laura rennert

Welcome to my website!

As you may already know, I wear two hats—I'm both an Executive Agent at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency and a children's book author. This website is intended for writers, as a supplement to the information on our agency's website. If you haven't yet checked out our agency website—please do! It has important information on my colleagues and me, as well as many helpful tips for writers.

I hope this website, combined with the ABLA website, will help you get to the next step in your publishing journey, whether you're finishing your manuscript, finding an agent, getting a publishing deal, or promoting your first book ... or your tenth.

Bio
Laura Rennert

Laura Rennert

Executive Agent

Query email address: lauraqueries@gmail.com
(ALL queries must be sent to the address above or they will not wind up in Laura's query box)
General email address: ljrennert@mac.com

Laura Rennert, Executive Agent with Andrea Brown Literary Agency, has been with the agency since 1998. She's something of a "literary omnivore," with wide-ranging interests. She specializes in all categories of children's books, from picture books to young adult. She also represents literary-commercial fiction, thrillers, and psychological suspense/horror on the adult side.

She works with award-winning and best-selling authors, including #1 NYT Bestseller and Printz Honor Finalist Maggie Stiefvater; #1 NYT Bestsellers Ellen Hopkins, Jay Asher, and Lauren Kate; NYT Bestseller and #1 Digital Bestseller Catherine Ryan Hyde; National Book Award Finalist Kathleen Duey; and NYT Bestseller and #1 Digital Bestseller Barry Eisler, as well as brand new, first-time authors.

Some of Laura's exemplary titles are THE RAVEN CYCLE (Scholastic); THIRTEEN REASONS WHY (Razorbill/PRH); CRANK trilogy (Margaret McElderry/S&S); THE SCORPIO RACES (Scholastic); WHEN I FOUND YOU (Lake Union Press/Amazon); KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES series (Aladdin/S&S); PIP BARTLETT'S GUIDE TO MAGICAL CREATURES (Scholastic); THE FANTASTIC FAMILY WHIPPLE (Razorbill/PRH); KILL ME SOFTLY (Egmont); THE BODY FINDER series (HarperCollins); STRICTLY NO ELEPHANTS (Paula Wiseman Books/S&S); YOUR ALIEN (Sterling); ONCE UPON A MEMORY (Little Brown); PEEK-A-ZOO (Chronicle); TAKE ME WITH YOU (Lake Union Press/Amazon); TRIANGLES (Atria/S&S); and THE GOD'S EYE VIEW (Thomas & Mercer/Amazon). Noteworthy sales include seven-figure deals to Simon & Schuster and Scholastic; deals for over half a million dollars to Penguin Random House, Amazon Publishing, Scholastic, and Simon & Schuster; and film/TV deals to Warner Bros., Focus Features, Fox, Sony, MTV Studios, Nickelodeon/Paramount, Universal Pictures, Netflix, and DreamWorks.

Laura gravitates toward books that surprise her and feel unexpected. The common threads in the diverse range of projects Laura represents are vivid, dynamic characters; a fresh, strong voice; and the ability to make readers both think and feel. She loves works that draw on literary traditions, and reimagine them as something completely, captivatingly new. Whether in YA, middle-grade, graphic novels, chapter or picture books, she wants unforgettable characters who make her care—characters who are sympathetic, frustrating, funny, surprising, and tug at the heart. She has a special fondness for an insider-outsider perspective; for narrative risk-takers; and for books that make her laugh out loud and sob into her tea. Really, in the end, though, she's category-agnostic. Give her a fresh, idiosyncratic voice, rich world building, fully realized characters, and a page-turning plot, and she's hooked.

Right now she's particularly seeking middle-grade fiction, YA fiction, picture books by author-illustrators, and literary-commercial thrillers and psychological suspense/horror in the adult space. She's drawn to contemporary fiction; multicultural and diverse books; genre fiction with an emotional underpinning; speculative fiction and alternate histories/realities; fantasy and paranormal; thrillers, science fiction and horror; and subversive fairy tales.

