Monday, April 19, 2010

Secret Agent Unveiled: JENNIFER LAUGHRAN

Applause and thanks to the unstoppable Jennifer Laughran of Andrea Brown Literary Agency for her insightful and kindly worded critiques!

Jennifer's Bio:

Jennifer began her career as a long-time children's bookseller and buyer, and is the founder of the extremely popular YA event series "Not Your Mother's Book Club". She joined Andrea Brown Literary Agency in 2007 and represents a bevy of supremely talented children's book authors.

Jennifer is always on the lookout for fresh stories with unusual and unforgettable voice. In particular, she is looking for sparkling YA and middle grade fiction. Jennifer loves funny books, thrilling books, romantic books, books that make her cry, and all-around un-put-downable books... and her favorites are all of the above.

More about what she's looking for:

At the moment I have a yen for upbeat and fun books that remind me of Glee... not that it has to be set in show choir per se, but I'd love a fun MG or YA book set in a theatre, band camp, dance competition environment or similar.

I'd also love an epic romance, along the lines of Jennifer Donnelly's TEA ROSE or GONE WITH THE WIND -- the kind of book that you get lost in and feel that you really know the characters, root for them, cry over them... I was thinking recently that an epic romance/alt historical set in South America might be really cool. Like, imagine EVITA as a YA book. This might be something that only lives in my own imagination, but, worth putting it out there. :-)

Also I'd like a cool YA thriller, particularly one that is super-fast-paced and has a unique setting.

But I am constantly surprised by the things that I fall in love with that I never expected to. So... you know, try me!

And there you have it--another awesome round! Winners coming up.


  1. Thank you for taking the time to comment on 50 1st pages! I appreciated your insight. :)

  2. Thank you so very much for all the time you devoted to commenting on all of these entries. Reading your responses is helpful to me as a writer, and it's fun, too.

    Andrea Brown rocks!

  3. Thanks so much for taking the time to give such thoughtful feedback!

  4. Woohoo! I figured it was someone from Andrea Brown, but my specific guess was wrong. Ms. Laughran's comments were great!

  5. Many thanks, Ms. Laughran, for your time and comments.

  6. Jennifer's comments were great ... I so regret entering last month and not this month! Thanks for all the awesome critiques Jennifer!

  7. Ms. Laughran, thanks for your educational, direct, and at times humorous comments. I laughed and learned :-)

    Authoress, as always, thanks for all the work you do.

  8. Oooh, I'm super jealous! I love all the girls at Andrea Brown.