Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Lori Steel of Raven Quill Literary Agency

Lori Steel is a literary agent with Raven Quill Literary Agency.

Lori became an agent after working with young readers’ literature for more than a decade. Her experience runs the gamut from school librarian to freelance editor to intern/assistant with two kidlit agencies. She holds bachelor’s degrees in history and education, and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She represents fiction for all young readers from picture books to young adult and is actively building her list.

For MG and select YA, Lori seeks all genres except horror and hard sci-fi. She is interested in representing contemporary fiction told with transparency and heart and meticulously researched historical fiction that flips conventional interpretations and extends the conversation. For fantasy, Lori finds it hard to resist folklore-inspired tales and earthy world building. In all genres, she has a soft spot for story settings that seep off the page, verse novels, and multiple POVs. She has a strong interest in graphic novels across genres and audiences.

For Picture Books, Lori is eager to find both writers and writer-illustrators who craft stories with spare text and rich art, creators who play with structure, utilize collusion to engage participation, and don’t underestimate young readers. She is searching for whimsical, lyrical (narrative – not rhyming), surprising, and/or laugh out loud humorous fiction, along with select nonfiction projects, that young readers will beg to read over and over again.

For all projects, Lori seeks stories with authentic, unforgettable voices that reflect the diverse world we inhabit, instill the possibility of hope and change, and illuminate the shared human experience.