2020

Rebecca Gradinger

REBECCA GRADINGER

Rebecca Gradinger joined Fletcher & Company in 2009 after previously working at Janklow & Nesbit and as a foreign literary scout.  Rebecca represents a wide range of literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. She holds a BA from Barnard College and a JD from the George Washington University Law Center.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

When it comes to fiction, I truly run on emotion and instinct.  I always know when a manuscript is a good fit when I start having imaginary editorial discussions with the author in my mind. With nonfiction projects, I’m looking for a similar level of passion and connection to the material but also to the subject matter–I like to work with people who are particularly insightful and who write really well about things that I care deeply about (or who write so well that they make me care deeply about things I didn’t think I cared about before). I particularly look for books that take me into unfamiliar worlds, or force me to look at the world differently.

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

When a Line Becomes a River, Francisco Cantú
Costalegre, Courtney Maum
Quit Like a Woman, Holly Whitaker

More details coming soon!

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Sarah Bedingfield

SARAH BEDINGFIELD

Sarah has been an agent with Levine Greenberg Rostan since 2016. She represents high-concept, genre-busting literary novels, domestic and psychological suspense, upmarket, big-hearted family epics, historical fiction, and international, diverse voices.

She loves most types of literary and upmarket commercial fiction, especially novels that show powerful imagination, compulsive plotting and unique points of view that say something important. Family dramas, cross-genre narratives with notes of magical realism, darkly Gothic stories that may lead to nightmares and twisty psychological suspense are among her favorite things to read. A southerner at heart, she can’t help but love books set in the south, but she’s a die-hard for any world immersive enough to make her miss her stop on the train or cry in public.

Hailing from North Carolina, Sarah graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a double major in Psychology and English. She spent her first three years in New York teaching 11th grade English in the Bronx and getting her masters at Hunter College. She began her publishing career at Crown and Hogarth, where she worked in editorial for almost five years before becoming an agent.

It’s impossible to list all, but a few of her favorite authors are Shirley Jackson, Gabriel García Márquez, Gillian Flynn, Stephen King, Haruki Murakami, Sarah Waters, Victor Hugo and Madeleine L’Engle.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

Upmarket commercial fiction that tells powerful and empowering stories we haven't heard before, like Where the Crawdads Sing and Such a Fun Age; dark, twisty and surprising psychological fiction with strong female leads; high-concept literary in vein of Station Eleven or The Age of Miracles that takes the world and spins it ever-so-slightly off axis.

I don't do hard sci-fi, but I will certainly consider genre-bending novels with elements of sci-fi (like Dark Matter)

Specializes In

FICTION: Literary Fiction, Thrillers/Suspense, Upmarket Women’s Fiction

Considers

FICTION: Commercial Fiction, Crime, Family Saga, GLBT, Historical Fiction, Horror, Multi-Cultural, Science Fiction, Young Adult

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Gráinne Fox

GRÁINNE FOX

My guiding principle is a book that can “stimulate the mind and satisfy the heart” and this illuminates every read, regardless of categorization.  Gorgeous writing combined with propulsive storytelling.

I’m interested in narrative nonfiction that just might involve spies & espionage, or that spotlights a slice of social history I’ve not encountered yet.  I’m increasingly curious about smart non-fiction that makes me question my thinking and teaches me something new about human behavior and the world we live in.

I have a dark, soft spot in my heart for literary crime and thrillers.

I’m looking for new American and International voices, and for literary fiction that’s modern and swoon-worthy on a line level but with an equally enveloping plot. I love dysfunctional families (aren’t they all?). I am inevitably passionate about Irish Writing, of course, and always keen to read lots more.  I love a singular, spectacularly written literary memoir just as much as I love a transporting piece of historical fiction.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

Contemporary fiction, literary or crossover.  Narrative non-fiction that could be either an untold story of heroics from WWII or a slice of social history from Europe. Smart thinking that continues my education! New American voices.

I have a dark, soft spot in my heart for literary crime and thrillers.

I’m looking for new American and International voices, and for literary fiction that’s modern and swoon-worthy on a line level but with an equally enveloping plot. I love dysfunctional families (aren’t they all?). I am inevitably passionate about Irish Writing, of course, and always keen to read lots more.  I love a singular, spectacularly written literary memoir just as much as I love a transporting piece of historical fiction.

