Stéphanie Abou

Stéphanie Abou is an agent with Massie McQuilkin Literary Agents. Originally from Paris, where she completed a Master’s in Comparative Literature at the Sorbonne, she decided to make a career out of her passion for literature after an internship at Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the late 1990’s. Starting at The Joy Harris Literary Agency, then at Foundry Literary + Media, she developed a dual career as a foreign rights director and a domestic agent until landing at Massie McQuilkin in 2015, where she has been focusing solely on building her list of authors. She specializes in character-driven fiction, YA and middle grade literature with a smattering of crime fiction and memoirs. She is looking first and foremost for outstanding story tellers who can create an urgent and immersive quality to the reading experience. She has always championed diverse literature, and is particularly on the lookout for books featuring underrepresented and diverse communities. She is the agent for, among others, New York Times bestselling author Jenna Blum, Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and International Latino Book Award finalist Chantel Acevedo, and National bestselling authors Randy Susan Meyers, Juliette Fay, and Julie Wu.

What I'm Looking For

Literary Fiction with heart a la The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai or any novels by Jenna Blum or Amor Towles.
Diverse Compulsive Commercial fiction extremely well-written but with a light tone.
Grounded (or slight fantasy) YA novels

Sample Titles or Authors

Those Who Save Us, Jenna Blum
The Unbreakables, Lisa Barr
Muse Squad, Chantel Acevedo (forthcoming)

Specializes In

FICTION: Commercial Fiction, Family Saga, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Upmarket Women's Fiction, Young Adult

NONFICTION: Memoir, Multi-Cultural

Considers

FICTION: GLBT, Middle Grade, Short Story Collections, Thrillers/Suspense

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, Food & Lifestyle, GLBT, Medical, Travel, True Crime