The only drawback to working with new agents is that they generally don’t have extensive contacts in the publishing industry. However, the agency they work for might.
Reading the bios of all the agents in an agency will give you a good idea of the breadth of the agency, as well as its contacts. (Which publishing houses, for example, has the agency worked with?)
Beth Campbell of BookEnds, LLC
Note: BookEnds is recommended on Preditors and Editors
What she is looking for: romance, cozy mystery, YA, fantasy, science fiction, and women's fiction submissions.
The Details: “After an undergraduate career filled with publishing internships, Beth joined BookEnds as a literary assistant in September 2012. She is currently working on building her list and is particularly interested in seeing romance, cozy mystery, YA, fantasy, science fiction, and women's fiction submissions.
In addition to working as an assistant, Beth is also the company's rights coordinator. She works with BookEnds' authors to sell the foreign, audio, and performance rights for our available titles.
Beth graduated from Dickinson College in May 2012 with a BA and honors in English Literature. She is happy to be living in her native New Jersey and thrilled to be working in an industry she loves. She is an avid reader of fantasy, YA, and sci-fi novels and also enjoys drawing, cooking, and spending far too much time on the Internet. Beth currently lives with her fiancé and a handful of cats.”
Sarah Nego, Corvisiero Literary
What she is looking for: middle grade and young adult fiction manuscripts, particularly speculative fiction.
Contact: “To query me, send your query letter, 1-2 page synopsis and the first 5 pages pasted into the body of an email to Query [at] CorvisieroAgency.com. Please use ‘Query for Sarah’ as your subject line. I will respond to all queries. If I have not responded and you queried me prior to the dates listed above, feel free to send a follow-up email. Otherwise, please wait to follow-up unless you receive an offer of representation from another agent.”
The Details: "I am only accepting middle grade and young adult fiction manuscripts. I'm open to any genre within those age groups, but prefer speculative fiction. Contemporary is not my favorite, but I will look at it. I am not interested in seeing poetry, novels in verse, short stories/novellas or anything focused on saving the environment (I'm all for recycling, but don't want to represent it)."