Bree Ogden

Bree Ogden joined D4EO in November 2011, after having been an associate literary agent at Martin Literary Management for nearly 2 years representing children’s, YA, and graphic novels.

Bree graduated with her BA in Philosophy from Southern Virginia University where she served as editor-in-chief of the University’s newsmagazine. She was awarded Most Valuable Player and Editor of the Year, as well as SVU’s Pioneer Award, an honor the University awards to two students each year. She then received her MA in Journalism with an emphasis in editing and expository writing at Northeastern University where she worked on both the New England Press Association Bulletin, and also served as the features editor of the premier campus music magazine, Tastemakers Magazine.

Bree has spent many years working as a freelance journalist and currently co-operates the macabre children’s magazine Underneath the Juniper Tree where she serves as Editorial Director. Bree is the Assistant Class Director for the Web site where she also teaches Intro to Graphic Novel Writing and query letter writing. Bree is a judge for the Ghastly Awards--Honoring Excellence in Horror Comics, and a comics/TV writer at

Bree's LitReactor Content

• Email submissions only, query first.
• Paste the first five pages of your novel below your query
• No attachments


*NOTE: I am actively seeking children's/YA nonfiction. NO memoir unless you have a gigantic platform (i.e., The Pregnancy Project). I would love something in the vein of The Letter Q, Dare to Dream!: 25 Extraordinary Lives, The Forbidden Schoolhouse, or a Starvation Heights type historical fiction. 

~Highly artistic picture books (high brow art, think Varmints)
~Middle grade 
~Young Adult
~Adult (see genres below)
~Graphic Novels (preferably artist/illustrator OGNs) *Not currently accepting graphic novels
~Nonfiction (not academic, rather pop culture journalism or essays, think Kelley Williams Brown, David Sedaris, Chuck Klosterman. MUST have platform, no memoirs)
~Humor (Think F*** I'm in My Twenties)
~Pop Culture
~Art books
~Craft books
~Unapologetically bizarre books
~Macabre literature for children

In Adult:

~Transgressive fiction
~Genre horror
~Gothic horror
~Genre noir
~Genre romance 
~Gothic literature 
~Body horror
~NO erotica unless you write like Christina Lauren ;)

*I am no longer looking at science fiction and I have never accepted paranormal/supernatural/fantasy. 

Bree’s wish list: (don’t limit your queries to these!)

• Dark (not angst-ridden)
• Realistic
• Psychological horror (with no paranormal elements)
• A Dexter-ish type YA black comedy with quirky edge (COMEDY and QUIRKY being the operative words)
• Historical for YA
• Speculative historical fiction, especially crime-centric. MSS about notorious serial killers or famous murder victims (i.e., The Black Dahlia, Lizzie Borden, etc.)
• A unique and theme-driven art book
• Any book dealing with Anne Boleyn or Marie Antoinette (historical fiction, not nonfiction)

If I could have, I would have, represented:

Chuck Palahniuk
Irvine Welsh
Nick Hornby
Chuck Wendig
Mary Shelley
Steve Niles
The Bronte Sisters
Agatha Christie
Anais Nin
Ira Levin
Kelly Williams Brown

(Just to give you an idea of the type of books I love and would love to see in my inbox.)

For an idea of my tastes in art books check out the following:

• Camilla d’Errico
• Mark Ryden
• Nicoletta Ceccoli
• Matthew J. Price
• Marion Peck
• Elizabeth McGrath

You can also see my #MSWL (manuscript wish list) here for more ideas on my tastes.

A sample of recent sales include:

Brianna Shrum's HOW TO MAKE OUT, a teen starts an anonymous How-To blog and promises to become an expert on everything she writes about, even after the blog and her life begin to spin out of control, forcing her to decide if her glamorous new life is worth giving up everything (and everyone) in her old one, to Nicole Frail at Sky Pony Press, for publication in Fall 2016, by Bree Ogden at D4EO Literary Agency.

Brianna Shrum's NEVER NEVER, a retelling that starts when James Hook, the boy who only wanted to grow up, meets Peter Pan, the only boy who didn't, and follows their journey from innocent friends to the fiercest rivals in all of Neverland, to Danielle Ellison and Patricia Riley at Spencer Hill Press.

Rob Hart's NEW YORKED (and sequel CITY OF ROSE), in which a man wakes up to a hangover and several disturbing voicemails from his ex; when she turns up dead, he tears apart the seedy underbelly of New York to avenge her death, to Jason Pinter at Polis Books.

Jody Gehrman's MINX, in which a sexy but insecure copywriter decides to boost her ego with one night of anonymous fantasy play, only to find out after the fact that Mr. Fantasy is her Mr. CEO, to Dana Hamilton at Harlequin Cosmo Red Hot Reads.

Anne Tibbets's CARRIER, in which a sex slave, thrown out on the street once she becomes pregnant, must find a replacement or fight with the resistance, to Rhonda Helms at Carina Press.

Anne Tibbet's WALLED (The LINE: Book 2, sequel to CARRIER) Rebel lovers Naya and Ric have survived one year in hiding, raising Naya's twins from infants to toddlers in the shadow of the brutal Auberge dictatorship. When a mysterious revolutionary seeks their help to infiltrate Auberge's electronic heart and shut it down, it's an opportunity to get out of the city and taste freedom for the first time.  Sold to Rhonda Helms at Carina Press, Winter 2014. 

Brooklyn Skye's THE FRAGILE LINE, a teenage girl's journey to a proper diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder, a disorder that has all but ruined her relationship with her family, boyfriend, and friends is the least of her problems when her alter is looking to take over her life... for good, to Alycia Tornetta at Entangled Teen.

D.M. Cunningham's NILES WORMWART, following a science genius who is thrust into a world he only thought existed in comic books, he must discover his true potential inside the walls of Camp Mayhem-the potential to become the darkest of evils or stay true to his good-hearted roots, to Trisha Wooldridge at Spencer Hill Press.


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