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Silvia is PFD’s primary agent for children’s and YA fiction.

She gives us a full and useful interview below. In terms of themes that she’d love to see, she says she wants, “Young narrators and brave narratives; strong YA voices; contemporary and realistic settings; LGBT storylines and characters.” (We haven’t, by the way, come across many children’s agents who express an interest in the LGBT storylines specifically, so if your material does involve such a theme, Silvia seems like an obvious target.)

The ‘realistic settings’ is also worth noting. Silvia says she ‘loves’ dystopian settings but isn’t looking for such fiction at the moment, almost certainly because the market for such work has tailed off after a long surge.

Her taste in children’s fiction runs to “funny, sweet, moving and edgy books”, and she cites The Wimpy Kid series and David Walliams’s Boy in a Dress. In terms of more literary work for children and young adults, she mentions The Giver by Lois Lowry, Holes by Louis Sachar, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

She also gives some useful guidelines to her taste in adult fiction, which can often be a surprisingly useful guide for writers seeking an agent who shares something of their literary outlook. A more detailed list can be found below, but she cites work by Gillian Flynn, Donna Tartt, Jeffrey Eugenides Sarah Winman, and Markus Zusak among others.

Silvia handles non-fiction for children and YA, including “memoirs, manuals, popular science and humorous books.”

In addition to her children / YA list, Silvia is the audio rights saleswoman for the agency and sells foreign rights for her own list directly. A talented linguist, she is also interested in seeing children’s and YA books in Italian, Spanish and French for possible sale to UK publishers.



Detailed data

Agency:
PFD The Peters Fraser and Dunlop Group
Agent since:
2014
Short biography:

Silvia Molteni is the dedicated children's books Agent at PFD, looking for children's and YA fiction. Silvia also handles all audio rights for the agency and sells foreign rights in PFD's children's and YA list.

Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, Children's picture books, Children's fiction, Children's & YA non-fiction
Authors & books liked:


Other loves & passions:


How to make a submission:
By email please.
Other advice and background:

Silvia is looking for children's and YA/crossover fiction and non-fiction (literary/commercial, horror, fantasy, sci-fi, psychological thrillers) in the English language. Silvia is also looking for books in translation (Italian, Spanish and French languages). She accepts submissions via email.

An Interview with Silvia

Q. What books/authors do you love in commercial fiction? (Crime, women's)

I like psychological thrillers that keep you on the edge of your seat with complex main characters, strong narrative voices and smart plotlines, such as: Sharp Objects and Dark Places by Gillian Flynn The Client and The Pelican Brief by John Grisham Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson On the other hand, when it comes to children's fiction, I would say funny, sweet, moving and edgy books, such as The Wimpy Kid Series and The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams, as well as big franchises like Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Divergent, The 5th Wave, His Dark Materials series etc.

Q. What books/authors do you love in literary/historical/book group fiction? Examples and reasons, please!

I love ambitious and inspirational books with character-driven narratives and courageous themes. Below are just a few examples of some of the books I love, all featuring strong narrative voices and beautiful writing. I love books with young narrators/protagonists and coming-of-age stories. The Goldfinch and The Secret History by Donna Tartt, The Virgins Suicide and Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman, Skippy Dies by Paul Murray, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender, We Used To Be Kings by Stewart Foster, White Oleander by Janet Fitch, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Sarah Waters. As far as concerns literary YA/crossovers, I would mention The Giver by Lois Lowry, Holes by Louis Sachar, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, just to name a few.

Q. How about sci-fi/horror/fantasy/paranormal/YA dystopian/erotic? What would you be interested in, and what's a big no?

I'm interested in YA and crossover sci-fi, fantasy, horror and paranormal fiction. I love dystopian settings but I'm not looking for dystopian fiction at the moment.

Q. On the non-fiction side, are there particular areas that interest you? Does your non-fiction list have a particular slant to it?

I am only interested in finding non-fiction books for a children's and YA audience, from memoirs, to manuals, popular science and humorous books.

Q. What (very roughly) is the balance of your list between literary fiction / commercial fiction / non-fiction?

Mainly literary and commercial fiction at the moment

Q. Is there anything in particular you'd love to see at the moment?

Young narrators and brave narratives; strong YA voices; contemporary and realistic settings; LGBT storylines and characters.

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
@SilviaMolteni85
Interesting links:
No Data
Clients:
N.D. Gomes, Victoria Biram, Leander Deeny, Helen Donohoe, Ross Welford, Sam Norman, Emma Calder
Full client list:
http://www.petersfraserdunlop.com/about-us/agents/
Email address:
smolteni@pfd.co.uk

Agents of: PFD The Peters Fraser and Dunlop Group

Agency details

Website:
http://www.petersfraserdunlop.com/
About the agency:
http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/how-i-got-my-agent-j-kent-messum
Address for submissions:
No data
Office address:
34-43 Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HA
Email address:
info@pfd.co.uk
Phone number:
020 7344 1000
Number of agents:
13
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
Please submit the first three chapters of your book in hard copy with a synopsis of the whole and a very brief CV about your writing career. Double spacing and one side only. Please be aware that we don't acknowledge receipt of submissions. We'd rather spend our time reading them. Also it's important that you include a stamped, self addressed envelope so that we can respond to you. If you want us to return your manuscript, make sure the postage is enough to cover the return.
More info on this agency:
Peters Fraser & Dunlop is one of the longest-established literary and talent agencies in London. We are proud to represent authors, journalists, broadcasters, speakers and estates with specialist expertise in the fields of literature, film, television and radio, public speaking, digital platforms and journalism.
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
38/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
No
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@PFDAgents
Latest news:
No data
More about the agency:
http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/how-i-got-my-agent-j-kent-messum

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