Mary Kole

Mary Kole - Editor

Minneapolis, MN, USA

As a former literary agent, I bring a craft focus and deep insider knowledge to my work. My specialties include children's books and YA.

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Overview

I'm a formal literary agent and provide consulting and developmental editing services to writers of all categories and genres, working on children’s book projects from picture book to young adult, and all kinds of trade market literature, including fantasy, sci-fi, romance and memoir. I hold an MFA in Creative Writing and have worked at Chronicle Books, the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, and Movable Type Management. I've been blogging at since 2009. My book, Writing Irresistible Kidlit, a writing reference guide for middle grade and young adult writers, is available from Writer's Digest Books.

I bring over a decade of publishing industry experience to every edit. While I'm best known for editing children's books (picture books, middle grade, young adult), I work in all fiction categories and genres, as well as memoir. My approach is extremely comprehensive, with a deep focus on character, voice, plot, and other elements of the writing craft. My specialty is interiority, or rendering a character's perspective on the page. I believe this is a very powerful way to hook readers into your story. I also bring my background as a literary agent to the table. Query feedback and market analysis of your project are included with every edit. Many publishers look for "literary quality with commercial appeal," and that's exactly my "both barrels" approach to your project. Together, we will hone your manuscript's craft elements to their fullest creative expression, and then engineer your premise to give you the strongest chance at success, whatever your goal might be. I can't wait to learn about your work!
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Young Adult

Certifications

  • MFA in Creative Writing

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
January, 2012 – Present (almost 8 years)

Running a full service editorial company with thousands of clients.

Associate Agent

Andrea Brown Literary Agency
January, 2008 – January, 2012 (about 4 years)

Working at one of the most prominent children's book agencies in the United States, representing children's authors and illustrators in all categories and genres.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Writing Irresistible Kidlit: The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Fiction for Young Adult and Middle Grade Readers

Mary Kole

Captivate the hearts and minds of young adult readers!Writing for young adult (YA) and middle grade (MG) audiences isn't just "kid's stuff" anymore--it's kidlit! The YA and MG book markets are healthier and more robust than ever, and that means the competition is fiercer, too. In Writing Irresistible Kidlit, literary agent Mary Kole shares her expertise on writing novels for young adult and mi... read more

Captivate the hearts and minds of young adult readers!Writing for young adult (YA) and middle grade (MG) audiences isn't just "kid's stuff" anymore--it's kidlit! The YA and MG book markets are healthier and more robust than ever, and that means the competition is fiercer, too. In Writing Irresistible Kidlit, literary agent Mary Kole shares her expertise on writing novels for young adult and mi... read more

Through to You

Emily Hainsworth

Camden Pike has been grief-stricken since his girlfriend, Viv, died. He'd give anything to have just one more glimpse of her. But when Cam visits the site of Viv's deadly car accident, he sees an apparition. Her name is Nina, and she's a girl from a parallel world. When Cam follows here there and makes an unbelievable discovery, it's as if all his wildest dreams have come true. But things are ... read more

Camden Pike has been grief-stricken since his girlfriend, Viv, died. He'd give anything to have just one more glimpse of her. But when Cam visits the site of Viv's deadly car accident, he sees an apparition. Her name is Nina, and she's a girl from a parallel world. When Cam follows here there and makes an unbelievable discovery, it's as if all his wildest dreams have come true. But things are ... read more

A Smidgen of Sky

Dianna Dorisi Winget

Whether she likes it or not, ten-year-old Piper Lee DeLuna is about to get a new family.Four years after the plane Piper's daddy was piloting disappeared, her mama is remarrying. The way Piper sees it, Mama is being plain disloyal.Besides, who wants a prison guard for a step-dad, or that weenie Ginger for a step-sister? But when Piper Lee hatches a foolproof plan to get the wedding called off,... read more

Whether she likes it or not, ten-year-old Piper Lee DeLuna is about to get a new family.Four years after the plane Piper's daddy was piloting disappeared, her mama is remarrying. The way Piper sees it, Mama is being plain disloyal.Besides, who wants a prison guard for a step-dad, or that weenie Ginger for a step-sister? But when Piper Lee hatches a foolproof plan to get the wedding called off,... read more

When Blue Met Egg

Lindsay Ward

One cold winter day, Blue returns to her nest to find something wonderful: Egg! Or rather a snowball she mistakes for an egg. Blue puts Egg in a pail and sets off to look for Egg's mother. But as the winter winds down and the temperature goes up, Blue is in for a sad surprise. Not to worry, though. In this sweet story of friendship, even snowmelt grows into something beautiful. With her intric... read more

One cold winter day, Blue returns to her nest to find something wonderful: Egg! Or rather a snowball she mistakes for an egg. Blue puts Egg in a pail and sets off to look for Egg's mother. But as the winter winds down and the temperature goes up, Blue is in for a sad surprise. Not to worry, though. In this sweet story of friendship, even snowmelt grows into something beautiful. With her intric... read more

