Isabelle Bleecker established Nordlyset Literary Agency with two partners, Jennifer Thompson and Nathan Vogt, after many years working within trade publishing houses. An industry veteran with over 28 years of experience in various roles including editorial, production, and subsidiary rights, she has worked at the Perseus Books imprints (Basic Books, PublicAffairs, Da Capo Press, Running Press, Seal Press, and associated press Bold Type Books) as well as Tuttle Publishing and Rizzoli Publishing.

She represents authors Theresa MacPhail, Alfred Habegger, Kate Cohen, Suniya Luthar, and Thomas Kent in nonfiction, and Jesse Salvo, Joie Davidow, and Charles Jones in fiction.


As a newer shop, Nordlyset is actively growing their author list in upmarket nonfiction and literary fiction and Isabelle is open to submissions in the following areas:

Nonfiction: narrative science, history, biography, memoir that explores a wider issue, social issues, cultural commentary, self-help rooted in science, psychology, parenting, feminism, and business.

Fiction: literary fiction with outstanding writing, international and diverse voices and situations, unique and surprising stories, deeply researched historical fiction, smart and complex mysteries.

Children’s: middle grade and YA with strong writing, or issue-driven stories in both fiction and nonfiction. She’d like to see diverse and international voices in particular.


Irritated, Theresa MacPhail
Suniya Luthar
Charles Jones

Specializes In

FICTION: Literary Fiction, Upmarket Women's Fiction, Young Adult

NONFICTION: Social/Cultural Issues, Current Affairs, Dating/Relationships, Health & Fitness, History, Investigative Journalism, Medical, Men's Concerns, Multi-Cultural, Narrative, Parenting, Politics, Psychology, Science, Self-Help, Technology, Women's Concerns


FICTION: Children's, Historical Fiction, Middle Grade, Mystery

NONFICTION: Adventure/True Story, Food & Lifestyle, Memoir, Military/War, Nature/Ecology, Pets, Pop Culture