Danielle Chiotti, Upstart Crow Literary Agency

Danielle Chiotti, Upstart Crow Literary

Danielle has worked in publishing for sixteen years. Formerly an editor, she joined Upstart Crow when it was founded in 2009, specializing in young adult and middle grade fiction, as well as cookbooks, select nonfiction, and literary and upmarket fiction for adults. Thanks to her extensive editorial background, she enjoys working closely with authors to develop projects. She welcomes first-time authors with a unique voice and point of view.

For Young Adult and Middle Grade:  She is drawn toward gorgeous writing and strong, flawed characters. Her dream project for young readers is one that challenges and inspires, with a compelling voice that will make her stay up all night reading. Good examples of this are Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, Chime by Franny Billingsley, The Crossover by Kwame Alexander, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly, Still Life With Tornado by A.S.King, The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma, Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo, and When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.

Meet With Danielle

Meet face-to-face, talk about your work, and get honest impressions from an expert, all from home. Not tech-savvy? Choose the phone option, and you’ll receive a call at the appointed time.

“I did the 10 page + 15 minute consultation with Danielle Chiotti. It was one of the most informative and constructive critiques I’ve ever received. In 15 minutes, Danielle showed me how to strengthen my first 10 pages. She was friendly, knowledgeable, and most important made me feel good about my writing and story. I’m so glad I did an E-consulatation with Danielle, I learned more in 15 minutes about my manuscript than in any writer’s workshop I’ve attended.”

–Ariana Fae

Book A Written Critique

Receive insightful notes on your pages–direct to your email. No need to schedule a time to be at a computer, or even deal with technology–all you have to do is keep yourself from hitting refresh. Your critique will arrive by the date selected on the calendar.

“Danielle’s critique was absolutely amazing. So thorough, perceptive and helpful, and she’s just as good with story logistics/narrative flow & structure as she is with characterization. I feel so lucky that I chose her to send those 50 pages to! It was money so well spent. Thank you!!”–Salima

“Danielle was prompt, professional, friendly, and so helpful I wished we had more than 10 minutes. I was checking in on a query that hadn’t been getting much response, and she had some great ideas for tweaks to make it better. Her editorial eye is sharp and her glass is half full, so I’d recommend her to anyone looking for a reality check or second opinion.” –Carol Cronin, @cansail

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