About

CELEBRATING 15 YEARS OF QUALITY REPRESENTATION

Who We Are

 

Serendipity:

A word of varied meaning. At its heart: fortune, twists of fate, luck. Its connotations and sinuous elegance uniquely suit the name of a literary agency. Its essence is the beauty of language infused with adventurous spirit, delicately balanced at the confluence of timing and chance.

Located in New York, NY, near the heart of America’s publishing industry, Serendipity Literary Agency, LLC represents a select list of authors and illustrators. Founded by Regina Brooks in 2000, Serendipity has established a diverse base of award-winning clients in adult and young adult fiction, non-fiction, and children’s literature. We work tirelessly to help our clients build successful careers. Our mission is one of long-term development and the
cultivation of lasting relationships with new and established authors and illustrators.

We embrace serendipity, but we never forget that hard work produces its own luck. Serendipity seeks quality queries, manuscripts, and proposals. Submission instructions and hints for writing successful queries are in our submission guidelines.

Why we’re different:


We're all about standards and commitment. We are as diligent in adhering to the highest possible business standards as in selecting the people we represent. If we offer you representation, it is because we think your work is worthy of our best effort, and that is exactly what you will get if you accept.
Receiving a high level of service and support means you will never receive a form-letter response and never have your manuscript returned unread. If you’re a new author, or one with limited publishing experience, you won’t feel like you’re not important enough to get and keep our attention.

As a Serendipity client you’ll have our personal commitment, you and your manuscript will be shepherded through the harrowing process of getting published. That includes assuring that the right editors and the right publishers see your work, and that it is pitched to them enthusiastically and professionally. Once we’ve sold your work to a publisher, we will ensure that it is published at the best possible term

 

What We Do

Creating good fortune for aspiring writers:


For months—perhaps years—you’ve invested your creative energy and passion in writing your manuscript. Now it’s complete, and you realize that what other writers have been warning you about is true. The easy part is done. It’s time for you to try to sell your book, an activity for which most writers are ill-prepared, because selling your book involves an entirely different set of skills and knowledge. The anxiety that this generates has been felt by every author who came before you.

The job of Serendipity Literary Agency is to ease you through the transition from writer to published author in the easiest way possible. We have the contacts you need, the knowledge required to market your work effectively, and the skill to negotiate the most favorable contract on your behalf.

If you have general questions about how literary agents work, you’ll find many of them answered in our FAQs. When you’re ready to learn about taking the first real steps toward submitting your manuscript, review Submitting Manuscripts and Proposals.

Editorial Development:


We see the writing and publishing process as a collaborative experience. You can expect guidance with content development, proposal development, and certainly some editorial review. We are available to you throughout the entire writing process. Our team will help you determine the ideal format and approach for your project. We also help in assuring that the presentation of your proposal and sample material will stand out. We assist our authors in making sure the idea is viable in the current marketplace.

Business Representation:


Our agents are here to help you through the entire publication process. To that end, we negotiate the sale and/or license the rights to your work. We review your publishing contract and negotiate the terms of your agreement with the goal of getting you the best financial deal with the ideal publishing partner. Further, we collect and disburse monies due to you from both domestic and foreign publishers.

Team Development:


It takes a full team of individuals to bring your project to life. If there is a need for ghostwriting we will help match you with the ideal partner to bring your story to life. We will also help you source the ideal independent publicist to enhance the efforts of the in-house publicist.

A PRECIOUS IDEA IS NEVER ARBITRARILY UNEARTHED. IT SPURTS FORTH FROM EFFORT AND CREATIVITY, FINALLY UNCOVERED AS BRILLIANCE. SERENDIPITY LITERARY AGENCY PUSHES AND UNCOVERS THOSE WHO LOVE TO VENTURE IN THE QUARRY OF THEIR IMAGINATION.