She has a weakness for works that turn her favorite classics or myths inside out (hint, 19th-century Brit Lit, Shakespeare, Dante, fairy tales), give them an unexpected new context, and make us see them with fresh eyes. She loves picture books with wit, whimsy, and heart. She's drawn to works that tell a great story using words and images in unexpected ways, whether for younger or older readers. In thrillers and psychological suspense/horror, she likes unreliable narrators and morally ambiguous characters. She looks for street cred and authenticity (whether of tradecraft, police procedure, historical/geographical setting, psychological profile). She's fascinated with hidden worlds and secret knowledge.

Laura's work as an agent is enhanced by her familiarity with what it's like on the author-side of the table. She's married to an author; she's raising a young author; and Laura herself is the author of a picture book, BUYING, TRAINING, AND CARING FOR YOUR DINOSAUR (Knopf/PRH), illustrated by Marc Brown, creator of Arthur; and of an illustrated chapter book, ROYAL PRINCESS ACADEMY: DRAGON DREAMS, illustrated by Melanie Florian (Dial/PRH). She won't be too surprised if even her chihuahua, Lola, submits a novel one of these days.

Laura is a speaker at conferences nationwide, including SCBWI's national, regional, and international conferences. She has a Ph.D. in English Literature and was a faculty member in the English departments of the University of Virginia, Osaka University of Foreign Studies, and Santa Clara University.


Victoria Piontek

Victoria Piontek

Victoria Piontek is a Literary Associate for Executive Agent Laura Rennert. She adores children's literature no matter the category or genre, but is especially drawn to charming picture books and middle grade stories that both pull at the heartstrings and tickle the funny bone.

Victoria likes to get lost in richly imagined worlds she's never seen before and is drawn to complex, diverse characters who experience and learn universal truths in a meaningful, life-changing way. While she enjoys all genres, fantasy is her first love. She also likes friendship stories, horse stories, Arthurian retellings, and science fiction that read like fantasy. She is passionate about picture books, both fiction and nonfiction, that express a complex idea in a simple way.

Prior to joining ABLA, Victoria taught English to middle school students in New York City and Education Methods to teachers at Pace University. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hollins University, an MST in Education from Pace University, and a BA in Journalism from the University of North Florida. If she's not reading, you can find her hiking in Marin County, where she lives with her husband, three children, and gigantic dog.


Genevieve Nine

Genevieve Nine

Genevieve Nine is an Editorial Associate for Executive Agent Laura Rennert. Her tastes are eclectic, ranging from the classics to quirky. She's drawn to the fantastic, the curious, and the unexpected. Specializing in middle grade & young adult fiction, Genevieve loves working with authors who weave layered tales featuring well-developed worlds and characters who threaten to burst from the page. She appreciates smart and original plots with well-crafted twists. And no matter how zany or diabolical, she believes every character should be undeniably human at heart.

Irish tales have always been a weakness for Genevieve, with Scottish and Norse tales following close behind. But that's only the beginning. Hand her a story featuring a tenacious kid detective, a haunted house, a sword-wielding heroine, or an evil genius, and she'll be reading for the rest of the day.

Prior to joining ABLA, Genevieve worked at Andrea Hurst & Associates as an agent and developmental editor. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, has a Children's Writing Certificate from the University of Washington, and earned her bachelor's degree in Film at the University of Southern California. Traveling, Thai food, and Sherlock are a few of Genevieve's favorite things. She lives near Seattle with her husband and two naughty cats.


Laura Schoeffel

Laura Schoeffel

Laura Schoeffel is an Editorial Associate working closely with Executive Agent Laura Rennert, focusing mainly on adult and young adult fiction. She is drawn to works with an original or unconventional narrative voice, with a particular interest in international voices.

You can hook Laura with any good story well-told, especially when the writing sparkles on the page and is infused with clever humor. She gravitates to historical fiction and alternative histories that offer fresh perspectives, and loves stories that reimagine the classics. She looks for suspenseful literary fiction, mysteries and thrillers--and enjoys being caught off-guard by an unreliable narrator. Laura is also keen to find refreshing takes on the coming-of-age story, and has a special fondness for open-hearted, character-driven middle grade novels.