The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane

Kate O'Shaughnessy

This sparkling middle-grade debut is a classic-in-the-making! Maybelle Lane is looking for her father, but on the road to Nashville she finds so much more: courage, brains, heart--and true friends. Eleven-year-old Maybelle Lane collects sounds. She records the Louisiana crickets chirping, Momma strumming her guitar, their broken trailer door squeaking. But the crown jewel of her collection is ... read more

This sparkling middle-grade debut is a classic-in-the-making! Maybelle Lane is looking for her father, but on the road to Nashville she finds so much more: courage, brains, heart--and true friends. Eleven-year-old Maybelle Lane collects sounds. She records the Louisiana crickets chirping, Momma strumming her guitar, their broken trailer door squeaking. But the crown jewel of her collection is ... read more

Cardslinger

M. G. Velasco

"An epic quest full of action and mystery. A big adventure with a big heart, Cardslinger is aces!" ―Michael Northrop, New York Times bestselling author of the TombQuest series It's 1881, and a newfangled card game called Mythic is sweeping the nation. Twelve-year-old Jason "Shuffle" Jones doesn't like it. He and his father created the game for themselves, before his father went missing. Mythic... read more

"An epic quest full of action and mystery. A big adventure with a big heart, Cardslinger is aces!" ―Michael Northrop, New York Times bestselling author of the TombQuest series It's 1881, and a newfangled card game called Mythic is sweeping the nation. Twelve-year-old Jason "Shuffle" Jones doesn't like it. He and his father created the game for themselves, before his father went missing. Mythic... read more

Zoe's Room (No Sisters Allowed)

Bethanie Murguia

Zoe is the Queen of the whole Universe... but her favorite place in the Universe is her own room, where she hosts tea parties, builds empires out of blocks, and gazes out upon the stars. Then her parents announce that her little sister Addie is moving in to Zoe's room. Little sisters aren't good at tea parties (too rude), block-building (too clumsy), and starwatching (just plain too young!). S... read more

Zoe is the Queen of the whole Universe... but her favorite place in the Universe is her own room, where she hosts tea parties, builds empires out of blocks, and gazes out upon the stars. Then her parents announce that her little sister Addie is moving in to Zoe's room. Little sisters aren't good at tea parties (too rude), block-building (too clumsy), and starwatching (just plain too young!). S... read more

Snippet the Early Riser

Bethanie Murguia

Snippet is a typical snail. But unlike other snails, he loves to wake up early. While his family is snoozing the morning away, he is wide awake and ready to race to the flowers, make leaf sculptures, and get piggyback rides. With the help of his bug friends, he tries and tries to wake his family up—but nothing works. Until Caterpillar gives him an idea. Celebrating early birds and late snoozer... read more

Snippet is a typical snail. But unlike other snails, he loves to wake up early. While his family is snoozing the morning away, he is wide awake and ready to race to the flowers, make leaf sculptures, and get piggyback rides. With the help of his bug friends, he tries and tries to wake his family up—but nothing works. Until Caterpillar gives him an idea. Celebrating early birds and late snoozer... read more

Please Bring Balloons

Lindsay Ward

Every day can be an adventure. Especially if you bring balloons.Ever wondered what it would be like to ride a carousel right off its platform? As Emma discovers, all it takes is a handful of balloons and a very kind polar bear to show you the way. This soaring story of friendship, between a carousel bear and the little girl who noticed him, will take readers to the arctic and back—in time for ... read more

Every day can be an adventure. Especially if you bring balloons.Ever wondered what it would be like to ride a carousel right off its platform? As Emma discovers, all it takes is a handful of balloons and a very kind polar bear to show you the way. This soaring story of friendship, between a carousel bear and the little girl who noticed him, will take readers to the arctic and back—in time for ... read more

Wildefire

Karsten Knight

Every flame begins with a spark. Blackwood Academy was supposed to be a fresh start for Ashline Wilde. A secluded boarding school deep in the heart of California’s redwood forests, three thousand miles from her old life—it sounded like the new beginning she needed after an act of unspeakable violence left a girl in her hometown dead. But Blackwood is far from the peaceful haven Ashline was sea... read more

Every flame begins with a spark. Blackwood Academy was supposed to be a fresh start for Ashline Wilde. A secluded boarding school deep in the heart of California’s redwood forests, three thousand miles from her old life—it sounded like the new beginning she needed after an act of unspeakable violence left a girl in her hometown dead. But Blackwood is far from the peaceful haven Ashline was sea... read more

Embers & Echoes (Wildefire Book 2)

Karsten Knight

A teenage Polynesian volcano goddess fires up her search for love and family in this sequel to Wildefire.Every flame casts a shadow. Ashline Wilde is about to discover that when you’re the reincarnation of a Polynesian volcano goddess, “new beginnings” are just a myth. Leaving the fiery ruins of her sophomore year behind her, Ash travels to the sizzling beaches of Miami, hot on the trail of th... read more

A teenage Polynesian volcano goddess fires up her search for love and family in this sequel to Wildefire.Every flame casts a shadow. Ashline Wilde is about to discover that when you’re the reincarnation of a Polynesian volcano goddess, “new beginnings” are just a myth. Leaving the fiery ruins of her sophomore year behind her, Ash travels to the sizzling beaches of Miami, hot on the trail of th... read more

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