The Chudney Agency
72 North State Road | Suite 501
Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510
TEL/FAX (914) 465-5560
Please note that my editorial needs and desires change from time to time according to what my present client base is producing, editor/publisher feedback, and the general vagaries and trends of the industry—so please do visit my website for periodic updates.
What we are looking for:
NOVELTY AND PICTURE BOOKS:
Novelty Books: we are looking for unusual formats, pop-up books, clever lift-the-flap books
Picture Books: At this time, the agency is only looking for Author/Illustrators (one individual), who can both write and illustrate wonderful picture books. The author/illustrator must really know and understand the prime audience's needs and wants—the child reader! Storylines should be engaging, fun, with a hint of a life lesson—and cannot be longer than 700 words.
Material: for both novelty and picture books, please send a dummy pdf of your project that contains the text and some final, 4-color art.
I am not accepting submissions for the following:
--Picture book texts: Because the picture book market continues to be challenging, I am not currently reviewing any text only picture books at this time.
--Illustrations only: do try to find an art rep
--Fables, folklore, or traditional fairytales
--Poetry, 'mood pieces,' or stories for 'all ages' (these ultimately are too adult oriented)
--Message-driven stories that are heavy-handed, didactic or pedantic
OLDER FICTION AND NOVELS
Adult novels: for information, please see the Adult Books page
I am not accepting the following:
--Fantasy or Science Fiction novels
--Leveled or Early Readers
--Plays, screenplays, film scripts
With chapter books, middle grade and teen novels, I’m primarily looking for quality, contemporary literary fiction: novels that are exceedingly well-written, with wonderful settings and developed, unforgettable characters.
Some favorite authors of mine are Gary D. Schmidt, Sharon Creech, Polly Horvath, John Green, Garret Freymann-Weyr, Lisa Yee, Sarah Dessen, Mark Zusak, E.L. Konigsburg, Ann Martin, Sara Zarr, Janet Tashijian, Gabrielle Zevin, Blue Balliett, Christopher Paul Curtis and Cynthia Kadohata. On the adult side, John Irving, Anne Tyler, Amy Tan, Joanna Trollope, Donna Leon, Sue Monk Kidd, Sarah Waters, and Oscar Hijuelos, are favorites.
I am completely open to all kinds of subjects, including coming of age, gender, faith and spirituality (but not religion) and humor, etc. For historical fiction, see below. I am also interested in books that cover cultural issues, both here and abroad—I grew up in Israel and so love books about the Middle East. And I’m open to all other genres like mysteries and historical fiction (see below). However, I tend not to follow trends, and so, please don’t send me vampire or gossip girl types of books, etc.
Please follow these instructions only after you have been asked to send in material.
• Please snail mail the first 50 pages or so (rounded chapters), a brief bio about yourself--do not send a resume
• A 2-page (max.) synopsis of the entire novel
• Indicate the age level and/or genre (i.e. middle grade vs. teen/YA novel), and the word count or ms. page count
• Please very briefly describe the next novel you're working on, or thinking about
• Please note that we will not review any submissions that do not include all of the above information
**Please also include the full prior submission history of the manuscripts (to editors, not other agents).
Historical: I do love historical fiction. But note that due to lack of publisher demand, I'm not looking for Civil or Revolutionary War era novels. Also, Dust Bowl and Depression era novels aren't of interest now, as well as novels about the slavery era too, which are not in great demand right now (unless they are highly unusual and superbly written.)
I'm looking for historical fiction that will excite me, young readers, editors, and reviewers, and will introduce us to unique characters in settings and situations, countries, and eras we haven't encountered too often yet in children’s and teen literature.