Hot off the presses! The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency has a new agent and she is looking for middle grade fiction! Meet Alexandra Weiss –

Alexandra Weiss is a Books Writer for, the PR Manager for a local Chicago circus, and an all-around literary bookworm.  She graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BFA in Creative Writing and Publishing in 2015.  Previously she’s worked as an Acquisitions Editor for the award-winning anthology Hair Trigger, interned as a publicist for Kaye Publicity, and was a loyal volunteer for Columbia’s annual Story Week: Festival of Writers event for the past four years.  Ever since she was little, her main goal has been to inspire with words, just like the many beloved books and authors have done before her.
Yeah, yeah, but what is she looking for???

Children’s Fiction:  I love all types of adventurous, silly, and out-of-the-box children and middle-grade books.  Books with or without pictures intrigue me, and I’m most interested in a character-driven story and big plot to explore.

Ready to submit? Pay close attention to the submission guidelines as they vary for different agents. Here’s the 411 on how to submit to Alexandra:

Please email a query letter with “Query” in the subject line to  Please send the first twenty pages in the body of the email, along with a one-paragraph bio and one-paragraph synopsis.

From everyone here at the Mafia – good luck!

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