Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Rachel McCain of Gold Dust Literary

Rachel McCain is a literary agent with Gold Dust Literary.

“I have over a decade of experience in writing and editing for diverse platforms. I hold a BA in English, and I graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with an MFA in Nonfiction Writing. Aside from being a literary agent, I’m also an educator. In my free time, I enjoy going to the beach, traveling, spending time with loved ones, and reading.”

She is seeking:

I accept nonfiction, adult fiction, YA fiction, and children’s literature (fiction or nonfiction.) I do not accept romance, erotica or religious/spiritual.

I love nonfiction with a historical element (think Show Me a Hero). I absolutely love nonfiction stories that are unknown and/or overlooked. Dark and gritty stories are especially welcome (think Random Family and Grand Central Winter.)

In regards to fiction, I would love to find the next Alice Walker or James Baldwin. I would love something set in New York. I also love YA fiction with series potential – think Goosebumps, Babysitter’s Club, The Princess Diaries. I am looking for the next Meg Cabot and R.L. Stine.

For children’s literature, I want something with diverse and unique characters.

Make sure you hook me into your writing, from beginning to end. I need imagery. Dare to be creative. Also, please edit your writing thoroughly before you submit.

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