Prior to officially joining the team of agents, Cari Lamba interned for The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency for eight years. It wasn't long into her internship before she knew she wanted to join the publishing world and help writers bring their books to life. Cari graduated from Franklin and Marshall College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. She also studied literature at The Advanced Studies in England Program. She has experience as a bookseller and in publicity and content writing for online publications. Cari has been published in Writer’s Digest Magazine and has taught webinars for Writer’s Digest as well.
What I'm looking for
I'm interested in middle grade fiction with wacky plots (Roald Dahl is a favorite of mine) and characters that drive the story. I would also like contemporary stories that are both humorous and heartfelt. While I am not interested in stories with high fantasy, I would welcome elements of the fantastic and otherworldly. I want novels that will resonate with children without being didactic.
Both fiction and non-fiction picture books are welcome. I'm looking for unique ideas with fun and quirky elements as well as sweet, endearing picture books. In non-fiction I'm especially looking for strong female role-models.
I'm looking for commercial fiction with original plots and clever characters. While I'm not interested in romance novels, elements of romance are welcome. I also have particular interest in mystery/detective fiction, and novels with culinary ties.
I'm NOT interested in science fiction, horror, high fantasy, Christian fiction, political novels, or books with extremely violent elements.
How to submit
Please email a query letter with "Query" along with the title of your work in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send the first twenty pages in the body of the email, along with a one-paragraph bio and a one-paragraph synopsis. No attachments will be opened.