A native Canadian and a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Laura began her publishing career at HarperCollins Canada, where she was the Associate Editor, working in all genres. After moving to the United States, Laura pursued post-graduate studies in ancient Greek and Romantic literature before heading back into publishing. Prior to joining ABLA, she worked on various sides of the business in New York City: with the literary agent Janis Donnaud & Associates, in book packaging, as an editor, writer and researcher for a New York Times food columnist, and as a freelance editor of both fiction and non-fiction. Laura has lived on both coasts of the U.S. and Canada, in numerous states and provinces, and presently lives in the New York City area with her family.


Paige Terlip

Paige Terlip

Paige Terlip is an Assistant for Executive Agent Laura Rennert. She is a sucker for a story that stays with you, one that lingers in your heart and mind long after reading. She loves books in all genres and categories, but her heart will always be with children's books--from witty picture books to emotional young adult stories.

Paige likes unreliable narrators and plots with more twists than the Pacific Coast Highway. Fantasy--especially books based on mythology or folklore--will always hold a special place in her heart. She loves diverse stories, unexpected romance, and historical settings that jump off the page. In picture books, word play and whimsy are always valued, as well as narrative nonfiction that seamlessly weaves together story and information. Her ideal Saturday night includes reading about feisty female warriors, snarky detectives a la Harriet Welsch, or anti-heroes that you can't help but love.

Prior to joining ABLA, Paige worked in a variety of jobs from project management at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to scooping horse poop at a ranch in the Rockies. She's also worked at Candlewick Press, The Irene Goodman Literary Agency, and Charlesbridge. She is pursuing an MA in Children's Literature and an MFA in Writing for Children from Simmons College. If she's not writing or reading, you'll find her fly fishing, hiking, or snuggling with her lab-husky mix.

Bookshelf

Laura Rennert is something of a "literary omnivore," with wide-ranging interests. She specializes in all categories of children's books, from picture books to young adult. She also represents literary-commercial fiction, thrillers, and psychological suspense/horror on the adult side. Laura represents best-selling and award-winning authors, as well as brand-new authors.


Bestsellers and Award Winners

She works with award-winning and best-selling authors, including #1 NYT Bestseller and Printz Honor Finalist Maggie Stiefvater; #1 NYT Bestsellers Ellen Hopkins, Jay Asher, and Lauren Kate; NYT Bestseller and #1 Digital Bestseller Catherine Ryan Hyde; National Book Award Finalist Kathleen Duey; and NYT Bestseller and #1 Digital Bestseller Barry Eisler, as well as brand new, first-time authors.


For more details about these and other Andrea Brown Literary Agency bestselling and award winning titles, please see the Andrea Brown Literary Agency website.


Representative Titles

The common threads in the diverse range of projects Laura represents are vivid, dynamic characters; a fresh, strong voice; and the ability to make readers both think and feel. She wants unforgettable characters who make her care—characters who are sympathetic, frustrating, funny, surprising, and tug at the heart. She has a special fondness for an insider-outsider perspective; for narrative risk-takers; and for books that make her laugh out loud and sob into her tea. Give her a fresh, idiosyncratic voice, rich world building, fully realized characters, and a page-turning plot, and she's hooked.



New Releases

Noteworthy sales include seven-figure deals to Simon & Schuster and Scholastic; deals for over half a million dollars to Penguin Random House, Amazon Publishing, Scholastic, and Simon & Schuster; and film/TV deals to Warner Bros., Focus Features, Fox, Sony, MTV Studios, Nickelodeon/Paramount, Universal Pictures, Netflix, and DreamWorks.


Resources

For the past 15 years, the Andrea Brown Literary Agency and the Henry Miller Memorial Library have brought you the Big Sur Writing Workshop, a hands-on weekend writing intensive designed to ready your manuscript for publication. The workshop is for writers of picture books, early readers, middle grade and young adult fiction, but it's not your typical children's writing conference. To find out what makes us special and for information regarding dates, registration, faculty, success stories, and other details, click here.

