#2 is Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth. Her agent is Joanna Volpe at New Leaf Literary
#10 is Frostblood by Elly Blake. Her agent is Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary.
I was privileged to meet each of these fiercely talented, ferociously effective agents at the start of their careers.
Back before anyone knew them.
Back before editors recognized their names.
Back when they answered queries overnight because what they had to offer was speed, rather than sales.
They built careers that have earned the respect of the entire publishing industry.
To see all three represented on this list is a moment I will never ever forget. It is a moment of indescribable joy.
Your takeaway from this: there are young agents out there who are hungry and hardworking. You'd be nuts to overlook them.