denisejaden (denisejaden) wrote in classof2k10,

Agent Perspective: Rosemary Stimola

Congratulations to Rosemary Stimola of Stimola Literary Studio and her client, Irene Latham, whose debut book, LEAVING GEE'S BEND was recently released.
Rosemary agreed to join us here today to answer a few quick questions.

Rosemary, can you tell us what first drew you to the manuscript of LEAVING GEE'S BEND?
I am a language person at heart, and I was quite charmed by the lyrical, poetic prose that formed the narrative voice in this novel. I was touched by Ludelphia, wanted to know this girl and learn more about this place and the culture that shaped her person, her choices and decisions.

LEAVING GEE'S BEND is MG historical fiction. Where do you see the market right now for this genre?
I have always felt that "good" historical fiction puts a face on history in a way nonfiction text often does not. I think this is particularly true for young people today, who enjoy connecting with a young character and viewing all through his/her eyes. Historical fiction establishes an immediacy that allows the reader to step into periods and places past, and to gain insights into those who inhabited these times and settings in the most personal of ways. The trade market might be leaning toward the paranormal and dystopian at this time, but there is always room to shine light on a beautifully told historical fiction. Always a need for one. Karen Hesse's OUT OF THE DUST certainly has proven this to be true. And of course, there is always support from the institutional market, where teachers and librarians are always looking for literary opportunities to present and discuss historical moments.

Are you accepting queries right now, and if so, what are you looking for specifically and how can writers contact you?
I remain open to queries, ranging from picturebook to young adult. Taking very few new in the picturebook realm right now, looking for "fresh"  middle and tween fiction and always ready for compelling YA novels. In all age groups and genres, I need to be blown away. Queries may be sent to Guidelines are posted on my website. Important to note that I can now only respond to those queries I wish to pursue further.

Great! Thanks so much again for joining us Rosemary and congratulations to you and Irene on the release of LEAVING GEE'S BEND!
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