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Jenny Bent, The Bent Agency
Jenny Bent worked with prominent agent Raphael Sagalyn and with Michael Cader, the force behind the website Publishers Marketplace, before establishing a successful career at several boutique agencies. In 2003 she joined Trident Media Group, where she was promoted to Vice President before leaving to found the Bent Agency in 2009. She now lives in Brooklyn in an apartment full of books and while there are not quite so many lazy reading afternoons, she manages to fit one in now and then.
Her list is varied and includes commercial and literary fiction as well as memoir and select humor titles. In adult fiction, she particularly enjoys women’s fiction and crime/suspense. She also loves novels—for grown-ups or children—that have an element of magic or fantasy to them or that take her into a strange and new world, whether real or imaginary. All of the books that she represents speak to the heart in some way: they are linked by genuine emotion, inspiration and great writing and story telling. She loves books that make herlaugh, make her cry, or ideally do both.
Interested In: Literary fiction, Women’s fiction, Commercial fiction, including romance, Young adult and middle grade fiction, Memoir, Humor, Suspense/crime
Not Interested In: Science fiction, Poetry, Picture books, Serious nonfiction, Reference, Sports, Self-help/how-to
Links: Agency Website | Twitter: @
Laura Biagi, Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc.
Laura Biagi joined the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency Inc. (JVNLA) in 2009. She is actively seeking adult literary fiction, select literary nonfiction/memoir, and young readers’ fiction. Of particular interest to her are dynamic characters, vivid writing, complex narrative arcs, psychological twists, magical tinges, cultural themes, thrillers that break the genre mold, and elements that challenge the way we typically view the world. Laura also handles the sale of Australian rights and coordinates international submissions at JVNLA. She grew up in a small town in Kentucky and graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in creative writing and anthropology.
Interested In: Adult literary fiction (contemporary, magical realism, historical, psychological thriller, absurdism, cultural themes, social issues, dark/edgy), upmarket women’s fiction, select literary nonfiction and memoir, young readers’ fiction (young adult, middle grade, chapter books, and picture books of all types including contemporary realism, historical, magical realism, fantasy, scifi).
Not Interested In: I’m not interested in high fantasy and hard scifi in the adult fiction realm, religious fiction or nonfiction, or prescriptive nonfiction.
Links: Agency website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter: @LauraJBiagi
Danielle Burby, Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency
Danielle graduated from Hamilton College with honors and a double major in Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Before finding her home at HSG, she interned at Writers House, Clarion Books, Faye Bender Literary Agency, Dunow Carlson and Lerner, John Wiley and Sons, and SquareOne Publishers (along with stints as a waitress and a farmers’ market vendor). She was involved in way too many singing groups in college, plays the keyboard poorly, and is always up for karaoke. Danielle loves chocolate and drinks way too much coffee. You can follow her on twitter at @danielleburby.
Interested In: Her passion lies in YA, Women’s Fiction, fantasy, and mysteries. She gravitates toward stories with a strong voice and particularly enjoys complex female characters, narratives that explore social issues, and coming-of-age stories. Genres that appeal to her include contemporary YA, medieval fantasy, historical fiction, cozy mysteries, and upmarket Women’s Fiction. She finds it hard to resist gorgeous writing and is a sucker for romantic plotlines that are an element of the narrative, but don’t dominate it.
Not Interested In: Not interested in boys with toys thrillers, religious fiction, memoir, nonfiction.
Links: Agency Website | Twitter: @danielleburby
Adam Chromy, Moveable Type Management
Adam Chromy, president of Movable Type Management, represents a select list of commercial fiction and nonfiction authors including several NY Times Bestsellers, #1 Amazon Bestsellers and Barnes and Nobles Discover Picks. Pursuing film/TV exploitation of his clients’ work has led to performance deals with USA Network (“House of Cards”), Sony (“Please Fire Me”), and Scott Free Productions (“World Made By Hand”). Adam also founded and publishes emerging suspense authors at his critically acclaimed ebook imprint The Rogue Reader. Clients include: Marti Green, Zygmunt Miloszewski, Annelise Ryan, Allyson K. Abbott, James Howard Kunstler, Dr. Eric C. Leuthardt and Noble Smith.
