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Full Agent Profile: Jennifer DeChiara



NAME

Jennifer DeChiara

AGENCY
Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency
AAR MEMBER
No
EMAIL
jenndec@aol.com
AGENCY WEB SITE
http://www.jdlit.com/



FICTION GENRES
Literary Fiction | Chick Lit | Mystery | Commercial Fiction | Women's Fiction | Humor/Satire | Young Adult | Thrillers/Suspense | Short Stories | Children's | Gay & Lesbian | Middle Grade
NONFICTION GENRES

Celebrity | Parenting | How-To | Drama/Music | Self-Help | Current Affairs | Women's Issues | Pop Culture | Psychology | Health & Fitness | Gay & Lesbian | Film & Entertainment | Humor

CURRENT STATUS
  • This agent accepts queries
  • MORE INFORMATION

    SPECIAL INTERESTS
    • ADULT FICTION:
    • I'm passionate about literary fiction with a unique, beautiful voice, but I also enjoy commercial fiction, women's fiction (no bodice-rippers, please), chick-lit, mysteries, suspense, thrillers - in general, I'm open to manuscripts in every category.
    • I'm a sucker for underdog and outsider stories, manuscripts about the triumph of the human spirit.
    • I want to read manuscripts that will keep me up at night, make me feel something, change the world in some way.
    • Even if it's a fun, commercial story, at its heart should be a wonderful protagonist from whom I can learn.
    • CHILDREN'S:
    • I love all kinds of picture books - soft, quirky, funny - rhyming or non-rhyming. For middle-grade and YA fiction, I'm looking for beautiful, distinctive voices, above all, and character-driven stories. I'm open to every genre under the sun, but I'm not a huge science fiction fan.
    • NON-FICTION:
    • Being a former dancer/actress, I love anything and everything Hollywood, especially celebrity bios/autobiographies.
    • I'm always looking for beautifully written memoirs about people who have overcome incredible odds, books about the arts and performing arts, behind-the-scenes-type books, and books about popular culture.
    • I am passionate about books that empower people to live their best lives, whether it's a great health or exercise book or a spiritual-type (think Eckhart Tolle or Deepak Chopra) book, and self-help books of all kinds.
    • I am particularly open to books for the GLBTQ audience and, in general, any underdog/outsider stories
    DOES NOT REPRESENT
    • No romance, sci-fi, westerns, or poetry
    SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

    FACTS/TIDBITS
    EDUCATION


    NEW DEALS
    PAST/PRESENT CLIENTS
    The Last Chance Texaco
    Author:   Brent Hartinger
    Genres:   Young Adult
    Publisher:   HarperTempest; (February 17, 2004)
    Fifteen-year-old orphan, Lucy Pitt, has ended up at Kindle Home, a place for foster kids who aren‘t wanted anywhere else--the last stop before the high-security juvenile detention center; Lucy soon decides she wants to stay and must expose a criminal who's been starting a series of car-fires in the neighborhood, or she'll lose not just her new home, but her one last chance for happiness
    View book at Amazon

    Geography Club
    Author:   Brent Hartinger
    Genres:   Young Adult | Gay & Lesbian
    Publisher:   HarperTempest (March, 2003)
    When Russel Middlebrook discovers his online gay-chat buddy turns out to be none other than Kevin, the popular but closeted star of the school's baseball team, they start a "geography" club to help bring together other secretly-gay teens in the high school
    View book at Amazon

    Yes, You Can Adopt!: A Comprehensive Guide for Parents
    Author:   Richard Mintzer
    Genres:   Parenting | How-To
    Publisher:   Carroll & Graf Publishers (January 1, 2003)
    This comprehensive and reassuring book combines Mintzer’s own expertise (as co-president of the New York City chapter of the nation’s largest adoption support group) with anecdotal advice from adoptive parents to help anyone who is considering adoption to make well-informed decisions
    View book at Amazon

    Not Everyone Is Nice: Helping Children Learn Caution With Strangers
    Author:   Frederick Alimonti
    Genres:   Children's
    Publisher:   New Horizon Press (October 1, 2003)
    A children's picture book that introduces the idea of being cautious with strangers
    View book at Amazon

    Hazing Meri Sugarman
    Author:   M. Apostolina
    Genres:   Young Adult
    Publisher:   Simon Pulse (December 27, 2005)
    This book is about an insecure loner who joins a sorority house run by a diabolical president, but turns the tables on her tormentor
    View book at Amazon




    LINKS
    http://www.fictionfactor.com/interviews/jdechiara.html
    Interview with Jennifer DeChiara on FictionFactor.com
    This is Jennifer DeChiara's response to our symposium question, When Agents Call...
    http://www.agentquery.com/symposium_thecall.aspx
    PREVIOUS AGENCIES
    Peter Rubie Literary Agency
    Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency (old address)