UPDATED November 6, 2008.
Since the L. Perkins Agency does not currently have a website, the following blog post is meant to outline our submissions guidelines. As a word of explanation, Lori Perkins and I work out of separate home offices, so we have different mailing addresses.
GUIDELINES FOR JENNY RAPPAPORT:
I primarily represent science fiction and fantasy, horror, young adult fiction, and romance. I also do represent some nonfiction material, but it's not my primary area. In terms of SFF, I like almost all examples of the genre, even epic fantasy, but I'm very picky if something sounds cliched. There's so much wonderful material out there to explore that every fantasy novel doesn't need the stereotypical elf, dwarf, and farmboy-turned-world savior, all of whom start their adventure in a bar with tavern wenches. Regarding horror, I tend to go more towards the darker, psychological side of things, and I very firmly do not like splatterpunk. I represent all types of young adult fiction, but my favorites are the ones that fall into the SFF or horror genres. Regarding romance, I am only looking for historical romances, as well as paranormal romances (contemporary or historical). I also do a splattering of women's fiction in there, and I'm always a sucker for a very good historical novel.
I do not represent picture books, most types of nonfiction, and anything religious in nature. I am also not fond of literary fiction because I feel like it tends towards too much navel-gazing and overanalyzation of psyches.
How To Submit To Jenny Rappaport:
I will only accept e-mail queries sent to me at jrlperkinsagency AT yahoo DOT com. Please include the word "Query" in the subject line of your e-mail. Please include your e-mail address within the body of the e-mail.
All snail mail queries will be discarded, unread.
Your query should contain the standard query letter pitch, as well as have a synopsis. Please paste the first FIVE pages of your manuscript into the body of the e-mail. I do NOT prefer attachments.
My current response time is as follows:
1 week for queries
2 weeks for partial manuscript requests
1 month for full manuscript requests
If you have not heard back from us by these suggested response times, please wait two weeks, and then query about the status of your material. Response times are subject to change depending upon who is currently reading the slush pile. At the moment, it is my assistant, Ms. Jodi Meadows.
My business phone number is (908)770-4614.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR LORI PERKINS:
E-mail queries can be submitted to Lori at lperkinsagency AT yahoo DOT com.