Interested In: Adam is looking for high concept fiction and nonfiction, especially thrillers, with strong film and television potential. I’m particularly interested in well crafted, even archetypal, stories set in interesting worlds and subcultures.
Not Interested In: Fantasy or Faith based stories.
Links: Agency Website
Jennifer DeChiara, The Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency
Jennifer De Chiara is President and Owner of The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency, which she founded in 2001. Before forming the agency, she was a literary agent with two established New York agencies, worked in the editorial departments of Simon & Schuster and Random House, and was a writing consultant for several major corporations. A New York City-based writer, she is a frequent guest judge for the WRITER’S DIGEST, WOW! WOMEN ON WRITING, and THAT FIRST LINE writing contests, among others, and is a frequent guest lecturer on publishing and the art of writing at universities and writers conferences throughout the country, which have included New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute, the Penticton, Canada Writers Conference, the San Diego State University Writers Conference, Backspace, the International Women’s Writing Guild, and the Learning Annex.
Adult Fiction: I’m passionate about literary fiction with a unique, beautiful voice, but I also enjoy commercial fiction, women’s fiction (no bodice-rippers, please), chick-lit, mysteries, suspense, thrillers – in general, I’m open to manuscripts in every category. I’m a sucker for underdog and outsider stories, manuscripts about the triumph of the human spirit. I want to read manuscripts that will keep me up at night, make me feel something, change the world in some way. Even if it’s a fun, commercial story, at its heart should be a wonderful protagonist from whom I can learn.
Children’s Fiction: I love all kinds of picture books – soft, quirky, funny – rhyming or non-rhyming. For middle-grade and YA fiction, I’m looking for beautiful, distinctive voices, above all, and character-driven stories. I’m open to every genre under the sun, but I’m not a huge science fiction fan.
Non-fiction: Being a former dancer/actress, I love anything and everything Hollywood, especially celebrity bios/autobiographies. I’m always looking for beautifully written memoirs about people who have overcome incredible odds, books about the arts and performing arts, behind-the-scenes-type books, and books about popular culture. I am passionate about books that empower people to live their best lives, whether it’s a great health or exercise book or a spiritual-type (think Eckhart Tolle or Deepak Chopra) book, and self-help books of all kinds. I am particularly open to books for the GLBTQ audience and, in general, any underdog/outsider stories. I’d love to see just about any well-written book on any topic; if you’re in doubt, just query me.
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Links: Agency Website
MacKenzie Fraser-Bub, Trident Media Group
Before embarking on her career as a publishing agent, MacKenzie wanted to experience working inside a major publisher, and gain valuable insights on marketing, which she could use later to her clients’ advantage. She became Publishing Manager at Touchstone Books (a division of Simon & Schuster). She worked closely with the sales and marketing departments for a wide-array of bestselling authors, such as Philippa Gregory, Lisa Unger, Bethenny Frankel, J.A. Jance, and R.L. Stine.
Now MacKenzie’s back at Trident as a literary agent, actively building her client list, discovering new talent, and helping established authors expand their publishing platforms and readership. While she is interested in women’s fiction, “What I look for in every genre is a good story, well told,” says MacKenzie. “And with that in hand, I know that I can make exciting things happen for an author.”
Interested In: Women’s Fiction
Not Interested In:
Links: Agency Website
Louise Fury, The Bent Agency
Louise Fury is a literary agent at The Bent Agency in NYC and has sold books to both traditional and electronic publishers. She encourages writers to have one foot in traditional publishing and the other in the digital-first arena and believes in staying ahead of the pack by embracing change, not just adapting to it. A huge advocate for exploring secondary rights, Louise has sold audio, film and foreign rights for her traditional and self-published clients. A native South African, Louise lives in Manhattan, but travels to Cape Town every year, where she spends time educating South African writers, meeting with international publishers.
Not Interested In: NO memoirs
Links: Agency Website | Twitter: @louisefury | Personal Website
Evan Gregory, Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency
Evan Gregory has been an associate agent and subsidiary rights coordinator for the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency since 2008. Now he works as an agent for Ethan Ellenberg in his own capacity specializing in SFF, YA/MG, and Mystery/Thrillers. His clients include Marko Kloos, Michael Livingston, Ferrett Steinmetz, Patty Blount, Jay Allan and Christopher Nuttall among others.
