Monday, April 2, 2012

Monster List of Picture Book Agents--Deborah Carter, Muse Literary Management

I missed my Monster List deadline, the new one I gave myself even. Ha! But, I have not forgotten!!! So, today I am featuring Debbie Carter of Muse Literary Management because I found her Home Page interesting. On it she states: "Note to picture book writers: Will only consider writers who have at least three complete manuscripts and who’ve taken workshops in writing for young children." Okay, so an opportunity for some, but definitely not all.

Still, I found it helpful that on the Muse Literary Management page she lists her contract expectations right there. Writers looking for an agent can learn a lot from that information. Like no, once you have an agent they do not necessarily take on all of your work! Good thing to know if you didn't already. At the bottom of the page she also has some links to articles she's written so you might want to check those out.

If you are going to query Deborah Carter, be sure to read her Publisher's Marketplace page. She asks that you mention your favorite authors in your query.

She does have a couple of picture book authors on her Client Page and she lists some picture books on her Bookshelf.

You can learn a bit about Deborah in her Agent Advice interview at the Guide to Literary Agents blog and in an interview with her at the New York Public Library blog where she talks about her views on ebooks.

There is also an interesting response times thread for Muse Literary on Verla Kay's Blueboard.

Debbie is on Twitter and Facebook.

This post is part of the Monster List of Picture Book Agents. If you have any changes that you think should be made to this listing, please contact me or leave them in the comments. Thanks!


  1. Thanks, Heather! Interesting.
    You're like a bloodhound when it comes to tracking down agents. How do you do it?! ;) This is such a great public service.

  2. Thank you Dana! I have lists. Lots of lists. I wanted to be a private detective when I was a kid, maybe that has something to do with it!

  3. Hi Heather! Very helpful and always interesting!! Great job!

  4. Another great addition. Thanks Heather!

  5. Deborah has changed it to Waverly Place Literary Agency.