Joy Tutela has been with the David Black Literary Agency since 1998. She represents various genres of books and illustrators, including projects in the following categories: women’s and LGBTQ+ issues, narrative non-fiction, memoir, history, sports, self-help, business, science, parenting, psychology, humor, cooking, lifestyle, fiction, middle grade and YA.

She represents the New York Times bestselling Atkins series and the New York Times bestselling Intellectual Devotional series by David Kidder and Noah Oppenheim.  She also represents New York Times bestsellers Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Bookstores by New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein, Catification by the host of “My Cat From Hell” Jackson Galaxy, and Jenny Sanford’s memoir Staying True. Other bestselling projects include Stephen Puleo’s Dark Tide and Boston Italians, Lisa J. Edwards’ A Dog Named Boo, and Kim Sunée’s Trail of Crumbs, and Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne’s Mason-Dixon Knitting.  She represents critically acclaimed middle grade and YA authors, including Lev AC Rosen, Nisha Sharma, Matt Laney, Ron McGee, and Yvonne Cassidy.

Joy works with respected business leaders including Danny Seo, Emmy-Award winning eco-lifestyle guru and founder of Naturally, Danny Seo; Mike Steib, CEO of XO Group; Jim McCann, founder and CEO of; and Susan Packard, former COO and co-founder of HGTV.

From and based in Red Sox Nation, Joy is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Radcliffe Publishing Course. She has been writing instructor at Goucher’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction program. She previously worked for Harvard Business School Press and taught at an elementary school in Italy.  For more on Joy, please visit


I'm looking for narrative non-fiction that is supported by primary research and/or written by an expert (history, science, psychology, current events). I'm looking for action-packed and sweet middle grade stories and edgy YA.


Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition, Paul Watson
Goodbye, Sweet Girl: A Story of Domestic Violence, Kelly Sundberg
Counting Backwards: A Doctor's Notes on Anesthesia, Henry Jay Przybylo, MD

Specializes In

FICTION: Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, GLBT, Humor/Satire, Middle Grade, Multi-Cultural, Science Fiction, Upmarket Women's Fiction, Young Adult

NONFICTION: Adventure/True Story, Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Dating/Relationships, Food & Lifestyle, GLBT, Gift Books, Health & Fitness, History, Humor, Investigative Journalism, Juvenile, Medical, Memoir, Men's Concerns, Military/War, Multi-Cultural, Narrative, Nature/Ecology, Parenting, Pets, Politics, Pop Culture, Psychology, Religion, Science, Self-Help, Spirituality, Sports, Technology, Travel, True Crime, Women's Concerns


FICTION: Literary Fiction, Mystery