Interested In: While Evan specializes in SFF, YA/MG and Mystery Thrillers, he’s also interested in literary fiction, women’s fiction, children’s books and non-fiction, especially in the areas of science and the arts.
Not Interested In: Misery memoirs, spiritualism/mysticism, diet books, and poetry.
Links: Agency Website | Facebook | Twitter | Blog
Katie Grimm, Don Congdon Associates, Inc
Katie Grimm is a literary agent at Don Congdon Associates, Inc. Born in Colorado and a graduate of Bowdoin College, Katie Grimm joined Don Congdon in 2007 as the assistant for the agency and now represents her own list of literary fiction and non-fiction as well as children’s books. She is also a member of the AAR Programming Committee and SCBWI.
Interested In: She focuses on vivid literary fiction set in faraway places or strange times, and is always on the hunt for a dark or hilariously offbeat contemporary novel that would spark discussion. She’s particularly interested in the intersection of Young Adult and Adult fiction (not to be confused with New Adult), and if/when Commercial and Literary truly overlap. In children’s fiction, she looks for both contemporary and fantastical Young Adult and Middle Grade with a timeless feel or a weird twist. For non-fiction, she is looking for narrative non-fiction that reveals the darker side of human nature and history, in whatever form that comes.
Not Interested In: No genre Romance, Fantasy, or Sci-fi. Also not interested in Commercial Women’s Fiction or Mystery/Thrillers with too many acronyms.
Links: Agency Website | Twitter: @grimmlit
Erin Harris, Folio Literary Management
Erin Harris is a literary agent at Folio Literary Management who represents literary, upmarket commercial, and historical fiction, as well as YA and narrative non-fiction. Her clients include: New York Times editor’s choice novelist Daniel Levine, historical novelist Jennifer Laam, Journalist and Time Magazine contributor Carla Power, and YA novelist Emiko Jean. Erin received her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School.
- Literary novels with international appeal.
- Beautifully written contemporary novels about love, friendship, family, and overcoming adversity.
- Upmarket novels with mystery and suspense in their DNA.
- Historical novels with strong female protagonists and a fresh voice
- High concept upmarket novels that incorporate some kind of surreal or magical element.
Not Interested In: Genre fantasy, Genre sci-fi, Genre romance, Genre mystery
Links: Agency Website | Facebook | Twitter: @ErinHarrisFolio
Susan Hawk, The Bent Agency
Susan Hawk represents authors who write for children of all ages, babies to teenage. Before agenting, she spent over fifteen years in children’s book marketing at Penguin, Henry Holt and North-South Books, where she was lucky to work on many different books ranging from Eric Carle’s Baby Bear, Baby Bear to Betsy Partridge’s This Land Was Made for You and Me, to Nancy Werlin’s Black Mirror, as well as the work of Mary E Pearson, Richard Peck and Joan Bauer. She also worked as a children’s librarian and bookseller, and remembers still the satisfaction of putting just the right book into a child’s (or teenager’s) hands.
While at Penguin, she also worked for a time in Dutton Editorial, acquiring select picture book and YA projects for that list. Her favorite part of that time was reading new submissions — finding something wonderful and imagining where it can go was thrilling to her then and remains so now.
Interested In: I handle books for children exclusively: picture books, chapter books, middle grade and YA, fiction and non-fiction. The projects I represent share powerful and original writing, strong story-telling and a distinctive, sometimes off-kilter voice. In middle-grade and YA, I’m looking for unforgettable characters, rich world-building, and I’m a sucker for bittersweet; bonus points for something that makes me laugh out loud. I’m open to mystery, fantasy, scifi, humor, boy books, historical, contemporary (really any genre). In picture books, I’m looking particularly for author-illustrators, succinct but expressive texts, and indelible characters. I’m interested in non-fiction that relates to kid’s daily lives and their concerns with the world. I’m actively looking for diversity in the stories and authors that I represent. My favorite projects live at the intersection of literary and commercial.
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Links: Agency Website
Molly Jaffa, Folio Literary Management
Molly Jaffa is a literary agent and the Co-Director of International Rights at Folio Literary Management, LLC, a full-service agency based in New York. She represents middle grade and YA fiction.
