Marie Lamba is a literary agent with Jennifer De Chiara Literary.
She is seeking: middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction, especially with diverse points of view, or a STEM tie-in. She also wants general adult fiction and women’s fiction. She’d love to find an original women’s novel that would inspire the next smart and funny chick flick. Marie wants memoirs with strong voices and unique, inspiring stories (especially foodie memoirs, or ones with a celebrity or pop culture connection). She also represents a select number of established illustrators and picture book authors. She’d love a fresh non-gory ghost story for any age, and she’s fascinated with hidden treasures, artifacts and with discovering ancient civilizations right beneath our feet. Marie is a huge fan of folklore and fairy tales, and, while she wouldn’t want a retelling, she always enjoy those elements woven into a story in a unique way. Overall, books that are original, moving and/or hilarious are especially welcome.
Marie is NOT interested in Christian fiction, adult nonfiction, horsey books, genre science fiction or high fantasy (though she is open to speculative elements, especially in middle grade fiction), erotica, category romance (though romantic elements are welcomed in novels), or books that feature graphic violence.
Marie is author of the young adult novels What I Meant… (Random House), Over My Head and Drawn, and of the upcoming picture book Green Green (Farrar Straus Giroux). Her articles appear in more than 100 publications, and she’s a frequent contributor to Writer’s Digest. Marie has worked as an editor, an award-winning public relations writer, a book publicist, and has taught classes on novel writing and on author promotion. Some favorite titles on her reading shelf include Searching for Caleb by Anne Tyler, Just Listen by Sarah Dessen, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffeneger, The Once and Future King by T.H. White, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Shug by Jenny Han, and Dogzilla and Hallo-weiner by Dav Pilkey. For more insight into her tastes, check out the books she’s authored, as well as the works of the authors she represents, and visit marielamba.com for her Agent Monday blog posts.