IN ADDITION TO BEING AN AUTHOR, MARLO BERLINER IS ALSO AN ASSOCIATE LITERARY AGENT WITH THE JENNIFER DE CHIARA LITERARY AGENCY (JDLA) IN NY.
Marlo Berliner is an award-winning young adult author, freelance editor, and bookseller. She joined The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency in March 2018 as an editorial intern after having completed a previous internship with The Bent Agency. Now, she is actively building her list as an associate agent. She is a member of SCBWI, RWA, NJ-RWA, and YA-RWA. Prior to her career in the publishing world, Marlo was an accounting manager for a Fortune 500 company. She holds B.S. degrees in Economics and Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
What I’m looking for:
I believe the best stories have both compelling characters and tight, emotionally involving plotlines. If your writing can translate emotion to the page and give me a visceral reaction of humor, fear, joy, sadness, intrigue, or romance, then I will keep turning pages.
Middle Grade and Young Adult: I am interested in all genres of MG and YA fiction, with particular emphasis on adventure, psychological thriller, suspense, mystery, paranormal, urban fantasy, horror, speculative, and romance. I enjoy magic, magical realism, unusual settings, pirates, dark elements, gothic tone, secrets or secretive characters, treasure hunts, and unreliable narrators. Also, if you can take a story or intellectual property (in TV or books) that is popular with the adult crowd and give me it’s MG or YA version, then I will give it a look because I believe these types of stories may have strong potential for the market. Stories told by #ownvoices, and stories with diverse characters of all kinds, including neuro-diverse and LGBTQIA+ are all welcomed. I am also open to coming-of-age stories set in college that walk the line between upper YA and NA. While I do like contemporary tales, I may not be the best fit for ‘issue’ books where the central conflict revolves primarily around rape/rape-culture, drugs, or illness. I will also consider some select non-fiction projects in MG and YA, particularly if they involve pop-culture or current events.
Adult: I am interested in all genres of Romance, except inspirational, historical and erotic. I am also open to women’s fiction, mystery, thriller, and suspense.
Some favorite titles on my reading shelf include One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus, Caraval by Stephanie Garber, The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab, and Nevermoor, The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend.
For more, follow me on Twitter @MarloBerliner.
How to submit:
Please submit your query and first 20 pages of your finished and polished manuscript via my Query Manager: http://QueryMe.Online/marloberliner
You will receive an automatic response from Query Manager which lets you know your submission is in my inbox, and you can track your query’s progress. I’ll respond within 6 weeks, but only to projects that interest me.
PLEASE NOTE: I only accept Query Manager submissions; any queries sent by email or regular mail will not be considered.
For non-query related matters only, please email me at Marlo.firstname.lastname@example.org
April 12th – 14th Washington RWA – Westminster, MD
May 29th – 31st Book Expo America (BEA) – NY
June 1st – 2nd NJ-SCBWI Conference – New Brunswick, NJ
July 23rd YARWA Day of YA at the RWA Conference – NY
October 12th – 13th Permian Basin Writers Workshop – Midland, TX
A Writer’s Blessing
May the words you’re typing on the page be as worthy as
the words running through your mind.
May your deadline be behind you.
May a good story lie ahead of you.
And as we go forth,
May you always enjoy the journey to finding those two perfect words: The End.