Interested In: Middle grade and young adult fiction
Not Interested In: Paranormal or dystopian YA fiction, sports- or animal-focused MG projects
Links: Agency Website | Twitter: @molly_jaffa | Blog
Emily Sylvan Kim, Prospect Agency
Emily Sylvan Kim is the president of Prospect Agency. She founded the agency in 2005 with the goal of offering clients top notch representation, creating a community-centered haven for authors and illustrators, and taking a leadership role in creating bold, innovate literature.
Emily has always been an aggressive, enormous and addictive reader. Her well-read childhood in Denver, Colorado was followed by an English major at Carleton College where she once took and enjoyed a class titled “Dickens
and Scott, the longer novels.” After spending a year at law school, the lure of fiction was just too strong. She moved to New York City and found a job at Writers House Literary Agency. After five wonderful years, she opened the door to her own agency.
Interested In: Romance, women’s fiction, chick lit, upmarket commercial fiction, YA, MG, new adult
Not Interested In: Sci-fi/fantasy, picture books, poetry
Links: Agency Website | Facebook | Twitter: @esk_agent
Jeff Kleinman, Folio Literary Management
Jeff Kleinman is a literary agent, intellectual property attorney, and founding partner of Folio Literary Management, LLC, a New York literary agency which works with all of the major U.S. publishers (and, through subagents, with most international publishers). He’s a graduate of Case Western Reserve University (J.D.), the University of Chicago (M.A., Italian), and the University of Virginia (B.A. with High Distinction in English). As an agent, Jeff feels privileged to have the chance to learn an incredibly variety of new subjects, meet an extraordinary range of people, and feel, at the end of the day, that he’s helped to build something – a wonderful book, perhaps, or an author’s career. His authors include Garth Stein, Eowyn Ivey, Robert Hicks, Charles Shields, Bruce Watson, Neil White, and Philip Gerard.
Interested In: Very well-written, character-driven novels; some suspense, thrillers; otherwise mainstream upmarket commercial (i.e. book club) and literary fiction.
Not Interested In: He has absolutely no interest in children’s, romance, mysteries, westerns, poetry, or screenplays, novels about serial killers, suicide, or children in peril (kidnapped, killed, raped, etc.).
Links: Agency Website | Facebook
Peter Knapp, New Leaf Literary & Media
Peter Knapp joined New Leaf as an agent in July 2015. Previously, he worked at The Park Literary Group, where he represented authors of middle grade and young adult fiction, and prior to that he was a story editor at Floren Shieh Productions, consulting on book-to-film adaptations for Los Angeles-based movie and TV entities. He graduated from NYU summa cum laude and lives in Brooklyn.
Interested In: Peter represents authors of middle grade and young adult fiction across all genres, and he’s also seeking out smart, high-concept adult fiction. He is genre-agnostic, as long as the writing is great—meaning a standout voice, complex characters (not just the protagonist), and plotting that keeps the reader hooked from the first page through to the very end. In middle grade, he likes literary award-contenders, epic adventures (fantastical or not) and everything in-between. He has a special place in his heart for middle grade that is spooky, funny, irreverent—or all three. In YA, he wants character-driven contemporary, magical realism, epic fantasy (but it must feel fresh), and realistic stories with some type of twist (speculative, fantastical or otherwise—such as THE RAVEN BOYS, BONE GAP, WE WERE LIARS, etc). For adult fiction, he wants high concept, voice-driven stories, ranging from the highly commercial (such as THE MARTIAN or Blake Crouch’s books) to the more literary (THE AGE OF MIRACLES, THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS). For all ages, Peter is always on the lookout for character-driven horror and suspense.
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Links: Agency Website | Twitter
Sarah LaPolla, Bradford Literary Agency
Sarah LaPolla joined Bradford Literary Agency in May 2013. She spent the previous five years in the foreign rights department at Curtis Brown, Ltd., and became an associate agent there in 2010. She received her MFA in Creative Writing (Nonfiction) from The New School in 2008 and has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Ithaca College. Sarah represents YA and adult fiction.
Interested In: On the adult side, she is looking for literary fiction, science fiction, magical realism, dark/psychological mystery, and upmarket commercial and/or women’s fiction. For YA, she is interested in contemporary/realistic fiction that doesn’t shy away from the darker side of adolescence. YA sci-fi, horror, mystery, and magical realism are also welcome. No matter what genre, Sarah is drawn to layered/strong characters, engaging narrators, and a story that’s impossible to put down.