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

A Woman of No Importance, Sonia Purnell
Dead to Her, Sarah Pinborough
The Water Cure, Sophie Mackintosh

Specializes In

FICTION: Crime, Family Saga, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Thrillers/Suspense, Upmarket Women's Fiction

NONFICTION: Adventure/True Story, Food & Lifestyle, History, Investigative Journalism, Memoir, Narrative, Psychology, Sports, True Crime

Considers

FICTION: Commercial Fiction, Mystery, Short Story Collections

NONFICTION: Parenting, Pop Culture

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Lane Shefter Bishop

LANE SHEFTER BISHOP

Lane Shefter Bishop is a multi-award-winning producer/director who has received numerous accolades for her work including an EMMY, six Telly Awards, a Videographer Award, three Communicator Awards, a Sherril C. Corwin Award, an Aurora Award, a Davey Award, a New York Festivals Award and the DGA Fellowship Award for Episodic Television. Currently Ms. Bishop is CEO of Vast Entertainment, THE go to book-to-screen company, with numerous projects, including:

Producing Feature Films The DUFF (2015) for CBS Films & Lionsgate and Assassination Gamesfor MPCA – both based on books... Writing, producing & directing six TV Movies for Lifetime… Producing TV Series The Brain Trust for NBC and Confessions of a Sociopath for UCP – both based on books... And Producing the Limited Series The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein for Sony Pictures TV – also based on a book.

Ms. Bishop has also been a 3-time speaker at the WGA and numerous writers’ conferences, and is author of Sell Your Story in a Single SentenceAdvice From the Front Lines of Hollywood (published by W.W. Norton & Co). The book hit #1 on Amazon in New Releases five times before its actual release date.  In an online interview, CNN dubbed her “The Book Whisperer” of Hollywood. Ms. Bishop holds a B.A. in Literature from UC Santa Barbara and an M.F.A. in Production from USC's School of Cinema/Television.  She is a director-member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

Female based thrillers, Psychological Horror, Grounded Fantasy, Rom-Coms, Christmas Stories

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, Kiersten White
The Forgetting,  Sharon Cameron
Face of a Stranger, Anne Perry

Specializes In

FICTION: Thrillers/Suspense, Young Adult

NONFICTION: Investigative Journalism, Memoir, True Crime

Considers

FICTION: Chick Lit, Crime, Literary Fiction, Romance, Short Story Collections

NONFICTION: Adventure/True Story, Narrative

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Carolyn Kuebler

CAROLYN KUEBLER

Carolyn Kuebler is the editor of New England Review, where she works with authors at all stages of their careers and in all genres. Before coming to NER as managing editor in 2004, she was an associate editor at Library Journal and founding editor of Rain Taxi Review of Books. She began her work in publishing as an intern at Milkweed Editions in Minneapolis, served briefly as marketing director at Dalkey Archive Press, then worked as a bookseller at the Hungry Mind in St. Paul. Carolyn has published dozens of book reviews, small-press profiles, and author interviews in publications such as Publishers Weekly, Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi, and City Pages. Her essay on literary magazines is included in The Little Magazine in Contemporary America (University of Chicago Press), and her fiction has been published in The Common, Copper Nickel, Sleepingfish, and The Literary Review. She is currently finishing up a novel and, as always, working on the next editor’s note for NER. She has an MFA from Bard College and a BA from Middlebury College.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

We are seeking fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama, translation, creative writing for the web (NER Digital), and art for use on our cover or website. We only accept writing that has not been published previously, whether in print or on the web.

We are committed to an open submissions policy, and we welcome and encourage submissions from writers of every nationality, race, religion, and gender.

SAMPLE AUTHORS

Steve Almond
Kathryn Davis
Camille T. Dungy

WHAT NEW ENGLAND REVIEW IS LOOKING FOR

NER does not have an agenda or preferred style. We love experiments, but we also love polished crafted writing, in all forms, as long as it holds some kind of revelation for the reader.

NER is on the lookout at all times for writing that rewards the reader for spending time with it. We’re impressed by writing that wrings all that it can from the language, and that’s serious in its purpose, which of course doesn’t prevent it from sometimes being very funny.

