Marie Lamba (www.marielamba.com) is author of the young adult novels What I Meant… (Random House), Over My Head and Drawn, of the picture book Green Green: A Community Gardening Story (Farrar Straus Giroux), and of the upcoming picture book A Day So Gray (Clarion). Her articles appear in more than 100 publications, and she's a frequent contributor to Writer’s Digest. Marie has worked as an editor, an award-winning public relations writer, a book publicist, and has taught classes on novel writing and on author promotion.
What I'm looking for
I represent fiction and non-fiction for children and for adults.
I'm currently seeking middle grade and young adult fiction, especially with diverse points of view, or a STEM tie-in. I also want general adult fiction and women’s fiction. I’d love to find an original women's novel that would inspire the next smart and funny chick flick. I also represent a select number of established illustrators and picture book authors. I’d love a fresh non-gory ghost story for any age. I’m fascinated with hidden treasures, artifacts and with discovering ancient civilizations right beneath our feet. I’m a huge fan of folklore and fairy tales, and, while I wouldn’t want a retelling, I always enjoy those elements woven into a story in a unique way. Overall, books that are original, moving and/or hilarious are especially welcome.
I'm NOT interested in Christian fiction, horsey books, thrillers, genre science fiction or high fantasy (though I am open to speculative elements, especially in middle-grade fiction), erotica, category romance (though romantic elements are welcomed in novels), or books that feature graphic violence.
Some favorite titles on my reading shelf include Searching for Caleb by Anne Tyler, Just Listen by Sarah Dessen, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffeneger, The Once and Future King by T.H. White, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Shug by Jenny Han, and Dogzilla and Hallo-weiner by Dav Pilkey. For more insight into my tastes, check out the books I’ve authored, as well as the works of the authors I represent, and visit marielamba.com for my Agent Monday blog posts.
I represent non-fiction for children and for adults. For children’s, I’m open to most non-fiction subjects, especially ones that fit into my interests (see above).
In the adult realm, I want memoirs with strong voices and unique, inspiring stories (especially foodie memoirs, or ones with a celebrity or pop culture connection). In non-fiction, I’m seeking narrative non-fiction, pop culture, history (little known or unique view of well-known), science and technology for the rest of us, art, biography (especially unknown/little known sides of well-known people), parenting, cooking and food, health and wellness, lifestyle, advice and relationships, and personal finance.
Overall, I’m especially looking for non-fiction that is inspiring and hopeful. I have a special interest in social justice, in titles that elevate and celebrate women and diverse people, and in books that aim to improve our society and help our environment.
Some non-fiction favorites on my reading shelf include: Rush by Stephen Fried, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, Positive Intelligence by Shirzad Chamine, and The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. I also loved the movies RBG and Hidden Figures, and I’m a sucker for The Great British Bake Off.
How to submit
For fiction, please email your query to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put "Query" in the subject line of your email, include your bio and a brief synopsis within your query letter, and please send the first twenty pages pasted into the body of your email (no attachments allowed). Memoir authors, please also follow this format.
For non-fiction queries, please put “Query” in the subject line, include a one-paragraph bio and a one-paragraph synopsis of your book in the body of your email, and attach the entire proposal as a Word document (the proposal should include a sample chapter).
Established picture book authors and/or illustrators, please email your query with your bio and the complete picture book manuscript pasted into the body of the email (no attachments allowed). Illustrators, if I am interested in seeing your work, I will contact you in response to your query about submitting your artwork for consideration.