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Mordecai Literary

Sydney Whitaker, Independent Agent

Children and adolescents (and parents and grandparents!) need great books. 



I'm an independent literary agent focused on hands-on author support throughout every step of the publishing process. I enjoy partnering with writers to hone their craft, develop their voice, revise effectively and find the ideal publishing home for their work.



I handle childrens’ literature for all ages including picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult. I’m looking for character-driven works exploring the full spectrum of the childhood and adolescent experience. I have a particular affinity for stories that…


…bring readers into the natural world, channeling adventure, awe, and mindfulness. 


…celebrate the richness of diversity, community, and unheard stories.


…provide examples of bridging gaps and finding similarities.  

Sydney Whitaker


Sydney Whitaker received a B.A. in literature and creative writing at the University of North Carolina and then began her career in academic publishing. She worked in acquisitions at the University of North Carolina Press and the University of Georgia Press, focusing on creative writing, nature writing, and literary studies. Sydney appreciates building strong relationships with authors and serving as an advocate throughout the publishing process.

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