Lucy Cleland

Lucy V. Cleland is a literary agent and dramatic rights manager at Kneerim & Williams, where she works with both new and established authors on a range of projects from groundbreaking “big idea” nonfiction to upmarket fiction and select YA/children’s titles. A Southern transplant to Boston, Lucy graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College where she studied English and studio art. Lucy enjoys beautifully written stories that surprise her and loves working with authors whose passion for their subject is contagious. She represents unconventional social and cultural history, literary narrative nonfiction and memoir with a contemporary slant. She’s looking for select novels with rich, distinctive atmosphere and a powerful plot engine that keeps her turning pages. In YA, she’s drawn to a smile-worthy hook, quick banter, and rebellious protagonists who push boundaries and grapple with tough questions, in our world or another. She also represents select quirky children’s nonfiction that nourishes curiosity. Across the board, she is actively seeking underrepresented voices.

What I'm Looking For

Unique narrative nonfiction, history, social science, and contemporary memoir with a strong voice and hook. Upmarket fiction, also open to mystery and historical. Contemporary YA, grounded YA science fiction and fantasy, YA magical realism, and children's nonfiction.

Specializes in

FICTION: Literary Fiction, Young Adult

NONFICTION: Adventure/True Story Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Dating/Relationships, GLBT, History, Investigative Journalism, Juvenile, Memoir, Multi-Cultural, Narrative, Politics, Pop Culture, Psychology, Science, Technology, True Crime

Considers

FICTION: GLBT, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thrillers/Suspense

NONFICTION: Food & Lifestyle, Gift Books, Health & Fitness, Humor, Medical, Nature/Ecology, Self-Help, Travel