Not Interested In: picture books/children’s, inspirational/spiritual novels, romance, or erotica
Links: Agency Website | Twitter | Blog
Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Jennifer Laughran is a Senior Agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency. She began her career as a long-time children’s bookseller, event coordinator and buyer for one of the largest independent bookstores in the country, and joined Andrea Brown Literary Agency in 2007. She splits her time between NYC and the Hudson Valley of New York, where she resides in a book-stuffed cottage run by a fiendishly clever corgi.
Interested In: I’m seeking YA: PoC, LGBTQ stories, and other diverse narratives strongly encouraged. Also, generally, thrilling, romantic, heartbreaking, funny and generally unputdownable stories – – I want to stay up all night reading!
Not Interested In: Dystopian, paranormal, horror, gore or bleak stories. (Sad is fine – but there has to be hope!) I am also NOT seeking: Children’s picture or chapter books; Grownup books of any kind.
Links: Agency website | Twitter: @literaticat | Blog
Nichole LeFebvre, The Friedrich Agency
Nichole LeFebvre joined The Friedrich Agency in spring 2012, after editing music and art textbooks at Oxford University Press. She previously interned at Penguin and Levine Greenberg Rostan. In addition to working as the agency’s Foreign Rights Director, she is actively building her list, focusing on literary and upmarket adult fiction. Alongside Molly Friedrich she’s worked closely with Karen Joy Fowler, Ruth Ozeki, Jane Smiley, and Rufi Thorpe.
Interested In: Nichole loves voice-driven literary and upmarket fiction. She’d like to see more novels with bold concepts that don’t sacrifice fine writing, and is open to illustrated and experimental forms. Bring characters with raw, honest emotions and strange, dark settings. She’ll fight for uncommonly talented short story writers and is seeking more fiction in translation.
Not Interested In: children’s books, romance, horror, or screenplays.
Links: Agency Website | Twitter: @nickylefe
Sandy Lu, L. Perkins Agency
Sandy Lu holds BAs in psychology and sociology from Queens College, with minors in music, business, and Japanese. Before becoming an agent, she attended the Ph.D. Program in Social and Personality Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center and worked as a business manager in the theater industry. Originally from Taiwan, she is fluent in both spoken and written Mandarin Chinese.
Sandy is looking for submissions that will draw her in with a unique voice, make her miss her subway stop, and keep her up all night. She loves historical fiction and anything dark, twisted, or with a supernatural bent.
Clients: Jennifer Harlow, Michael Boccacino, Dot Hutchison, Kim Foster, Robin Riopelle, Christine Van Wyk, Kristin Burchell, Martin Rose, M. H. Boroson, Cuyler Creech, and Randall Silvis.
Interested In: Fiction: mystery/crime, thriller, horror, sci-fi/fantasy, and YA. Non-fiction: narrative, history, biography, science, and pop culture.
Not Interested In: Picture books, graphic novels, religions/spirituality, politics/current affairs, sports, and how-to/self-help.
Links: Agency Website | Twitter: @sandylunyc
Jill Marr, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
Jill is a senior agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.
She graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and a minor in History. She has a strong Internet and media background and over 15 years of publishing experience. She wrote features and ads for Pages, the literary magazine for people who love books, and wrote book ads for publishing houses, magazine pieces and promotional features for television. After writing ad copy and features for published books for years she knows how to find the “hook” and sell it.
Interested In: Jill is interested in commercial fiction, with an emphasis on mysteries, thrillers, romantic suspense and horror, women’s commercial fiction and historical fiction. She is also looking for non-fiction by authors who are getting their work published regularly and who have a realistic sense of the market and their audience. Jill is looking for non-fiction projects in the areas of history, sports, politics, current events, self-help, cookbooks, memoir, health & nutrition, pop culture, humor and music.
Not Interested In:Jill is not looking for YA, children’s books, sci-fi, romance, screenplays, short fiction or anything involving unicorns.
