There's a new agent who handles science fiction and fantasy, among other genres: Denise Little.
As you can see, she's already up to her ears in slush. She seems quite nice, and experienced in the publishing world.
I’m excited to be trying something new, after over thirty years in the book business. I’ve sat on every side of the table in this field, from bookseller to chain book buyer to editor to book packager, and now–I’m an agent.
I’ve got a head full of industry knowlege that’s uncommon for anyone in publishing, simply because I’ve worn so many hats in the the book field. Lots of agents have publishing experience, for example, but I don’t think too many other agents have first-hand inside knowlege of what goes on at the world’s largest bookseller, Barnes & Noble.
I think it gives me an edge in figuring out what will sell that few other agents have.
In addition, I’ve been an author myself. I know exactly what it feels like to submit, then wait for an answer with my heart in my throat for what feels like forever–and sometimes is.
I love working with new writers, but I’m very blunt. If I don’t like something, I’m likely to tell you straight out that I don’t. But if I love something–I’ll tell you that, too, and work my heart out for you.
I would love to jump on the dogpile -- who doesn't love the chance to write a query letter? -- but I'm going resist the urge. :)