERIOUS TIMES (S&S Books for Young Readers, Summer 2014), author/illustrator Sam Garton's picture book I AM OTTER (Balzer + Bray, May 2014), and novelist Sean Ferrell's debut picture book I DON'T LIKE KOALA (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, TBA).

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