Links: Agency Website | Facebook | Twitter: @jilliganjonze
Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency
Kristin established Nelson Literary Agency, LLC, in 2002 and over the last decade of her career has represented over thirty New York Times bestselling titles and many USA Today bestsellers. Clients include Jamie Ford, Hugh Howey, Ally Carter, Marie Lu, Gail Carriger, Simone Elkeles, Jasinda Wilder, Courtney Milan, and RITA-award winners Sherry Thomas and Linnea Sinclair. She is currently looking for literary commercial novels, big crossover novels with one foot squarely in genre, upmarket women’s fiction, lead title or hardcover science fiction and fantasy, single-title romance (with a special passion for historicals), and young adult and upper-level middle grade novels. When she is not busy selling books, Kristin plays tennis as well as Bridge (where she is the youngest person in her club). She can also be found hiking in the mountains with her husband and their dog Chutney.
Interested In: Kristin is looking for a good story well told. How you tell that story doesn’t need to fit in a neat little category. For those looking for more specifics, the following might be helpful: Young-adult and upper-level middle-grade novels in all subgenres; Big crossover novels with one foot squarely in genre (Wool, The Night Circus, Gone Girl); Literary commercial novels (Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, The Art of Racing in the Rain); Upmarket women’s fiction (Keepsake, My Sister’s Keeper, Still Alice); Single-title romance (historicals especially) (Ravishing The Heiress, The Ugly Duchess, The Heir); Lead title or hardcover science fiction and fantasy (Soulless, Game of Thrones, Old Man’s War). For a list of Kristin’s recent sales, please visit her page at Publishers Marketplace.
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Links: Agency Website | Facebook | Blog | Twitter: @agentkristinNLA
Carrie Pestritto, Prospect Agency
Carrie Pestritto joined Prospect Agency in 2011 after working as an assistant at Writers House. As an agent, she loves the thrill of finding new authors with strong, unique voices and working closely with her clients to develop their ideas and manuscripts. For Carrie, extraordinary fiction and non-fiction share the ability to transport readers to new and exciting places. She is looking for description and detail that will make her feel
like she is inside the story and interest her in a subject she never thought she would want to read about—or, conversely, introduce her to startling facts about something or someone she believed she already knew everything about.
Interested In: Carrie is currently seeking narrative non-fiction, general non-fiction, biography, and memoir. She is looking for authors that have a strong platform, such as a popular blog, published articles, or related professional experience. She loves memoirs that bring her into a very unusual life situation, such as Suzanne McMinn’s CHICKENS IN THE ROAD and non-fiction that reveals little-known aspects of history. Cutting edge relationship or dieting books, pop psychology, and pop science also interest her.
In the fiction arena, she is looking for commercial fiction with a literary twist, upmarket women’s fiction, historical fiction, mystery/thrillers for a female audience, YA, and upper middle grade. She is drawn in by relatable characters, unusual premises, or re-imaginings of classical books. She is open to fictions with tinges of romance or fantasy, but is not usually open to books solely in that genre.
Not Interested In: Traditional romance, heavy science fiction/fantasy, or picture books
Links: Agency Website | Facebook | Twitter: @prospect_agency | Blog | Tumbler
Tamar Rydzinski, Laura Dail Literary Agency
Tamar Rydzinski is the vice president of the Laura Dail Literary Agency. She represents a broad range of wonderful authors, including Laura Andersen, Nina Berry, Danielle L. Jensen, Sarah J. Maas, and Bryan Denson. Tamar loves interesting settings. She loves books that make her think about a topic in a completely new way. Finally, she loves books that are epic — epic love, epic adventure, epic failure, epic after school job, epic sibling rivalry, etc. If you can make the mundane epic, that’s amazing.
Interested In: Middle grade, YA, Upmarket women’s fiction, Narrative nonfiction
Not Interested In: Prescriptive nonfiction, Picture books, Humor
Links: Agency Website | Twitter: @trydzinski
Jessica Sinsheimer, Sarah Jane Freymann Agency
Jessica Sinsheimer has been reading and campaigning for her favorite queries since 2004. Now an Associate Agent at the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, she’s developed a reputation for fighting office members to see incoming manuscripts first—and for drinking far too much tea.