For other writing conferences, writing workshops, children's book industry links, general publishing links, checklists and advice from Laura, and to read a few of Laura's interviews, see below.


UVFestival of the Book A Few of Laura's Interviews

Checklists and Advice from Laura

Children's Book Industry Links
SOCIETIES AND MEMBERSHIPS HELPFUL ABLA AGENT BLOGS AND LINKS HELPFUL AUTHOR, AGENT, EDITOR, AND LIBRARIAN BLOGS SOME POPULAR KIDLIT BLOGS SOME CHILDREN'S AUTHOR BLOGS
General Publishing Links
AGENT SEARCH SOCIETIES AND MEMBERSHIPS FOR WRITERS HELPFUL AUTHOR, AGENT, LIBRARIAN, AND EDITOR BLOGS AND RESOURCES MARKETING
Submissions

WANTED:

Right now, on the children's/YA side, I'm particularly seeking middle-grade fiction, YA fiction, and picture books by author-illustrators.

On the adult side, I'm seeking literary-commercial thrillers, police procedurals, and psychological suspense/horror.

I love the following:

  • Contemporary fiction
  • Multicultural and diverse books
  • Genre fiction with real emotional power
  • Speculative fiction and alternate histories/realities
  • Fantasy and paranormal
  • Thrillers, science fiction, and horror
  • Subversive fairy tales
  • Works that re-imagine classics or myths
  • Quirky picture books with humor, warmth, and heart
  • Works for younger and older readers that tell a great story using words and images in unexpected ways
  • Upmarket women's fiction and literary-commercial historical fiction
  • Thrillers and psychological suspense/horror with unreliable narrators
  • Police procedurals and thrillers with street cred and authenticity
  • Works that explore hidden worlds and secret knowledge
  • Narrative risk-takers

But you can also surprise me. :)

Send me fiction with an original, unexpected point of view; a fresh, literary voice; and a strong commercial hook, and you've got me.

To apply, please read and follow the submission guidelines on the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, and send your query to Laura's query box.

Agency

The Andrea Brown Literary Agency was founded in August 1981 and has offices in the San Francisco Bay area, San Diego, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago.

Our agency works to bring to light the voices and perspectives of new writers as well as to nurture and develop the careers of experienced authors. Our goal, whether seeking to secure a publishing contract for a first book or a fiftieth book, is to make sure that clients are not only published, but published well.

Our philosophy is to remain a "small" agency at heart. We invest a great deal of personal care and attention in each project, and we are hands-on in all aspects of our interactions with clients. We work closely with clients in an editorial capacity and we devise a strategy at every stage of the writing process that will enable us to find the best publisher for each book. In doing so, we think about both short term and long term goals for our clients, always keeping the trajectory of a successful career in mind.

Our agents have backgrounds in New York publishing, editing, academia, business, teaching, writing and film, and one of our strengths as an agency is that we work collaboratively. Our clients have the benefit not only of their individual agent's expertise but of the combined experience and vision of the group.

As a West Coast based agency, we follow a tradition of West Coast innovation in our passion for discovering new voices, in our efforts to make New York publishing more inclusive of voices from other parts of the country, and in our attempt to see publishing trends that result from this broader perspective. We combine this approach with access, standing, and visibility in the publishing community at large. Our agents make regular trips to New York, attend industry conventions, and participate as faculty at writers' conferences all over the country. We ensure a high profile for our clients and actively keep our fingers on the pulse of publishing.

Read more about the agency here.

Author
Royal Princess Academy and Dino

Laura is the author of Royal Princess Academy: Dragon Dreams and Buying, Training, and Caring for Your Dinosaur. To discover more about Laura the writer, please visit her author site.

Royal Princess Academy: Dragon Dreams
"Humorous. ...readers who share [Emma's] rough-and-tumble nature should find her a winning role model."
Publishers Weekly

Buying, Training, and Caring for Your Dinosaur
"This starter guide will come in handy, whether kids are in the market for a new fantasy pet or just a fun read-aloud. ...Youngsters will quickly become absorbed in this enjoyable mix of facts, fantasy, and fossils."
Booklist