Uwe Stender, Literary Agent-Episode #84

Jul 31, 2019 | 7 comments

Literary Agent, Dr. Uwe Stender, is a full member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives. Uwe’s tastes are eclectic and he’s interested in all kinds of non-fiction and fiction. In non-fiction, he is completely open to any project, from memoir, pop culture, and health to how-to, gardening, history and everything in between, including non-fiction for children. In Children’s fiction, he is looking for Young Adult and Middle Grade, AKA YA and MG. In adult fiction, his tastes tend toward women’s fiction, psychological suspense, and mysteries.

As an immigrant to the United States, he is always eager to bring projects from underrepresented voices into the world. In short, he likes it when authors surprise him.





Executive Producer: Steve Cuden, Producer: Casey Georgi, Announcer: Javier Grajeda
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  1. Naomi S. S. Jacobs

    Wonderful and extremely helpful to this querying writer. Have been a big fan of Uwe for some time although he sadly doesn’t represent my genre. Great questions and great host, too.

  2. Leslie Tall Manning

    What an awesome interview! Of course, I am a bit biased, since Uwe is my literary agent. I am one of his active clients, meaning that he is almost always shopping one of my novels. (I have written 14, a dozen during our agent-author relationship.) We have been together for nearly a decade! While he spends his time submitting my work, I spend my time working on the next project. It is a symbiotic relationship!

    I agree with what was mentioned in the podcast: Our world has seemed to have given up its “gut feeling” in favor of stats and algorithms, sadly. And perhaps we are raising a society that will become even less empathetic in the coming years. But Uwe is old school, in the sense that he takes on writers who unconditionally love their own writing as though it were their first-born, and leave the stats to the marketeers. Yes, writing is a business, but all businesses begin with a solid combination of heart and soul. It is this heart and soul that new writers today need to tap into. Otherwise, what is the point of creating anything of substance? Write from the gut. The marketing will come later.

    I just wanted to add a few things about Uwe: This man is tireless as an agent. But more than that, I consider him a spot-on editor, a free therapist, and a good friend. He is incredibly organized and is always communicative, whether by email or phone. Lastly, he has a knack for matching up a specific writer with a specific editor. Being an agent isn’t only about selling the work. It’s about establishing a relationship that, hopefully, will be an enduring one between the writer and their eventual editor. I feel blessed every day that I found Uwe, and that he loved my work enough to take a chance on me.

    • Alison Winfield-Burns

      Delightful interview!

  3. Bev Goldfarb

    Great interview and personal and professional stories. Interesting to hear from a fellow “prosopagnosiac.”

  4. Nancy Parish

    Great interview!!

  5. Krystal Abbott

    Really enjoyed the interview! Great questions and even better answers! A real treat learning more about Uwe, his background, his agency, and advice for authors and literary agents. Thank you!

    • Steve Cuden

      Thanks, Krystal, for listening. We agree, Uwe is truly awesome!


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