In short, we publish what’s good with the understanding that quality is not a settled matter. We’re always looking for work that challenges our own beliefs, our taste, our experiences, and what we think writing can do. We believe that writing as an art form is under constant revision, renovation, and innovation, which isn’t to say that traditional forms don’t also have something to offer.

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Nathan Rostron

NATHAN ROSTRON

Nathan Rostron is the Editor and Marketing Director at Restless Books, an independent, nonprofit publisher of international literature, based in Brooklyn. Restless is devoted to championing essential voices from around the world, whose stories speak to us across linguistic and cultural borders. In his role at Restless, Nathan runs editorial and acquisitions meetings, manages publishing strategy and operations, oversees marketing and publicity, and acts as foreign rights director.

Previously, Nathan was the literary editor at Bookish, a book discovery site he helped to launch in February 2013, featuring original content about new and notable books and authors, retail of books in all formats from all major publishers, a unique, expert-curated recommendation engine, and user-generated virtual bookshelves.

Prior to Bookish, Nathan was an Assistant Editor at Little, Brown and Company, where he worked alongside Editor-in-Chief Judy Clain from 2007 to 2012. He has done extensive editorial work on many Little, Brown titles, several of which have been award-winners and New York Times bestsellers.

He continues to work as a freelance book editor, bringing his extensive publishing expertise to bear as well as his experience being “on the other side of the desk” as a writer. He assists writers at all stages of their careers, from aspiring novelists, to journalists and memoirists working on their first books, to established authors of fiction and nonfiction.

Nathan has a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Pomona College and a Master’s degree in English and Fiction Writing from the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a James A. Michener Scholarship.  At UT, he was the editor of the newly founded national literary magazine Bat City Review, where he published writers including Colm Tóibín, Patrick McGrath, James Tate, Billy Collins, Mahmoud Darwish, George Saunders and Aimee Bender.

He currently serves on the Board of the Global Literature in Libraries Initiative.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

What the Agent or Editor is looking for in their own words

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

Temporary People, Deepak Unnikrishnan
The Body Papers, Grace Talusan
I Am God, Giacomo Sartori

Specializes In

FICTION: Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural

NONFICTION: Memoir, Multi-Cultural, Narrative

Considers

FICTION: Children's Commercial Fiction, Crime, Family Saga, GLBT, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, Horror, Humor/Satire, Middle Grade, Mystery, Picture Books, Science Fiction, Short Story Collections, Thrillers/Suspense, Upmarket Women's Fiction, Young Adult

NONFICTION: Adventure/True Story, Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Food & Lifestyle, GLBT, History, Humor, Investigative Journalism, Juvenile, Military/War, Music, Politics, Pop Culture, Travel, True Crime

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Sarah Phair

SARAH PHAIR

Sarah represents a range of fiction and nonfiction authors writing for the adult market. In fiction she focuses on books by women, for women, ranging from commercial, to upmarket and literary. If you would read it in your book club or take it on vacation, it might be a good fit for Sarah’s list. She particularly loves: family sagas, female friendship, complex psychological suspense, campus novels, anti-heroines, and a good love story. In nonfiction her areas of interest include feminist issues, millennial topics, pop culture, and anything about food. She is especially interested in projects analyzing the future of media consumption, how and what we eat, agriculture, and housing.

Sarah joined Greenburger Associates in 2019. Originally from Mississippi, she moved to New York in 2010 to pursue a career in publishing. She worked at Trident Media Group for six years, acting as audio agent and foreign rights agent before building her own list. Sarah also has a M.A. in British and American Literature.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

In fiction I focus on books by women, for women, ranging from commercial, to upmarket and literary. I particularly love: family sagas, female friendship, complex psychological suspense, campus novels, anti-heroines, and a good love story.

In nonfiction my areas of interest include feminist issues, millennial topics, pop culture, and anything about food. I'm especially interested in projects analyzing the future of media consumption, how and what we eat, agriculture, and housing.

