Michelle Witte

Mansion Street Literary Management

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Michelle Witte is a literary agent with Mansion Street Literary Management specializing in children’s fiction and nonfiction. As an agent, her tastes vary widely, and she represents authors across the spectrum of kids books, from illustrated board and picture books to middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction. Michelle is always on the lookout for fascinating stories that are well told, especially those with a distinct and distinctive voice. Her own published work includes Happy Little Accidents: The Wit and Wisdom of Bob Ross, and The Craptastic Guide to Pseudo-Swearing. She splits her time between Utah and New York.


Fun facts about me:

Random facts about me, because who doesn't love those:

I became a bookworm at the ripe age of four and haven't stopped reading since. In the first grade I read more than 900 books, and who knows how many thousands since then.

I'm fluent in Spanish and French, can read and understand Italian, and am studying Korean. In general I watch more international/foreign language tv shows and movies than English/American shows. So it shouldn't be surprising that I love to travel, wherever and whenever possible.

As a creative outlet, I've learned how to make jewelry, knit, sew, etc. You can see—and buy!—some of the stuff I make at my Etsy store: My Darling Jewelry.

Submission Guidelines

CURRENTLY CLOSED TO SUBMISSIONS

 

When I do reopen to queries (TBA), follow the instructions below for submitting your query.

 

Submit your query to Michelle via the online submission form at: http://QueryMe.Online/michellewitte

I represent only children’s fiction & nonfiction, so do not send new adult or adult fiction, memoir, or general nonfiction.

 

For chapter books, middle grade, or young adult novels, include the query letter and the first 10 pages of the manuscript.

For picture books, include the query letter and the full text of the manuscript. I’m willing to consider up to three picture book manuscripts, but mention in the query if you’re querying multiple books.

For illustrated kids books, include the query letter and upload a dummy book or sample illustrations.

For children’s nonfiction, please include either a book proposal or a brief (2–3 pages) overview detailing what your book is, why you’re the person to write it, and a sample chapter. If your project contains photos or images pertinent to the book, you may upload the full proposal.

 


Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Agent
Fiction: Children's, Middle Grade, Picture Books, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres: Contemporary YA, Diversity, Gothic Horror, Historical Fantasy, Illustrated, Literary Middle Grade, Literary YA, MG mystery, Magical Realism, Multicultural, Narrative Nonfiction, YA fantasy/light sci-fi, narrative non-fiction YA/MG
I'd like the next...

Roald Dahl
Edward Gorey
Lemony Snicket
Goonies
Pushing Daisies
Goblin (Korean drama)
W (Korean drama)

 


My favorites include...

A Curious Tale of the In-Between, Lauren DeStefano
Garden Spells, Sarah Addison Allen
The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
Crown Duel, Sherwood Smith
Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein
I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
Matilda, Roald Dahl
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, Cathrynne Valente
Russell the Sheep, Rob Scotton
Elephant and Piggie, Mo Willems

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