Danielle BurbyLiterary Agent

I was always the class bookworm, but, for some reason, I spent most of high school convinced that my future was in Broadway. In fact, I felt really bad for the English teacher who told me she thought I was destined for a career in books because she was so very wrong. Turns out she knew me better than I thought! Of course, looking back, the fact that I never left the house without a minimum of two books (the book in progress and at least one backup) should probably have tipped me off.

I double majored in creative writing and women’s studies at Hamilton College (both “impractical majors” that have been incredibly practical for me) and figured out that creative writing classes do a really great job of honing your editing and critiquing skills. After internships at several top literary agencies and publishers, I spent four years at New York Agency and began building a client list before moving to NLA in January 2017.

As an agent based in New York City, I primarily represent YA and MG along with very select mystery and women’s fiction. I look for a strong narrative voice and a cast of characters I want to spend time with (which doesn’t necessarily mean they need to be likeable!). Something all of my clients have in common is the ability to sweep me up in their writing and make me grateful for a chance to spend time in their worlds. When I finish a novel and immediately want to thank the person who wrote it, I know I will have the enthusiasm to fight tooth and nail for that author.

For more details on what I’m looking for, check out my wishlist on the Submission Guidelines page. You can find details about my recent sales on Publishers Marketplace.

I Represent...

The Unquiet Dead

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The Language of Secrets

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Among the Ruins

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Upcoming Conferences

RMFW - Colorado Gold Conference
Denver, Colorado
September 8-10
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The Writer's Path at SMU - New York Seminar
New York, NY
November 17
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Las Vegas Writer's Conference
Las Vegas, NV
April 19-21
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Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. Conference
Oklahoma City, OK
May 4-5
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