Monday, April 16, 2012

Secret Agent Unveiled: Tricia Lawrence

Confetti and hearty thanks to our lovely Secret Agent, Tricia Lawrence of Erin Murphy Literary Agency.

Tricia's Bio:

Tricia is the "Pacific Northwest branch" of EMLA--born and raised in Oregon, and now lives in Seattle. After 16 years of working as a developmental and production-based copyeditor (from kids book to college textbooks, but mostly college textbooks), she joined the EMLA team in March 2011 as a social media strategist hoping to learn from Erin and Joan about agenting. As associate agent, Tricia represents middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction. She's looking for strong world-building, wounded narrators, and stories that grab a reader and won't let go.

What Tricia's looking for right now:

"I'm also beginning to look for younger books: picture books, early readers, chapter books as well as middle grade and young adult. I love all genres, but find that a story with a mystery is what I'm most drawn to. I love, love, love finding something new, whether it is a character that makes me laugh out loud to a character that continues to persevere in spite of everything being thrown at him/her. I would love to find books that are extremely high-concept, but that have an amazing main character. It really all comes down to character, doesn't it?

I like historical, scifi, spec fiction, fantasy, paranormal (although the paranormal must be really original), contemporary, mystery/thriller, and adventure. I'm particularly drawn to books that focus on big educational transitions in a kid's life (what it feels like to be leaving high school, that YA sweet spot or learning to navigate middle school coming from elementary school or learning to deal with school at all for younger readers). I must be reliving my own childhood years in school over and over again! I am also very interested in nonfiction for teens, on subjects covering babysitting to how to prepare for college in a fresh, original spin."

Hooray!  Winners forthcoming.


  1. How fabulous! Thank you for your kind insightful comments. Much appreciated.

    And thank you, Authoress, for this month's contest!

  2. Awesome news. Thanks for this cool opportunity, Authoress, and to Tricia Lawrence for her astute comments.

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  4. This was one of the best learning experiences I've ever participated in. Thanks, Tricia Lawrence for all your insight and tips.

    Thanks to you Authoress for such an amazing way to learn. Hats off to you! Congrats to everyone who entered and commented.

  5. Yay! I thought Tricia provided everyone with wonderful, insightful and helpful comments all around. Thanks so much Tricia!!

  6. Congratulations to the winners. And thanks Tricia for your valuable feedback.

  7. Congrat to all the winners! I've been following the blog for a couple of months now (commenting here and there). I was just wondering if the agents get access to the log lines. Do they use them in making their decision?

  8. These photos are amazing! I watched them all day long and I am bewitched by their beauty. Waiting for new photos of your authorship!