Monday, December 13, 2010

Meet literary agent Molly Jaffa

by Kathryn Craft

Young adult (YA) and middle grade (MG) continue to be hot, and Folio Literary Management knows it. That's why they've created a new division, Folio Jr., to target this important market. One of Folio Jr.'s four agents, Molly Jaffa, will be at our conference to hear pitches and to give a session specific to YA/MG authors, Getting a “YES!”: From Query to Representation in Ten Steps. 

About Folio Literary Management
A full-service literary management company in New York City since 2006, Folio Literary Management places both fiction and non-fiction with major publishers throughout the U.S. and around the world. They represent many first-time authors, some of whom have gone on to become bestsellers and major award-winners. Folio also represents many well-established authors, and works closely with them to take their careers to new heights. Client Garth Stein's novel told through a dog's point of view, The Art of Racing in the Rain, has been on the bestseller lists for 73 weeks and counting. Folio is proud to offer a full complement of literary services in a changing publishing landscape, and provide their clients with access to marketing services, website development, and the media training it takes to make each book a success. They are dedicated to supporting authors across all platforms, from film adaptation to enhanced e-books and apps.

About Folio Jr.
Folio Jr. is the division of Folio Literary Management devoted exclusively to the representation of today’s most stellar children’s book authors and artists. Folio Jr. agents are wholly committed to offering their clients 360ยบ of impeccable, hands-on care. They strive not only to find the most un-put-down-able new voices as well as to find the most can’t-take-your-eyes-off-it new styles of illustration, but also to guide their established writers and illustrators to new heights in their publishing careers. For a list of Folio Jr. Clients, click here.

About Molly Jaffa
Molly has been with Folio Literary Management since 2008. As the agency's Subsidiary Rights Associate, she aggressively pursues the sale of Folio clients' audio and foreign rights, helping to grow their careers in as many formats as possible. Molly is actively building her own client list as part of the launch of Folio Jr., an initiative within the agency devoted to children's and YA titles. An “editorial agent,” Molly works closely with clients to make their manuscripts as strong as possible.

What she is looking for: Molly is particularly interested in voice-driven, high concept MG and YA fiction; projects with elements of magical realism or historical fantasy; characters who have strong passions, smarts, or skills; and books that open up a rich new world (real or imagined!) for the reader to discover.

What she is not looking for: Picture books, boy books (no gross-out humor, aliens, gore, etc.), and paranormal fantasy.

To read more about Molly:

Interview at E.I. Johnson's blog "A View from the Top," where Molly says "it's all about the voice."

Interview at "Mother. Write. (Repeat)." blog, in which Molly shares her agenting philosophy, and the difference between magical realism (which she likes) and paranormal romance (which she doesn't).

Another take on what Molly represents.

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