Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Monster List of Picture Book Agents - Linda Pratt of Wernick & Pratt Agency

by Dana Carey                                          
Today's Monster List post features agent Linda Pratt of Wernick & Pratt Agency. Marcia Wernick and Linda Pratt started Wernick & Pratt Agency in 2011 after both agenting at the renown Sheldon Fogelman Literary Agency. Together they have years of experience in the industry. Wernick & Pratt is a career agency, meaning the agents are looking to represent writers and illustrators for the long term.

I had the pleasure of receiving my very first professional critique from Linda a long time ago at the first SCBWI conference I ever attended. She was so kind and helpful, I could just feel that I was in the right industry. I know that critique, as well as the feedback she gave me on the subsequent submission, helped me leap forward in terms of my writing and I will always be appreciative of the time she gave me.

To learn about Linda Pratt, read her bio on the Wernick & Pratt website and be sure to read Linda's Q & A as well to learn what she likes to see in submissions.

You will definitely want to read the interview with Linda at Quirk and Quill. It's really informative. 

Middle Grade Ninja did a 7 Questions with Linda. One of her top three favorite books is a picture book. And she talks about the qualities of her ideal client.

Read about some of the tips Ms. Pratt gave at a Kansas City Agent's Day. There's quick ones on picture book setup and deciphering standard rejection lines.

Joyce Shor Johnson has a NESCBWI Sneak Peek interview with Linda on her website.

Author Ann Marie Pace talks about working with Linda in her post called Agent Love!

You can find Wernick & Pratt Agency on Facebook and on Twitter. Linda Pratt is on Linkedin.

Linda represents picture book writers Ann Marie Pace, Karen Beaumont, and Hannah Rainforth, among others. 

If you think your work might be a good fit for Linda, read the very specific Submissions Policy posted on the Wernick & Pratt website. While the agency states they are most interested in picture book author/illustrators they do take submissions from picture book writers who do not illustrate as well at the time of this posting. Picture book writers are asked to send 2 different completed manuscripts of less than 750 words when submitting.

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!

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