Interested In: Always on the lookout for new writers, she is most excited about upmarket, adult, YA, psychological, historical, political, and female-driven thrillers and mysteries–and those featuring food, travel, spies, unusual weaponry, and a large emotional and aesthetic range (a romantic element is a plus). She’s enormously fond of works with highbrow sentences and lowbrow content–and is officially open to all subgenres.
Not Interested In: N/A
Links: Agency Website
Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary Management
After teaching high school English for several years, Suzie Townsend moved to publishing and worked her way up from intern to agent. Now at New Leaf Literary & Media, she represents adult and children’s fiction and spearheads the Client Care program. She is actively looking to build her list. In adult, she’s specifically looking for all things romance, fantasy, and crime fiction. In Childrens’ she loves YA and is dying to find great high concept literary Middle Grade projects. She’s an active member of AAR, RWA, and SCBWI. She drinks too much diet orange soda, has a Starbucks problem, and lives in New York with two dogs who know that chewing on books is not okay. More information on Suzie can be found on publisher’s marketplace . She also keeps a blog and tweets @sztownsend81.
Interested In: Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, Romance, Women’s Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Science Fiction and Fantasy
Not Interested In: Screenplays, poetry, picture books
Links: Agency Website | Twitter | Blog
Jennifer Udden, Donald Maass Literary Agency
Jennifer Udden joined the DMLA in 2010. She represents speculative fiction (both science fiction and fantasy), urban fantasy, and mysteries, as well as historical, erotic, contemporary, and paranormal romance. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College and previously worked in nonprofit arts fundraising.
Interested In: She is actively seeking diversity in projects and in authors, including (but not limited to) diversity of gender, sexuality, ability, background, and race.
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Links: Agency Website
Carly Watters, P.S. Literary Agency
Carly Watters is a Senior Literary Agent and VP at the P.S. Literary Agency. She completed a Masters in Publishing Studies at the City University London and began her publishing career in the UK at the Darley Anderson Agency. She represents debuts and bestsellers like Taylor Jenkins Reid, Jay Onrait, Karen Katchur, Rebecca Phillips and Colin Mochrie. Carly is drawn to emotional, well-paced narratives, with a great voice and characters that readers can get invested in.
Interested In: Literary Mystery and Thrillers (like Night Film and Dark Places); Women’s Fiction (like Beatriz Williams and Taylor Jenkins Reid); Upmarket Fiction (like Astonish Me and The Vacationers); Romance (like Rachel Gibson and Kristan Higgins); Platform Driven Non Fiction; and select children’s projects.
Not Interested In: Fantasy and Sci Fi, Poetry, Screenplays, Religious texts.
Links: Agency Website | Personal Website | Twitter: @carlywatters
Gordon Warnock, Fuse Literary Agency
Gordon Warnock is a founding partner at Fuse Literary, serving as a literary agent and the editorial director of Short Fuse Publishing. He brings years of experience as a senior agent, marketing director, editor for an independent press, publishing consultant, and author coach.
Interested In: He represents a variety of nonfiction, graphic novels, and contemporary realistic literary fiction for adults, NA, and YA.
Not Interested In: He does not represent genre fiction, religious fiction, short fiction, children’s, legal thrillers, or satire.
Links: Agency Website | Twitter: @gordonwarnock
Roseanne Wells, Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency
Roseanne Wells joined The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency as an associate agent in 2012. Previously with the Marianne Strong Literary Agency, she has also worked as a proofreader and a special sales and editorial assistant. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with degrees in Literature and Dance. An avid reader, Roseanne discovered her passion for book publishing during her internship at W. W. Norton, and she approaches agenting as a writer’s advocate, editor, and partner. She is also an arts reviewer for PlayShakespeare.com and a volunteer for Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in Soho, NYC.
Nonfiction: narrative nonfiction, select memoir, science (popular or trade, not academic), history, religion (not inspirational), travel, humor, food/cooking, and similar subjects.
Fiction: strong literary fiction that emphasizes craft and style equally, that doesn’t sacrifice plot and character for beautiful sentences; young adult of all genres; very selective middle grade that connects me to a strong main character; science-fiction and fantasy; and smart detective novels (more Sherlock Holmes than cozy mysteries).
Not Interested In: Cozy mysteries, thrillers, zombie novels, inspirational or spiritual books, books for the Christian market.
Links: Agency Website | Twitter: @RivetingRosie