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

Here We Lie, Paula DeBoard
Vagablonde, Anna Dorn
Evette Dionne

Specializes In

FICTION: Chick Lit, Commercial Fiction, Family Saga, GLBT, Literary Fiction, Thrillers/Suspense, Upmarket Women's Fiction

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Dating/Relationships, Food & Lifestyle, GLBT, Investigative Journalism, Narrative, Pop Culture, Women's Concerns

Considers

FICTION: Historical Fiction, Humor/Satire, Romance, Short Story Collections

NONFICTION: Adventure/True Story, Gift Books, Health & Fitness, History, Humor, Memoir, Multi-Cultural, Nature/Ecology, Politics, Science, Self-Help, Technology, Travel, True Crime

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Mollie Glick

MOLLIE GLICK

Mollie Glick is a literary agent at Creative Artists Agency.

Glick graduated from Brown University and began her career as a literary scout, advising foreign publishers regarding the acquisition of rights to American books. She then worked in the editorial department at the Crown imprint of Random House, before becoming an agent in 2003. Glick joined CAA in 2016, following eight years at Foundry Literary + Media.

Glick represents many top authors and thought leaders, including Vice President Joe Biden; Senator Kamala Harris; Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Ken Armstrong and T. Christian Miller; MacArthur Grant-recipient astrophysicist Sara Seager; National Book Award-nominee Ali Benjamin; NYT Top 50 Memoirs of the Past 50 Years recipient Patricia Lockwood; #1 NYT bestselling author Mark Manson; and NYT bestselling novelists Carol Rifka Brunt; Jonathan Evison; Sarah McCoy and Nic Stone.

Glick lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two young sons.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

Literary fiction, speculative fiction, YA and middle grade.

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

Carol Rifka Brunt
Ali Benjamin
David Koepp

Specializes In

FICTION: Literary Fiction, Middle Grade, Multi-Cultural, Thrillers/Suspense, Upmarket Women's Fiction, Young Adult

Considers

FICTION: Science Fiction

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Bibi Lewis

BIBI LEWIS

Bibi Lewis is a literary agent at the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency where she represents Children's fiction and non-fiction and adult fiction. A contract nerd through and through, Bibi manages subsidiary rights for the agency as well. She was born and raised in NYC.

She is looking for high-concept stories with captivating writing. She reads widely across many genres and enjoys books that play with tropes while bringing a fresh and diverse outlook. She is interested in realistic, upmarket and book club fiction as well as romance. An avid Thriller and Suspense reader, she would love to see new takes on the genres and enjoys stories that blend a fast-paced plot with vivid characters and literary language.  She is not looking for SF and enjoys her fantasy grounded in reality.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

  • Commercial and upmarket women's fiction
  • Contemporary and Historical Romance
  • Mysteries and Thrillers with a feminist angle and sharp language
  • Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction and Non Fiction

Specializes In

FICTION: Commercial Fiction, Crime, Middle Grade, Mystery, Romance, Young Adult

NONFICTION: Juvenile

Considers

FICTION: Family Saga, Picture Books, Thrillers/Suspense, Upmarket Women's Fiction

NONFICTION: Adventure/True Story, True Crime

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Lisa Grubka

LISA GRUBKA

Lisa Grubka joined Fletcher and Co. in 2012. She represents a broad variety of authors, including a National Book Award winner and several New York Times bestsellers. Her clients’ books have been adapted for television and translated into more than twenty languages. Lisa began her career at Farrar, Straus and Giroux and the William Morris Agency, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

In fiction, she is seeking literary, upmarket, and literary suspense novels as well as short story collections. She appreciates a strong sense of place, unique and diverse voices, and is often drawn to novels that explore complex relationships or family dynamics. In non-fiction, she is looking for narrative, science, journalism, and conversation-changing perspectives on current events. She works closely with her authors, with the goal of establishing long careers.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

Fiction: literary, upmarket, suspense, short story collections.
Non-fiction: narrative, science, journalism, current events.

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

The Other's Gold, Elizabeth Ames
Truth Be Told, Kathleen Barber
Far From the Tree, Robin Benway

Specializes In

FICTION: Family Saga, Literary Fiction

NONFICTION: Narrative

Considers

FICTION: Commercial Fiction, Crime, GLBT, Historical Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Short Story Collections, Thrillers/Suspense, Upmarket Women's Fiction, Young Adult

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Food & Lifestyle, GLBT, Health & Fitness, Investigative Journalism, Multi-Cultural, Parenting, Politics, Psychology, Science, Technology, True Crime, Women's Concerns

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